WE ARE ALL
Our Mission Continues for 2017
I believe We Are All District 1 Strong, and I know we all have a sense of place and love our home. The current and future security of the special quality of life we are deeply connected to in District 1 hinges on many decisions made in Concord that all result in a pound of flesh from us one way or the other. Hence, the business at hand in Concord representing the people will not be successful without keeping a finger on the pulse of those people. To cut to the chase, the saying goes a picture is worth a thousand words. If given the chance, there are five pictures I would display on the walls of the Executive Council chamber to keep the people first and foremost in our thoughts as we do business on their behalf. These are Norman Rockwell’s Four Freedoms: Freedom of Speech, Freedom from Fear, Freedom from Want, Freedom of Worship and The Golden Rule.
How can we not endeavor to rally for advancing this Yankee authenticity, especially with towns in our District named Freedom and Success. I will not quibble about speaking truth to power when I know District 1 families struggle on a monthly basis with decisions such as whether to pay the property tax bill, buy tires for their used truck to pass inspection to get to work, or heat their home. I am convinced the concept of sustainability best captures the way to advance forward together. Reasonable, balanced budgets, developed while conscious of how much the people can afford to commit must be the bottom line, driven by economic opportunity for growing business, not government.
The foundation for the creative engines powering successful business is an available, affordable, and varied educational process that continues for all ages; where families have choice in systems like the XQ Superschool Project, students can explore and find their talents in the trades, arts or STEM fields, and adults may continually retool to meet shifting needs of future industry via online learning similar to Khan Academy. Our next generation of entrepreneurs can also mature their ideas while engaging at area MakerSpaces and SCORE workshops.
A vibrant, free-market economy sustaining living wage jobs with benefits bolsters our generational family structures in District 1; where children are watched over during the day by their grandparents and in turn grandparents are secure knowing they will be able to age in place, watched over by their children. A lottery ticket is not a viable substitute for a retirement plan to support this intimate fabric. We have the courage and ingenuity in our District to develop vehicles encouraging stable retirement systems. Given the chance, opportunities will also come from within our communities to better leverage valuable healthcare resources to generate models of quality care that improve patient centered outcomes.
Though the challenges are many and difficult, I have faith knowing we are stronger and will be successful while navigating them as a team. Victory begins with District 1 communities voting September 13th, and then again November 8th. However, victory only continues every day we swing our feet over the edge of the bed and together, engage to move the needle in a positive direction in Concord and Keep New Hampshire, New Hampshire.
My name is Paul Carreiro, like you I am a citizen, and would be humbled to carry our District 1 Spirit to the Executive Council table.
Thank you very much.