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Author: Rich Girard

A young survivor tells her story to raise awareness of a rare cancer

            My name is Lauren Smith, I’m 22 years old and I’m from Bedford New Hampshire. One year ago, before my senior year of college, I was given the news that nobody ever wants to hear, the news that turns your world upside down, I was told that I had cancer. Cancers and tumors of the appendix are extremely rare, it was once thought to be diagnosed in about 1,000 people worldwide each year. In other words, the lifetime odds of being diagnosed were thought to be about one in a million.             Recent research indicates that the incidence of...

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Questions about the Central lockdown

Publisher’s Note:  Click on any picture to enlarge it. While Friday night’s lockdown of Central High because of a shooting that took place three blocks away is awash in the praises of the officials who ordered it, many questions remain and must be asked.  However, in today’s environment, where just about any police action in the name of school safety is sacrosanct, one has to wonder just how many people will actually ask.  I decided to write this because Police Chief Carlo Capano, in a follow-up article published in the New Hampshire Sunday News, unapologetically said he’d do it again....

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Setting the record straight on HOPE–Again

The story of the Board of School Committee’s decision to terminate the HOPE program at West High School seems to change as its supporters seek to further vilify those who voted against it.  Despite ample public statements, the misrepresentations wilfully continue, some of which intentionally impugn the professional reputation of district staff as they search for a rational while they ignore what was said.  Instead, they substitute their “feelings” or “beliefs” by inventing their own “facts,” which conveniently fit their desired narrative. The oft and most egregious falsehood comes from Ward 10 Alderman Bill Barry, who has accused alleged opponents...

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Improper secret meeting minutes unsealed and released

On August 13, 2018, the Manchester Board of School Committee improperly went into non-public session to discuss whether or not a program operating without approval should continue in the schools.  After being confronted by a request from at-Large Board of School Committee Member Richard Girard to unseal the minutes of the non-public session, Mayor Joyce Craig consulted with the school district’s legal counsel.  She was told, after a review of the minutes, that the discussion should have been in public.  Thus, the minutes below were released following the successful vote to unseal the minutes at the school board’s meeting...

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Girard Backs SB 193

Below is testimony at-Large Manchester Board of School Committee Member Richard H. Girard offered at a May 1, 2018 press conference in Support of Senate Bill 193 at the Legislative Office Building in  Concord, NH. Good morning, everyone. My name is Richard Girard and it is my honor to be serving a second term representing all of the people of Manchester as an at-Large member of its Board of School Committee.  While my board has seen fit to oppose Senate Bill 1 9 3 out of fear it will cause the city to quote un quote lose money, I...

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And The Judge Said “What’s The Hurry?”

In New Boston there is a longstanding issue of a so-called junkyard.  The property is located on River Rd. and has been a grandfathered repair garage since at least 1970.  It is documented as such in a request by the Town to provide liability insurance in 1971. The Town took the “Duke’s Garage,” owned by the Winslow family, to Goffstown District Court in 1978 for having more unregistered cars than allowed – and the Town lost. A grandfathered repair garage is allowed under the New Boston Ordinance.  The owner has an established right to continue. In 1991, the Town...

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City Year challenged over MLK Day workshops on “Unpacking Whiteness”

On January 4, 2018, I received an email invitation to City Year’s Martin Luther King Day event (right).   The subject line of the email was “Free Family Event: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day!”  Candidly, I thought nothing of it and didn’t open the invitation until after I saw that I’d received multiple inquiries, complaints and statements of indignation about it.    After clicking on the invitation, it became clear why people were outraged.  Dumbstruck by the offerings (published below this article), I sent the following email to Pawn Nitichan, Executive Director of City Year NH, yesterday, at about...

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Advisory: Thefts from mailboxes and package deliveries during the overnight.

The Bedford Police Department is investigating thefts of mail from mailboxes as well as delivered packages.  These occurred during the overnight-early morning hours in Bedford in the western part of town from Rt. 101 to New Boston Road to the Amherst Town Line.  A newer white sedan with a fog light out was seen in the area of Perry Road and Rosewell Road at 6:50 a.m. with a person discarding open stolen mail out of the vehicle onto the ground.  Bedford Police would like residents in these neighborhoods who have security cameras to check for footage and contact us...

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Bedford, N.H. Police Offer Holiday Safety Tips

  BEDFORD, N.H. — With the holiday season upon us, Chief John J. Bryfonski and the Bedford Police Department seek to provide citizens with vital information that can keep them, their belongings, and their homes safe. “I encourage all residents and business owners to take a few moments to become familiar with these tips, as they will go far in preventing an uptick in crime this holiday season,” Chief Bryfonski said. “Our first priority is the safety and security of all people, and we hope you will do your part by removing chances for criminals to ruin your holiday...

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We Talked Among Giants

Rich Girard’s radio program saw its final broadcast last Friday. That is too bad but is pretty normal for talk radio. Shows come and go. But this one is a great loss, especially to Manchester, NH. Rich, kindly let me dominate 20 minutes of his program every Wednesday mornings from 6:40 – 7:00 am. This went on for four years. Luckily, NH has enough voter fraud to fill any program. And we did – happily. Here is my first show August 7, 2013: https://www.girardatlarge.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/8-7-2013-Hour-1bc.mp3 I have not changed my story – NH has not come close to stemming voter...

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