By NH State Representative L. Mike Kappler
Carriage Towne News
---- — RAYMOND - The week of April 14th was truly a week America and the world will never forget. It was truly a sad and tragic Monday the 15th, not only for Boston but for the nation, as the horrific bombings destroyed the beautiful day as thousands of runners took off running in the marathon. It is a miracle that more people were not killed or injured. With two bombs going off, it is my understanding that two more failed to detonate, which alone saved many lives.
Henri Renaud of Nashua ran in the 13th Annual Boston Marathon on April 19, 1909, is the first and only New Hampshire resident to ever win the race.
Tuesday the 16th, another major tragedy occurred in city of West Texas, TX, where a fire followed by a large explosion literally destroyed at least 50 homes, a 50-unit apartment bldg., a school, and a nursing home, killing 14 and injuring over 200. It was reported that the explosion was a 2.1 magnitude. Fires were continuing to burn as a result of gas leaks. It is not believed this tragedy is a criminal act.
The week ended with a 6.6 magnitude earthquake near the city of Ya’an in the southwestern part of China, which collapsed homes and public buildings, killing at least 203 and injuring 11,500..Also, there was gunfire, injuring two, at a “Pot Rally” in Denver, Colo., where thousands were celebrating a new pot law that recently went into effect.
One piece of good news during that week was that our State Senate was
wise enough to table (effectively kill) HB-370, on a RC 13-11, which would have repealed the new Education Opportunity Tax Credit program. This program was
just started last term, going into effect January 1, 2013. As I’ve said before, this program does not cost the state or taxpayers a cent, therefore why would some legislators want to take away this opportunity? This program gives families the ability to find an educational program best suited for their child’s needs. Why has the Governor continuously fought to have this tax credit repealed, thus refusing to give families these school choices?
Then we start off the very next week with the Canadian authorities announcing that after an investigation which started last August, they have made two arrests, foiling a major terrorist plot, thwarting a plan to blow up a Canadian railroad bridge, as a Toronto to New York City commuter train would be crossing over it. The authorities said that during this long investigation, the public was never in any danger, but the men had the capacity and intent to carry out the mission. They pointed out that these two arrested were older men, not the normal youth radicals, that wanted to make a “big statement”. This plot was an Al-Qaeda supported attack, conspiring with people in Iran, but is believed to not be related to the Boston event.
With all this wrenching news, I feel more is coming over the summer and fall. Where do we go from here? May I humbly suggest church. Please pray for all those killed, injured, and their families.
And just as I’m about to hit send, sending this article to the CTN, I hear a news flash that there was a car bombing in the Libyan capital of Tripoli, at the French Embassy, wounding two French guards.
(Editor’s Note: NH State Representative Mike Kappler can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)