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Author: Rich Girard

On Air News Read for September 22, 2017

Governor Christopher Sununu has issued another executive order.  This time, it’s to establish the Governor’s Millennial Advisory Council, which will offer insight and policy recommendations to the governor regarding millennial issues in the Granite State.  In announcing the order, Sununu said, quote:  “We have to ensure that New Hampshire remains the best place to live, work and raise a family for all Granite Staters, and the Millennial Advisory Council is a big step in the right direction.  The Council will offer insights and policy recommendations to attract and retain a millennial workforce and work to address other issues that...

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On Air News Read for September 21, 2017

Some reaction from Tuesday’s mayoral primary in Manchester is coming from an interesting person, Hooksett School Board Member Jim Sullivan.  In a message sent to Girard at Large, Sullivan reacted to Joyce Craig’s continued statements that she would work to get Hooksett back to Manchester’s schools.  Said Sullivan of such overtures, quote: “At this stage it would be pointless – Hooksett en mass will not be going back to Manchester.  Even Abraham Lincoln could not get us back.” For the record, at it’s meeting on August fourteenth, the Manchester Board of School Committee approved a motion offered by at-Large...

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On Air News Read for September 20, 2017

Yesterday’s Primary Election in the Queen City produced some interesting results, though I must admit I, your humble political prognosticator, predicted almost every outcome, many of them in my out loud radio voice. My chief prediction that Mayor Ted Gatsas would finish a relatively close second to challenger Joyce Craig was spot on.  With fifty eight hundred votes, or fifty two point seven percent, Craig bested Gatsas’ four thousand nine hundred eighty seven, or forty five point four percent.   Democratic plant Joshua Dallaire received seventy one votes and perennial candidate Glenn Ouellette tallied one hundred thirty eight to account...

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On Air News Read for September 19, 2017

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announced that he, along with attorneys general from thirty one states and the District of Columbia, has signed a letter to Equifax requesting it disable links for enrollment into its fee-based monitoring services in wake of the massive data breach which saw the personal date of one hundred forty three million people stolen from its databases.  Equifax is offering free credit monitoring services in response to the breach, but, in the letter, the attorneys general object to Equifax, quote: “seemingly using its own data breach as an opportunity to sell services to breach...

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Manchester School District identifies board members who take taxpayer provided health and dental benefits

In response to a Right to Know request filed by former Hooksett School Board Member John Lyscars, the Manchester School District has released the names of those board members who take taxpayer provided health and or dental insurance benefits and identified the associated premium costs to the district.  Lyscars said he filed the request because, as a Hooksett taxpayer, he was unhappy that tuition his town paid the to educate its children in the Queen City’s schools was going to board member benefits, rather than to classroom needs. Lyscars’ original request produced a document that identified the plans taken...

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On Air News Read for September 18, 2017

September’s shaping to be a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Month for opioid overdoses in the Queen City.  (Apologies to Alexander!) Manchester Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Officer Christopher Hickey released September’s month to date statistics showing fifty one suspected overdoses, including four fatalities.  There were sixty three overdoses, with five fatalities, in all of last September.  Thus far this year, there have been five hundred ninety eight suspected overdoses, including forty six deaths. On the Safe Station front, as of Friday, one thousand five hundred ninety six people had made a total of two thousand three hundred...

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On Air News Read for September 15, 2017

Former Hooksett School Board member John Lyscars has filed a Right to Know request with the Manchester School District’s Human Resources Director Pamela Hogan asking for information on board members who take taxpayer provided health and dental benefits.  As the request was made on Monday, the district is obligated to respond to Lyscars in some fashion by the end of the day today, given the requirements of the law.  Lyscars is asking which members of the board are receiving any type of health or dental benefit and the cost to the district for each member’s benefits.  The request came...

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Veterans Ride Home 2017 – Support the cause of ending homelessness

Manchester, New Hampshire – September 23, 2017 – Did you know the Point In Time count (PIT) for homeless veterans, across the state of NH in 2016 was 1317?  Organizations such as The Way Home – a Manchester, NH based nonprofit are dedicated to helping veteran families and individuals obtain and succeed in safe, affordable housing and offer supportive services to nurture independence, and advocate for greater opportunity. New Hampshire continues to make positive advances in getting people experiencing homelessness off the streets, out of shelters, and into a home.  In fact, there was a 9% drop in homeless...

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On Air News Read for September 14, 2017

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald announced that, beginning last week, the New Hampshire Department of Justice was in contact with the Claremont Police Department and the Sullivan County Attorney’s Office regarding the incident involving an 8-year old bi-racial child who was hung by older juveniles.  MacDonald said his office will review all of the facts of this incident and that, to the extent that there is any credible information it constituted a hate crime or a civil rights violation under New Hampshire law, the office was prepared to take any and all appropriate action. That announcement apparently...

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On Air News Read for September 12, 2017

Recent personal and political attacks against Secretary of State Bill Gardner by senators Jeanne Shaheen, Health Care Queen and Margaret Wood Hassan aren’t going without notice or without response.  The senators issued a joint statement on Facebook again criticizing Gardner for his involvement with the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity after Vice-Chair Kris Kobach, Kansas’ Secretary of State, penned an op. ed. declaring that, were it not for voter fraud, Senator Kelly Ayotte would likely have been reelected. Kobach’s piece ran after New Hampshire House Speaker Shawn Jasper released voter statistics he received from the Office of the...

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