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On Air News Read for November 9, 2017

Manchester’s official election results were  released yesterday by City Clerk Matthew Normand.  While there wasn’t much change once the tallies from the hand counted ballots were added to the unofficial machine count, some of them may have been significant.  A total of twenty two thousand eight hundred thirty ballots were cast, which Normand says was the most since nineteen ninety nine. Mayor Ted Gatsas boosted his vote count over two years ago by five hundred twenty four, tallying a total of ten thousand five hundred seventy.  But, as we know, that wasn’t enough to overcome rival Joyce Craig’s final...

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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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Queen City Primary: Voting Results and Misleading Indications

(Hours 1a,2a,b,3a) Rich opened this morning’s show by talking about yesterday’s elections.  He started by commenting on listener participation and his acquisition of the voting information, before speaking about the results of the Mayoral race.  He pointed out that Mayor Ted Gatsas didn’t perform as poorly as the Democratic Party would have you think.  Tune in to get the details!   (Hour 2a) Rich and Ed Naile, Chairman of the Coalition of New Hampshire Taxpayers, discussed the voter data that Rich prepared.  They made comparisons with a past Primary and Rich wondered who would turnout in the General Election....

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Contracts Galore in the Queen City

(Hour 2b) Rich continued by talking about the Board of Mayor and Aldermen meeting that happened last night. Rich discussed what he blogged at the meeting, which you can read here. Rich then talked about how the board is using money from the state, which isn’t actually here yet and may never be, to offset costs in the school district. Eddie from Manchester then called in to talk about Alderman Herbert’s comments about firefighters being paid less, and why Eddie thinks that what the Alderman had to say was a degrading and disrespectful comment towards firefighters in the Queen...

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On Air News Read for May 17, 2017

New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald and Pembroke Police Chief Dwayne Gilman announced the indictment of thirty one year old Morgen Chapman of Concord for selling the fentanyl that led to the death of twenty one year old Violetta Monastyrskaya in April 2 0 1 6, by Grand Jurors in Merrimack County.  The charge carries a possible maximum sentence of life in state prison with the possibility of parole.  Chapman will be arraigned this morning in Merrimack County Superior Court. What should you do if you’re an off duty Manchester police officer after you hit a pedestrian with your...

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On Air News Read for March 16, 2016

Manchester Police Chief Nick Willard has been named to a new joint national task force to address our nation’s opioid and heroin abuse crisis by the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties.  The City-County National Task Force on the Opioid Epidemic is comprised of just two dozen city and county leaders from across the country whose aim is to enhance awareness, facilitate peer exchanges and identify sound policy and partnership solutions. Counties and cities have recognized that the opioid and heroin abuse crisis has reached epidemic proportions.  Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, with more than forty seven thousand lethal drug overdoses in 2 0 1 4.  This epidemic is driven largely by overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers (18,893) and deaths related to heroin (10,574). The task force will conduct at least two national dialogues where city and county leaders will explore the comprehensive issues related to this crisis, growing trends and proven responses; develop educational opportunities for counties and cities through special forums, educational workshops, webinars and other opportunities; and publish a national summary report of city-county collaboration, focusing on community prevention and overdose response, effective treatment options, public safety enforcement and supply reduction. Manchester School Board Vice Chair Arthur Beaudry has named the members of a special committee to created by the board to...

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Project Veritas Releases Second Video

(Hours 1a,b) Rich started the show by explaining why we went off the air in the third hour of the show yesterday.  He then shared about Project Veritas’ second video and wondered whether or not he should play it in the next segment. (Hour 1b) In this segment Rich played the second and most recently released video from James O’Keef’s Project Veritas. Click here to watch the...

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On Air News Read for February 17, 2016

The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen had a pleasantly short public meeting last night.  It lasted about an hour before being recessed to discuss negotiations.  Among other things, the board received notice that the city had filed for Intervener Status at the Public Utilities Commission on the Northern Pass Project.  Mayor Ted Gatsas has pushed for the city to have an official seat at the table given that Queen City residents, businesses and government collectively are the largest power users in the state. Fire Chief James Burkush gave an update on the installation of the city’s new five point eight five million dollar radio system.  The upgrade will not only replace the current twenty year old equipment, it will dramatically improve service coverage and enable different departments to talk to one another directly.  Burkush credited Gatsas with negotiating the deal which includes a ten year warranty and significantly lower cost.  He has a habit of doing that, doesn’t he.  Anyway, among the potential benefits of the project is the potential use of a newly constructed one hundred sixty foot tower on Hackett Hill by cell phone companies, which would provide the city with revenue. The board also approved the Master Services Agreements with Secova, the company that will undertake an audit of the heath and dental programs for the city and school district to ensure that only eligible...

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On Air News Read for January 19, 2015

Girard at Large has obtained a presentation given by Hampstead Budget Committee Chairman Jorge Mesa-Tejada, whom we’ve nicknamed “Jorge the Horrible,” to the Hampstead School Board back in October regarding the alleged need for an addition to the Hampstead Central School to eliminate portable classrooms. In the analysis, which has been uploaded with this news read at Girard at Large dot com, Mesa-Tejada gave a detailed assessment of the building’s Design Capacity, Educational Capacity and Utilization Rate as defined by the state’s education standards, about which he is a recognized expert.  His findings?  Excluding the existing portable classrooms, the number of students divided by the Educational Capacity of the building produces a sixty one point seven percent utilization rate, leading to the conclusion that an addition is not necessary to eliminate the portables. This presentation just might be a reason why Superintendent Earl Metzler and the Hampstead School Board, who support their proposed four point six million dollar bond, went looking for a reason to eliminate the budget committee from the public process and manufactured an opportunity to smear “Jorge the Horrible.” Meanwhile, supporters of Mesa-Tejada have created the hash tag stand with Mesa (#standwithmesa) for Facebook and Twitter.  We encourage all who believe that the abuse of public resources and authority by appointed officials, against those elected to oversee them, should not be be tolerated to express as much when next on Facebook or Twitter. The Hooksett...

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Yesterday’s Mayoral Recount

(Hour 1a) Rich started his show by taking a call from Eric in Manchester.  Rich talked to us about yesterday’s Mayoral recount.  He explained how the recount was done and he explained a discrepancy that occurred.  He shared about who was there and who emerged...

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