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April 3, 2014

My Opinion: April 3, 2014

RAYMOND — We did it again. The two day House Session on March 19 and 20 was just a continuation of in-house fighting, mostly over junk bills.

Here are some of the bills:

HB-1307, prohibiting the state and political subdivisions from acquiring military-equipped vehicles or equipment which are not readily available in an open market. This bill would have prohibited towns from purchasing federal issue vehicles such as fire and heavy road work equipment, and also the better bullet proof vests. After almost an hour of debate, bill was killed ITL RC 195-138.

HB-1411-FN-A, relative to restoring money to the department of health and human services. This bill is bad public policy (1) It reopens the 2014/2015 budget, contrary to long-standing House practice. Once the budget is reopened, the majority could change anything they want. (2) The amount of money requested for HHS is only 3/10th of 1% of their budget. Surely a department the size of HHS can absorb that amount of difference, without any additional money. (3) The State “Rainy Day Fund”, according to the State Treasurer needs to be about $70M. Today it has only $9M. All the surplus money at the end of the year, June 30th, should go to the Rainy Day Fund period. After much debate, the Dems. pushed the bill through: A-0324h on VV, Republican floor A-1024h failed RC 157-172, and bill passed OTP-A RC 185-153. Not a good thing for us.

HB-1378, repealing sugar packet requirements. I brought this bill on my list to show you a sample of many of the bills we have this year, and if it’s worth the time and money to even look at. This was an attempt to repeal RSA 143:6 where it says that any eating or drinking establishment must use sugar packets and not have an open bowl or container. Bill was killed ITL RC 220-116. As I’ve said before, we have too much personal issue legislation this term.

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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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