September Report from Concord

By Ken Wells

Since the 2019 Legislative session closed at the end of July, the Governor has been making almost daily headlines with his vetoes of bills that have passed with a majority in both legislative bodies. At this moment, there have been an unprecedented 53 bills vetoed. Most remarkable to me is roughly half of the Governor’s […]

Letter to the Editor

By Louise Andrus

Andover had another great 4th of July celebration. I  marched in the parade with the Merrimack County Republicans. The response from the public was very positive. Thank you to each and every person involved in the Andover 4th of July celebration as I know it is good planning, and  tremendous hard work to make a […]

Response to Ken Wells’ July Letter to the Beacon

By Faith Clendenan

To the Beacon: I read Ken Wells’ report on the legislative session in Concord and was dismayed at his uncharitable comments about corporations.  Corporations are organized under the law in order for groups of people to work together to achieve a common goal, whether that is construction of tangible products, providing services, or any of […]

Curtain Raisers for the 2020 Election?

By Kent Hackmann

The Beacon’s readership has been treated in the June and July issues to letters from both sides of the political spectrum.  Are we reading curtain raisers for the 2020 election? On the moderate Democratic side, State Representatives Ken Wells and David Karrick have reported from the State House and, in my opinion, informed readers about […]

Ken Wells Reports from Concord

By Ken Wells, NH Representative

A dear friend who is a chaplain introduced me to this poem: “Out of a great need we are all holding hands and climbing. Not loving is a letting go. Listen, the terrain around here is far too dangerous for that.” Since I became your sworn representative in the New Hampshire House, I have been […]

Thank You Mike Prete

The Kitchen Eatery & Catering

By The Board of Directors, The Andover Community Hub

To the Editor: We want to thank Michael Prete of The Kitchen Eatery & Catering for setting up his food truck in The Andover Community Hub parking lot on the 4th of July, for selling his excellent food there, and for donating all profits to The Hub and to the 4th of July Committee.  We’re […]

FMLA Fee Equals Income Tax

By Steven Bowers, Andover-Danbury Republicans

The budget passed by this legislature veers dangerously away from historic New Hampshire budgetary restraint.  With alarm, I thought of personal lessons learned during a few short years away from New Hampshire, embodied in one example from this budget.   We left New Hampshire several years ago for North Carolina, and the income tax impact […]

An Invitation from The Andover Community Hub

Press Release
An Invitation from The Andover Community Hub

To our Andover friends and neighbors, Could your business or organization benefit from having a presence — either full-time or on an occasional basis — in an historic building in the center of Andover, fronting on State Route 11 and U.S. Route 4?  If yes, please read on. As you likely know, Andover’s old town […]

Live Free Or Die

By Louise Andrus

New Hampshire’s motto is “Live Free or Die.”  Do you know how it started?” It was from a toast written by New Hampshire’s General John Stark in the Revolutionary War in 1809.  General Stark was unable to attend an anniversary reunion of the Battle of Bennington due to poor health. He sent his toast by […]

Report from Concord

By Ken Wells

In April, all twenty-four House committees have been holding “public hearings” and “executive sessions” on Senate bills, while the Senate similarly scrutinizes passed House bills. Some bills have already passed both legislative bodies and been sent to the Governor’s desk for signature or veto, and legislators are already maneuvering to collect votes for overriding or […]

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