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Opinion

July 11, 2013

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Local police make a difference in Torch Run

To the editor:

Thank you to everyone in the Derry and Londonderry Police Departments who participated in the 2013 Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics New Hampshire.

Together with the Windham, Hudson and Salem Police Departments, New Hampshire State Police Troop B, and area volunteers, they ran the “Flame of Hope” from Salem to Hudson to raise awareness and funds for the athletes of Special Olympics New Hampshire.

We would also like to thank the communities of Derry, Londonderry, Windham, Hudson and Salem for their support of this year’s Law Enforcement Torch Run. Your commitment and dedication to celebrating the accomplishments of the Special Olympics New Hampshire athletes is truly an inspiration. Thank you.

Mary Conroy

President & CEO

Special Olympics New Hampshire

New bill will protect young campers

To the editor:

One of my most proud moments in my first legislative session is enhancing the protection for our children while they are enjoying New Hampshire’s great camps. By requiring criminal background checks for volunteers and employees at camps, this bill protects our children, our economic engine of tourism, and filling the gap to enforce safety at camps.

We are choosing our children, and putting their well-being first, like it always should. This bill reinforces protecting a family’s most precious resource, their child. It also supports New Hampshire’s image of family and the reassuring that yes, New Hampshire cares about our children. Our most precious resource is our children and this bill protects young campers from those with records of sexual abuse and violent behavior.

The New Hampshire Camp Directors Association supported this bill because state camps want families to know that their children will be protected while under the camp’s care. Nearly all New Hampshire citizens agree that the interest of children should be put first. With the successful passage of HB 295, our goal for protecting young campers from avoidable harm is achieved, and the long term economic benefits of tourism is an added bonus.

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