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The Word Around Town... Letters to our Editor

Ten Years Gone But Never Forgotten

To the Hudson Community, on April 25, 2012, we remember 10 years ago the passing of Alvirne High School Teacher and dedicated family member Sean Slattery. It seems like it was only yesterday when that fateful telephone call saying Sean was missing. A frantic 24 journey led my wife, Jennifer and I to Walt Disney World where all our worst fears were realized. Sean had drowned in the lagoon and would not be coming home. Sean was a dedicated father, son, brother, uncle, mentor, friend (frankly

there are not enough words to describe this incredible man) to all who knew him and those he knew. Sean’s sudden passing has left a void that can never be filled but has brought our family closer together. We remember Sean, shed our tears, comfort one another however we never forget. My family continues to remember Sean annually through the awarding of

the “Judith and Sean Slattery Memorial Scholarship” to a graduating Alvirne Senior who is entering the field of education or teaching and want to thank the community for their continued generous support in keeping Sean’s memory alive. I miss you everyday.

Scott Slattery, Brother, Hudson Truth About ALEC

Recently there has been a spat of hate letters regarding the nation’s oldest and largest public-private discussion group, American Legislative Exchange Council. Tis organization allows members of Legislatures from across the nation to gather to discussion common problems and developing issues. Joining the legislators are various advocacy groups including Amnesty International and various prison ministry groups. Yes, there are those “evil” business interests present. You know them, they are the ones that employ you, pay your wages, provide access to group health insurance, pay your vacation, pay for workers’ compensation. Businesses, the heartbeat of America without which this nation would fold. As that rather taciturn New England President “Silent Cal” once said; “the business of America is

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business.” It is interesting that separate authors in separate

newspapers penned exactly the same letter to the editor. It is almost as if the authors did not do any research, do any analysis and just sent in the letter they were told to send. Interesting indeed that separate people could present the same mischaracterizations, “less than accurate” statements and plain old lies. Yet, if you ask any of them they will likely say, ‘oh no, I did it all by myself.’ Let us be absolutely clear. Bills for introduction

in New Hampshire come from New Hampshire, but may be similar to those in other states. Tat is the result of open and frank discussion between legislators without partisan bickering. Te ALEC “model” legislation is debated in committee (called a Task Force) and often takes several years to reach a resolution that is acceptable to the broad majority, not an elite select few. A similar process is used by NCSL which former Speaker Terri Norelli will soon head. (aside: I wonder if Granite State Progress will attack former Speaker Norelli for proposing model legislation?)

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presented to the Board of Directors and presented as a reference for members. It is not mandated, the model legislation is just that, a proposal vetted by legislators across the nation to address a common problem. It is available for any member legislator to modify to her or his state’s needs. Gee, efficiency, responsiveness and responsibility in the legislative branch to benefit each of us – what an idea! As for not protecting individual taxpayer rights – that is a complete and total falsehood. Consider CACR 6 introduced to the House, passed the House, modified by the Senate and awaiting a Committee of Conference. Tat bill would modify the New Hampshire Constitution to require modification on spending (the exact wording varies by chamber). Tat bill was based upon a distillation of ideas presented at various ALEC conferences. Seems to me that protects taxpayers. HCR40 is a US Constitutional Balanced Budget petition to Congress. Tat ALEC inspired legislation had strong bi-partisan support in the House and is now before the Senate. Te number of pro-taxpayer ALEC inspired bills is too long for a letter-to-the-editor. One need only go to and read the press releases on “Obamacare,” tax policy, over-regulation, energy efficiency (including green jobs) to see the broad scope of ALEC initiatives. Of course, that would presume the robot letter writers actually were interested in the truth, rather than the pre-fabricated political agenda of their commissars. In case the next attack is that I have a vested interest in ALEC, let it be

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known that all legislators pay a membership fee to join. All legislators pay registration and room fees to attend conferences. No legislator member of ALEC receives “pay” or benefits from ALEC or from a corporation as a result of their membership in ALEC or as a result of bills brought forward or supported. Tese attacks are simply politically motivated ad hominem attacks designed to deflect attention from the real issues facing New Hampshire. Te business loss because of many factors, including among the highest business taxes in the country, the resolution of a massive budget deficits (NH: est. $ 900,000,000 – U.S.: est. $777,000,000,000), the lack of adequate funding because of over taxation and increased fees, the looming transfer of Medicaid costs to the State because of ObamaCare


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and the continual erosion of personal liberties and freedoms as the result of regulations, rules and federal laws.

Rep. Jordan Ulery, Hudson Call to Action

Te right to vote is central to our government, but that right is meaningless unless equal representation is assured when citizens vote. Te New Hampshire Constitution provides that the House of Representatives shall be founded on the principles of equality. Part 2, Article 11 of Te New Hampshire Constitution requires that Hudson shall have its own district. Te House redistricting plan (HB 592)denies us our own seats in

the House and violates the constitutional principle for equal and local representation. Hudson has sufficient population under state and federal constitutional standards to have our own district, but we are denied our own representatives under the House-approved plan. Due to violations of the Voting Rights Act, New Hampshire has been

required since 1980 to submit redistricting plans to the United States Justice Department for approval. I urge all Hudson voters to express strong opposition to HB 592 because it unnecessarily and unconstitutionally dilutes local representation. New Hampshire Attorney General Delaney and the United States

Department of Justice invite Hudson voters to submit comments and information, in writing or by telephone, to the Voting Section of the United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division via telephone at 1-800-253-3931; via e-mail at; or by submitting written comments directed to: Chief, Voting Section, Civil Rights Division, Room 7254 - NWB, Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20530. Te envelope for, and first page of, any submitted written comments should be marked “Comment under section 5.” For more information, the New

Hampshire Attorney General’s Elections Unit can be contacted by phone at 1-866-8868-3703 or 1-866-VOTER03.

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