We have just passed a budget and our government is set for the next two years. In the new deal, a pay raise for state employees was put in place and business tax cuts were part of the package. In order to arrive at this consensus, both sides had to give a little. This is what compromise is all about. Each side can claim a victory and the people of New Hampshire are really the winners.
With this behind us, the legislature can work on other issues that are before us. The drug problem is overwhelming. People are dying and the society is pressed to deal with this crisis. In Manchester the drug situation is everywhere. Our police are out straight dealing with this.
I have spent time with the Chief of Police and he and his force are working overtime to deal with the drug menace. What we need is for the total population to become involved. The neighborhoods must react in a manner that supports law enforcement and keeps the community spirit alive.
The city and the state must address this issue head on. The only way to solve a problem is to admit it exists and put a plan together to solve the problem. Our young people are being captured by the drug culture. Also affected are the older and middle aged – rich and poor. The entire society is challenged. If we are to move our state forward, we must deal head on with this epidemic. We have to join together and make a difference. Lives depend on us.
Sen. Lou D’Allesandro is from Manchester and has represented the people of District 20 for nine terms. For the 2015-2016 legislative session he is Vice Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee and sits on the Finance and Capital Budget Committees. You can reach Sen. D’Allensandro at email@example.com