Pelham - Windham News 10 - July 1, 2011
Three Generations of Shaheen Women Come Together to Support Diabetes Research
With her daughter and granddaughter at her side, U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) took part in the 2011 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Children’s Congress this week, confirming her commitment to finding a cure for diabetes. Senator Shaheen’s daughter Stefany, and her 11-year-old granddaughter Elle, who has Type 1 diabetes, are co-chairs of the 2011 Children’s Congress. “It was a special moment for me to share with Stefany and Elle, but it was also a significant opportunity to draw national attention to the fight against a condition that affects millions of Americans,” Shaheen said. “I believe we need to find a cure for this disease, and we must continue to invest in diabetes research to develop new and better treatments to help children and adults living with diabetes.” Today, Shaheen met with the Children’s Congress New Hampshire delegation in her office. On Tuesday, she spoke at a town hall event with
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By the authority vested in me, pursuant to part II, Article 44 of the New Hampshire Constitution, on June 27, 2011, I vetoed SB 129. The right to vote is a fundamental right that is guaranteed to all citizens of this State under the United States and New Hampshire Constitutions. An eligible voter who goes to the polls to vote on Election Day should be able to have his or her vote count on Election Day. SB 129 creates a real risk that New Hampshire voters will be denied their right to vote. Voter turnout in New Hampshire is among the highest in the nation, election after election. There is no voter fraud problem in New Hampshire. We already have strong elections laws that are effective in regulating our elections. SB 129 requires a voter to present photo identification in order to cast a ballot in any municipal, state or federal election in New Hampshire. The photo identification must be one that is issued by the United States government or the State of New Hampshire, or a driver’s license from another state. Without that type of photo identification, the voter can only cast a “provisional” ballot, requiring the voter to return to their city or town clerk’s office no later than 2 1/2 days after the election with a valid photo ID, a waiver from the Secretary of State, or an affidavit of religious exemption. Seniors, students, those who are disabled or do not
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drive, and those who do not already have a state-issued or federal-issued photo ID, may not be able to arrange to obtain a valid photo ID within the tight 2 1/2 day timeframe. Many town offices are closed or have only limited hours on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, when those voters who received a provisional ballot would be expected to return to produce a photo ID and have their vote counted. Voters in areas of the state where DMV offices have been consolidated will also be disadvantaged. Traveling to Concord or Manchester is not an option for everyone. These circumstances will present real hardships, especially for our seniors and disabled voters. The New Hampshire City and Town Clerks Association,
AARP, the League of Women Voters, and the Secretary of State have all opposed provisions of this bill. The bill’s provisions for the length of time to produce a valid photo ID after an election and the types of photo IDs allowed are among the most restrictive voter identification provisions in the nation despite any evidence that current law is insufficient protection against voter fraud. If SB 129 were to take effect, New
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by Barbara O’Brien Students attending Windham High School will continue to be offered driver’s education training through Granite State Driving School. School Board members unanimously (5 to 0) approved extending the contract with the Salem-based firm during their June 20 meeting. Granite State Driving School has been in business since 2003 and employs six State- certified instructors. The school uses a team approach to instruction. In addition to Windham High School, Granite State Driving School also provides instruction to students at Alvirne High School in Hudson, as well as at schools in Derry and Salem.
At the recommendation of SAU 28 Business Administrator Adam Steel, School Board members approved a four-year contract with Granite State Driving School. Steel explained, however, that
the Windham School District could opt out of the contract at any time if board members feel the company is not doing a satisfactory job. Prior to recommending Granite State Driving
School, Assistant Superintendent Amanda Lecaroz and Windham High School Principal Tom Murphy met with the representatives of six driving schools, each of which had submitted a bid proposal to Windham.
Steel also explained that each student participating in the program at the high school would be credited with a $150 rebate from the State to help offset the cost of driver’s education. The rebate will go directly to the vendor supplying the instruction, Steel said. Commenting on the job that Granite State
Driving School instructors have done for the past two years, School Board Chairman Ed Gallagher said, “They are a proven commodity.”
High School Building Fund Closed
by Barbara O’Brien Almost two years after the doors opened to students at Windham High School, members of the current School Board have decided to close out the remaining building fund and return that money to the unreserved fund balance on June 30, the end of the 2010-2011 school year. ‘It’s finished,” SAU 28 Business Administrator Adam Steel told Windham School Board members during their meeting on June 20. Steel was referring to the construction of the now two-year- old building. “This is the prudent time to wrap it up.” Any work done from here on out would not be considered part of the original construction, he explained. The final cost of Windham High School was in the neighborhood of some $50 million. On July
1, the approximately $130,000 that remains in the building fund will be returned to the unreserved fund balance and, subsequently, applied to the kindergarten addition fund. Plans are to build a seven-room kindergarten addition onto Golden Brook School. Those plans are uncertain at the present time, however, due to the likelihood that less State money will be made available to offset the $2.9 million cost of the project. School Board members voted unanimously (5 to 0) to close out the high school building fund and transfer the remaining money to the kindergarten addition fund. “After all these years, it feels good to close it out,” School Board Vice Chairman Bruce Anderson commented. Anderson was one of the original members of the Windham School Board when plans for the high school started taking shape.
Hampshire would have a different and more lenient standard to register to vote than to cast a vote. Under current law, a person registering to vote prior to Election Day can execute an affidavit and does not need to produce a photo ID. When a voter chooses to use a photo ID to register, he or she may use any photo ID deemed to be legitimate by the local official, not just a State of New Hampshire or US Government issued ID. But SB 129 goes even further and actually discriminates between state and federal workers on one hand and municipal and private employees on the other. Under SB 129, a State Trooper can use his or her state photo ID to vote, but a municipal police officer cannot use his or her municipal issued photo ID. State employees can use their agency-issued photo ID’s to vote, but employees at private companies may not use their company-issued photo IDs. SB 129 would also allow a person to use a Massachusetts or Maine driver’s license as a valid photo ID to vote, even though a municipal photo ID issued by Raymond or Londonderry would not be a valid photo ID. Creating a two-tiered system of photo IDs for registering and voting makes no sense. It will only cause confusion and frustration at the polls that is bound to result in preventing some voters from casting their vote on Election Day. There is also no provision made in SB 129 to guarantee the confidentiality of those that cast a provisional ballot. Unlike current election law, which protects from public disclosure the names of those persons who request and cast an absentee ballot during the election process, there is no comparable provision guaranteeing confidentiality to those who are issued and cast a provisional ballot. Ballot secrecy is fundamental to our voting system, and SB 129 fails to preserve ballot secrecy for all voters. The provisional ballot provision of SB 129 may also impact the State’s responsibility to conclude its state primary elections in a timeframe that will allow the general election ballots to be prepared and sent to military and other overseas voters in compliance with federal law. Many of the states that have adopted the use of provisional ballots with photo ID have primaries in the spring or early summer months, much earlier than New Hampshire’s state primary. There is also a risk that challenges to election results over the validity of provisional ballots will impact the Secretary of State’s ability to meet federal requirements for supplying general election ballots to oversees voters. For all these reasons, I am vetoing SB 129.
professionals who have Type 1 diabetes, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who Shaheen introduced. Shaheen also recently introduced bipartisan legislation with U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) that would address the growing threat of gestational diabetes, a type of diabetes that occurs during pregnancy and affects millions of women and children across the country. The JDRF Children’s Congress is held
every two years in Washington as a way for children with Type 1 diabetes from across the country to share their stories with members of Congress and federal officials. More than 100 children, aged 4 to 17, serve as delegates from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Shaheen poses with her daughter Stefany, and granddaughter Elle, the co-chairs of the 2011 Children’s Congress
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