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Manchester Proud: An objective effort or a stacked deck?

Now that serious, undisclosed conflicts between Manchester Proud and Reaching Higher NH have been exposed, very serious questions about the integrity and direction of this effort to develop a strategic plan for the Manchester School District have to be asked.  Over and over again, leaders of Manchester Proud have emphatically stated they have no agenda, no political affiliations, no bias and no predetermined outcomes.  They have asserted their efforts will be guided by the input they receive from stakeholders across the city.  Those assurances have come  in response to questions and concerns I have consistently raised both privately and...

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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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On air News Read for November 17, 2016

The results of the recount in Senate District Seven confirmed the victory of challenger State Rep. Harold French, Republican from Franklin, over incumbent Senator Andrew Hosmer, Democrat from Laconia.  French led the balloting on election night by just sixteen votes.  After the recount, he was declared the victor by seventeen.  The final tally was 13,880 to 13,863.  Senate President Chuck Morse Republican from Salem,  issued a statement congratulating French on his hard fought election and welcoming him to the Senate, saying he looked forward to working with him as the new legislative session gets underway. The schedule for recounts in our listening area is as follows: Manchester Ward Twelve Democrat Joel Elber’s recount with Republican incumbent  State Rep. Dick Marston, who lost by eight votes, is today. Tomorrow, Derry Republican Bob Fesh faces a recount with Democrat Mary Eisner, who lost by forty seven votes. On Monday, the races between Manchester Ward Five Democrat Andrew Gregoire and Republican Lisa Freeman, who lost by just one vote, and Dunbarton/Bow Republicans John Martin and Jr Hoel, who lost by fifteen votes, will be recounted. The Manchester Health Department and its community partners will celebrate the receipt of the 2 0 1 6 Culture of Health Award at an event tomorrow morning at the Derryfield Restaurant.  The national award is conveyed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to...

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On Air News Read for September 15, 2016

Well, it took a while, but we now know who won the Republican nominees for governor and Congress in the First District. Incumbent Congressman Frank Guinta won the hard fought primary with Rich Ashooh.  Ashooh graciously conceded the race yesterday as the Republican Unity Breakfast got underway.  The final margin of victory for Guinta was seven hundred nineteen votes.  Setting up a fourth campaign against former Democratic Congressman Carol Shea Porter.  Guinta beat Shea Porter in two thousand ten, got beat by her in two thousand twelve and beat her again in two thousand fourteen. In a much tighter race, only eight hundred four votes separated District Three Executive Councilor Chris Sununu from Wilton State Rep. Frank Edelblut, who conceded the race in a joint press conference between the two on the State House steps yesterday afternoon.  Edelblut, who came out of nowhere to almost topple the dynastic Sununu name, said he would campaign across the state for Sununu and advocate for a conservative agenda. In a refreshing turn of events, both Ashooh and Edelblut said defeating the Democrats this fall was the priority. Results in three area state senate races show recounts are likely on the horizon. In District Eighteen, which includes Manchester wards five through nine and the town of Litchfield, Manchester School Board Member Ross Terrio eked out a five vote win over former Litchfield State...

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On Air news Read for September 13, 2016

The Manchester Police Department Community Policing Division and the Manchester Health Department teamed up with Finders Keepers of Exeter to provide free school supplies to some Manchester schools.  Finders Keepers contacted the Community Policing Division in an effort to distribute the supplies which will go to five schools, including:  Bakersville, Beech Street, Gossler Park, Parker Varney and Henry Wilson.  Items will be distributed to teachers today at Bakersville. Finders Keepers offers premium new and used items at thrift shop pricing. We would like to thank Finders Keepers for their generous donation of school supplies to support Manchester’s teachers and children,” said Captain Boucher from the Manchester Police Department. For the record, as a school board member, I, too, would like to thank them, as well the police department for issuing the press release that made me aware of it. The finalists in the search to be Manchester’s next superintendent of schools are coming to town on Friday, September twenty third.  The details of their day have been released by the special committee tasked with finding them.  Their busy day includes stops at the Manchester School of Technology, where they’ll have breakfast, McLaughlin Middle School, Beech Street and Northwest elementary schools and Central High.  It also includes lunch with the Chamber of Commerce, a visit to the district office, and dinner with the consulting firm hired by the district, which will be...

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On Air News Read for August 22, 2016

After the State Department contradicted President Obama’s claim that no ransom had been paid to Iran in exchange for the release of American hostages on Friday, First District Congressman Frank Guinta, Republican from Manchester, issued a statement saying quote: What is clearly a ransom payment to terrorists underscores the Administration’s dangerous approach to negotiations with the Ayatollah, the Taliban and more radical Islamists who want just one thing: ‘Death to America.’ Iran, understanding the President will bend over backwards to appease the regime, has already taken more hostages. Since the President helped pave the way to an Iranian nuclear weapon, the regime has test-fired ballistic missiles, threatened the U.S. and our allies, and expanded its influence across the Middle East. The White House also admitted its payments are probably funding the aggression. The President’s denials compound the problem, demonstrating that we need new, serious leadership. Guinta’s press release cited a story in the The Wall Street Journal about the suspicious timing of a $400 million payment to Iranian authorities, coinciding with a prisoner exchange in January. In a press conference, Obama said, quote: We have a policy that we don’t pay ransom. And the notion that we would somehow start now, in this high-profile way, and announce it to the world, even as we’re looking in the faces of other hostage families whose loved ones are being held hostage,...

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On Air News Read for August 10. 2016

G O P gubernatorial candidate Senator Chair Jeanie Forrester of Meredith will announce her health care plan on during a press conference at the New England Innovation Center in Portsmouth tomorrow at eleven.  Forrester has been critical of rivals Mayor Ted Gatsas and Executive Councilor Christopher Sununu for their refusal to take the Americans For Prosperity Pledge which includes a promise to repeal the state’s Expanded Medicaid program, a program she voted to create three years ago, but voted against reauthorizing earlier this past year.  Once they release the details, we’ll let you now.  The press conference is open to the public. Forrester also took some well earned shots at Sununu and Governor Margaret Wood Hassan over the Good News Garage debacle.  Since District Five Executive Councilor David Wheeler questioned the state’s contract with the charity that receives and rehabilitates used cars to give to poor people, a lot’s been learned, like they’re selling cars they don’t need without a used car dealer license.  Wheeler initially questioned why the state was paying the charity nearly two million dollars to provide free vehicles to qualifying low income recipients.  Referencing the very controversial retroactive contract granted to Planned Parenthood Forrester said Good News Garage being shut down is the latest blunder in the state contracting process that has resulted in an embarrassing situation for Hassan and Sununu. While commending Wheeler, Forrester faulted Sununu for having...

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On Air News Read for August 3, 2016

School kids in the town of Croydon will be forced to attend public schools in neighboring Newport; that is if the town’s tuition dollars are used to pay their way.  Sullivan County Superior Court Judge Brian Tucker ruled last Friday that the town’s use of tax dollars to pay tuition at less expensive private schools violates state law.  Croydon once had a tuition contract with Newport, but did not renew the exclusive deal to provide unsatisfied parents better choices.  Then Croydon School Board Chair Jody Underwood told Girard at Large in an interview that the board had gained approval from the state Department of Education to send kids to private schools.  A handful of students chose a local Montessori school, at which they did, and are doing, well.  In published news reports, Underwood said the ruling will be appealed to the state supreme court. In response to the ruling, the only statement we received was from Republican gubernatorial candidate Mayor Ted Gatsas who isued a statement condemning the lawsuit and calling for Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry to resign.  Said Gatsas, quote: I am troubled by the Courts’ decision to rule against the Croydon School Board and I am deeply disturbed by the actions taken by Commissioner of Education Virginia Barry and Attorney General Foster for their crusade against parental choice and local control by choosing to target the Croydon School...

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On Air News Read for July 20, 2016

New Hampshire Attorney General Joseph Foster announced that Trooper Joseph Flynn, age thirty two, of the Massachusetts State Police and Trooper Andrew Monaco, age thirty one, of the New Hampshire State Police have been arrested and charged with simple assault following their caught on camera use of force in connection with the arrest of Richard Simone, Jr. on May eleventh. Flynn is charged with two counts of simple assault and Monaco is charged with three.  They were released on personal recognizance bail of two and three thousand dollars respectively. Because they were both on duty law enforcement officers at the time the acts were committed, the charges are subject to an enhanced penalty pursuant to New Hampshire state law.  They could receive three to five years in State Prison if convicted.  The dynamic duo are scheduled to be arraigned on September thirteenth in Nashua District Court. The A G’s Office also announced it will hold community workshops with scenic and historic resources experts for the proposed Northern Pass Transmission Project to evaluate its potential impacts on the state’s scenic, historic and cultural resources.  The Sight Evaluation Committee must consider these impacts in assessing proposed energy projects.  Community members are invited to participate in structured workshops to identify places and areas of beauty, use, history and tradition that are within ten miles of the proposed Northern Pass transmission corridor that may...

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On Air News Read for July 13, 2016

Police in Merrimack are advising Comcast phone customers to have their cell phones handy in case of an emergency.  The cable provider is experiencing technical difficulties with its phone service, apparently making it unreliable. First District Congressman Frank Guinta, Republican from Manchester, issued a statement yesterday saying he voted for the Separation of Powers Restoration Act (SoPRA), a bill he says would overturn courts’ deference to administrative rules and regulations, as opposed to federal law on which they are based. Guinta explained that Federal agencies have been writing law and ruling on it, saying the practice was quote “a clear violation of the Constitution’s separation of powers, in which courts also have a vested interest.”  Guinta said the courts, in addition to the Congress, have ceded their authority to federal agencies, creating a fourth branch of government that denies Americans their constitutional rights to due process, protection from unreasonable search and seizure and the right to a fair trial. Said Guinta, quote A unitary executive that is judge and jury is precisely what the Founders feared.  I’m proud to vote for today’s bill, overturning two overly broad Supreme Court decisions that undermine representative democracy. Specifically, the bill overturns the Chevron and Auer doctrines.  The Chevron ruling allows agencies wide leeway to write rules and regulations unrelated to current statute, as long as Congress has not explicitly prohibited them.  The...

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