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If they are residents of N.H. why do they pay out-of-state tuition?

To The Daily Sun,

It's about time New Hampshire improves our very lenient voter laws.

I find it very disturbing for New Hampshire to allow students from out of state, who are here to attend college, the right to vote and choose our local politicians. This is a fact that was just proven in our November election.

We all know that the majority of college students, vote for the Democratic Party candidate.
As we just witnessed, thousands of students protesting across the country, at many college towns and cities. They were destroying and burning public and private property for weeks. Why? Because, their Democratic candidate of choice, Hillary Clinton lost.

I did some research on our November local election results in New Hampshire, for the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Maggie Hassan and Republican Kelly Ayotte.

New Hampshire has 10 counties. Maggie Hassan won five counties. She won every county that has a large college population:

Grafton County, home to Plymouth State and Dartmouth College; Cheshire County, home to Keene State; Strafford County, home to the University of New Hampshire; and Merrimack County, which houses New England College, Colby-Sawyer, Magdalen, New Hampshire Technical Institute, Notre Dame, Southern N.H. Institute and several others.

Coincidence? I think not.

It's evident that these college students overwhelmingly voted for Maggie Hassan.
Kelly Ayotte won the other five counties, that house only one or two small community colleges, and Hillsborough county, where she lives and has a business.

This problem that has to be corrected and soon. Every vote cast by a student from out of state, cancels a vote by a true, New Hampshire citizen.

If these students are to be considered citizens, they should have to obtain a New Hampshire driver's license and register their cars here, as every citizen does. New Hampshire sure could use that lost revenue.

Also, since they are considered citizens, they should be eligible for the lower instate tuition rate at our colleges which, they are not.

Why are they only considered citizens when it comes to their vote?

New Hampshire needs to put a stop this this grave injustice that is forced upon our citizens. Are these students residents or not?

Linda Dupere
Campton

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I am privileged in many ways that I never even thought of before

To The Daily Sun:

After reading two articles about privilege, one by Alan Vervaeka and the other by Froma Harrop, I became more aware of how I benefit from certain privileges. The first thing I thought about was race. I'm a Cambodian-born, American citizen, whose privilege is more present than I originally thought.

I've always wondered why it was that American/European history was part of my core curriculum, but topics which strike my interest, such as Women Study or African American History, are offered as electives only. Does this mean that Americans and Europeans are more important than women or African Americans? Should I be offended that being educated in Caucasian history has a higher priority over my own races' background? Or is it because America is primarily made up of white faces that have to be reflected in everything as if their life is held sacred in history textbooks?

This issue doesn't end, or begin, with race. There is so much more to it. I am privileged in many ways that I never even thought of. For example, I am able-bodied, meaning I don't have to worry about living my life with the constant struggle of using a wheelchair, or if the book I want is in braille. I am also part of the upper-middle class which dismisses the fear of being unable to pay bills or insurance. However, I am not a natural born citizen, I am not white, nor am I a male. In the words of Gina Crosley-Corcoran, from occupywallstreet.net, "being a white, middle-class, able-bodied male can be like winning a lottery you didn't even know you were playing."

Reference:

http://www.laconiadailysun.com/opinion/letters/100265-alan-vervaeka-12-7-237-old-guys

http://www.laconiadailysun.com/special-sections/columns/99735-froma-harrop-democrats-must-drop-identity-politics

http://occupywallstreet.net/story/explaining-white-privilege-broke-white-person

Emma Burgess-Dunn

Canterbury

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