Fred Leonard - Your Bluehampshire comments, A response From Rep Chase

interesting response from Rep Chase

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Subject: Re: Your Bluehampshire comments
Date: Sat, 29 Dec 2012 21:40:40 -0500
From: Cynthia Chase <>
To: <>

Dear Mr Leonard.  Just where did you get the idea that I was planning on introducing legislation that would make people "feel unwelcome."  You might want to reread my post.  What I want to do is to make NH the best state possible by insuring a free quality public education for every NH student that wants one.  Schools are hurting and local taxpayers are hurting because of what we did last session.  What I did was to put quotation marks around the word "freedom."  That was to indicate that I was not referring to the Bill of Rights or Constitutional freedoms.  I was referring to the "freedom" to have public funds diverted to private or religious schools, the "freedom" to drive on unsafe roads and red lined bridges because we are too cheap to raise tax payer funds to care for our infrastructure,  the "freedom" of our students to not go to college because the UNH system is the most expensive in the country and they can not afford it, the "freedom" to have companies pollute our air with greenhouse gasses which increase respiratory illnesses for seniors and asthma in our children, the "freedom" of the poor who can't get insurance to die sooner because of a lack of timely medical care.  I won't even talk about the CHINS program or community mental health!  I want to tighten up the systems that support a robust economy and a healthy and a happy citizenry and for that Sir, I make no apology.  Rep Cynthia Chase


On Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 5:06 PM, Fred Leonard <> wrote:
Dear Representative Chase,

I wanted to let you know that I was greatly disappointed with the remarks you made about certain people moving to NH to pursue more freedoms...planning to waste time filing legislation to make people feel unwanted is mean spirited behavior and you should offer an immediate apology to the people you have certainly insulted...I've lived in NH for over 20 years now and if there's been a change in the NH way of life, I can tell you it's not come from conservatives or libertarians...

I hope you take the time to reflect on your comments and come to the realization that they were unacceptable in a free society as well as counter-productive in the effort to bring civility back the state house...


Fred Leonard
Former State Rep
Rochester, NH