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February 27, 2014

My Opinion: February 27, 2014

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HB-1595-FN, establishing a condominium dispute resolution board. Another bad bill creating a new Condominium Dispute Resolution Board, which would lower the bar for filing complaints, so it would result in more legal costs for the managers of condominium associations. Bill passed OTP-A D 187-160.

HB-1255, making students whose name appears on the voter checklist eligible for in-state tuition rates at schools in the university system of New Hampshire. Yea, right, just bus them in, put them up, sign them up to vote, and they get in state rates. That is really crazy. It would just increase the cost of ALL in-state students. Bill kill ITL RC 247-105.

HB-1588-FN, requiring suicide prevention education in schools. This bill would have required school districts and chartered public schools to provide suicide prevention education and training to pupils, parents, facility, staff, and school volunteers. Another bad bill, and I believe it would have been a 28A issue, mandating the districts. I mentioned on the House floor, the excellent program Raymond Coalition For Youth was doing, and said it should be up to the district of how to handle this education. Bill was killed ITL D 203-145.

HB-1165-FN-A, relative to the citizen’s petition for redress of grievances by the legislature; establishing a special fund, and making an appropriation therefore. Another bad bill that would have established a $1M fund for compensation of petitioners. Having sat on the Redress of Grievances Committee last term, most of the grievances we heard were filed because the person wasn’t satisfied with the results of their hearing, not that something wrong was done. Bill was killed ITL RC 249-88.

HB-1142-FN-A, relative to the road toll for alternative fuels. This bill creates an equivalent level of the gas tax on alternative fuels, such as compressed natural gas, liquefied natural gas, and propane, so these vehicles would pay their fair share for road toll taxes that is used on road and bridge work. Bill will require the Commissioner of Safety to adopt rules establishing the conversion rate for alternative fuels to their equivalent in gallons of gasoline based on nationally recognized standards for weights and measures. Bill passed OTP-A on voice vote. Bill sent to Ways and Means Committee as 2nd committee.

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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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