RAYMOND — The April 11th Session was a short one. It started out with the 15th annual "Tartan Day" ceremony. The NH Pipes and Drums, a bag-pipe group, played several pieces and performed several dances. It was a beautiful program.
There were only five bills on the regular calendar.
SB-290 - naming a bridge in Woodstock the "Hilliard Family Bridge". This legislation will name Bridge No. 197-085, on Rte. 175. Bill passed (Ought to Pass) OTP YES VV (voice vote).
SB-367 - naming a bridge in the town of Londonderry in honor of Lance Corporal Peter J. Sora, Jr. U.S.M.C. and Private First Class Eric D. Currier, U.S.M.C. This is the new bridge on the recently completed Manchester Airport Rd., and will be named the "Sora-Currier Memorial Bridge" in honor of Sora who was killed in 2004 in pre-deployment training, heading to Iraqi, and Currier who was killed in 2010, in Afghanistan. Passed OTP YES VV.
SB-391 - naming a portion of New Hampshire route 107/43 in the town of Deerfield, the Honorable Joseph E. Stone Highway. OTP YES VV.
SB-394-L - relative to the reclassification of Province Road in Strafford from the intersection of Route 202A to Ricky Nelson Road from class II to class V, and relative to an appropriation in the Capital Budget for construction and renovations to the Milford Armory. As amended, bill adds a $1.5M appropriation to the Capital Budget for construction and renovations to the Milford Armory. Amendment A-1529h (A with identification # - h House) passed YES VV. Passed OTP-A (Ought to Pass with amendment) YES VV.
SB-202 - apportioning congressional districts. This is the Senate version of HB-1671 with a very minor change of the state's two Congressional Districts, which was worked out with the staff of both Congressmen. Bill passed OTP RC 239-95.
SB-348-FN - relative to the pulse oximetry test for newborns. Bill requires all NH hospitals that perform deliveries to do a pulse oximetry test on all newborns; it measures percentage of oxygen in blood (saturation). An abnormal reading can indicate a congenital heart defect and indicate that the baby doesn't have enough oxygen in the bloodstream. Amendment gives parents an "opt not" option. Floor vote: A-1568h passed YES VV.
I was criticized for my December 22, 2011, article where I said we must reverse the current trend in the U.S. and return to family values, and to respect our neighbors. Just look at the terrible things that have happened, just in our state, during the last few weeks. (1) A gay love triangle fight resulting in a murder, one wounded, and one suicide. (2) A murder in Raymond. (3) A 9 year old shot in the head, and died. (4) In Greenland, the killing of the police chief, and wounding of 4 other officers, plus a murder, and suicide. (5) Police officer shot in Manchester, and (6) one killed, and one injured in Chesterfield.
What has New Hampshire become? There is currently too much venom and loss of decorum, people seeking vengeance and showing vendetta is not the answer. Wake up people, let's all get some sense and moral responsibility and look out for our families, friends, and neighbors, helping those in need, and praying that we can put this past month behind us, and move forward like real Christians.
I know times are really tough, and will be all spring and summer. I don't see anything really turning around in the near future. I believe by the 4th of July, gas will be around $4.50 a gallon, and more businesses will be reducing their workforce or will be closing. Look at Best Buy as they plan to close 50 of their 92 stores nationwide by the first week in May.
I hope and pray that by the 4th of July you can call me a liar, but I don't think so. Please: let's all work together, so we can get over these troubling times.
(Editor's Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at email@example.com.)