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Could It Be Something In The Water?

It's been a while since I've done some bragging about New Hampshire, and I think it's a bit overdue.

New Hampshire has a bit of a reputation or nativism, of being a bit unwelcoming to outsiders, and some times it's true. The old legend of it taking at least three generations for a family to be considered "true" New Hampshirites has some roots in fact.

But for all that, there is also a newer and better tradition of welcoming newcomers -- provided they come with the proper respect for our ways and come here to enjoy them, not change them.

For all the complaining we do about the "flatlanders" (a significant number of them Massholes), we also recognize that we have something special here, and it's no wonder that a lot of people can also see that, and want to be a part of it.

New Hampshire was chosen for the Free State Project, where a bunch of libertarians decided they'd all move, en masse, and try to set up a libertarian government. The state government actually offered them an official welcome when we won the contest, and they started moving in.

And then, in 2006, the Democrats swept our US House seats and ended up controlling both houses of our state legislature, the executive council, and the governorship. Oh. well.

Several other bloggers have gotten fed up with their home states and come to New Hampshire. Bruce and Giacomo come to mind.

And it isn't just bloggers. Two other noteworthy New Hampshire immigrants are P. J. O'Rourke and Mark Steyn. Mr. Steyn lives about two towns north of me, and P. J. is about half an hour away.

Even those who come to New Hampshire only temporarily sometimes shine a bit. Joe Malchow came to the Granite State to attend Dartmouth College, and while he was there he set up a little blog to talk about the college and other matters.

Well, a couple of years later, the America's Future Foundation has decided that Joe's efforts made him worthy of being named "College Blogger Of The Year."

I've personally met Joe a couple of times, and he seems like a good guy. He's made arrangements for Dartblog to continue after he graduates, so the Dartmouth administration (who he has irritated over the years) will not be spared this scrutiny.

I fear that graduation will take Joe away from New Hampshire, as so often happens (Adam Sandler and Sarah Silverman come to mind). But I hope he'll remember his tenure in the state, and perhaps some day he'll come back.

In the meantime, Joe, enjoy your prize and moment of glory. You earned it.

And we native New Hampshirites will take a little pride in that you chose to do it here.


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Eneils Bailey:

"New Hampshire has a bit of a reputation or nativism, of being a bit unwelcoming to outsiders."

We love outsiders down here, they are coming in droves. Just about all of them are retired people from the North. They come in here, after selling off up North and find they can purchase a place, comparable or even better than they lived in, at a fraction of their the selling price of their home up North.

This is not South Florida, or what people would consider a mecca for retirees. I live in a very rural area of SC. For instance, my property taxes on four acres of land, a nice little two bedroom, 1400 square-foot, brick bungalow is about $150.00 a year. I have a nice pickup truck and paid $68.00 in taxes on it last year.

It has been announced in the past year, that two more developments have been planned for this area, about 1500 units each. Both companies are based in New York and New Jersey and do their marketing up there. They have no local contacts here for these developments.

Again, we love them, treat them like Queens and Kings. Why, because they love the weather, they love the taxes, they love the way we treat them, and they don't bring with them, their children; little juvenile delinquents, who would tax the school system and law enforcement agencies.

Never met anyone from New York or New Jersey I did not like.




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