We received two boxes of freshly printed flyers in time for our last assembly of the last jury pool. If you’d like to participate you can join us, or if time is an issue, make a contribution to the printing of flyers.
We received two boxes of freshly printed flyers in time for our last assembly of the current jury pool. We handed out about 40, which is higher than usual for the last meeting of a pool. I’ll dig up the dates for the next Belknap Superior Court jury pool and post it here.
If you’d like to participate you can join us, or if time is an issue, make a contribution to the printing of flyers.
Those who think there is never enough government have been sharing their low grade propaganda in the letters section of the Laconia Daily Sun. This time they target the Honorable Raymond Howard for a vote in 2016.
Those on the attack say “It is hard for me to understand why someone would object to having our students learn about the US and state governments and constitutions and be tested on the subject.” Now if I wanted to be deceptive, I might not have used the full quotation and left off the last six words. You see the bill was not about teaching the material; that was already the law. SB-157 did not add any new material to the curriculum, it added a testing requirement.
So the real issue with this bill is about testing not teaching. As one who voted against this bill I can tell you why. I listen to my constituents and often hear how much stress is put on our students. They have busy days in school and plenty of homework to take care of. So I had to stop and think; where will the time come from to add another test to their day. Sure it is just one more test, but the legislature wasn’t adding time to the day. Let’s also remember that much of the stress felt by young people surrounds testing. I didn’t think jamming one more test into their school year was helpful at all. One thing I remember about school and testing is that you focus so much on the test that once it is done, it is only a short time before the material studied is lost to the studies for the next exam.
I’m grateful to have served three terms with Rep. Howard. He takes the time to study the bills and more importantly consider the possible poor consequences of passing a well intended but faulty bill.
Like dogs barking in the night; they all need to chime in.
Fun fact for LRP readers: our Commissioner of Education was in the legislature at the time and also voted no to testing for civics. He knows it doesn’t help retention of the information.
And one final point for my opposition to the bill. I took the time to consider the make up of our government school system, and had to wonder what exactly will they be teaching and how will they be grading the exams.
My reply was printed August 2, 2018 which happened to coincide with a bit of support from an unlikely source.
State Rep. David Huot, D-Laconia, who was a judge for 33 years, said that, if re-elected, he will introduce a bill that would ban the sale or transfer of AR-15 rifles.
“My view about these things is you deal with the immediate issue,” he said. “All the mass murders that you have are with AR-15s, so I guess that’s what you try to attack.
“The objective would be to tamp this thing down a bit. I don’t want to take anybody’s gun away.”
Rep. Hout doesn’t want to ‘take’ anybody’s gun, but he does want to keep you from buying or selling an AR-15. Having been a judge Rep. Hout should be familiar with the term ‘taking’.
Many types of government action infringe on private property rights. Accordingly, the Fifth Amendment’s compensation requirement is not limited to government seizures of real property. Instead, it extends to all kinds of tangible and intangible property, including but not limited to easements, personal property, contract rights, and trade secrets.
To put it very simply, if you can not sell your AR-15, its value has been greatly diminished. Rep. Hout swore an oath to the Constitution and his proposal is a direct violation of his oath.
Perhaps the people of Laconia will make sure that Rep. Hout is not re-elected so they can be certain that he will not be coming for their guns.