Letter: Hearing all Granite Staters

Published: 1/14/2022 7:01:16 AM
Modified: 1/14/2022 7:00:24 AM

The NH Constitution states, “All men are born equally free and independent; Therefore, all government of right originates from the people, is founded in consent, and instituted for the general good.” In 2022, people continue to have a voice in crafting the laws and budgets of our government. Over the course of these 238 years, due to continued technological advances, a greater number of citizens have their voices heard more frequently in the “citizens government” with fewer barriers.

In 1784, Granite Staters used the Postal Service or rode horse so their voices could be heard in Concord. In 1920, we called over home-based landlines. And since the 1990s, we have embraced email and cell phones to further enhance the ability to communicate regularly with elected officials.

In 2021, the use of video conferencing technology such as Zoom once again enabled many more Granite Staters to have their voice heard in the legislative process in Concord. Granite Staters who may be living in a nursing home, who work during legislative session, who care for children, those who live too far away to drive hours for a 3-minute testimony. NH should applaud the 238 years of leveraging technology to bring as many Granite Staters into the legislative process as often and as easily as possible. We must embrace remote participation and I urge lawmakers to reinstate it for this legislative session. Together, we craft better legislation that’s in the best interest of all Granite Staters.

Edward Shanshala

Bethlehem


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