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February 13, 2014

My Opinion: February 13, 2014

RAYMOND - The January 29th House Session was another day of hate and discontent, arguing over nothing, talking on and on instead of saying what you had to say, and just plain trying to interrupt the day’s business. Needless to say, I have not been happy with the sessions we have had so far this year. Representatives on both sides of the aisle need to get down to doing the peoples business, that’s what we are sent there to do.

Some of the bills of the day were:

HB-580, establishing moratoriums on wind turbine plants and electric transmission line projects. This bill would have prohibited the Site Evaluation Committee from approving any wind turbine plants or transmission lines until the Comprehensive State Energy Plan is completed. On one hand, it diminishes the property rights of landowners to put up turbines or transmission lines; on the other hand, it asserts local control, typically neglected by the current process, and legislative oversight by creating incentives for the energy plan to be completed. Republicans attempted to get it passed, but the Democrats killed it ITL RC 194-148.

HB-427, relative to tobacco tax laws. This bill sets an arbitrary figure to define “premium cigars”, which is in violation of the NH Constitution in dividing one class of a product into two separate tax rates. Bill would also have a negative impact on the small businesses that make up the “premium cigar” industry in our state. Unfortunately bill passed OTP-A RC 185-152.

HB-485-FN-A, establishing keno. Bill will expand lottery to include the electronic lottery game Keno in any establishment that pours liquor, which includes bars, restaurants, and non-profits such as American Legion or VFWs. Keno will be operated and licensed under the Lottery Commission, with revenues going to the Education Trust Fund. Bill pass OTP-A RC 202-141.

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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.

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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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