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March 27, 2014

My Opinion: March 27, 2014

RAYMOND - The House Session days of March 12 and 13 were another two long days of arguing over not much of anything important. Here are some bills of interest:

HB-1207, relative to identification of the source of legislative bill proposals. Bill would have required the identification of a private organization responsible for distributing a model act used by a legislator to propose new legislation, as provided by the legislation’s prime sponsor or as identified by a third party. Bill killed ITL (division vote - D) D 268-57.

HB-1601, relative to mandatory headlamp use. Bill would have made several changes to current laws about vehicle headlamp use, including removing the 1/2 hour timeframe from after sunset and before sunrise. Who knows the exact time each day of sunrise or sunset? I couldn’t believe this bill came out of Transportation Committee recommending passage. After debate, amendment A-0265h passed on a RC 164-161, I voted no. Then an attempt to table failed RC 161-164. OTP-A failed RC 151-182, and finally we killed it ITL on a voice vote (VV).

HB-1577, relative to regulating alkaline hydrolysis for the disposal of human remains. This is the bill I wrote about last week, where you cook Mama. Again, the House voted OTP RC 209-116. It’s up to you now. Call your State Senator and tell them to kill this inhuman legislation.

HB-1170-FN, repealing the death penalty in New Hampshire. If this bill were to become law, New Hampshire will have no death penalty laws. I do not believe in our current laws, and voted ‘yes’ on bill passage because: My moral, religious, and social values require more of me; the risk of executing an innocent person is real; the costs far outweigh the benefits; in various cases, the application of the death penalty was neither fair nor equal; and I have seen no evidence that the law deters crimes, or aids in any public safety. After almost two hours of debate, the bill passed OTP RC 225-104.

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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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