Letter: Freedom of speech at the NH House?

Published: 1/11/2022 7:01:02 AM
Modified: 1/11/2022 7:00:11 AM

I am writing to thank Rep. Katherine Rogers for attempting to speak at a recent House session about the need for a call to unity on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection. It was appalling to watch the Speaker of the House refuse to let her continue to speak because some members of the majority party were loudly jeering her. I thought the NH House was supposed to be a place which honored the right of legislators to speak for their constituents.

Apparently Speaker Sherman does not believe in the freedom of speech under his leadership as he could have easily stopped the inappropriately jeering legislators, but chose instead to stop Rep. Rogers from speaking. Perhaps the speaker feels that only his majority party members have the freedom of speech in “his House” or perhaps he was afraid of what voters would hear if Rep. Rogers were allowed to continue speaking. Either way, he chose party politics over unity and freedom of speech. I hope voters will remember how this current speaker runs the NH House of Representatives when it comes time to vote in November. I certainly will.

Corinne Dodge



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