CarriageTowneNews.com, Kingston, NH

My Opinion

March 6, 2014

My Opinion: March 6, 2014

RAYMOND - With sadness we pray for the loss of our Seabrook State Representative Amy Perkins who passed away recently. Amy and her husband Koko are in their third term as State Representatives of Seabrook and have been very active in the House. Amy will be sorely missed. Please pray for Amy, her husband Koko and their two children. Amy, may you rest in peace.

Our February 19th House Session was a little quieter and more people friendly than previous ones this year. Most of the bills we voted on were killed (ITL). Here are some of interest:

HB-1389, naming a bridge in Derry the Lance Corporal Michael E. Geary Bridge. The House unanimously voted to name the bridge for Lance Corporal Geary who was killed in combat on December 8, 2010, while on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Michael was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, based at Camp Lejeune, NC. Lance Corporal Geary grew up in Derry and graduated from Pinkerton Academy in 2009. Derry will install the signs. May Lance Corporal Geary rest in peace.

HB-1204, relative to perjury by a law enforcement officer. This bill would have established specific penalties for a police officer found guilty of perjury or false swearing. We currently have the “Laurie List” program to handle these problems. The bill really needed to be killed (ITL). I was a one-day substitute in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee the day this bill was exec’d out of committee. After a Republican motion to ITL failed 6-12, a motion to Interim Study (IS) was made and passed. IS in the 2nd year of the term is simply a “death with dignity”. The committee can study it however they want during the summer and fall, but their recommendation can only come in next term as a new bill. The bill went to the House floor and Passed IS on a RC 174-148. In my opinion, this bill was not about whether or not a police officer should be allowed or not, but a stab in the back of the “Laurie List” system of dealing with such problems. This bill was sponsored, along with several others, by a representative who was unhappy with the result of his personal court proceedings. That is not the reason for such legislation. This year we have been bombed with personal issue bills. Thank God, so far the majority of them have been killed.

Text Only
My Opinion

US Politics
Obituaries
  • 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.

    Continued ...
    18 hours
  • 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.

    Continued ...
    18 hours 1 Photo
  • 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.

    Continued ...
    18 hours 1 Photo
  • 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.

    Continued ...
    7 days 1 Photo
  • 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.

    Continued ...
    7 days 1 Photo

Stocks