Press Release
"In town meeting the great secret of political science was uncovered." ~Emerson
Sept. 27, 2004
Contact: Stuart Weeks

On Sunday, Oct. 24th, beginning at 5 pm with a community potluck, citizens of the town of Temple will consider the ratification of the opening articles of a Bill of Responsibilities.

Dedicated to our youth and to the generations to come, the purpose of the articles is to discuss, together, our "unalienable" responsibilities for our earth, water, air, fire power/wars, and our very humanity.

A model for communities across NH, the Special Town Meeting carries on the work of our forebears, who ratified our Bill of Rights to amend and uphold our Constitution. To our rights, the citizens of Temple will consider adding responsibilities. For one does not exist without the other.

The Special Town Meeting will be open to all Temple citizens, including interested youth. "We will consider whether there are issues, responsibilities that do not divide but rather unite us as citizens and a community," said Stuart Weeks, one of the organizers. "Accordingly, the focus will, as noted, be on the very basics of life. We want to show our youth that adults can come together, on their behalf, around our shared responsibilities."

To kindle the community spirit, the opening potluck will be followed by a grand round of musical chairs, an old Yankee yarn or two, and other festive events (and surprises), including an address by 5th grader Ellie Davis about why she started the organization "Save Our Earth," and a birthday cake for old Ben Franklin, who, on the eve of his 300th anniversary, has inspired this labor!

"We've come together to consult, not confute," said Mr. Franklin during one of the more dramatic moments of our Constitutional Convention. "The ending was a happy one (i.e. our US Constitution)," Weeks noted, "which we look forward to building upon in and for our times!" does not endorse any political party or candidate. This website has no political affiliations nor partisan leanings. As well, this website does not represent the Town of Temple, NH nor any agency, officer, or employee of the Town of Temple, NH in regard to political affiliations, leanings or endorsements. All information on is provided for informational purposes only. It is solely intended to inform town residents of events that may be of interest to them.

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