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February 20, 2014

My Opinion: February 20, 2014

RAYMOND - The February 5th Session was rescheduled to the 6th, and didn’t start until 2:00 p.m. After opening the Session, a Joint Session was called into order with the Senate and some state officials. Gov. Hassan then gave her State of the State Address.

Being a strong conservative, I truly believe in less tax and spend government, and helping the working class people in New Hampshire. Expanding the Medicaid Program is NOT in the best interest of our state. Increasing the gas tax is not good for the working class people, or for the small businesses, especially the ones along our state borders. What we really need to do is find true solid ways to eliminate government waste and to control spending. Of the eight State of the State speeches I’ve sat through as your state representative, I must sadly say, this one was the worst I’ve heard. What’s coming next: an income tax and/or a sales tax? Wake up New Hampshire!

At about 3:25 p.m., we finally started working on the peoples’ business. We started by finishing up the last 6 bills that were pulled off of the consent calendar back on 1/8. The only one of interest was:

SB-3-FN, eliminating certain ramp tolls on the Everett turnpike in the town of Merrimack. Bill was killed ITL RC 201-72.

Then we started on the 2014 bills. Not planning on staying late, the Speaker opted to take up bills that had no debates lined up. We passed four, killed 10, and tabled one. Bills of interest:

HB-1108-FN, requiring voir dire examination of prospective jurors in all criminal cases. The Constitution, Part 1, Article 15, asserts the right of the accused to a trial by jury, to have all evidence favorable to him produced, and to the judgment of his peers. The voir dire process can help to ensure an impartial jury. Bill passed OTP on voice vote.

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  • Alan J. Walker, 68

    Kingston, N.H. — Mr. Alan James Walker, 68, passed away peacefully at his home on July 8, 2014, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

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  • James Reese

    Raymond, NH — James Edwin Reese, 74, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, surrounded by his family and friends at his home in Raymond, N.H. He was the son of John and Ruth Reese, born on Oct. 29, 1939 in Edensburg, Pa. James graduated from Central Cambria High School in Pennsylvania before proudly serving in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. His military service was followed by 31 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a meat inspector. Mr. Reese was an avid outdoorsman and spent much of his time fishing, camping and hiking in the White Mountains. He became involved in the Boy Scouts and enjoyed passing on his vast knowledge of the wilderness to others. Throughout his retirement years he enjoyed woodworking, raising rabbits and working in his garden.

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  • Velma J. Reid

    South Hampton, NH — Velma J. Reid, 80, died peacefully on July 17, 2014 at Exeter Hospital, surrounded by family. She was born in Haverhill, Mass. on June 8, 1934, the daughter of the late George C.W. and Alta I. (Kimball) Haynes. A graduate of Haverhill High School, Velma worked at Western Electric until she had children. For years, she was a devoted “stay-at-home” mom who raised her three children in a loving, nurturing environment. She later worked various manufacturing jobs until her retirement. After retiring, she volunteered her time at various organizations and was very involved at the East Kingston Community United Methodist Church as a member of the women’s guild, assisting with the holiday fair, and helping out wherever she could. She had a passion for animals, and would donate money, food, and blankets to the NH SPCA. She loved to sew and made a personalized quilt for every member of her family. She was also a member of the “Ugly Quilts” group, which made blankets and sleeping bags for the homeless using recycled fabric. She is survived by her husband, Clyde Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; daughter, Pam Eaton of Danville, N.H.; son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Kim Reid of Raymond, N.H.; daughter, Shirley Reid of South Hampton, N.H.; two sisters, Gwen Stuart of Haverhill, and Norma Taplin of Dracut; four grandchildren, Cheryl and Marc Welch, and Kristen and Joshua Reid, and several nieces and nephews.

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  • Carleen A. Knowlton, 80

    Danville, NH — Carleen A. (Rhoadhouse) Knowlton, 80, of Danville and formerly of Hampstead, died on July 7, 2014, at her home.

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  • Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84

    Kingston, NH — Miriam O. (Graham) Graham, 84, a resident of Kingston since 2001, and former longtime resident of Grafton, Mass., died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on July 11, 2014, following a long illness.

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