Nanny State: Are we Live Free or Die, or the Nanny State?

16 April 2007

Are we Live Free or Die, or the Nanny State?

By Dan Tuohy
April 15, 2007 6:00 AM

Stung by recent legislative losses, some Republicans are grousing about the Live Free Or Die state becoming the Nanny State. But when it comes to social compacts and public safety changes, both sides of the debates are invoking New Hampshire's notorious motto.

The controversies reflect a changing New Hampshire, at least politically, though the arguments being delivered with conviction and compassion are not necessarily Democratic nor Republican.

The latest outcry comes as the House of Representatives passed bills to require adults to wear seat belts, increase the minimum hourly wage, crack down on trans fat, and outlaw smoking in restaurants and bars.


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