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Lake Sunapee boat launch

January 10. 2018 11:43PM

To the Editor: On Jan. 17, the Public Works and Highways House Committee will be hearing testimony on HB 1706. The bill reinstates the financing for the Wild Goose boat launch on Lake Sunapee killed by the senate in the last term, and buried by the governor shortly thereafter.

There is nearly a 30-year history surrounding this issue. For reasons known only to them, these two bodies essentially told the citizens of New Hampshire that their rights under a 116-year-old law and upheld by two New Hampshire Supreme Court decisions mattered not at all. Rather, the wants and wishes, not the rights, of the 55 percent of out-of-state lake front property owners were more important to these two bodies. There are 97,601 New Hampshire resident fishing license holders, of which our governor is not one, and 94,000 (including out-of-state) power boat owners whose rights under the law have been denied by this senseless action.

We have the support of the Sullivan County Board of Commissioners and of officials from cities near the lake. Please acquaint yourselves with this issue and join us in telling our representatives, senators, and governor that the rights of New Hampshire citizens under the laws are what their oath of office demands they uphold, and not the wishes of out-of-state visitors.



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