Rights for Health

 The First Amendment to the US Constitution which gives private corporations the power over citizens, gathered citizens, and towns is something that I struggle to understand. Because decisions about our water, food and energy needs directly affect our health, I continue to look at threats to our health proposed by powerful corporations. The bottom line is always about a few people making money at the expense of the general population. Corporations are fully protected by our Constitution which is clearly not “of the people, by the people, for the people.”

 The Northern Pass project, for example, is an attempt by PSNH to gather lucrative rent money from Hydro Quebec. Protecting our health, environment, tourism industry, property, and cost for energy is of no interest to PSNH. They’ve lost 50,000 of their customers due to rate increases and this is their last chance to scam New Hampshire voters. HQ is willing to bury lines in Maine and New York. Those states will receive the rent money from HQ.

 It would clearly be cost effective to bury the lines along existing NH rights of way. It would not be cost effective to bury the lines along PSNH existing lines through the woods. The fact that millions have been spent spreading false promises and buying up property tells us clearly that the projected long run will be a major financial coup for PSNH as well as HQ, at the expense of NH citizens.

 Because Hydro Quebec has systematically bludgeoned their own province, ruined their fishing industry, abused their rivers and wildlife, and indigenous culture, I continue to be concerned that Canada owns all the NH dams in the Connecticut River and increasing acreage in the North Country. If our grandchildren are to survive and thrive in this world, we need to stand together to assure their safety. That means seeing that their water supply, food and energy sources are not being messed with.

One way to stand together is to attend DOE scoping hearings in as many locations as possible, whether you speak or not. Showing Up Matters! Hearings are scheduled as follows: CONCORD: Grappone Conference Center, Sept. 23, 6-9 pm; PLYMOUTH:  Hanaway Theatre, Sept. 24, 5-8 pm; WHITEFIELD: Mountain View Grand, Sept. 25, 5-8 pm; and COLEBROOK: Elementary School, Sept. 26, 5-8 pm.

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