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Your Town Government – Are You Paying Attention?

The presidential election is over but people are still too busy fretting and fighting over it to notice anything else it seems. CNHT heard little about town meeting outcomes this year. Where is everyone? A man who once came to one of our events even called town government affairs “small potatoes”. But nothing could be further from the truth. In NH, your largest tax bill is likely your homeowners tax. Your town and school meetings are where they decide to raise and spend the money. This writer has been on the board and worked with Coalition of NH Taxpayers for about 15 years. One of the hardest jobs we have is convincing folks that town government is their ground zero. Many town boards toot right along, unfettered in their old ways, at times not following proper procedure, because frankly, no one is checking up on them. We already know that in a town of perhaps 13,000 registered voters, we may be lucky to see150 people at the (old-style) town meeting, with 75 of them being town and school employees, ready to vote in anything they wish. Even in towns like Bedford which has approximately 13,000 registered voters and ballot voting (a system provided for by the passage of a law called SB2) town and school ballots are only cast by perhaps 2,000-4,000 people. Is it so hard to give...

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New Boston Mexican restaurant raided by Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents

Yesterday, one of your contributing administrators shared an indignant Facebook post from La Cabana Mexican Grill in New Boston, complaining that ICE agents had raided his establishments and arrested some of his employees.  Before we went to report on it over the air today, it disappeared.  We mentioned its disappearance over the air this morning and, lo and behold, a member of our Large and Loyal Listening Audience had captured a screen shot of it and sent it our way. We also received a link to a news article that gave the “rest of the story.” So, we’re provided both...

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Candia School Public Hearing on Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming Policy

We publish the raw, unedited videoof the Candia School Board’s June 1, 2017 public hearing on its transgender/gender non-conforming student policy.  The hearing was held after a vote of the board in light of a Citizen Petition Warrant Article overwhelmingly approved by voters in March. The policy it passed over the objections of hundreds who signed petitions, testified and called members of the prior board to ask it either reject the policy or address significant concerns.   The board didn’t listen and incumbents Nicole LaFlamme and Karen Yeatman lost their seats in the March election. Echoes of that vote and...

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Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard addresses panhandling within the city of Manchester.

June 7, 2017 Community Members City of Manchester, NH Re: Panhandling – A Community Issue Let me begin by saying that not every challenge is easily resolved. When it comes to panhandling in our city this sentiment holds true. A good police department is responsive to the needs of the community it serves, and all of us in uniform are judged by our success and failure in responding to our community’s needs – we understand that. As Chief of Police I must balance the concerns of different groups equally and that sometimes means working to serve the rights of...

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Bedford Republicans to Host Gov. Sununu on June 28th

The Bedford Republican Committee will hold its annual Summer Social on June 28th, 2017 at the Riddle Brook School on New Boston Rd from 5:30-7:00 PM. Pulled pork, beans, and cole slaw will be provided. The featured speaker will be NH Governor Chris Sununu, the first Republican governor since 2005. With a majority in both Houses of the NH Legislature, Republicans are looking forward to accomplishing many goals during the upcoming legislative session. So far, the GOP has helped pass a bill that will allow school districts to opt out of Common Core, a bill that would make sure all residents are held to an equal standard so that every duly qualified voter who shows up to the polls has the opportunity to vote, and a bill that will allow students living in a town without a public school to have the opportunity to attend a public or private accredited school of their choosing in another community. Republican legislators are eager to work together to pass legislation that reflect conservative Republican views and ideals. “Now is the time to get things done”, noted BRC Chairman Valerie Earnshaw. “Republicans should come together to help pass bills that will support the NH GOP platform”, she concluded. While the Governor, our State Reps, and other prominent Republicans have been invited to speak, this is a free social event and thus all are...

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Girard questions Gardner on NH results in Voter Registration Cross Check Program

The following email was sent to NH Secretary of State Bill Gardner following the release of shocking voter registration information from the Voter Cross Check Program by Ed Naile, anchor of our A Question of Voter Fraud segment and Chairman of the Coalition of NH Taxpayers.  We publish it in the hope that citizens and state representatives will question not just this jaw dropping data, but also Senate Bill 3 that continues to have serious unanswered questions that many believe will cause the problem uncovered by the Cross Check data to go from awful to beyond awful.   New...

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My Tribute to Sid Glassner, May He Rest In Peace

With the news that our beloved Sid Glassner passed away yesterday, I wanted to take this opportunity to mention what a blessing he was to those who knew him. Back in 2010 when the State Board of Education voted to adopt the Common Core Standards, I sat here wondering who knew this was not going to be good for public schools in New Hampshire.  Most people, including parents, teachers, and legislators had never heard about Common Core.  I began criss-crossing New Hampshire to attend any meeting to explain the flaws and the federal government’s overreach with this latest education reform....

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Now NH Businesses Want to Tell Teachers How to Teach?

I’ve seen enough education reformers try to influence how teachers teach in a classroom.  Nellie Mae is known for providing grants to the NH Department of Education and local schools in order to buy local control. Nellie Mae requires schools to use “student centered” learning even if parents object.  If children are angry because their teacher won’t teach them the material, many times that teacher has been forced to use teaching methods that require him/her to become a “guide on the side.”  Students are required to work in groups to figure out math instead of listen to a teacher...

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Tell Val Zanchuk, President of Graphicast to SUPPORT Literacy & STEM Ed.

Go to : https://www.facebook.com/val.zanchuk and tell Val Zanchuk (Chair of the BIA in NH) that our public schools deserve better quality academic standards. Val Zanchuk is the PRESIDENT of Graphicast in NH. He is touting support for legislation in NH to increase pre-engineering for students k-12. YET the organization he chairs (BIA)  opposes New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Education in an effort to improve the quality of our academic standards. Common Core does NOT prepare students for the  STEM fields. (Science Technology Engineering and Math) Lowering the Bar: How Common Core Math Fails to Prepare Students for STEM Jason Zimba, lead writer for the Common...

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One NH School Seeing a BIG Increase in Test Refusals by Parents

Every year more parents catch on that the standardized testing in New Hampshire does nothing to help their children academically. In fact, it actually takes time away from learning in the classroom. One New Hampshire district is seeing a big increase in test refusals from parents. The Principal responded with the following e-mail but left out some critical pieces of information.   For instance in the new FEDERAL LAW (Every Student Succeeds Act ESSA) it says: ESSA page 144-145 ‘‘(2) TESTING TRANSPARENCY.— ‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—At the beginning of each school year, a local educational agency that receives funds under...

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