Deborah Aylward’s View from Concord – May 2023

By Deborah Aylward

While I voted for SB272, establishing a parents’ bill of rights in education, the House voted 195-190 to postpone the bill indefinitely, after which House Majority Leader Jason Osborne (R-Auburn) released the following statement: “House Democrats Ensure State Systems Raise Children: For the next two years, parents will have to continue to accept that school […]

Louise Andrus’s View from Concord – May 2023

By Louise Andrus

It is crunch time in the Legislature as all bills, including the budget, must be dealt with (except for retained bills) by June 30. There will probably be some long Session days this month. On May 4, one of the bills brought before the House was SB79, relative to the participation of customer generators in […]

Constituent Expresses Frustration at Representatives’ Responses

By Donna Baker-Hartwell

On April 18, I attended the public hearing at the State House regarding Senate Bill 272, an act establishing a parents’ bill of rights in education. In addition to parental rights already granted, this bill proposes that school personnel be required by law (under the threat of possible lawsuits and/or employment termination) to inform parents […]

Response to Sununu Telling Fed to “Shove it” Quotes Gary Rayno

By Mary Anne Broshek

While testing out the waters for a presidential run, Chris Sununu was a featured speaker at the recent national convention for the National Rifle Association – held two days after mass shootings in Nashville and Louisville.  As part of his pitch, he boasted about his achievements in New Hampshire:   veto of “red flag” bill […]

Deborah Aylward’s View from Concord, April 2023

By Deborah Aylward

On March 10, the Merrimack County Delegation met for a public hearing and to vote on the 2023 County Budget proposed in the amount of $103,061,963 that had been thoroughly reviewed by respective parties’ sub and executive committees over the past few months. During the public hearing, Administrator Ross L Cunningham reviewed a PowerPoint presentation, […]

Louise Andrus’s View from Concord – April, 2023

By Louise Andrus

In the past few months, House Committees have held public hearings on bills, and then voted on the bills in Executive Sessions. The bills then went to the full House Sessions to be voted on with the committee’s recommendation.  Some of the bills passed were designated with FN (financial), and then were sent to the […]

Reader Praises Franklin Hospital for her Care

By Judith Ackerson

I have just returned from an unexpected stay at Lakes Region General Hospital.  It started with a 30-hour stay in the emergency room at Franklin Regional Hospital, due to lack of an available bed at Lakes.  I can’t say enough good about my 30 hours at the Franklin ER.  I felt well-taken care of, had […]

Andover Conservation Commission Thanks Voters for Support

By Jesse Schust

Andover Voters, we thank you for your unanimous support for Warrant Article 21# at our 2023 Town Meeting on March 28. As a result of this vote, the town-owned land known as the “McDonough Parcel” near Dyer’s Crossing Road will soon be placed into a non-lapsing Conservation Easement. The Andover Conservation Commission plans to work […]

Deborah Aylward’s View from Concord – March, 2023

By Deborah Aylward

House Record, Feb. 17 Municipal and County Government Committee HB 123, relative to governing body members of the budget committee. Without recommendation. Statement in support of Ought to Pass: This bill amends RSA 32:15, I(b) to clarify the roles of budget committee members, which include representatives from the local governing body and school board (when […]

Louise Andrus’ View From Concord, March 2023

By Louise Andrus

With the arrival of April, I can start heating my greenhouse with my woodstove, and will be taking my starter plants from my house to the greenhouse to transplant. Even though Spring officially started on March 20, our true warmer weather is just around the corner. I would like to share an experience with you. […]

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