Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire is calling out Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter for barring cameras at a recent event with veterans at American Legion Post number Forty Six in Conway. According to a news release from the group, the gathering was billed as public event in the Conway Daily Sun, where members of the public were invited to bring their questions for the congresswoman. They sent one of their interviewers and a cameraman. However, once inside the Legion, a veteran told them they could not record the event and that Shea Porter’s staff asked him to relay that prohibition. Shortly thereafter, Shea Porter’s District Director Charles Gilroy spoke with C S N H’s interviewer, on camera as did the veteran, and was told that only members of the media were allowed to film the congresswoman. When asked why her constituents couldn’t do the same, Gilroy answered quote “these are the rules for the American Legion.” Citizens for a Strong New Hampshire spokesman Derek Dufresne said quote “Regardless of their varying positions on the issues, Granite Staters pride themselves on being represented with openness and accessibility. Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter, who refuses to hold truly public forums, has failed that test time and time again. They also expect their elected officials to govern with honesty and integrity. After seeing the actions of her staff in this video, sadly, she has failed to meet that requirement as well. We continue to call on Congresswoman Shea-Porter to stop hiding from New Hampshire residents, but at the very least, stop lying to them. Stop using your constituents, particularly veterans, as an excuse to hide yourself from those whom you are expected to represent. New Hampshire deserves better than that.” We’ve linked to the video released by the group that shows how things went down. It is a troubling minute and sixteen seconds that begs many questions.
Thirty years to life. That’s what Richard Scott of Dorchester, MA, also known as “Jay” got for shooting Terrance Jackson of one forty five Orange Street in Manchester in the face at about six A M last July twenty sixth. Hillsborough County Superior Court Judge Ken Brown sent him up the river at a sentencing hearing last week after his conviction on attempted murder and Felon in Possession of a Deadly Weapon chargers. Several members of the Manchester Police Department who investigated the crime were on hand in the court to witness the sentence of the career criminal. Scott’s mother and the mother of his children were on hand as well. They begged the court for leniency saying Scott had a job and was a good father to his children. I’m kinda thinking it backfired, maybe because the judge was worried what the children might learn about career choices and dispute resolution from their father. Just sayin…Anyway, County Attorney Patricia LaFrance’s office released a statement advising of the crime’s details and Scott’s sentencing, which we’ve uploaded with this newscast at Girard at Large dot com, along with a photo of the thug we won’t see on the streets for a long, long time.
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Well, it’s Memorial Day and communities across the region are celebrating in a variety of ways. You may recall that folks in Bedford had their Pre-Memorial Day Parade and Bike Rodeo and all that last weekend. Residents in Hooksett had their parade yesterday.
Today, Goffstown holds its Memorial Day Parade, but you’re going to have to get up and out early for that one. It starts at eight thirty, traveling from Goffstown High, to Main Street then to North Mast Road.
In Merrimack, the parade begins at eleven. It steps off from the Rite Aid on the Daniel Webster Highway and ends on Baboosic Lake Road at Last Rest Cemetery, where ceremonies will be held. Wreath laying ceremonies will be performed along the parade route at the Fraser Square Monument and the Civil War Monument in front of the First Congregational Church. Following the parade, Memorial Day services will be conducted at the Last Rest Cemetery. They are expected to t las about forty five minutes.
Derry’s parade also steps off at eleven from Hood Commons, after veterans raise The Flag at Birch Heights this morning at seven and hold memorial services at various town cemeteries and monuments.
In Bow, festivities start at Noon with the Men’s Club Chicken Barbecue, a Wreath Ceremony at Bow Town Pond at three thirty and a Parade steps off from Bow High at five thirty, followed by a memorial ceremony at the school.
In Manchester, veterans will fire a twenty one gun salute at twenty six squares named for a fallen veteran, attend Holy Mass at St. Joe’s Cemetery, then March down Elm Street in the state’s largest Memorial Day Parade. They step off from the corner of Webster and Elm streets at two and will make their way to Veterans Memorial Park where brief speaking and wreath laying ceremonies will be held to honor the fallen. We’ve linked to our interview with organizer Mike Lopez and to the program published by the Veterans Council.