, Derry, New Hampshire

January 10, 2013

Letters to the editor

Derry News

---- — To run you

must first register

To the editor:

The first day to file for consideration in the March 12 Derry Town Election is Wednesday, Jan. 23. You must be a registered voter to run for a town office. You may register at the town clerk’s office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (except lunch) and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (except lunch).

In case you can’t make it during these hours, we have a supervisor session on Tuesday, Jan. 22 from 7-7:30 p.m. Of course we will stay longer if we have to. We try to allow you as much time as possible to register because you can’t run if you’re not registered.

You may do changes of name, address and party at any of the above mentioned hours also.

Have a happy and healthy new year and please get out to vote. It’s a right and a privilege.

Renee Routhier


Supervisors of the Checklist

Electronic fence

may be the answer

To the editor:

Regarding a Derry neighborhood’s dispute over dogs:

Fences make good neighbors but apparently Len Budd’s fence is inadequate and this is unfair to the dogs. I feel for the dogs more than Mr. Budd.

I am a pet owner and active in my dog club and obedience classes. But if I were Anthony Lang, frankly I would be annoyed, too. All Mr. Budd needs to do is buy an invisible fence and dog collars. This will keep his dogs in his yard and not soil up Lang’s property. For all the fines Mr. Budd has paid he probably could have had an invisible fence a long time ago.

Jessica Barker


House chamber is

no place for guns

To the editor:

On Jan. 2, the members elected to serve as state representatives reviewed the rules governing the operations of the New Hampshire House. The most contentious issue was whether loaded weapons should be allowed in the People’s House, or whether safety and other concerns should take precedent.

I was raised in the farmlands of Lancaster, N.H., and remember my dad bringing home his deer — and the times he didn’t bother. I grew up seeing the annual crop of out-of-state license plates and knowing who in town served as guides for the folks in those cars. So, the long-standing tradition of hunting is familiar and comfortable. There was no gunfire near homes, no gunfire after nightfall, no shots disrupting family outings. There were miles of wild space to go around.

The issue of loaded weapons in the Statehouse is a different matter. This is not about hunting, or the simple right to bear arms.

This issue centers on whether you think more loaded weapons means more safety. This is a legitimate debate, as both sides have something to recommend their view. I believe that it was important for me to vote as I had been directly asked by my voters.

Prior to the election, the issue of removing guns from the Statehouse was a frequently mentioned topic of concern. Following my election, this issue was stressed by almost everyone who approached me.

Parents and teachers who were accustomed to taking children on tours were disturbed at the thought of the presence of firearms in what had been, in their lifetimes, a safe zone. Other folks just didn’t think that loaded guns have a place in the Statehouse.

To be clear, Rule 63 as passed by the Legislature in the last biennium, allows legislators and any other person to carry loaded, concealed weapons. So, while much of the testimony on Wednesday heralded the right of legislators to bear firearms, the rule being debating allowed any individual to bring loaded weapons into the state house.

A lack of civility and decorum during those months created for many an emotional environment that was not helpful to the serious work that needs to be addressed in the New Hampshire House.

The new rule simply states that there will be no loaded firearms in the New Hampshire House Chamber, the anterooms, or the gallery, unless carried by a public safety officer.

The majority of constituents in my hometown have reached out to tell me that they do not believe that the process of lawmaking, which requires thoughtful debate and respect for each other’s opinions, is enhanced by the presence of firearms. I have voted to support the new rules of the New Hampshire House.

State Rep. Lisa Whittemore