Tele-Talk Responses: Should Conway's sixth-graders attend Kennett Middle School?

Thirty-three people responded to last week’s Tele-Talk question: “Should Conway’s sixth-graders attend Kennett Middle School?” Twenty responses supported the move while seven were against it. The remaining six responses brought more questions to light and offered alternatives instead of providing support for the current option. School board members were scheduled Monday night to vote on the motion that would put the unused space to use by bringing roughly 100 sixth-graders to the empty space by the 2018-19 school year.

Yes (sixth-graders should attend Kennett Middle School), and it’s time for Bartlett, Jackson, Madison and Freedom to join the Conways in one school, and staff the classes with teachers from those schools. If they go to Kennett High School, they should go to Kennett Middle School.

Just because other schools do it is not a reason for Conway to. What is the educational impact for students? Children in this day and age are constantly pushed to grow up faster and faster. This is just one more way. It is important to let them be children as long as we can. The other impact is for fifth-graders who then take on the responsibilities and roles that sixth-graders do now in schools. Are all of those students prepared? And then there is the research on transitions for students. The later the transition between schools, the more positive the impact; that continues through high school and even later in life, whether it’s college or adulthood. There is so much more to this than just a money or logistical decision. Where is the data? Where is the input? Is this a forever decision? Can it be reversed? Please don’t make this decision without being able to answer these questions.

No. I’d like to see the elementary schools go to eighth grade. Get rid of middle school.

As someone who has taught fifth and sixth grade for 16 years, I have direct experience working with this age group. One important factor to consider is that most elementary classrooms are self-contained, meaning students stay in the same room with the same teachers for most of the day. This is great for younger students who need an environment that fosters close guidance and support as they grow up. In a middle-school format, students move between classrooms and have different teachers for each subject, which allows for more in-depth academic learning and encourages independence. In my opinion, sixth-graders have generally outgrown the elementary classroom structure and are developmentally ready for middle school instruction.

Absolutely! And I agree they should close an elementary school. How many towns have three elementary schools within 10 miles of each other? And with the Waldorf and Robert Frost schools and more kids being home-schooled, class sizes are dropping.

Yes! They can go to after-school programs to help with getting out earlier if that’s really an issue. I went to the middle school there and was the first class to attend all four years at the high school. I would love to see it being used for more kids. It has a lot of history through the halls, and it’s a shame to see it as empty as it is. I wish I had been able to spend more time there.

You know, on one hand, it’ll make class sizes smaller, open up more jobs for faculty and hopefully bring a better all-around experience for the students. But a lot of people have brought up some good points about being with older students and such. Tough call.

No, let them be kids for one more year.

Back in Massachusetts when I was in school, my middle school went from fifth to eighth grade; I couldn’t take the bus due to living within three miles. I would like to see Freedom move sixth grade to the middle school.

I think all sixth-graders, including Madison and Freedom students as well, should all be transitioning at that time.

Sixth grade was when I started middle school. I don’t see why not.

Keep in mind these sixth-grade students will be riding the buses with students much older than them, exposed to conversations they shouldn’t be hearing and catching a bus hours earlier than prior years. (They’ll) then be dismissed from school much earlier to probably empty homes.

Will it save taxpayers money? When and how much? I think the average sixth-grader can handle it.

From what I’ve seen by working there, no, no thank you.

Possibly a better plan would be to have what I call empty spaces plan. There are two door entrances in front of the now Conway Middle School. One entrance by the columns and the entrance near the railroad tracks, which I call entrance B. Next the mothball space would be made into middle school classrooms. Move all the seventh- and eighth-graders now that are on the left of entrance B to the new classrooms and what was the mothball space, which would leave classrooms in space on the left of the entrance B empty. Next, move all of the Conway Elementary into this left empty space. So, all the seventh and eighth grade would be right on the right, and all the Conway Elementary would be on the left. The now Conway Elementary would be empty, so move the Center Conway Rec Center into the empty Conway Elementary. Then the now Conway Rec Center would be empty, so move the town hall into this empty Center Conway Rec Center. And finally the empty town hall could be sold.

Yes, I do think that they said attend the Kennett Middle School, but the only way that they should attend the Kennett Middle School means we’re going to shut down one of the other schools, whether it be Pine Tree or one of those because it’s all about saving money, and we definitely know that the Conway School Board isn’t about that, so here we go again.

Yes, there’s definitely enough room for sixth-graders and also fifth-graders. It’s about the kids, and I believe that they could close one or two grammar schools and they will more than make up the difference. There are lots of large rooms that could be made into two rooms, plus the old gym. Come on school board, wake up. This is from a poor and frustrated taxpayer.

I think they absolutely should move the sixth-graders to the middle school. You know, with as much space as they have, and as little things to do with it, I wonder if we actually should’ve built the new high school.

Absolutely, let’s get smart and try to save some money.

Moving the sixth-graders is not in the best interest of our town. The school board is proposing to move the wrong students. If there’s enough room in the elementary school such that we could close one, then there’s enough room to move the seventh- and eighth-graders back to their neighborhood schools where the staff has known them for six years. The middle school has three teams of teachers; assign one to each of the elementary schools to teach the seventh- and eighth-graders. We then wouldn’t need the KMS administration, which would save the town money. They’ll turn the middle school building into the town offices and rec center, sell the rec center and town office buildings, which would save the town money. This might also reduce busing needs, which could save the town money. The Bartlett and Tamworth middle school students stay in their local schools instead of being added to the maelstrom that is KMS. Nobody wants to lose their neighborhood school, so leave our sixth-graders alone and return the seventh- and eighth-graders back to their neighborhood schools.

Yes, but that’s only one step. They should also close one of the elementary schools.

I think this is a very good idea to move the sixth-graders to the middle school and use some of that space that’s available. This is Jack from Conway.

Of course the sixth grade should be moved. Randy is spot on with this. It’s time Hounsell and the rest of the naysayers woke up and realized what efficiency is all about. Conway Village

Yeah, sure, great idea. What the heck, why not?

I thought all middle schools were sixth, seventh and eighth grades. I’m confused. My kids went to middle school in Rochester and it was all three.

It is regrettable that responses to this question will not be printed in the paper until after the school board meeting on Monday, although how much impact they would have on any board decision is open to question. With that said, it is my opinion that the Conway sixth-graders should attend KMS next school year (2018-19), taking the following into consideration: 1. The Conway School Board is on record as stating that such a move makes educational sense. 2. Various counter arguments seem focused on the loss of revenue from the sending towns, which is roughly estimated at $300,000 per year. For the sake of argument, let’s make the math is easy and assume that the “contracts with the sending towns” have 10 years to run. Total lost revenue over that period is $3 million, not an insignificant amount, until one considers that the total annual budget for this system is $40 million. The 10-year cost is $400 million, assuming no further increases in spending. Hence, the total loss in revenue is less than 1 percent of the current annual and 10-year (conservatively estimated) budgets.
3. At a very recent Conway Municipal Budget Committee meeting, the committee members were briefed on the dollars anticipated to be left in the general fund when the current year books are finally closed. The administration estimates that they will have $1.1 million (the conservative case) left in the general fund, (and the administration and school board can take a bow for that fact) prior to any action on the part of the school board to retain the 2.5 percent authorized by the voters a few years ago. 4. The total compensation cost for three school liaison officers was briefed at over $300,000, and we do not currently have any means of evaluation of their effectiveness. 5. While some may argue that we have no means in place to measure how educationally beneficial the movement of the sixth grade would be for the students, if we are to believe the expert’s literature, the benefits appear to outweigh the costs, which can be absorbed within the budget in any event.

No.

Yes, it is long overdue!

Absolutely.

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Tele-Talk Responses: Do you like the idea of having a 2.8-mile rec path between Cranmore and Walmart?

There were over 56 responses to last week's Tele-Talk question, "Do you like the idea of having a 2.8-mile rec path between Cranmore and Walmart?"

Responders were overwhelmingly supportive of the rec path for non-motorized transportation; 51 people were in favor of it and five people said they were against it or raised concerns about the plan. Not printed are an additional 27 'yes' responses that cited health benefits, a need for safer transportation and the positive impact a reduction in traffic might have on Conway's busiest roads. A few questioned selectmen's hesitance to move forward.

A 2.8-mile rec path would be an additional welcoming attraction to the valley and something that everyone could enjoy — healthy entertainment with spectacular views to showcase our valley's beauty. In addition, installing this rec path is an opportunity for locals and tourists to walk and bike safely. It's an excellent investment in our future. M. Judy Perez

A non-motorized recreation pathway would not only be a wonderful addition to the valley but an environmentally friendly project as well.

I don't think you need a bike path next to Pudding Pond; that's a wetland for animals. Leave it alone for the wildlife. Build a path, but not near Pudding Pond.

The path would have great benefits for Conway and the valley. Cycling has greatly increased over the years. Many people who live and vacation in the area have bikes or bring bikes with them. Any additions to bike paths would increase both recreational draw of the valley and draw additional dollars from tourists.

My 4-year old grandson and his 74-year old grandfather need a safe place to ride together. Why do they need to drive to Fryeburg to find one? As a community, we need to provide recreational and transportation alternatives away from the increasing valley traffic not only for our citizens, old and young, but also for our visitors. The benefits are many — health, well-being, environmental and safety. Economically, our community would also benefit by attracting more visitors and families wanting to move to a walkable, ride-able community in a beautiful setting. I like the idea of a rec path connecting Cranmore to Hemlock Lane. Sally from Conway.

I am writing in support of the rec path as a wonderful resource for the valley on land that is accessible, scenic, presently unused and generally flat. I would look forward to an extension that brought the northern route along the railroad bed to Whitaker Woods.

This valley absolutely would benefit from a rec path! I'm a bicyclist who has to stay out of North Conway in the summer to avoid the traffic going to Brownfield, North Fryeburg (whose rec path is great but too short) and Twin Mountain. It would end up being another reason that people would come and enjoy our valley! Bob Heiges, Glen.

I have often visited the rec path in Fryeburg and am always impressed by the wide range of people enjoying the path: young families with children, older adults walking or jogging, etc. It provides an important, safe and scenic environment and is a sorely needed resource in our community.

If the Conway board of selectmen and the state of New Hampshire vote to do this rec path, it's an embarrassment to the whole state. You can't even stay in your car going from Chocorua Village to Conway because the road is in such bad shape. Just go on some of these secondary roads in the state of New Hampshire and you'll hear what I'm talking about. It's time for the state to take care of their own main roads and not just worry about a few select people that want to have a bike path. Come on, let's get our act together.

I would like to express my strong support for a multi-use, non-motorized rec path between Cranmore and Walmart, and hope that one day it might be connected to the rec path starting at the Maine Visitors' Center. Having biked on rec trails in Canada, Europe and other communities in the U.S., I have seen firsthand the economic benefit it brings to the communities' restaurants, lodging places and other retail businesses. In addition to being an investment that helps our local economy, it also supports better health for local residents. Leslie Schomaker, Jackson.

A multi-use recreational pathway is sorely needed in North Conway. Placed well, it would be used by locals and tourists alike. I know of people who have given up using bicycles to commute because it is too dangerous. I have seen plenty of people riding to and from work on sidewalks because the road is not safe. That is dangerous for bicyclists and pedestrians. As the numbers of tourists swell, it will only get worse. A dedicated multi-use path would be the first step toward making North Conway a planned, livable community that encourages getting out of the car. Let's plan this community so it remains the livable town we love.

This area definitely needs to provide people some safe biking routes. In fact, I don't believe there are many bike lanes available in the Conway area, and with all the traffic, bikes become a safety hazard both to themselves and to the motorists. With the number of tourists in the area most of the year, both Conway and North Conway and even Bartlett could provide much more in the way of inexpensive activities for the locals and tourists alike. Starting with a few bike paths is a great idea, but don't stop there!

I'd say a good idea, but to many folks' surprise, it is one of the only paths under power lines that allows dirt bikes to have a place to go. So non-motorizing the trail that is already there seems kind of a sad proposition. Yet I'd also like to add preserving the land from further urban sprawl sounds like a really good idea.

I am shocked to read in your newspaper that the selectmen are "cool" to the idea of a recreation path going from Cranmore to Walmart. In the last couple of years, we've had numerous accidents between bicyclists and motorists, some of them deadly. At the same time, our community depends upon tourist dollars. Recreation is to our community what lobster is to Maine. We are seeing all kinds of additional commercial development in our community. We need to make sure that we continue to also cater to those who want outdoor recreation. One of the simplest and safest ways to do that is to build this corridor to accommodate bikers through areas most heavily experiencing development. I strongly encourage all selectmen to vote in favor of the recreation corridor.

I love the idea of a rec path between Cranmore and Walmart. There is plenty of parking at both ends, it would connect the two sides of town and it would give locals and visitors a safe way to get out and exercise without the threat of traffic. The town of Conway has a history of being very shortsighted and failing to recognize the benefits of non-motorized paths and bike lanes as a way to keep people safe. Here's their chance to redeem themselves.

Yes, I would love to see a recreation path in the North Conway area! It would provide a safe, quiet place to walk, jog, run or bike during the busy tourist months when the roads in our area are choked with traffic. Using the Bypass Corridor as a scenic recreation path would be an amazing way to utilize this property. Perhaps someday it could be linked to the Mountain Division Trail, the very popular 4-mile paved recreation path in Fryeburg. Recreation paths such as what is being proposed are economically very successful in many towns across the United States. Why not have North Conway join in on the economic, pleasure and health benefits of a recreation path? Marianne, Glen.

Given the health, economic, transportation and tourism benefits that it would bring, it's mindboggling to think that someone would actually not support it. I don't understand the logic. It seems a win/win situation all around! Jeanne North Conway.

Pssssst ... Hey everyone, there already is a path between Walmart and Cranmore. Also Peaked, Middle, Redstone Ledge, Rattlesnake and Black Cap. Perhaps the question should be "Would you like a sidewalk between Cranmore and Walmart?" My answer: No. Frank in Center Conway.

Yes, rec paths promote a healthy lifestyle, provide families and older folks a safe place to walk or bike, offer an alternative way to commute to work, attract outdoor enthusiasts and bring in tourist dollars. My wife and I have traveled all over New England and even down to the D.C. area with our toddler son to find paths to ride while towing him in his trailer. While biking, we support local economies by spending money on food and accommodations. Despite the natural surroundings here in the Mount Washington Valley, development only ever focuses on vehicle traffic. It's time to recognize the value of a rec path and move forward with this project. It will greatly benefit our community. This is Kurt in Intervale.

I think it's a great idea but wish it was/or will be much longer! Biking or easy walking paths all around the country are a draw for nearby residents and tourists. Aside from the occasional graffiti incidents, these paths are safe and clean and cause few problems for the area! Joe Parent.

No, I do not support this, and if Joe Kenney and the selectmen of Conway support this, they need their heads examined. You can't even stay in the road on some of these main highways in the state of New Hampshire, especially once you get above the Lakes region. Everybody knows all the money goes to the Southern part of the state. Come on, Joe, get your act together.

Our valley is in desperate need for a safe trail where families can ride their bikes, and people of all ages can just go for safe and scenic walk, period. A few dozen people working through the Mount Washington Valley Rec Path and the Mount Washington Valley Trails Committee have logged thousands of hours invested in bringing this essential rec path to fruition and are coming very close through private funding. This rec path will essentially fulfill the Town of Conway's master plan that requires we create such an amenity for our community.

It's a huge benefit to the town in many ways. Currently there is nowhere to safely push a wheelchair with a disabled or elderly person in it, there is nowhere for mom and dad to take kids on the tricycles or learn to ride bicycles. It's not a bike path, there are places to bike all over the valley. Contradicting some comments that have been made in The Conway Daily Sun, a recreation path in a small village increases the value of property in the immediate area and the town as a whole. There's also the question of money. This won't cost the town any money, all it will do is improve the town. It may save the town some money because I understand that if the rec path is done, the town will not have to pay back the feds for making the feds make the bypass corridor, which they did not do. But of course, there will be room is somewhere down the future does I just decide to put in the bypass that will be room in the corridor for both the recreation path and the bypass, if ever that comes to pass. So I'm not sure why the selectmen are hemming and hawing. I see no disadvantages to this at all.

Just as town services, schools, roads, police and fire departments, are municipal necessities, so is a Conway rec path. It is just as important to this community's infrastructure as the aforementioned items. Build it already. It's long overdue.

We are very fortunate in this valley to have hiking trails, mountain bike trails, ski trails and road and bike trails for the hail and hardy, but there currently is no place in the valley where families with tots or tykes, seniors or people with limited abilities can go to enjoy a relaxed and casual outing that is close to town yet closer to nature. Do you remember the day before the North-South Road opened to vehicles? It was mobbed by people walking, strolling, cycling, jogging and having a great time. The trails association is proposing to build a recreation path using private funds that will serve the entire community. Having a dedicated recreation path from Cranmore to Walmart would be a fabulous amenity for all of us to enjoy. This is a wonderful idea, and the entire community would benefit from it. Please support this project. This is Larry.

No, I do not like the idea of the rec path between Cranmore and Walmart. Tell the yuppies that live in North Conway to go back to Massachusetts.

Yeah, why let common sense get in the way of a good idea. Maybe we can sit and discuss it for the next 10 years whether it makes sense or not. This is Tom in Conway.

So what's the problem for our selectmen? A nice, safe, recreational path and at zero cost to the town. Hello, anyone home?

As a bike rider and walker, I support the Rec Path between Walmart and Cranmore. I think this would be good for the tourist trade too!

I support the rec path between Cranmore and Walmart.

We need a bike/rec path. Yes, yes, yes.

Anything that encourages walking to the store instead of driving is a good idea.  That’s less traffic along the North-South Road, win.

How planning and development in North Conway works: A Taco Bell? Sure! An ugly AutoZone store that looks like it belongs in Rochester? Sure! More giant chain stores? Sure! A rec path that provides a safe place for walkers and cyclists? No way! How could that possibly benefit our community?

 

Tele-Talk: Do you think Conway’s sixth-graders should attend Kennett Middle School?

 

On Monday, July 24, the Conway School Board is scheduled to vote on a motion to put Kennett Middle School’s unused space to use by bringing roughly 100 sixth-graders from Conway’s three elementary schools there by the 2018-19 school year.

This week’s Tele-Talk question:  Do you think Conway’s sixth-graders should attend Kennett Middle School?

Call (603) 733-5822 Saturday and Sunday and leave your comments on our machine. You may fax your responses to (603) 356-8360 or email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Comments can also be posted on The Conway Daily Sun’s Facebook page. Results will be published Tuesday.

 

Tele-Talk Responses: Should N.H. comply with President Trump’s request to hand over voter information?

Sixty-four responded to the Tele-Talk question: "Should N.H. comply with President Trump's request to hand over voter information?" Below are 50 of these, and the remaining were simple yes and no responses that are accounted for here, No: 11, Yes: 3. The no/yes ratio here is a good indicator of the responses below.

Let's not address a potential problem, let's just pretend everything is fine. Who is to say that the results not only prove we have dead people voting but that Trump would have lost. Remember he did not win the popular vote, and as some are just discovering, it is the electoral votes that matter. The delegates pledge their votes to the one who wins their state. Like the government doesn't already have your name, address and Social Security number; you file taxes, they know all they need to know. This is to audit our system to see if we have people voting illegally. I think it's important to know.

Liberals wasting money. This information is already sold. It's not private, and to be honest, I'm surprised this is even a story.

What our state officials are missing is that it's not so much what the Advisory Commission wants as much as it's the fact they are asking for it. Hopefully, Gov. Sununu and Bill Gardner will reconsider, and not cave in to the paranoia-fueled request of that orange disgrace in Washington. Conway

Voter information is already available public information. The information should be provided as requested. If we have nothing to hide, then release the information. Otherwise, maybe there is fraudulent voter registration. With today's easy mobility it's too easy for individuals to become registered in multiple cities. Ferdinand R. Thomas, former registered voter from Concord and Gilford, and Peabody, Mass., and now Florida. How many places still show me as registered?

I certainly do feel that voter information should be checked on a regular basis. From a personal point of view, I had gone to the Conway Town Hall a few years back, to the Town Clerk's Office and was waiting my turn when I noticed the Voter List on the wall. I flipped through it and found both of my parents' names still on it. My mother had died in 1972 and my father in 1981. I mentioned this to the clerk when it was my turn at the window. I do not think that they had voted, hopefully anyway, as we are not Chicago or Boston. But we have had four instances of questionable voting in N.H., when we have had out of state volunteers register to vote with our "Domicile rule" (you sleep here last night, you vote today) on three occasions, and a man from Massachusetts who came back to Nashua to vote. I do not see checking as being voter suppression as much as protection of the vote of honest people. The man from Massachusetts probably countered my vote, which is not how things are supposed to work. Why is it that the Democrats are the ones that seem to be so concerned about cleansing the roll of the dead or folks with multiple registrations? Jim Shuff, Freedom

Gov. Sununu, I strongly question your judgement in sending in New Hampshire state voting data to a federal database. In a state whose motto is "Live Free or Die," it is hard to understand how allowing this information to go to a man whose allegiance to the Republican party and maybe even to his country, which is in question, is in the interest of the people of New Hampshire. Why don't we send a list of gun owners while we're at it? You need to stand for the people of New Hampshire, not Donald Trump. N.H. Republicans are a unique breed and believe in independence, but not necessarily submitting to the national sway as unfortunately Kellyanne Conway found out when she went national. Your political aspirations in this state will be better served by standing behind us, not "The Donald." I strongly support Rep. Kurk's view.

What's the problem? Voter information does not record who you voted for. What are the states afraid they'll find? Hiding something?

No, it's an invasion of privacy, as well as a waste of time and money. This is a very thoughtless, expensive president. Enough already.

Seventy years ago there was another government in Europe that collected voter data and used it to great effect. Populist demagogues ran that show. Populist demagogues are running this one.

Hell no! My information is private just like my vote. This is a phishing expedition of the first magnitude. Tell them to go pound salt!

We're playing inside Trump's games now. America has become the "Trump Show." Remember Trump's "birther lie?" During that years long destructive drama, Trump claimed to send investigators to Hawaii. He never did. And in the end, his lie was exposed as a complete sham. So we know that Trump lied. And we know that, despite all the evidence to the contrary, Trump kept pushing his lie. There's no difference between Trump's "3 million illegal voters" lie, and Trump's "birther lie." Like Trump himself, there is no substance here. It's all about the drama of another "Trump Show."

If N.H. thinks there's a problem, then the state should do its own investigation into it. No need to send N.H. residents' information to a federal database. So no, I don't agree with sending my information out of the state. And for those who say the government already has it anyway, then I guess they don't need us to send it to them.

This is all public record. Anyone can have it, even you! The state charges for it to create revenue. The entity trying to change that should be wary of unforeseen consequences in trying to change current law.

Yes, New Hampshire should do their part to fight voter fraud in this state. Not all who voted were real residents of New Hampshire. Personally, I know of fraudulent voting in many towns in New Hampshire. Changes need to be made across the country, no registering to vote the night of elections would help.

Absolutely not. Elections are run by the states, not the federal government. When all this information is gathered on one government database, the possibility of it being hacked, altered, deleted, stolen or manipulated is so much greater. Millions may mistakenly or deliberately be deleted from registration and not be aware until they go to vote in 2018. Can you even imagine the outcry from Republicans if Obama suggested this? All to bolster Trump's fantasy that he won the popular vote. He didn't.

As much as most of us would like this information to be private, most of it is not. The state sells it. Where do you think all those phone spammers get your information?

This is a complete waste of money to try and prove Trump's ridiculous assertion that 3 million people voted illegally. It was a lie that even the GOP has admitted never happened, but Trump will run this farce and say that it did. In the meantime, information that is not available will all be gathered in one place on a White House computer. What could possibly go wrong with that?

It's funny how Sununu jumped right in and said the state would comply with the request but then he got such a backlash that he then put the decision solely into Secretary of State Gardner's hands. Weasel.

No, no, no! There is no good reason for them to have it and no evidence to back up their claims.

This is the "Live Free or Die" state. We don't like "big govermint" pushing us around. And if this information is so easily available, then why don't they already have it?

There is only one reason this information is being requested. I want to be able to vote privately and not have my information given out.

I think sending that information is a bad idea. The government already has our addresses, names and Social Security numbers. Why did they need to know who we voted for? We're taking a chance of identity theft happening to every citizen of the State of New Hampshire by sending this either over the internet or through the mail. I think it's a bad idea.

No, no, no. I don't care if this is a Trump White House or a Dem White House requesting this info. No.

Absolutely not! Enough of our information is floating around anyway.

No, and they shouldn't get our information for the parties to harass us at election time either!

Absolutely not! This information is going into a database in the White House. The Trump White House is not to be trusted with such sensitive information.

What do they have to hide? If there is no fraud, there shouldn't be an issue.

No, tell him to go to wherever it is hot. This is just a stupid witch hunt for him to lie and say he got more votes than Hillary. There is no voter fraud, which has been proven time and again!

No freaking way. The rest of you clowns are merely Trump minions. No mind

Honestly anyone at this point that can firmly stand behind the U.S. government needs to be treated for mental illness.

Voter information is already public. That's how they get your phone number so they can bug you during the elections.

If you have nothing to hide, why not?

Hi, I'm from Conway, commenting on today's Tele-Talk question. I believe we should turn over and comply with the president's request. Or are we afraid that somebody will find out how many dead people actually voted in New Hampshire or how many people that aren't residents of New Hampshire voted here? Come on folks, let's stop getting in the way of progress and let's get on with it. Let's find out what's really going on, especially with our elections. I'm very sure we got a lot of dead people that voted in Conway. They had to for the results we got. Thanks a lot Conway. There is one state senator and one state representative that are suing our governor and the secretary of state. Come on folks, can't we work together on some of this stuff? What are we trying to hide by not giving the commission whatever they want as far as our voter information, as long as it's not my Social Security number. Come on folks, let's play ball.

This is Joe from Center Conway on that voter information thing. Now, I'm getting a little bit upset with these educated liberals that don't read the entire article. If they read the article, it said "if possible," and also the secretary has given these voter lists out to people all over the state. So what's the difference whether the federal government has the information or some local guy has the information that's going to try and sell us stuff and play telemarketer or whatever. It's so idiotic and and it's dumb.

This is one of those things that angers me more than anyone could ever imagine. You'd never believe how much this irritates me. To even come up with the notion and actually say it out loud that you want somebody's voter information, you need to be removed from wherever the hell it is you are and beaten to a bloody pulp. If somebody actually comes out and says 'yeah, go ahead, I'll give you that information,' that person needs to be dragged in chains to court and tried for treason, and locked away – period. That's what it is. It is absolutely nobody's business at all who's voting for who and who's leaning to what parties or any of that kind of stuff. It just clearly is not; it undermines the entire notion of freedom in the United States. You might want to remember some of that stuff. So, I can probably go on forever, but I suppose that's enough of that. Thank you.

This is a New Hampshire citizen from Eaton, N.H. In no way shape or form should any information about New Hampshire citizens, their voting records, their party choices or anything else, be provided to Trump's commission because I think it's the road to totalitarianism.

Yes, I'm calling in reference to the Tele-Talk that was in the Saturday newspaper or Friday night newspaper. It seems to me that Mr. Trump is trying to tell the people of the United States what they're going to do instead of asking them. He was voted in. He is supposed to be a president. I will refuse to call him that, he is Mr. Trump. He is also a dictator, and Chris Sununu is a little dictator. They were voted to work for the people, not against them. The ACLU has the "great idea" we were given certain liberties, certain privacy acts were put into place; they do not have the right to tell us that they're going to do it. It seems to me that as a citizen of the United States and a resident of the state of New Hampshire, I have the right to vote on this and I vote no. They don't have the right to tell me what I'm going to do. I still have freedoms in this country, and I have had friends, young friends who have died for those freedoms in this country and I will not on their dead bodies give my freedoms up.

In response to President Donald Trump's request to hand over voter information, no. It's none of his business who I vote for. And as far as Gov. Sununu is concerned, he is supposed to be the governor of the state, not kissing Trump's rear end, no. Perhaps we as the citizens should sue Gov. Sununu if he releases that information. This has gone beyond reason. The elections have been over for some time. Trump needs to wake up and realize he's not a president, he's a dictator. Hurry up. Thank you.

Firm no to President Trump's request. I do not believe we should be handing over voter information. Thank you.

No. I think this is another way of giving up our freedom, and if this goes through, I will refuse to vote.

I voted for Donald Trump and I think everything he has done has been great, but I don't agree with this at all. It's way over the line. This is something the Democrats would pull.

No, no, no. It's an unsecure website. How dare they think it's okay to put our personal information, including the last four numbers of our social security, on something that unsecure. It's none of their business. Voter fraud is a hoax. Thank you.

Regarding President Donald Trump's request to get voter information, I say definitely no, no, no, no. We currently are losing more and more personal information due to computers, and I think this is absolutely ridiculous. Do not hand over any information. Thank you.

If the U.S. government wants that data, make them come and pay for it item by item instead of giving it all at one time. Also, it's absurd that the government wants Social Security numbers and birthdates. This is data that financial institutions ask me to verify my identity. Can you imagine giving that to the federal government having it hacked? It'll ruin people. Absolutely not, the government is too big the way it is.

No, never. Remember live free or die? What about every citizen's right to privacy? And please tell me what has really happened to our beautiful and free country.

No, I do not feel there is a valid reason to give this information to the present administration, or for that matter, any administration. Voting is supposed to be via secret ballot, and I do not want anyone, government or otherwise, to obtain access to my personal information and/or how or where I vote. Is America under martial law or are we still a free country?

I do not want to see any voter rolls turned over to anything or anybody having to
do with Trump and his Fourth Reich tricks.

Should New Hampshire comply with President Trump's request to hand over voter information? Absolutely not! Any federal request for personal information should be questioned as to purpose and future use. In this case, the apparent purpose is to support Trump's claim that he lost the popular vote due to voter fraud. I can't imagine what the future use of this information might be, but it won't be for our good. What we do in the voting booth is none of the president's business. Furthermore, Trump's request is laughably hypocritical; he ran on a platform of anti-big government – "Drain the Swamp!" – and here he is trying to intrude in state and personal business to serve his personal needs. Imagine the outcry if he or one of his commissioners were asking for information on gun ownership. No way should our state election officials comply with this request. Just say no! Peter in Conway

New Hampshire should not comply, but regardless, the powers that be will get their way. All efforts by the administration to gain eventual absolute control over all aspects of human life in America will more than likely win out. The "travel ban" on certain countries is a mere smoke screen, a clever foot in the door to the eventual complete and total ban on all and any immigration and perhaps even some tourism. America now has its very own brand of dictatorship and any talk of "democracy" is pie in the sky. We've arrived, yet people still believe their vote counts. Enjoy whatever freedoms and way of life we can right now because it is eroding faster than a flushing toilet.

If the commission wants information on N.H. voters, they should ask the the Russians. Those commie pinko red spies know everything about us.