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I have difficult time giving aid to a specific sectoin of farmers when we don't give it to all

To The Daily Sun,

This is the tenth of my reports to the voters of Hill and Franklin on what is happening in Concord. This past week was not very busy, but it has had one very vocal hearing. As I said last week, Senate Bill 66 on fetal homicide was before the committee. The emotions on this ran high and I received many emails, pro and con.

The hearing was on Wednesday, the 22nd. This bill defines a baby (fetus) as a victim if it is harmed during an attack on the mother. It sets the baby's gestation age as 21 weeks for the legal age for a crime. Let's be honest. It is a baby from conception and it should be defended. Thirty-eight other states have varying definitions for harming a baby. New Hampshire does not. We heard from a mother who was involved in an automobile accident only weeks before she was due to deliver a baby girl. When she woke up from an induced coma several weeks later she learned that the baby had died and her injuries will prevent her from having more children. To make it worse the person who hit her head-on was not charged and she could not even get a birth or death certificate for the child because it had died in her womb. The big point of contention from the opponents is giving the unborn baby any personhood even in cases like this. This is just wrong and we have to pass this bill.

SB-10, a bill to give aid to dairy farmers who were hurt in recent drought, was on the agenda for the House session on Thursday. I come from a farming family and we saw the ups and downs of the weather. Most of us are out of the business now but in the end I could not support this bill. I have a difficult time giving government aid to a specific section of farmers when we do not give it to all, and that is not going to happen.

Legislation is moving fast. By the time you read this report it may be too late for you to voice your opinion on a given bill. You must be engaged to have your voice heard. The calendar for each body for the following week comes out online every Friday. Take time to scan through the list and contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 320-9524 if you have any questions. You can find the calendar at http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/caljourns/default.htm.

Dave Testerman
State Representative
Franklin and Hill

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Adhering to policies over politics will result in a better society

To The Daily Sun,

I appreciate the comments by Sara Kander on health care in the U.S.A. The sad reality is the last administration doubled the national debt and created a health care law that can't sustain itself, as it will implode in 2017 or 2018. The trouble with free health care, is some one has to pay for it. An old friend said to me, "Every one wants to ride but no one wants to push."

A major problem for health care is fraud, exacerbating the cost. We have Medicaid for the indigent, Medicare for the elderly and employer-based plans for the working class. We do need a comprehensive plan that is fair to all people. Yes, some people die in spite of medications, some die for lack of care. Some die from crime, accidents and also from abortions. You are right stating that our government is run by the people who care about people, adhering to policies over politics, we will have a better society.
Sadly, we don't have many Mr. Smith goes to Washington any more.
I am sorry you have such a jaded view, but we will persevere as a country.
We have two diametrically opposed factions in government.When they reach the proverbial third stage of grief, (bargaining), we can then move forward.

Rich Tjaden

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