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Steven Cunningham State Representative
Sullivan District 2


March 7, 2010

Steven Cunningham represents the towns of Springfield, Croydon, Newport, Goshen and Washington in the NH House of Representatives. 

Representative Cunningham is a member of the House Committee on Municipal and County Government.

Eureka! I have found it. The way to save the children!

For the short time I have been a state representative, I have heard again and again on the house floor that every bill that cuts taxes will kill the children (starve, deny health care, deny something or other.) That amazes me, as all those bills to repeal taxes are for new taxes passed in the last two years. I guess that two years ago the children were dying like flies and I somehow overlooked it.

Well, the answer, as I see it, is simple. If lowering taxes (and reducing spending) kills lots of children, we need only off-set all of these deaths somewhere else. Here are some statistics I found:

1. Car Accidents: Kill 260,000 children a year and injure about 10 million children. They are the leading cause of death among children and a leading cause of child disability.

2. Drowning: Kills more than 175,000 children annually. Up to 3 million children each year survive a drowning incident. Due to brain damage in some survivors, nonfatal drowning has the highest average lifetime health and economic impact of any type of child injury.

3. Burns: Fire-related burns kill nearly 96,000 children a year.

4. Falls: Nearly 47,000 children fall to their deaths every year, but hundreds of thousands more children sustain serious injuries from a fall.

5. Poisoning: More than 45,000 children die each year from unintended poisoning.

So, the next tax-cut bill should have some off-setting laws. I might suggest some of the following:

1. Children are not allowed in cars, period.

2. All home pools must have a paid lifeguard on duty at all times. One-third of all drownings are not in a swimming pool, but usually bathtubs and 5 gallon buckets (toddlers fall in headfirst). Let us outlaw all bathtubs (showers are more sanitary anyway) and require all buckets to have a big hole in the bottom so that water promptly drains out.

3. I should not have voted against the sprinkler requirements for homes. I guess we need them to be required in order to save the children. Resubmit that bill.

4. Outlaw ladders and breed short children. That should stop most falls.

5. Two-thirds of the poisonings are caused by medications. The only answer is that adults will have to go without medications at home. We can require that those needing medications go to the pharmacy to receive their dose of medication every time it is due. This will prevent them from bringing child-killing drugs home.

Now, if you think I'm being silly, you are right. But no less silly than those that constantly try to lay a guilt trip of "killing the children" on anyone who wants to reduce state spending.

Steven Cunningham, O.D.
Representative, Sullivan County District  2

Telephone:  603-271-3317


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