To The Daily Sun,
Now that the circus that was the N.H. Presidential Primary is over, and the acrobats have all left town, things have quieted down. We have local elections coming up, and many of the letters have to do with supporting some candidate or the other; some position or the other. The courts are considering whether or not it is permissible to go topless on state and local beaches, or presumably anywhere these women would like, if they win the day. According to that "other paper" from Manchester, state lawmakers are debating whether it is illegal to have carnal knowledge with animals. If they aren't horsing around, I hope they feel sheepish because there are other far more important things to consider.
In the midst of looking to purchase a new home here in the Granite State, I discovered that it is not required to have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in homes older than January 1, 2000 unless a renovation has occurred that affects more than 50 percent of the home's appraised value. Now to be fair, we moved up from Massachusetts last year where kerosene stoves and heaters are illegal and local fire \departments get to charge you $35 to inspect your home before selling to ensure you have all of the required safety items installed. But I've gone through many homes here that have kerosene heaters, massive wood stoves, pellet stoves, or fireplaces ... and not a smoke detector or CO detector to be found. It seems that priorities are a wee bit skewed. One fire chief in a local town told me that the New Hampshire motto should be "Live Free ... AND Die" because of the lack of requisite safety apparatus in homes.
So while our elected leaders are worried about who is flashing who, or if "Lassie" is in a menage a' trois, I wonder about (and worry) about all of you who are burning wood, pellets, kerosene, and oil and if you are going to perish from a silent killer like carbon monoxide, or like a childhood friend of mine who died in a fire from a time before smoke detectors. And if you don't have them? I'd recommend the expenditure of a few dollars to get them installed before next winter, so that we can all survive to complain about whomever gets elected in November.
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