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Letter: This is why we need the redress committee

Re “A call for freedom” (Sunday Monitor front page, Jan. 6):

Sen. Martha Fuller-Clark discovered a petition for redress from 1779 and is reintroducing it for apparently political purposes. Yet last Wednesday the New Hampshire House once again voted to deprive citizens of the right to redress grievances, a New Hampshire constitutional right, by eliminating the redress committee.

The excuse given: Well, petitions could be placed “on file” – the same manner that the 1779 petition was placed on file and promptly forgotten until 2013!

Virtually the first act of the 163rd New Hampshire House was to re-enact the disrespect shown to the men from Portsmouth. After all these long years, isn’t it time to actually allow citizens a real process of complaining about their government? Unless, of course, government is always right and citizens must merely suffer under the oppression without recourse – without representation.



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