Monitor editorial on the N.H. House: Don’t boo, vote!

An editorial in today’s Concord Monitor reminds us of the awful price we’ve paid for the state lawmakers we elected in 2010:

The last election brought us a House like none other recent memory. Decorum and civility were tossed aside. Proposed legislation — some of which made it into law — took aim at public schools, the separation between church and state, women’s rights, labor unions, gay families, the state university system and more. The newly revived Redress of Grievances Committee quickly became a kangaroo court, recommending that the House consider impeaching multiple judges after one-sided hearings from bitter litigants.

House lawmakers voted to lower the high-school dropout age. They approved a scheme to divert public money to help students attend religious schools. They voted to eliminate the minimum wage. They invited guns into the State House — and onto college campuses. With no evidence of significant fraud, they put new hurdles in front of voters. With no evidence of trouble, they sought to seize control of rule-making authority for the courts. With no evidence that patients were being mistreated, they attempted to insert government between pregnant women and their doctors.

Voters have a chance in November to put an end to these shenanigans and “set the House back on track,” the editors write, “but only if they choose wisely.”