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Steve Winter
State Representative District 3

December 30, 2011
"The Blessings of NH "

Steven Winter represents the towns of Newbury and Sutton, Merrimack District 3, in the NH House of Representatives.

Representative Winter is a member of the House Executive Department & Administration  Committee, The Special Committee on Public Employee Pension Reform and the Joint Legislative Committee on Administrative Rules (JLCAR).


"Oh, New Hampshire! New Hampshire is where I want to be. Oh, New Hampshire! I love New Hampshire naturally." 
– The chorus of "Oh, New Hampshire!" by the Shaw Brothers

With the state legislature virtually somnolent for this week between holidays, we can take advantage of this sleep mode to take a break from partisan politics. Instead let’s enjoy the holy season of Christmas and make use of the coming New Year holiday to reflect as we should on our blessings as citizens of this great state.

The above quote is from one of our "honorary" state songs. There are nine honorary state songs. Another of my favorites is "Live Free or Die". That song is the story of Gen. John Stark’s message to his troops, "Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils."

Many think that Stark’s words were uttered at the Battle of Bennington but they were not. The officers of his command held a reunion 32 years after that battle and Stark was invited to attend. Being nearly 82 years old, he was not able to make the horse ride to Vermont. But he sent a message which has become famous in the history of New Hampshire.

We live in a unique state, rich in history and liberty. We are the second healthiest state. According to Insurance Journal we have the lowest crime rate in the country. We are ranked by State Master as the best state in which to live. We have the next lowest total taxes second only to Alaska which gets huge revenues from oil.

We are also the most free. Our constitution, which was written in 1784, three years before our federal constitution, has 43 articles in our Bill of Rights. The federal constitution has only 10 and those were added as the first 10 amendments. Our Bill of Rights articles were incorporated into our constitution from the beginning.

We have the largest House of Representatives in the country. It is more than double the next largest state. What has that to do with freedom? Having 400 members brings each representative closer to the people. With the latest U.S. census, each NH House Member represents only 3,291 people. In Illinois, for example, each House Member represents 109,410 people. New Hampshire voters have a much better chance of knowing their representative personally and it is virtually impossible to corrupt a 400 member body.

We also have a "built in" recall system since each elected state officer, from the governor down, is elected every two years. Accountability is the key to free representative government.

Speaking of the governor, New Hampshire has a "weak" governor. I mean the office, not the man. He shares his power with the Executive Council. Only Massachusetts and New Hampshire have Executive Councils and the one in Massachusetts has been stripped of most of its power.

Our unemployment rate is dropping, our economy is improving, and our future looks bright. From our family to yours, we wish you all a happy, joyous and prosperous New Year.


Steve Winter, Representative, Merrimack District 3
Newbury and Sutton, New Hampshire 

Telephone:  603-271- 3125 and 271-3319

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