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January 30, 2014

Letter: Representatives must be able to speak their minds

To the editor:

State Rep. Candace Bouchard, a Democrat from Concord, has established herself as the thought police for the New Hampshire House of Representatives. At last Wednesday’s House session, she objected to a Republican representative speaking about the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade.

This blatant viewpoint discrimination has no place in America, much less the House of Representatives for the “Live Free or Die” state. She needs to apologize immediately and take steps to undo this dangerous and contemptible new precedent she just established.

Democrats cannot expect people to believe they support tolerance, bipartisanship, civility, and working together if they go along with Bouchard’s effort to suppress ideas she disagrees with.

I eagerly await next week’s House session to see if Bouchard and her party will reverse course, permit Rep. Warren Groen to speak without censoring his message, and return to the practice of giving every House member the courtesy and respect he or she deserves.

David Bates

Windham

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