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Forum, April 21: New Hampshire bill cuts gun regulations

Published: 4/20/2021 10:00:04 PM
Modified: 4/20/2021 10:00:03 PM
New Hampshire bill cuts gun regulations

Are you following the activities of the New Hampshire Legislature? If gun violence concerns you, you should know that there have been several bills this session to expand the Second Amendment right to bear arms. House Bill 307 especially, passed the House and is being considered by the state Senate.

HB 307 should give parents and other citizens pause. The bill, under the name of “the New Hampshire Second Amendment state preemption act,” would “declare all ordinances and regulations null and void which have been enacted by any jurisdictions other than state and federal jurisdictions, which regulate firearms; ammunition; ammunition components; knives; firearms components; firearms accessories; and firearms supplies. ...” This means that any firearm regulation by a county, city, town, municipality, school district or school administrative unit would be illegal and no longer in effect.

This bill would allow people to legally carry a firearm pretty much anywhere they want, and public entities cannot say otherwise. Given recent mass shootings and the epidemic of gun violence in this country, is this what we want in New Hampshire? Do private citizens carrying firearms in public places make us safer? I don’t think so.

See for the complete bill. If this bill passes the Senate, please ask Gov. Chris Sununu to veto it.



Killing more animals is not the answer

I was glad to read Dennis Brown’s Forum letter questioning the idea of some Vermont officials that killing more moose could help the moose population, instead of focusing on killing the ticks (“It’s not the moose, it’s ticks that are the real villains,” April 16). I myself had found the April 12 article “Biologists: Hunt more moose” to be troubling.

Let’s remember the ecologist Allan Savory. Decades ago, in southern Africa, he had advocated for the slaughter of large numbers of elephants based on the idea that they were destroying their habitat, an idea backed by scientists that led to the Rhodesia government culling 40,000 elephants. The idea failed miserably and only worsened the situation. Savory called the decision to advocate for the slaughter “the saddest and greatest blunder of my life, and I will carry that to my grave.” He subsequently changed his ideas and started the Savory Institute, promoting holistic land management.

Given the state of the world, we should be doing all we can to protect our dwindling animal populations, not advocating for killing even more of them, even with the best of intentions.


White River Junction

Public hearing set on biodiesel plant permit in Haverhill

On Tuesday, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services will conduct an online public hearing regarding its intent to issue, amend or deny a temporary permit to the biodiesel plant in the Haverhill Business Park. This public hearing is our opportunity to comment on a request by Renewable Fuels by Peterson LLC to “install new equipment to existing processes in an effort to further purify finished biodiesel and glycerin generated as a by-product during the current manufacturing process.” As the company’s request to the DES states, the installation of these new processes “have the potential to generate hazardous air pollutant emissions at the facility.”

The application and draft permit are on file at: and , or by calling Sheila Rydel at 603-271-1370.

The DES will conduct the public hearing online on Tuesday at 6 p.m. It will be held using virtual meeting software (including phone). Please register for the public hearing at: .

In addition, the town of Haverhill is providing access to the virtual hearing at the Clifford Memorial Building, 65 S. Court St., Woodsville.

I urge you to attend this important community discussion, find out about the potential dangers and ask questions to protect your health and safety. The siting of this biodiesel refinery in the business park may pose unnecessary risks of fire, explosion, air and water pollution, not only to our children who attend the Haverhill Middle School but also to nearby residents.



A safe celebration for Woodstock High alumni

We know so many people have been disappointed by the Woodstock Alumni Day Parade being canceled again this year due to COVID-19. The good news is we are planning for a contact-free, safe event that will still celebrate our connections to Woodstock Union High School.

We are happy to announce an event being planned for Alumni Weekend, June 12 and 13.

After several successful photo-to-painting challenges by many WUHS alumni in the past months, we have found there is a lot of interest. Plans are underway to hold a virtual auction of paintings, drawings and photos as a fundraiser for the Alumni Association. The auction will be held Alumni Weekend. The Masonic Temple is booked for the event. We already have pledges of donations from several very good local artists. We hope others will be willing to donate paintings, drawings or photographs to the auction. The theme will be “Woodstock Memories.”

Please join us as we find a safe way to celebrate, and enjoy, our special connections to Woodstock Union High School.

Watch for more details on the Alumni Association’s Facebook page. Please contact me by email at with any suggestions or questions.



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