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April 12, 2013

Editorial: Some cheers, some jeers for recent newsmakers

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The Riverhawks fought back from a 2-0 deficit to take the game into overtime. But Yale scored the game-winner and will play for the national championship tomorrow night.

Danielle is winning her fight against leukemia. Best wishes to her and her family as she faces this challenge.

JEERS to money-grubbers in the New Hampshire Legislature, where a committee is considering a bill to end free admission to state parks for senior citizens.

Supporters of the bill under consideration in the House Resources, Recreation and Development Committee want people 65 or older to pay the same day-use fees as other adults, usually $4 or $5, or buy season’s passes for $20 each, a third of the usual cost for such a pass. They say the measure could raise $320,000 annually.

“We cannot continue to expect our parks to be self-sufficient if we continue to identify groups that don’t have to pay anything to enjoy the wonder and beauty of our parks,” said state Rep. Nancy Stiles, R-Hampton, the bill’s sponsor.

Among those who currently “don’t have to pay anything to enjoy the wonder and beauty of our parks” are lawmakers, the Executive Council and the governor’s staff.

Legislators should consider eliminating the freebie for themselves but leave the seniors alone. It is difficult enough for low-income seniors to get by as it is without the state raking them for a few dollars to enjoy a day in the park.

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