Should orange, red and yellow become New Hampshire’s official colors?
Red, yellow and orange – let’s make it official!
Orange, red and yellow are the colors of fall in New Hampshire – and if a state representative gets his way, they’ll become the state’s official colors all year round.
Rep. Mark McConkey, a Republican from Freedom, has introduced a bill for next year “establishing orange, red and yellow as the state colors.” The idea, he said, came from a group of fourth-graders at Freedom Elementary School.
“I had gone over to speak to them about how government works and talked to them about the bill process,” McConkey said, “and told them that if there was ever something that was a burning issue for them,” they should let him know.
A few weeks later, he said, “they brought me back . . . and said there’s no state color, and they feel very passionately about that.”
New Hampshire’s fourth-graders aren’t an uncommon source of public-policy proposals. For example, students at Derry Village School have convinced Derry Republican Rep. John O’Connor to introduce a bill for next year making the potato the official state vegetable.
As for the colors, McConkey said, the Freedom students persuaded him that tourism is a major industry in the state, and “the fall colors, the colors of pumpkin and corn and so forth, reflected the three colors that they had chosen.”
McConkey described the prospects for his bill as “spectacular.
An earlier version of this story misidentified Rep. Mark McConkey's party. He is a Republican.