To The Daily Sun,
I am writing with an observation regarding a Laconia Daily Sun letter to the editor that ran online on Oct. 13 and that is attributed to Michelle Sanborn. It covers a Community Rights Amendment proposed for New Hampshire’s coming 2018 legislative session. Part of this coverage is a title that does well to grab my civic-minded interest: “State Constitutional Amendment Would Put Town Rights Ahead of State and Nation.”
As I read through the piece, however, its content does not seem accurately represented by its title. In fact, contrary to its title, the piece’s content strikes me as communicating that the Community Rights Amendment does not seek to put towns before state and nation. Point in case, the content specifically refers to how the amendment would be in line with state and national guiding documents since the community rights actions that the amendment would protect “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.”
If this Community Rights Amendment is indeed grounded in rights affirmed in our state Constitution and in the foremost founding document of this nation, and if the content of the piece does not say anywhere that the amendment aims to put town rights before state and nation, then might there be a less interpretative title for the piece? Since the piece was not an op-ed but more informative in nature, much like a press release — perhaps the following title would do better to more neutrally state the aim of the proposed Community Rights Amendment outlined in the piece: “State Constitutional Amendment Seeks to Confirm N,H. Citizens’ Right to Self-Govern.”
Thank you very much for your service to keep the people of New Hampshire informed.
- Written by Mike Mortensen
- Category: Letters
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