I write on my own and on behalf of hundreds, if not thousands of North Country (and other NH residents) who have twice spoken on this matter, first when State Rep. Martha McLeod sneaked HB 1428 past everyone without even notifying her peers on the Franconia Recovery and Reconciliation Committee. She was in fact working in it for months and never told anybody, read the documents right here. That's why she lost her Senate Bid.
We again spoke out at last year's hearing on SB 154 when Senator Letourneau kept trying to talk me down, and to keep me from raising legitimate points of interest even though he allowed other LE to extol Bruce McKay's virtues. Listen to the YouTube video exchange between Senator Letourneau and me:
Look: I am a former Law Enforcement Attorney myself and I don't hate Bruce McKay but I do hate the kinds of things that he did, including threatening firefighters, the knife to Ms. B's privates that Chief Montminy ignored (and even the day he died, violating 7 OC Spray and pursuit policies) and that is why the North Country has spoken and that is why the House previously agreed, and nothing --- I repeat nothing -- has changed. He's got a bad legacy.
Again, the direction was "Wait until the Community wants it."
"The committee unanimously supports that when the local communities feel that the time is right, an appropriate section of state highway should be dedicated to the fallen police officer, Corporal Bruce McKay. Vote 15-0."
I'll note that potty-mouthed Bill Christy -- one of the staunch supports of this bill, after being duly informed of the facts by major media and by me, did indeed write:
"Based on the information that is public about this whole situation and its history, had it been me who had gone through the same experience, I would have shot McKay as well. I don't say that lightly...."
Please table this bill as its progression smacks of outright hegemony, unless you don't care about the will of the people in North Country. Now that I discovered this matter and have spoken with people in North Country, expect to receive many more emails between now and Wednesday's vote. More information and video at Casey Sherman's book launch for "Bad Blood: Freedom and Death in the White Mountains."
Christopher King, J.D.