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'Dear legislator' -- UNH: Write a letter, win a prize

March 02. 2013 1:54AM

While the Democrats in Concord were trying to explain why they need to raise highway fund revenues that won't go to fund highways, some equally challenged future politicians were trying to get University of New Hampshire students to write to Concord to demand more money for them.

Of the thousands of students at Durham, the letter-writing campaign had attracted about 60 over two days last week. Sixty.

Of that number, it was unclear how many were motivated by genuine concern for more public funds for UNH and how many may have turned out because of the chance to win a prize.

Yep. The committee that organized this letter-writing effort encouraged participation with drawings for a $100 gift certificate to a computer store and $25 gift cards to Dunkin' Donuts.

That doesn't say much about the confidence level the student senate's external affairs committee had in getting student support. But we are confident the letters that do find their way to Concord will be cited as powerful examples nonetheless.

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