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May 3, 2012

My Opinion: May 3, 2012

RAYMOND — The New Hampshire preliminary seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2012, recently released by the Department of Employment Security, shows it's unchanged from the February rate of 5.2%. The March 2011 rate was 5.4%. Estimates for March 2012 placed the number of employed residents at 704,520, an increase of 240 over February and an increase of 6,630 over March 2011. The number of unemployed residents increased by 70 over-the-month to 38,400. This was 1,440 fewer unemployed than in March 2011. From February to March 2012, the total labor force increased by 310 to 742,920. This was an increase of 5,190 over March 2011. The unadjusted March 2012 unemployment rate for New Hampshire was 5.6%, a decrease of 0.2% from the February rate. March 2011 unadjusted rate was 5.6%.

Nationally, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for March 2012 was 8.2%, a decrease of 0.1% from the February rate and a decrease of 0.7% from the March 2011 rate. The national unadjusted rate for March 2012 was 8.4%, a decrease of 0.3% from the February rate and a decrease of 0.8% from the March 2011 rate.

There has been a lot of hype, including complaints from Attorney General Delaney, about the new "Redress of Grievance Committee" that was started at the beginning of this term. Those complaining just don't really care about your rights or being responsible, open and accessible for the people. We must work together to deliver the responsible government New Hampshire deserves.

This Redress of Grievance Committee is the state's complaint box, in place for the people of New Hampshire, and it's their right under the constitution to be heard. Actually, the New Hampshire Constitution states, "The legislature ought frequently to assemble for the redress of grievances, for correcting, strengthening and confirming the laws, and for making new ones, as the common good may require". So you see, this committee is truly

the peoples complaint box.

The committee has begun to issue its reports and findings. They appear in the House Calendar for informational purposes, and are intended to inform legislators and the public of these complaints, whether they appear to be founded, and possible legislative remedies. Coming soon, hopefully in early May, is the Tuckaway Pub in Raymond. The response has been good at the butchery, and if no more problems are experienced with the pub renovation, it should be opened around the 10th of May. Can't wait. Those of us that have tried the various meats, salads, and meals, now available at the butchery, can only imagine the meals they will have at the pub. If you haven't tried their offerings, you're missing a great treat. Please stop by and try this new small business in Raymond. Its small businesses like this that hire local people to run their operation, and pay local taxes.

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