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My Fight for Civics Education

Addressing the deplorable condition of civics and history education, the state approved SB 157 last June.  The law “requires students in high school or equivalent to take and pass a government and civics competency assessment as a component of instruction in the history, government, and constitutions of the United States and New Hampshire.” While some quarrel with giving a test to improve what’s taught, Americans are woefully uninformed about every aspect of our nation’s Founding. Worse, what most “know” reminds me of something President Ronald Reagan once said: “The trouble with our Liberal friends is not that they’re ignorant;...

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NH DHHS proposes taxpayer funding of sex change surgery – Girard at Large Exclusive

UPDATED–The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services has proposed to eliminate the Medicaid rule that prohibits the program from funding sex reassignment surgeries.  Disturbingly, while the proposed rule change hasn’t even been heard yet, Girard at Large has obtained a letter sent by the department directly to a minor child enrolled in the NH Healthy Families program.  The child to whom this letter was addressed is 11 years old. According to information contained on the department’s Rulemaking Notice Form: This proposal amends the rule, by deleting paragraph (g), to remove the categorical prohibition of coverage of gender...

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School’s Starting: Time To Refuse The Standardized Tests (Don’t Be Misled By Superintendents)

You would think that after many parents in New Hampshire have refused to let their children take the standardize test, school administrators would lighten up a bit and stop bullying and misleading parents. I do have to mention that some parents are reporting that when they refuse to let their children take the standardized tests, some administrators have been receptive and honor their requests without hesitation. 

Unfortunately, this is not true for other parents in New Hampshire. Here is a letter sent to parents by Dr. Laura H. Nelson, Superintendent of Derry Schools in New Hampshire. There seems to...

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Is Sanborn Regional School District Lying To Parents?

I remember years ago when the former U.S. Secretary of Eduction, Arne Duncan, made a bold statement when he said: “As a country we’ve dummied down standards. We’ve reduced them due to political pressure and, we’ve actually been lying to children and parents telling them they’re ready when they’re not.” What happens when a school district is in the spotlight for being successful, but the teachers and students who attend the school or have graduated, say something else? Sanborn is one of the school districts in New Hampshire that has implemented many of the federal education reforms like Common...

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Goodbye Teachers, Hello Computers: Thank Common Core And ESSA

Back in 2010 when the New Hampshire State Board of Education adopted Common Core, I warned that this was a set up for failure.  Not only would Common Core dumb down our public schools, we’d see other negative changes, including an exodus from public schools.  Lower enrollment means there is less demand for teachers and why the Concord Monitor is reporting that there has been a decline in teaching jobs over the last decade. “Public school enrollment has shrunk 11 percent over the past decade, according to state Department of Education data.“ Parents have filled public hearings on Common...

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You Wont Believe What The National Science Foundation Is Funding In New Hampshire

The National Science Foundation (NSF) came under scrutiny years ago for causing damage to math education in the United States.  Professor David Klein, a Mathematician from California State University, wrote a letter to then Representative Boehlert and Members of the House Science Committee, exposing the damaging effects in math education that came from the National Science Foundation. In his letter from 2004, Professor Klein said, “No single institution in the United States has caused more damage to the mathematical education of children than the National Science Foundation through its EHR division. In saying this I want to make it clear that...

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Gravel urges Manchester residents to file charter complaint

Manchester resident Lisa Gravel has started a movement of sorts by filing a complaint against Ward 2 Alderman Ron Ludwig and Ward 11 Alderman Normand Gamache for violating the city’s charter.  It started at the board’s meeting of 18 July 2017, where she raised a variety of issues, not the least of which were the charter violations committed by Ludwig and Gamache.  (Forward to 35:53 in the linked video to witness her testimony.  Click here to read it.)  and it continued with an appearance here on the Girard at Large Radio Show where she discussed her complaint at length....

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Update on Town of Piermont

We have always said that your town town is a great place to start cleaning house. Piermont is a small town in Grafton County with a population of less than 800. You know how that goes, small town, no one watching, and the ‘we’ve always done it this way’ mentality? Teran “Terri” Mertz, wife of George Mertz, Commander, USN (Ret) was elected to a seat on the 3-person selectboard in 2016 for a three-year term. Her attempts to insure the town simply follow rules and procedures she alleges led to harassment, threats of arrest, and even an attempt to ban her from entering the town offices. She was concerned that the other two selectmen might be  holding illegal meetings, making payments to vendors without having followed legal contract procedures, and mismanaging meeting minutes. As soon as she began questioning, the attacks on her began. Even as an elected official she was being made to make written requests just to see certain documents. Eventually she filed a RTK lawsuit asking that they be fined and required to correct their actions and receive remedial training. They continued to try to defame Mrs. Mertz as she attempted to investigate inconsistencies with tax assessments by Avitar, and residents with unpaid taxes. CNHT has had experience with the town of Windsor in this matter. CNHT also has had quite a history with Avitar, and...

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Gravel: Watching the aldermen with complete disgust

Publisher’s Note:  We post this testimony given by Ward 7 resident Lisa Gravel to the Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 My name is Lisa Gravel and I have been a property owner in Ward 7 for almost 18 years. I have watched many of these Board meeting and been filled with complete disgust.  I watch as you vote on unsustainable contract after unsustainable contract.  Giving city employees getting perks I can only dream of.  I mean “Fast Day”??  This is a holiday that has not been on the books since the 90’s.  So...

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Absolute Genius!! The ACLU Sues Trump Over Lack of Transparency – of Election Integrity Commission.

I don’t have to read the whole thing. The headline says it all. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/aclu-sues-trump-over-election-commissions-lack-of-transparency/ar-BBE9uyG?li=AA5a8k&ocid=spartandhp The brain trust that is the NH ACLU is suing New Hampshire so already watered-down, useless, public information on NH voter checklists, submitted to the NH Statewide Database they wanted so much, isn’t sent to the Trump’s Election Integrity Commission. Ready for this?       The American ACLU is suing President Trump for lack of transparency in the Commission’s function so far. No quote of a law was given by the writer of the article or ACLU spokesman. Here is half the story, which is not much:...

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