Understanding Our Rights Requires Knowledge of History

By Ken Wells

When did we all actually gain the freedoms we celebrate as Americans? ● Was it on July 4, 1776? Certainly not! Even here in East Andover into the early 1800’s, some white-skinned people were indentured or declared “paupers” whose servitude and labor was auctioned off to wealthier citizens, as if they were enslaved chattel. (See […]

Natalie Wells’ Report from Concord, July 2021

By Natalie Wells

The State Budget I proudly supported last month was historical in many ways. The Republican legislature created a budget to cut taxes and spend less. Some examples: Business Profit Tax reduced to 7.6%. Cuts to the Room and Meals tax we all pay, but will help boost tourism especially. $100 million in direct property tax […]

Andrus’ June “Report from Concord” Purports to be Something It’s Not

By Marie D. Nardino

Under the guise of a question from a constituent about her vote in the House Education Committee to retain SB135, Louise Andrus issued her Report from Merrimack Valley School District (MVSD) embedded in her “Report from Concord”  for June, wherein she justified the retention of a piece of legislation intended to provide increased education funding […]

Report From Concord – Natalie Wells

By Natalie Wells

Here are some recent bills passed to share with you. SB-89  “relative to the effect of certain federal laws on New Hampshire election procedures.”  If the United States Congress passes HR1 or S1, which would have control over all state elections, here in New Hampshire the federal government cannot touch our state or local elections.  […]

Report From Concord – Louise Andrus

By Louise Andrus

A constituent asked me a question in an email: “Why did the House Education Committee vote to retain SB135?  By retaining it, property taxes are sure to rise, not only in Merrimack #1 but across the state. How do you justify raising taxes? Will you explain your vote in your report in The Andover Beacon?” […]

State Budget as Presented Likely to Increase Property Taxes

By Mary Anne Broshek

In the May Beacon, Louise Andrus states that “ Republicans were sent to Concord with a directive to lower taxes and use the taxpayers’ money wisely”. The only problem is that, by all appearances, the Republicans lowered taxes for corporations and the wealthiest instead of for local property tax payers. An important way the Legislature […]

Louise Andrus’ Report from Concord, June 2021

By Louise Andrus

Thomas Jefferson once said, “I predict future happiness for Americans, if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”  I suggest reading and rereading this quote and thinking about what it says and means.  It has much meaning, and in my opinion pertains […]

Concern About Representative’s Call to Ban Critical Race Theory Instruction

By Caroline Moulton Ratzki

In response to Natalie Wells’ letter in the April Beacon, I am troubled by her call to ban teaching Critical Race Theory (CRT) in the public schools. Our history has moments of glory and moments of utter infamy. No one would want children to be made to feel personally guilty for the sins of the […]

Louise Andrus’ Report from Concord, May 2021

By Louise Andrus

First of all, I want to reiterate to the citizens of Andover, Danbury, and Salisbury what I stand for as a member of the New Hampshire House, which has not changed.  I defend and uphold the United States Constitution and New Hampshire Constitution; I vote against any income tax or sales tax and any tax […]

Educational Workshops on Race Addressed by State Rep

Member of House Education Committee

By Louise Andrus

I attended the Merrimack Valley School District School Board Meeting on April 12. In the comment section of the agenda I addressed the following: “Thank you Randy. Good Evening, For those who do not know me, my name is Louise Andrus.  I am a taxpayer and resident of Salisbury. I am also a State House […]

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