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Saturday, June 02, 2007

Greener NH...



Living in Vermont, there seems to be a propensity of some folks to claim that is greener on the other side of the river. To those folks, New Hampshire’s lower tax rates are the basis to that claim, but there is strike difference to what New Hampshire has to offer than what Vermont does and I’m glad I have chosen to live in Vermont. To me Vermont has a higher quality of living and Vermont’s scenic downtowns meshed with the natural landscape is far superior to that of New Hampshire, but as for it’s political ambitions Vermont is progressive and is a leader in advancing the rights of all people and that is much more reassuring to me.

As of July 2000, Vermont became the first state in the country to authorize the practice of civil unions. Unfortunately of what could be seen as a triumph of civil rights and equality some folks considered it as a threat to their way of life and a large scale display of protest flurried throughout Vermont. The sign “Take Back Vermont” was predominately broadcasted from small farm houses to rural cabins throughout the state; however Governor Dean signed the bill in private. Vermont paved the way for the advancement of providing equal rights to all citizens, despite the complaints of a few. Following the path of Vermont, other states have followed suite, California, Connecticut, New Jersey have passed civil unions. In addition, Hawaii, Maine, Oregon, Washington and Washington DC have all passed legislation protecting those rights in some form or another. Massachusetts has taken it one step forward and passed full gay marriage legislation. Then just yesterday, New Hampshire joined with their Civil Union legislation going into effect.

Now, while there are those in Vermont who trumpet the green grass of New Hampshire, I just wonder if there will be signs of disgust throughout New Hampshire. “Take Back New Hampshire,” could be the motto, which I doubt will happen. So, while New Hampshire followed along, Vermont has taken other steps forward in protecting civil rights. Governor Douglass signed legislation protecting the rights of transgender persons. Although, he did sign it in close doors the legislation goes into effect to protect their rights as well.

Many of those some individuals who were upset over civil unions are just as upset over the transgender issue. The country’s progression for equality for all races and sex took many years and bold actions by a few states to evolve into the policies of today; likewise it will happen for the homosexual community and the transgender community given time. What is the true heart of the matter is there is too much fear in the minds of man and those in opposition will have to learn that giving rights to a transgender or homosexual individual will not change their lives.

So, while there will always be the greener side of the hill or in this case the river, we as a society must sometimes step away and see the reality of the matter. Equality for all is a right and it is unfortunate that states have to pass legislation to protect person’s rights of individuality. New Hampshire joined Vermont and other states in authorizing the practice of civil unions, so maybe some day the whole nation will have equality for all.

Peace
Robb Kidd

"No one is free when others are oppressed" popular political slogan

3 Comments:

At June 02, 2007 6:30 PM, Anonymous pippi said...

Cheers to NH for taking a step forward.
The place still creeps me out.
The town that Sarah and I stopped in on or way back from S&W was like one big scary acid trip.
:0

 
At June 14, 2007 10:10 AM, Blogger lotus_spirit said...

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At December 28, 2007 12:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IT HAS COME TIME FOR THE SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF OUR FOREFATHERS TO ORGANIZE AND MAKE ONE FINAL STAND FOR INDEPENDANCE FROM ENGLAND FOR WE HAVE NEVER BROKE AWAY TO BEING A FREE AND ABSOLUTE NATION FOR WE HAVE PARTIES LIKE COMMUNNIST PARTIES AND THROUGH EXAMPLES OF COMMUNNIST PARTIES THEY HAVE ALL FAILED JUST LIKE THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC PARTIES THEY ARE ALL OUT FOR THEMSELVES AND THE COST IS ONE EITHER OUR SONS OR DAUGHTERS BLOOD OR ANY INCOME THERE OF SONS OR DAUGHTERS QUESTION? WHAT WAS THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR FOUGHT OVER?
WHAT WAS THE CIVIL WAR FOUGHT OVER DESPITE WHAT WASHINGTON DC PROPOSED THE WAR WAS FOUGHT OVER?
A FINAL THOUGHT HAVE YOU EVER STOPPED TO THINK HOW DOES TRILLONS OF TAXPAYERS DOLLARS GET SPENT ON DEFENSE WHEN YOU HAVE A GOVT SAYING THEY ARE HERE TO PROTECT US FROM INVADERS THEY FAIL 2 HURRICAN KATRINA GOVT FAILED IN ALL THE ASPECTS OF GRADES 1 THRU 12 WE HAVE TO MAKE OUR STAND IT WILL NOT BE EASY FOR THE GOVT WILL USE THE TAX DOLLARS TO TRY TO ELIMINATE US FOR WE GAVE THEM THE POWER NOW WE HAVE TO TAKE CONTROL BACK AT EVERY COST EVEN LIVES... I WOULD SACRFICE MINE TO KNOW THAT MY CHILDREN HAD A FUTURE WITHOUT COMMUNNISIM....

 

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