Carefully consider candidates

Why should any member of Congress, of any party or any ideology, have his or her position rated as “safe” or “solid Democratic?”

Is anyone is Washington, D.C. really doing such a great job that they do not even deserve competition?

Keep in mind, this is a nation that:

• is $21 trillion in debt;

• has been at war in the Middle East for nearly 17 years;

• still has millions of people who lack health insurance;

• sees hundreds of people shot on its streets every day; and

• watches thousands of young people graduate from college every year without any real-world job skills.

Again, we ask: Is anyone in the nation’s capital doing such impressive work that he or she should coast to re-election?

We believe the answer is an emphatic, no.

At least two national political websites – Politics1.com and CookPoliticalReport.com – rate U.S. Rep. Annie Kuster, D-N.H., as a heavy favorite to win a fourth term to the House of Representatives this year.

Republicans looking to challenge Kuster this year acknowledged their considerable task during a Monday debate at Nashua Community College. Steve Negron of Nashua, Robert Burns of Manchester, Brian Belanger of New Boston, Stewart Levenson of Hopkinton and Lynne Blankenbeker of Concord realize that one of them will face an uphill battle against Kuster in the general election.

Our issue is not with Kuster or her work. Our issue is with a system that allows most congressional incumbents to coast to re-election as many times as they choose.

While political prognosticators discuss a potential “blue wave,” under which Democrats would regain control of one or both chambers of Congress, we urge New Hampshire voters to make their voices heard loud and clear on Sept. 11 and Nov. 6.

After all, U.S. House and Senate members are paid $174,000 per year to represent you.