To The Daily Sun,
I have been reading the letters from and endorsements of Sanbornton State Representative, Brian Gallagher. I see that Brian is an all-around good citizen, volunteer and credentialed conservative. In his bid for state Senate, Brian has touted his accomplishments in helping to create new laws and stiffer penalties dealing with prostitution and other morality legislation.
I wonder if "more penalty" actually has any real effect on these issues. Aren't there underlying problems with addiction, family stability, abuse and neglect that are far more substantive in effect than putting people in jail longer and putting more people in jail at taxpayer expense?
I wonder if all of this incarceration legislation is just a flag-waving sleight of hand to create the appearance of having done something to solve problems without ever really doing anything substantive. What kind of root-cause solution is incarceration for a john? One that ignores all of the myriad issues of why a woman would sell herself and the corruption surrounding that situation.
The New Hampshire Senate needs problem solvers. This kind of Band-Aid legislation for morality issues that we have seen in Mr. Gallagher's legislative history does not indicate the type of leadership that Belknap County should send to the Statehouse. With all of the economic, tax equity, education, and employment problems that New Hampshire faces, a fixation with blue laws and incarceration as an easy solution is not an indicator of prudent thinking or legislative leadership.
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