Skip to comments.Influx of Free Staters better than influx of Bay Staters
Posted on 10/06/2003 3:34:10 AM PDT by RJCogburn
I AM NEITHER a Socialist or a Democrat, so I welcome the Free Staters the libertarian-leaning people who want to move here to New Hampshire.
I agree with political pollster Dick Bennett as he is quoted in the Oct. 2 edition of The Union Leader, that they will not all get their own way. However, I must disagree with his opinion that people moving up here from Massachusetts haven't changed things. I feel like I'm living in a suburb of Boston.
I was born in Exeter in 1940 and still live there. Before I was old enough to drive, I often rode my bicycle through downtown Exeter on the way to a place called Fort Rock to go target shooting. I would carry my .22 semi automatic "assault rifle" slung over my shoulder and stop at Young's Hardware store on Water Street to get ammo for the terrorism I was about to inflict upon the soup can covers I had in my back pocket.
It didn't seem to bother anyone that a young lad would walk into the store carrying a rifle (I certainly wouldn't leave it unattended with my bike, outside the store) or go through town carrying it on his back.
A few years ago, before the New Hampshire State Police went digital, I heard a call on the scanner for a "man with a gun" on Lincoln Street. I soon heard replies from every cop within five to ten miles offering assistance to the Exeter police, including a state police unit in Portsmouth and one in Epping. What they found was a guy coming from the American Legion ball field, carrying a baseball bat.
If the guy had been carrying a rifle, it wouldn't have been against the law, unless he happened to be a felon. Tell me Massachusetts has not influenced us.
Now, hardly a year goes by that some local legislator doesn't have a bill in Concord to try to keep me from even having that same rifle in my home. Tell me Massachusetts has not influenced us.
I bought a 12-room colonial house in Exeter more than 30 years ago in which to raise my family. It had two three-room apartments to rent and a six-room apartment for me.
Many of these houses in Exeter have been converted into four three-room apartments. The zoning laws said that I could have four apartments in the house or three apartments and a home business. Since I had a TV repair business I operated from home and needed the extra bedrooms anyway, it was perfect. My plan was to eventually retire, closing the shop and converting the unused bedrooms into a fourth apartment for the added income I would need to retire.
I finally reached my goal last year. Well, not quite. I went to the town offices to beg for the permission to add the fourth apartment so I could retire. I was told the zoning changed a year earlier so I can't do it now. They just stole my retirement from me. I know it was the flatlanders from Massachusetts because the New Hampshire natives I grew up with felt you shouldn't even need the town's permission to do what you wanted with your own property.
Of course I can sell my house and move north, but that would mean they won and I won't be able to die in my home town.
Tell me Massachusetts has not influenced us.
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Today the southern tier of NH, from the MA border to Manchester and east to the Atlantic is about 75/90% Massholes and flatlanders.
I have a pal that drives a concrete mixer out of Portsmith and he tells me it's non-stop, 70-80 hours a week, mostly flatlanders and Massholes building massive monuments to their egos and calling them houses.