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CNHT says Family Leave Bill a step towards an income tax

As you may know, The Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers collects the anti-broad-based tax pledge  simply known as – THE PLEDGE.  We have been collecting The Pledge from candidates since 2000.  Luckily, no direct vote on a sales or income tax has appeared in that time. As a taxpayer activist since 1988, I pay attention to the support of sales or income taxes from the general public and the groups we work with.  It wasn’t that long ago, early 90’s, that you might hear someone at a meeting or public forum bring up broad based taxes as a solution...

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NH’s ATTACK on Religious Schools: TAKE ACTION

PLEASE write the House Eduction Committee members and ask them to vote AGAINST HB 1432 OR ATTEND the PUBLIC HEARING: 01/30/2018 at 02:15 PM LOB Room 207 (Legislative Office Building directly behind the State House) To: Rick Ladd <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], “Cordelli, Glenn” <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected], James Grenier <[email protected]>, [email protected], Mary.He[email protected], [email protected], Representative Joe Pitre <[email protected]>, Victoria Sullivan <[email protected]>, [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] Mr. Chairman and members of the Committee:   My name is Ann Marie Banfield, and I am the Education Liaison for Cornerstone Action.  Cornerstone Action represents roughly 6,000 New Hampshire residents.  Cornerstone’s interest in education is to...

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Can I Drop Off A Junkyard In Your Town?

A few weeks ago, I was asked to help a couple, John and Mona Winslow of New Boston, who were the subject of an administrative order to have “junk” removed from their property.  The property is a pre-existing, nonconforming use in effect from about June of 1965.  Tons of documentation prove this.  The Town, in document after document – documents the pre-existing nonconforming uses of the 1.5 acre lot.  It is a one-man repair garage, towing service.  He plows snow, welds, fabricates, and performs all manner of mechanical magic. John Winslow is the typical, old-fashioned Yankee who can make...

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There is an all out assault on parental rights in New Hampshire

Parents in New Hampshire fought long and hard to pass a state law that would require written consent before their children took an invasive survey in their local public school.  We heard from parents and school board members across New Hampshire describing how they found out their child took a controversial and personal survey without their knowledge. Last year Governor Christopher Sununu supported parents by signing SB43 which came from the study committee on HB206 in 2015.  Schools must now receive written consent from parents before their children can take an invasive non-academic surveys at school. During the study committee several people...

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Are NH Schools Practicing Mental Health Quackery On Your Kids?

The new federal law, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), pushes schools to shift their focus away from academics to treating your child’s mental health.  This is something I take very seriously since some children come to school having to deal with all kinds of societal problems. Unfortunately, I’ve seen well-intentioned counselors in some schools do more damage than good when treating students.  Public schools weren’t set up to become mental health clinics for children.  Children who need those services need highly qualified licensed practitioners treating them in the same way you would want a doctor who specializes in cancer treating...

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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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The 2016 Election Explained One Day Before it Happened

If you want an in-depth understanding of the 2016 election won by Donald Trump – and you are interested in one that was published one day BEFORE the Trump landslide, here it is: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/11/07/patrick-caddell-real-election-surprise-uprising-american-people.html Thank you Pat Caddell, former Jimmy Carter pollster and probably one of the only pollsters you can trust in America now that most polling has been discredited as much as our mainstream news. Pat Caddell pegs the 2016 election spot on and predicts a bad future for America’s ruling class – as long as elections still count for something. This Caddell article is worth a...

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SB466, Another Partisan Attack on New Hampshire’s Commissioner of Education?

New Hampshire’s Senate Democrats filed legislation to limit the activities of the Commissioner of Education.  SB466 says; “during their term of appointment, a commissioner may not hold or campaign for elective office, serve as the officer of a political party or political committee, use his or her name in support of or in opposition to a candidate, participate in or contribute to political campaigns or act as a lobbyist.”  SB466  is sponsored by Senators:  Woodburn, Dist 1; Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Feltes, Dist 15; Fuller Clark, Dist 21; SHennessey, Dist 5;  Kahn, Dist 10;  Lasky, Dist 13;  Soucy, Dist 18 and;...

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SAU93 Monadnock’s Superintendent wants the best quality education for her kids, just not for your children

Monadnock’s Superintendent wants the best quality education for her kids, just not for your children.  (See her letter below) There is a heated battle taking place in New Hampshire right now.  SB193 is a proposed bill that would set up Education Savings Accounts for families so they could access funding for their child to use at the school of their choice. Most Superintendents send some students to specialized schools outside the district if they  believe it will help those  children .  For instance, if a school does not have the capacity to educate a child with a severe disability, that...

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