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Families Matter concert benefits Belknap House & Genesis

To The Daily Sun,

Oct. 21, Berklee College of Music’s world renowned a cappella choir, “Pitch Slapped,” will perform at the Meredith Community Auditorium (located at Inter-Lakes High School) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 for adults. Students, with student IDs, can purchase tickets at the door for $10 for everyone else, tickets are available at www.tbinh.org. All net proceeds will go to Belknap House and Genesis Behavioral Health.

In a world where everyone is vying to matter, the Temple B'Nai Israel We Care Team believes that Families Matter and that is why they have chosen to support, via the Oct. 21 concert, both Belknap House and Genesis Behavioral Health. Both organizations work to help families in need. Belknap House supports families by providing a temporary cold weather shelter that is geared toward keeping families together during the fall and winter months, while working with those families to find more permanent solutions. Genesis Behavioral Health offers counseling to help solve family issues. Both organizations provide critical family services to the Lakes Region communities.

You can help them while enjoying a terrific night out on Saturday, Oct. 21. Tickets and more information are available at www.tbinh.org.

Stu Needleman

Moultonborough

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State constitutional amendment would put town rights ahead of state & nation

To The Daily Sun,

Rep. Ellen Read of Rockingham District 17, has introduced a state constitutional amendment that would guarantee local communities the authority to protect the health, safety and welfare of individuals, communities and nature.

The Community Rights Amendment was drafted by New Hampshire Community Rights Network (NHCRN) with assistance from the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund (CELDF). Rep. Read said she is proud to sponsor the amendment to “ensure protections for the people and ecosystems of the Granite State that currently do not have governing authority over decisions that directly affect them.”

The legislation grew out of the frustration of many New Hampshire residents who have been thwarted in their efforts to protect their local identity, ecosystems, unalienable rights and individual property rights. Towns are preempted by state and federal governments, in partnership with corporate special interests, without towns’ consent and with no regard for their welfare. Proposals including gas pipelines and compressor stations, high voltage transmission lines, industrial wind ventures, water extraction projects and other harms, have threatened New Hampshire people and ecosystems. These projects are approved by many state elected officials and state agencies.

A growing number of communities have acted to protect themselves by passing Rights-Based Ordinances (RBOs) at their town meetings. RBOs, developed by people in those communities with CELDF’s assistance, are grounded in the unalienable right affirmed in the Declaration of Independence and the New Hampshire state Constitution: our individual and collective right to self-govern.

Rep. Read said that when NHCRN brought the amendment proposal to her attention, she immediately saw the need to step up and set an example for other elected officials to follow. This amendment would empower communities to enact local laws that protect health, safety and welfare for residents and their natural environments by recognizing, securing and protecting rights greater than those afforded by existing laws. That means authority to prohibit harmful corporate activities that seek to threaten local community rights.

For more information about the NHCRN or the proposed constitutional amendment, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Michelle Sanborn

Alexandria

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