Archive for the Concord Category

It’s Not the Speed….

Posted in Concord, Transportation on February 24, 2013 by Soap Box One

…it’s the stupidity.

WMUR: House considering raising speed limit in parts of NH.

CONCORD, N.H. — If some lawmakers have their way, drivers will be able to go 70 miles per hour on a stretch of Interstate 93 north of Concord, N.H.

The House votes Wednesday on a bill to raise the limit from 65 mph to 70 mph from Exit 18 to the Vermont border. The current speed limit would remain the same through Franconia Notch.

Sounds fine to me.

I’d rather be surrounded by safe, responsible drivers doing 85 mph than a bunch of road raging maniacs, drunk drivers, and texting teenagers swerving all over the road at 65.

If (and that’s a BIG if) public safety is the main concern here, and not speeding ticket revenue, they’ll pass this bill and turn their focus to those individuals who are driving recklessly on the roads.

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With Republicans Like This….

Posted in Concord, Nanny State on January 29, 2013 by Soap Box One

who needs Democrats?

Newton resident Renee King became pretty heated when she heard about a state Senate proposal aimed at campfires.

The bill would have prohibited all outdoor fires less than 300 feet from a neighboring residence.

So much fail, where to begin?

First, let me say that the day they criminalize sitting around my backyard firepit on a summer evening, enjoying a few drinks with friends, is the day I become a criminal. Better slap the cuffs on me now before I go off and do something really dangerous, like toast some marshmallows!

But, wait it gets worse.

It also would have prevented any smoke from an outdoor fire from crossing a property line.

We have a hard enough time getting a lot of sentient human beings to obey the law. Now, we’re supposed to believe that this bill will alter the behavior of smoke and wind?

OK, so maybe we can chalk that one up to poor writing skills.

“We wanted to see the reaction it would get,” said Sen. John Reagan, R-Deerfield, the bill’s sponsor.

Well, I’d tell you what I really think about it, but this is a family website.

~ Soap Box One

If You Didn’t See This Coming…

Posted in Concord on January 22, 2013 by Soap Box One

…you’re not paying attention.

UL: House bills propose raising NH minimum wage

CONCORD – The minimum wage for New Hampshire workers, bounced around like a political football depending on which party is in power, is back in play.

With Democrats in control of the state House of Representatives, two bills to raise the minimum wage are scheduled for hearings next week.

Both bills have to reestablish a minimum wage for New Hampshire, since the state Legislature under Republican leadership in 2011 overrode a veto by Gov. John Lynch to eliminate it. That means the federal minimum wage, set at $7.25 per hour, prevails in the Granite State.

HB 127, co-sponsored by Reps. Peter Sullivan, D-Manchester, and Timothy Horrigan, D-Durham, would restore the state minimum wage and set the rate at $8. The bill also calls for the rate to be adjusted every two years based on inflation, subject to a vote of the Legislature.

HB 241, sponsored by Rep. Tim Robertson, D-Keene, would set the rate at $9.25 an hour as of Sept. 1. In both bills, tipped employees in the hospitality industry would have to be paid no less than 45 percent of the minimum wage, as is now the case.

Let’s play a round of “What If…?”.

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The Lesser-Known Clause of the First Amendment

Posted in 1st Amendment, Concord on January 12, 2013 by Soap Box One

United States Constitution – Amendment I (Dec. 15, 1791):

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

New Hampshire Constitution – Article 31 (June 2, 1784, Amended 1792):

The legislature shall assemble for the redress of public grievances and for making such laws as the public good may require.

In 2011, after a century of dormancy, the House Redress of Grievances Committee was re-established by then Speaker of the House Bill O’Brien and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Two years later, within hours of taking control of the New Hampshire House, the Democrats in Concord eliminated this committee with a stroke of the pen. Who could have guessed that listening to the voice of the People, and upholding their oath to support the Constitution aren’t exactly at the top of their list of things they like to do.

It’s not that they dislike the First Amendment…entirely. After all, it’s the device that protects Paul Krugman’s right to demonstrate to the world, what an amazingly clueless clownsuit he is. It’s the device that protects the right of the women from Code Pink to prance around in public wearing giant vagina costumes (while claiming they want to have a serious discussion on women’s health issues).

They’re just not a big fan of it when it’s used by regular citizens to voice an opinion that runs contrary to their “progressive” collectivist ideology.

We here at the New Hampshire Soap Box are all about giving the People of New Hampshire an outlet for exercising their First Amendment rights, regardless of one’s political inclinations. And we’re not alone.

From the Concord Monitor:

A week after lawmakers abolished the Redress of Grievances Committee, a former House member has revived it as a private business dedicated to reigning in unfair judges and government officials.

Kevin Avard, a Nashua Republican who served on the redress committee before losing his re-election bid last year, created the Center for Redress of Grievances in late November. He is holding his first organizational meeting today at the library in Hooksett from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

[…]

He hopes to recruit a group of former and current lawmakers and attorneys to hear citizens’ complaints against the state’s courts and state agencies. When appropriate, the center will ask a sitting lawmaker to introduce legislation remedying alleged problems.

The center, which won’t charge for the work, will also help aggrieved citizens file lawsuits when necessary, Avard said.

He has our support.

How Life is Supposed to Be

Posted in Concord, Privacy Rights on January 9, 2013 by Soap Box One

Imagine a world where elected officials from both parties work together to protect the freedom and liberty of the People who voted them into office.

Sometimes, we get to call that mystical place of legend “New Hampshire”.

Union Leader: Legislators ask to fortify NH privacy laws

Can a prospective employer demand your Facebook password to check you out before he hires you?

Should police be able to go through your garbage – or your cellphone records – without a warrant?

Do you want your personal information collected and shared with government agencies, the courts or marketers without your permission?

Just what does privacy look like in the digital age? [New Hampshire state] Lawmakers will be taking up bills that try to address [these questions] in 2013.

Protecting liberty in a proactive fashion, rather than waiting for another Kelo-esque ruling from a future Supreme Court that might not hold your freedom as dear to its heart as you do to yours. What’s not to like?

These measures definitely get the New Hampshire Soap Box stamp of approval.