State constitution and value of voting

To the Editor:

Last Friday, several of us from the Bedford Women’s Club traveled to Concord for a tour of our New Hampshire Statehouse. We gained a sense of history and duty, plus were completely enthralled by our professional guide. At the end of our tour we were offered a booklet of the New Hampshire Constitution. I thought this might make interesting reading, so took a copy home.

I came across Article 38 – Social Values Inculcated. Near the end of this tortuous campaign season, I thought I would paraphrase this article and hopefully spur anyone who thinks their vote doesn’t matter … please reconsider!

[Art.]38 … a constant adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, industry, frugality, and all the social virtues, are indispensably necessary to preserve the blessings of liberty and good government; the people ought, therefore, to have a particular regard to all those principles in the choice of their officers and Representatives.

My cynical self says… "Too bad we can’t do the whole primary thing over" … the reality is we must choose national and local candidates and then watch and require an adherence to these values as they go forward with the administration of our government.

Kathleen McMillan