December 1, 2010
Nashua, NH – The Free State Project is pleased to announce bestselling author Naomi Wolf will be the keynote speaker at the fifth annual NH Liberty Forum, being held February 24-27 at the Crowne Plaza in Nashua.
Celebrate Independence Day
with other liberty lovers
in the beautiful Finger Lakes of NY!
CNY FSP and the Ithaca Libertarians Independence Day BBQ
Libertarians, Free Staters, friends and family! You are all welcome to
come and celebrate liberty and party with us in Ithaca NY on July 3rd and
| When: || Sunday, July 3rd & 4th, 2005
| Where: || 430 Enfield Center Road East, Ithaca, New York 14850
| Time: || 1 PM until . . . . . . Breakfast!
| What: ||Camping Games BBQ and meal at 6
PM - Bonfire later
There's plenty of space for tents and RVs, and there is an outdoor bar with
power, cable and TV. The Penn & Teller Bullshit series will be
played in the bar as well. The land is beautiful here. Plenty of mowed space
and trails on over 30 acres.
Bring a dish, snack, or beverage to share for the BBQ. Carl cooks
breakfast too, so bring something for the breakfast if you're staying over.
RSVP and further details: Brian Sullivan
A New Yorker looks at New Hampshire
by William N. Kilarjian • 8/8/04
This last Fourth of July my wife, myself and our Jack Russell Terrier 'Mac'
traveled to New Hampshire from our home in Westchester County, NY. This was
only the second trip to the granite state for my wife and the first for Mac.
In my youth our family had traveled often to New Hampshire on summer vacations,
frequenting Manchester, Portsmouth, Nashua and Lake Winnipesaukee. Those
summer trips and subsequent trips thereafter always engendered a feeling of
being drawn to the Old Man of the Mountain. New Hampshire's appealing qualities
are manifest. In the muscular natural beauty, the open, friendly and
forthrightness of the people, the dignity of her cities and towns. Admirable
On this trip we planned to visit Keene and then continue north to stay with
friends in the Berlin and Gorham area. We departed NY and made our first port
of call. We found Keene and its environs to be thoroughly lovely. The Main
Street, which we strolled along amiably, is nonpareil. Reasoned development
policies clearly in evidence, Keene possesses the needed commercial attributes
and infrastructure without sacrificing the feeling of neighborly community.
Our next stops were in Berlin and Gorham. Here we met friends, took in the
beautiful fireworks display in Gorham and basked in the wonderful surroundings.
Berlin, while obviously a factory town, fortunes ebbing and flowing as the tide
thereon, seems as if the tide is coming back in with a vengeance. In many
locations we noticed new or just getting ready to open businesses. There is a
sense of optimism about town. This augurs well for the future. A note about the
Fourth of July fireworks show in Gorham. When the National Anthem started it
was heartening to see the vast majority of people stand while it played. In me
this evoked clear thoughts on the meaning of patriotism and brought to mind
"Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but
the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime."
A short frenzied burst of patriotic emotion is what we saw in New York
after recent events. True to type, New Yorkers have reverted to their
particular and peculiar form of condescension towards not only our nation but
to those who evince the tranquil and steady patriotism of a lifetime. Being a
life long New Yorker, born in New York City in Jamaica, Queens and raised in
Astoria, I am keenly aware of the attitudes of New Yorkers toward what they
regard the "lesser States" and those who dwell in them.
One of the reasons we made the Keene area our first stop was because of our
intention to move there over the course of the next year. Deciding to leave our
settled life in New York was not done on a whim. Sadly, or perhaps not so, it
has become a necessary reality. New York as presently constituted no longer
resembles the New York of my youth. Decades of misguided government policies
both fiscal and social have taken the empire out of the Empire State. Also, as
a life long conservative and republican one no longer feels especially welcome.
A monolithic political structure is not conducive to representative government.
The State itself, particularly in the area of government, has become unwieldy.
In light of the stark differences that exist in the three main regions it may
be time to consider devolving to three smaller states - North, West and South
New York State. Perhaps this might stem the tide so to speak and bring sanity
back to governance. Well, enough about New York.
After deciding to make the move we researched New Hampshire and several
other states and in nearly every measure and survey year after year New
Hampshire ranks at the top or highly in nearly every category. Its admirable
qualities and policies of government at every level plus an abiding belief in
the fundamental ability of the individual or business to make their own way
sans the tender mercies of government are attributes seen all to infrequently
in government these days. Frankly, there was really no way New Hampshire was
going to lose in our book. Our minds had already been made up; we were just
going through the motions in cursory fashion.
The entire trip was thoroughly enjoyable. All that we saw and did along
with the people we spoke with reinforced for us that we made the right choice
in deciding to move to New Hampshire.
We look forward to making New Hampshire our new home.
William N. Kilarjian is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society of
the United Kingdom.
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