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Throwing temper tantrums in the State House must stop

To The Daily Sun,
This is the 14th of my reports to the voters of Hill and Franklin on what is happening in Concord. I am new to the House of Representatives this year but I am frankly dismayed at the lack of civility and decorum. I come from a family and military background where "Sir" and "Mister" were just accepted as the right way to greet a person. I come from a family where we ate dinner together, played ball on Saturdays, and went to Church on Sundays. We spoke to one another with respect and although we did not always agree, we entertained the opinions of each other. It was what you did to show respect for the family, for others and for society. Our State House has lost this respect for itself and others and it has hurt the way we are perceived by you the citizen. I've thought long and hard about why this is and my conclusion falls back on one thing. The family.
Somewhere we seem to have lost the sense of family and replaced that with entitlement. This refocus led to looking at our individual needs and blaming someone else for our problems. We fail to accept the responsibility for our choices. Today, some adults behave like a child stomping their feet and screaming until they get their way. We recently had incidents in the House that made the newspapers. House members used the excuse that even thought they were rude and crude in their actions, you and I had to accept their behavior. After all, if it wasn't for somebody else with the opposing opinion the world would be so much easier. This is shocking to me and I believe those individuals learned this behavior at home.
When parents allow their children to have what they want when they want and avoid the consequences of their choices, why should we expect these children to grow up and conduct themselves any differently in public. When the parents take them to a soccer game rather than church on Sunday why should be expect them to grow up and have reverence for something bigger than their own desires. When I go to a restaurant I am appalled to see a family of four with their noses in their smartphones rather than engaging in a family discussion and developing those relationships. The State House is just a microcosm of our society. However, the State House should be a place where decorum is exhibited. The State House should be where our next generations observe how to have different opinions join together to achieve a conclusion that benefits all and how to disagree with respect and dignity. New Hampshire, we can do better!
This week in my House Committee, a crucial vote was lost when we did not pass a fetal homicide bill in committee. This is a euphemism for killing a baby in the womb by other than an abortion. I was terribly disappointed when two people from my party (whose platform says we respect life) voted to allow the murder of babies in the womb. My response was not a tweet describing these representatives as horrible people or that I felt "homicidal" about it. No, I vowed to continue to try to convince them in a civil way that what they believe is wrong.
We need to find a way in the House to have differences without making mortal enemies. Opponents yes ... not enemies. Spirited disagreement of course, but with respect. It will be difficult. We have at least two generations that did not learn from their parents that issues can be resolved without throwing temper tantrums.
There will be a vote in the future to decide the fate of these two House members. Should we expel them for "disorderly behavior" or should we discipline them as we would a child in our family having a temper tantrum? I need your advice. Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 320-9524 with your comments.
Dave Testerman
NH State Representative
Franklin and Hill

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Comey lost confidence of America; Trump handled it poorly

To The Daily Sun,
Comey was fired. Was it the right decision? I think so. Was it handled poorly? Absolutely.
Comey was in a room delivering a speech to FBI agents when he saw on the TV on the back wall that he was fired. He was working for the FBI and had to beg for a ride back to Washington, D.C., after he was publicly fired. The handling of this is pitiful.
This is not the proper way to let someone go.
Both the Democrats and Republicans praised and criticized Comey. Yet the Democrats are having a problem with this and they wanted him to be fired but have a problem now. Trump criticized the way Comey handled the Clinton email investigation and then praised him.
Are you confused? I sure am.
We do not know why he was fired. We need to know that. We must know the reason.
Did I like the way he handled the Clinton email investigation? No.
Did I like the way he handled the Clinton/Lynch tarmac meeting? No.
Did I like the way he handled the Clinton Foundation? No.
Did I like the way he handled the Clinton giving Russia 20 percent control of U.S. uranium? No.
Comey had a press conference concerning the investigations of Clinton. He pretty much said she was guilty and then at the end said she should not be prosecuted as there was no intent. That was not his call. It should have been the decision of the Department of Justice to make that call. Comey should have turned over the information of the investigation to the Department of Justice and his job would be completed.
One minute Schumer wants Comey gone and now wants Schumer wants an investigation.
Was there an investigation about the lies of Benghazi? About Clinton foundation and the Russian purchase of 20 percent of U.S. uranium, Fast and Furious when under the Obama administration weapons were sold to the cartel and one border agent was killed with one of the weapons? No... Now Schumer wants a special investigation.
He had a press conference and stated so many ways that Clinton made mistakes with the emails and essentially lied about them. But the Democrats knew about this problem and they still picked her as their candidate. So, if she did not win the election, whose fault is that?
There is an investigation of Trump and his staff/cabinet connection to Russia and the election. The investigation will continue.
Just before the election when the emails were found on her assistant's husband's computer, Comey had huge investigation with innumerable personnel and found OK a few days later. I questioned how you could really investigate thousands of emails in such a short time.
Still investigating Trump. Numerous articles that investigation still going on and at end of article nothing found. Why couldn't Comey do the same thing he did with the Clinton investigation to the Trump investigation?
Trump is president. Shouldn't we know as soon as possible if there is a problem?
I have no doubt that Comey is a patriot and wants to do the best for our country. The FBI is supposed to be nonpartisan. He walked a fine line. He did not walk the fine line well.
Strange when Stephen Colbert announced that Comey was fired, the audience cheered. His audience is mostly left. Then Colbert said called his audience Trump fans ... He changed the way the audience felt. The audience got his cue to react and they reacted wrong. That tells me that liberals don't know how to act unless told how to act. Wonder if that is true for conservatives.
Comey lost the confidence of the American public and needed to be replaced but Trump should have done it better ... much better.
Linda Riley

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