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We must assert our right of local community self government

To The Daily Sun,

The people of New Hampshire realize that even with traditional New England Town Meeting governing style, and the largest representative body of any other state, that communities are being denied the right to decide what happens where they live.

Hydro-Quebec's Northern Pass project, if permitted, would produce 190 miles of HVDV transmission lines and towers from Canada to southern New Hampshire. A scar through some of New Hampshire's most pristine and un-fragmented wild places, to carry electricity to feed the demands of southern New England states. Almost every community along the Northern Pass route objects to the project as proposed. Who decides the fate of communities targeted by HQ NP — a presidential permit and the state agency known as the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC).

Along the central-western ridgelines of New Hampshire, industrial wind developers have been bullying communities with a number of projects over the past four years. Global developers, like Energias de Portugal (EDP), are eager to profit from one of the region's most sought after resources — unspoiled ridgelines. Even communities not targeted to host industrial wind projects are in opposition to the destruction of New Hampshire's pristine ridgelines for the sake of "not clean, not green, not cheap" energy. Who decides the fate of communities targeted by industrial wind developers — the SEC.

The Kinder Morgan Northeast Energy Direct pipeline project has awakened the more populated southern part of New Hampshire to the reality of the systemic stripping away of any authority communities have over the decision making process. Communities across New Hampshire are beginning to understand what NIMBY truly stands for — Next It Might Be You! Who decides the fate of communities targeted by the KM NED pipeline? The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).

Corporate water withdrawal and gravel mining corporations have targeted a number of Granite State communities as resource colonies. These resources are vital to the local survival and sustainability of surrounding ecosystems and those that depend on them. Who decides the fate of communities targeted for corporate water withdrawal? The state of New Hampshire, through the Department of Environmental Services, does.

From all across New Hampshire, communities have come together to form the New Hampshire Community Rights Network (NHCRN). Participants of the NHCRN realize the common denominator shared by those targeted as "resource colonies for profit" — that sustainable environmental and economic development can be achieved only when the people affected by governing decisions are the ones who make such decisions. In order to protect the resources they hold dear, and protect their very own survival, communities must frontally challenge the current structure of law that legalize these harms.

Participants of the NHCRN are challenging our elected representatives to see the current structure of law for what it truly is — a "free pass" that allows for-profit corporations to rape and plunder the natural resources that Granite Staters depend upon for environmental and economic survival; a denial of freedom for the people of New Hampshire to protect their health, safety and welfare; and a blatant contradiction to the New Hampshire Constitution, Bill of Rights.

The NHCRN is not only challenging our elected representatives to see the current structure of law for what it truly is, but we call on the Legislature of the State of New Hampshire to place a constitutional amendment before the voters that acknowledges the rights of communities, and their governments, to enact local laws to protect the health, safety and welfare of the people, their community and natural environment. An amendment to our state Constitution that would allow communities to decide what happens where they live. In order to protect the health, safety and welfare of natural people and their environments, communities must have the authority to prohibit activities that would violate their rights.

The NHCRN is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that has partnered with Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF) to draft the N.H. Community Rights Amendment we are proposing for the 2016 legislative session. We must stop accepting the legalization of harmful activities and instead, we must assert our right of local community self-government to enact local laws that protect the health, safety and welfare of New Hampshire communities and environments.

Visit NHCRN at www.nhcommnityrights.org or contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about the New Hampshire Community Rights Amendment.

Michelle Sanborn
NHCRN Coordinator
New Hampshire Community Rights Network
Alexandria

 

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I am so sick of reading about black people being upset about everything

To The Daily Sun,

Where is America going? Where is America and our president going?

There has been a big outcry after a Muslim teen is detained over bring a homemade clock to school. This wouldn't have been noticed or made headlines if this had been a 14 year-old white boy. Any chance that the clock could have been a bomb?

What they should do is have a contest with a 14-year-old boy in every school in the U.S.A. Build a homemade clock. The winner could be punished by being invited to the White House.

Anybody with a good memory can remember a 6-year-old goes to school with a rubber gun, gets kicked out of school, another young boy brings a cardboard shaped gun to school, gets kicked out of school, another boy gets kicked out for bringing a rubber knife to school. How you can justify one to the other is over my head.

Race, time after time. We have to listen to Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton, the leading race baiters in our country. But in my opinion, the biggest race baiter in the USA is none other than our president.

I am so sick of reading about black people being upset about police brutality, not getting enough welfare, food stamps , etc. But when they riot and burn buildings and cars, not a peep, when young blacks shot and kill a 4-year-old girl in her back yard, not a word, and when the majority of young black men are shot and killed, it is another young black man doing the shooting, not a peep. Where is this all going?

I think it is time to speak out and that is exactly what I plan to do no matter what people might think, say, or names they might might call me. Enough is enough.

Just imagine if, God forbid, Hillary was ever elected president, she would follow the same agenda. Say goodbye to your First Amendment rights and other far-left ideas.

It is time for Americans to speak up. God bless America.

L. Michael Hatch
Meredith

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