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Women’s March was nothing more than a repurposed Hillary rally

To The Daily Sun,

So much material today (Jan. 20).

First, while it is true that four months later we don’t know the Las Vegas spree killer’s motive; we also don’t even have a accurate timeline of the event that the authorities can agree on. That should have been fairly easy to piece together from records and video. Many people would like to hear the truth about that.

Second, does anyone think that the first “Women’s March” was anything more than a repurposed Hillary victory rally? Maybe those “pu$$y hats were just sitting around in a warehouse somewhere and attendees and speakers are just in the area.

Third, Thank you Ms. Dunscombe for making some positive statements about the Rev. Dr. King’s work. I wish that more people really internalized what he said about race (and "identity politics” before that was a thing).

Fourth, nice work, Mr. Veverka. You were able to hold off until your second paragraph to hit Godwin’s Law. Still, after your childish riff of Trump’s name, I thought that I reading about what Obama did (e.g., weaponizing the FBI, wiretapping the press, suppressing speech (then, criticism of the president was racist), attacking our allies (e.g., "Netenyahu is a chicken (expletive),") and lecturing the Supreme Court on proper behavior. I had almost forgotten that certain things are only bad when the Right does them. Oops.

And last, I’m so glad that Belknap County has such a surplus of funds to even consider suing pharmaceutical companies for the misuse of their products. The NIDA statistic was pretty vague. Correlation does NOT equal causation. The mass tort worked so well against the tobacco companies. All of that Big Tobacco money going to lawyers. Oh and medical treatment, I mean general state funds. I’m sure if Diogenes were alive, he would help in searching for deep pockets to raid. Your tax dollars potentially at work.

Rick Notkin

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Female genital mutilation must not be allowed to become a part of our culture

To The Daily Sun,

This is the 35th of my reports about the activities in the Legislature in Concord.  This week was filled with public hearings where testimony was offered for and against.  I will report on the more important ones, but there is not enough room to cover them all. Some of the content in this update is graphic.

In my opinion the most important was HB-1739, addressing female genital mutilation (FGM). The mountain of testimony was not pleasant, but it was important for the committee to hear about this barbarous practice.  Some cultures moving into New Hampshire want to continue practices from their home country that are not acceptable in America. It is important for each state to establish laws to reflect this. FGM is a cultural practice of violence against girls and has nothing to do with religion.  This painful procedure is performed on a young female child who is restrained and a knife or razor blade is used to remove most of the clitoris and/or labia and/or the vagina sewn partially closed, usually without anesthesia.  It is practiced to assure male dominance and protect virginity.  A 1996 Federal law and 26 states prohibit. It is estimated that 500,000 minors are at risk in the United States with approximately 400 in New Hampshire.  Currently the first federal case in Michigan revealed the practice is trafficked across state lines. With the support of ACLU, some women on the Criminal Justice Committee think that this horrendous painful violent act of FGM is acceptable.  Actually, rather than support violence against little girls, they express their opposition by supporting a study to let HB-1739 die a slow death.  We must pass HB-1739 to protect young female immigrants in New Hampshire.

On Thursday, several bills to reduce penalties for various drug offenses in a variety of methods were heard.  While we can’t depend on jails to solve our drug problem in New Hampshire, easing penalties for drug offenses in the middle a crisis does not make sense. 

I was deeply concerned about this situation.  As legislators, we are required to declare a conflict of interest if the we have a vested interest in the case before us.  But in the case where lawyers are involved a conflict is rarely declared.  In other words, all the laws we pass as legislators may affect a situation where the client of the lawyer-legislator is impacted.  There are several practicing lawyers who are also legislators. This week I asked the legislator who is a practicing attorney if he thought he had a conflict of interest when he was introducing bills to reduce drug penalties that would impact clients he would be defending as a lawyer.  I was ruled out of order.  Do you agree?

Dave Testerman

Representative for Hill & Franklin

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