Those of you wondering just what kind of premium increases we’ll see in ObamaCare policies will have to wait and see. Enrollment on the Healthcare.gov website has been pushed off until Nov. 15, eleven days after the election, and critics who worry about rising premium hikes in 2 0 1 5 say that’s no coincidence. (You don’t say!) This means that Granite Staters will not know how much their health care will cost until November 15th when the open enrollment period begins. Former and hopefully once again Congressman Frank Guinta reacted to the news by issuing the following statement: “Congresswoman (Carol) Shea-Porter believes ObamaCare is a “great joy and triumph” and yet has done everything within her power to hide the true social and financial cost of this staggeringly unsuccessful government takeover of health care. Granite Staters are already forced to deal with ObamaCare’s higher costs and fewer choices, now they will be left in the dark as to what their actual costs will be until after the election.” End quote.
Robo-calls will soon be coming to a phone near you. The New Hampshire Republican State Committee launched the calls and a web campaign regarding Governor Margaret Wood Hassan’s reckless mismanagement of the New Hampshire budget and highlighting her past support for a disastrous income tax. In a statement released yesterday, state G O P Chair Jennifer Horn said quote: “Governor Hassan has completely failed to properly manage the New Hampshire state budget. She clearly cannot get her own administration’s spending under control and it’s clear that new taxes will be the only option given her recklessness. With Governor Hassan’s past support for an income tax, New Hampshire’s middle class should be gravely concerned about what’s in store for a second Hassan term.” Horn went on to say that electing Walt Havenstein would assure better management of state government, provide better leadership for the state and prevent an income tax induced by Hassan’s reckless spending. The state G O P has also launched the Taxin Hassan Web site detailing the governor’s record on spending and taxes. We’ve linked to it from this newscast at Girard at Large dot com.
Are text books soon to be a thing of the past in Manchester schools? Mayor Ted Gatsas wants the district to look into the possibility. At Tuesday’s school board meeting, he mentioned a community in North Carolina had done away with text books by putting tablets in kids’ hands. Gatsas said the board’s I T Committee should investigate the costs involved, which skeptics of the proposal said would likely include licensing fees for the text materials to be provided via the devices.
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Members First Credit Union donated seven thousand five hundred dollars to the Manchester Police Athletic League. It came from being lead sponsor of the eighth annual Footrace for the Fallen 5 k Road Race on October 5th. M-PAL is a non-profit organization that provides after school and summer athletic and recreational activities to Manchester-area youth. The annual race honors police officers who have died in the line of duty. In addition to the M-PAL donation, Members First presented a donation to the Mrs. Stephen Arkell Fund at the Footrace for the Fallen. Stephen Arkell was a Brentwood police officer who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.
The Manchester Police Department will be holding a mandatory meeting for any tow company interested in being contracted under the 2 0 1 4 – 2 0 1 6 Manchester Police Towing Agreement. The required meeting will be held at the Manchester Police Department at 9:00 AM, on Monday October 27th. Any questions should be directed to Officer John McInerney by calling 7 9 2 5 4 4 4 . Only companies in attendance at this required meeting will be considered for inclusion in the 2 0 1 4 – 2 0 1 6 Manchester Police Towing Agreement.
October 26th is Priesthood Sunday, a celebration of the priesthood organized by parish lay leaders and coordinated by the U S A Council of Serra International. Catholic parishes throughout New Hampshire and the United States will show support for their priests with prayer and special celebrations on the weekend of October 25th and 26th. “I hear it wherever I go—the people of New Hampshire love their priests,” said the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, “but with everyone seemingly leading such busy lives these days it is good to be reminded to pause for a moment to say thanks to our priests. I hope all Catholics throughout the diocese will join with me this weekend in recognizing all they do for the people of God.” Priesthood Sunday was established in 2003 to provide a way for Catholic communities to express appreciation for the devoted priests who serve them so faithfully. Such a celebration acknowledges the central role of the priest in the lives of Catholic men and women. For Catholics, the priest is the one who acts in the person of Jesus Christ in everything that he does, but especially when he celebrates the Sacraments such as offering the Sacrifice of the Mass, hearing confessions, and anointing the sick. The priest is the one whom people turn to when they are in need of hope and direction in their lives. The lay faithful of each parish, school or other ministry are asked to develop their own special way of marking the day and honoring both priesthood and their own priests. Over the past few years parishes have shown their appreciation by hosting receptions after the Masses, placing advertisements in their local newspapers honoring their priest, or presenting their priest with personalized notes reminding him of what he does to bring people closer to Christ.
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