Letter: Another Problem With Drug-Testing

To the Editor:

Thank you for your Jan. 26 editorial, “Positively Ridiculous.” It described a bill introduced in the New Hampshire Legislature that would require drug testing for those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, more commonly known as welfare. If it passes, this measure would have another serious result in addition to those you describe: It would punish children and veterans. When I volunteer at the food shelf, both of these groups are present. I don’t think anyone wants to make it harder for either group than it already is.

Ruth Hunter



Editorial: Positively Ridiculous; Drug Tests for N.H. Welfare Recipients

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

When we read the other day that two New Hampshire state representatives had introduced legislation that was costly, ineffective and probably unconstitutional at a time when the state faces serious fiscal challenges, we wondered, “Are these folks on drugs, or what?” The bill, introduced by Reps. Donald LeBrun of Nashua and Jeanine Notter of Merrimack, both Republicans, would require applicants …