To The Daily Sun,
I am so grateful to my Laconia State Reps. David Huot, Charlie St. Clair and Frank Tilton, for supporting a bill in the House that will save children’s lives.
Unfortunately, lead poisoning continues to happen in New Hampshire. In fact, in 2015, over 73,000 children between the ages of 5 and 18 had, at one time, above the acceptable levels of lead detected in their blood. Over 300,000 New Hampshire housing units have potential lead hazards even today.
Reps. Huot, St. Clair and Tilton, along with Reps. Fields, Lang and Plumer, voted in favor of legislation designed to prevent childhood lead poisoning and to create a funding source for that purpose. Why did Reps. Abear, Aldrich, Comtois, Fraser, Howard, Silber, Spanos, Sylvia, Vadney and Varney vote against this bill? Oftentimes securing public health overwhelms the immediate price tag. In this case, the savings put in place by lead paint containment will supersede the long-term costs of supporting children with lead paint-related illnesses.
What were Reps. Abear, Aldrich, Comtois, Fraser, Howard, Silber, Spanos, Sylvia, Vadney and Varney thinking when they voted on this bill (Wednesday)? Certainly not about the best interests of New Hampshire’s children!
- Written by Mike Mortensen
- Category: Letters
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