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Tag: Dan O’Neil

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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On Air News Read for November 15, 2017

Senate Bill 1 9 3, the bill that allows parents to establish Education Savings Accounts for their kids, is one step closer to becoming law after receiving an “Ought to Pass” recommendation from the House Education Committee yesterday.  That was a bi-partisan vote with two Republicans voting against the bill and two Democrats, including Manchester Ward Nine State Rep. Barbara Shaw, voting in favor.  Under the bill, parents who want to send their children to any school other than the government run one mandated by their school district, would enter into a contract with an eligible scholarship organization which...

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Mayor-elect Craig and Overriding the Tax Cap

(Hour 2b) Rich updated the listeners about blanks tallied during this week’s elections and informed them that he will not be asking for a recount.  He then wondered about the number of voters from the Democratic and Republican Parties and pointed out the Republicans were outvoted.  Finally, he pointed out that with not enough votes on the Board of Aldermen to override the tax cap Mayor-elect Joyce Craig may be in trouble.  Tune in to get all of the details!...

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Ward 3 Debate: Alderman Patrick Long v. Tim Baines

(Hours 3a,b,c) Rich interviewed Alderman Patrick Long and Tim Baines, who are running for Alderman in Ward 3.  They started by sharing their backgrounds, before taking a call from John in Hooksett.  John inquired about healthcare benefits and Baines pointed out why he thought that it was time for new leadership in the Ward.  Tune in to hear the discussion that ensued.     (Hour 3b) Rich continued where he left off in his moderation of the debate between Alderman Long and Tim Baines.  They addressed the closing of Lowell Street before speaking about working with the budget and overriding...

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Craig’s Criticisms: Pay to Play Politics

(Hour 2a) Rich began the segment by talking about the Las Vegas shooting.  He then discussed the rezoning on South Mammoth Road, pointing out Mayoral candidate Joyce Craig’s claims of pay to play politics.  Tune in to hear all about it!...

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Rezoning Manchester: Hypocrisy and a Split Board

(Hour 3a) Rich started the hour by talking about Mayoral candidate Joyce Craig’s decision to not accept his invitation to come on the show today in the absence of Mayor  Ted Gatsas.  He then tackled the rezoning in Southern Manchester, pointing out his opinion that Kevin Cavanaugh is handling the situation well.  Finally, he addressed hypocrisy that is being seen on the Board of Mayor and Aldermen and informed the listeners about statements made from the opposition.  Tune in to get the details!...

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On Air News Read for October 4, 2017

As the investigation continues into the Las Vegas shooting, there seem to be more questions raised than answers found.  Marilou Danley, gunman Stephen Paddock’s girlfriend, returned to the United States from her native Philippines late last night.  Her sister is quoted as saying she was “sent away” a couple of weeks ago.  The investigation has also discovered that Paddock wired one hundred thousand dollars to an account in the Philippines just a week before he unleashed his attack.  Officials have yet to release information as to why or to whom the money was sent.  Meanwhile, video taken by a cab...

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Queen City Elections: Union Endorsements

(Hour 3b) Rich talked about the activity of the Unions concerning the Queen City elections.  He wondered about the contributions towards Joyce Craig’s Mayoral campaign, before commenting on other candidates who are being endorsed.  He then shared about the Manchester Fire Department’s support of Teacher Union endorsed candidates.  Tune in to hear more!...

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On Air News Read for September 6, 2017

The Manchester Board of Mayor and Aldermen met last night and though it was a relatively short meeting, it was eventful.  The board received a presentation from Health Department officials regarding a new Web site they’ve developed to better connect people to their neighborhoods.  It’s called My Manchester NH.  We’ve got the link.  It also awarded Emergency Medical Services Officer Christopher Hickey with its newly minted Bright Idea award for coming up with Safe Station. As to matters of substance, the board not only extended the downtown park smoking ban to Kalivas Park, it also made the ban permanent,...

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Policing Rallies, the Handling of Natural Disasters and Expanding the Smoking Ban

(Hours 1b,c) Rich started his interview with retired officer Jim Gaudet by wondering why police departments continue to stand down during political demonstrations, in light of yesterday’s interview with Ashton Whitty.  They referenced recent rallies in Boston and Manchester, and wondered how the situations should be handled.   (Hour 1c) As Rich continued with Jim for Public Safety This Week they addressed the objective of police departments in natural disasters.  They then tackled the move to expand the Queen City smoking ban.  Tune in to get the details!...

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