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The Week in Review: LFDA@UNH, gas tax talk and bully punishment

(This blog post will focus on non-election related news. For a complete recap of the primary and NH politics, check out our campaign review on Monday.)

The LFDA@UNH student group made its campus debut this week. The group recruited 46 new members during "University Day." Click here to view some photos.

It's worth noting the LFDA table was positioned between college Republican and Democratic groups. A perfect spot for a nonpartisan

LFDA@UNH will meet bi-monthly. Email for more information.

Gax Tax
An LFDA Virtual Town Hall member wonders if the state should consider raising its gas tax to improve the conditions of roads & bridges? The state DOT has estimated a budget shortfall for FY 2010-2011. Our current rate is 38 cents per gallon. Alaska has the lowest at 26.4 cpg and California the highest at 63.9 cpg. Here's some feedback from our members:

Yvonne McCormick: I know that some roads seem to get paved every couple of years whether they need it or not! How about using more common sense and pave road that need it & not those that don't.

Bruce MacMahon: What about the budget shortfalls of the residents of New Hampshire who will be the ones paying this higher tax rate, as well as the higher price of goods and services it will bring about? In

Karen Joy Gauthier-Davidson: While I am all for improving our state's roads and bridges, I wonder if the tax would be removed after the DOT makes it budget in the next few years. Or would this be a tax that would be with us for years. What makes up our 38 cents per gallon tax now, and can any of that be removed?

Soft on Bullies?
A 20-year old man who pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges related to bullying a Concord High School freshman into getting a lewd tattoo will serve 45 days in jail and 200 hours of community service.

Does the punishment fit the crime?

Eric Scott: Hopefully the 45 days in jail will do some good, but I think he got off too lightly.The parents should pay for the removal also. Being picked on is one thing... getting forcibly tattooed is another.

Jerome Montrone: Bullying is a serious problem and has even led to suicide. Remember Columbine? You would not take this lightly if you had a child that was being bullied. It is a real and serious problem. I am for more
programs to stop bullying in the schools before it leads to this end. But, I don't think that jail is a deterrent.

Weekly Poll
This week's poll: Should NH extend its term for governor from 2 to 4 years?

Click here to vote.

As always, thanks to everyone who shared their opinions this week. Don't forget - the LFDA is member driven. If you have a question or an idea for an issue, send it to us. If you are not yet a member of the Live Free of Die Alliance, you can sign up here.

Have a great weekend!

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