Citizen Voices

Remove Manchester homeless camps?

Jun 04, 2018

This month, the city of Manchester and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation evicted the residents of homeless camps along the Merrimack River. The inhabitants say it is public property and they have a right to be there. Others say the... Read more

Allow 16-year-olds to vote?

May 29, 2018

The 26th Amendment says that states cannot set a voting age higher than 18, though they can set a lower voting age. Supporters of lowering it say young people are becoming more involved in politics and are anxious to help choose candidates who... Read more

Ban conversion therapy for minors?

May 25, 2018

The NH House and Senate have passed HB 587, which bans conversion therapy for anyone under age eighteen. Conversion therapy seeks to change sexual orientation. Bill supporters argue that gay conversion therapy is tantamount to mental abuse. Bill... Read more

Should NH have a helmet law?

May 18, 2018

New Hampshire is only 1 of 3 states without a motorcycle helmet law. Bills mandating helmet use have repeatedly failed to pass the Legislature. The last attempt was in 2010. Opponents believe adults should have the choice to wear a helmet and... Read more

Concealed carry anywhere in US with NH permit?

May 16, 2018

Legislation in Congress proposes to amend federal law to allow an individual who is licensed to carry a concealed handgun in one state to carry that handgun in other states. Currently, individual states decide which permits they’ll recognize. For... Read more

School choice the right choice for NH?

May 11, 2018

SB 193 would allow some students, such as those with special needs or lower-income families, to receive their per-pupil share of state education funding as a scholarship for private school or homeschool expenses... Read more

Banning abortion after twenty weeks?

May 10, 2018

Pro-life advocates believe that fetuses can feel pain at 20 weeks. The youngest reported baby to survive outside the womb was in gestation just under 22 weeks. Pro-choice advocates point to evidence that survival is almost impossible before 24... Read more

Reinstate concealed carry permits?

May 03, 2018

Former Sen. Molly Kelly, a Democratic candidate for governor, argues anyone carrying a concealed weapon in NH should need a permit to do so. In 2017, Gov. Sununu signed a repeal of such concealed carry licenses. Proponents say permits keep bad... Read more

Ban smoking on Hampton Beach?

Apr 09, 2018

Voters in Hampton at a town meeting earlier this month passed a petition to ban cigarette smoking on Hampton Beach. Petitioners say cigarette smoke infringes on beachgoers’ rights to breathe fresh air. Hampton selectmen say they won’t carry out... Read more

Death penalty for some drug dealers?

Apr 02, 2018

In March, President Trump spoke in Manchester about his plan to combat the opioid crisis. He laid out a three-prong strategy focused on raising awareness about the dangers of drug abuse, stemming the flow of illicit drugs, and expanding treatment... Read more

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