The Most Reverend Peter Libasci, Bishop of Manchester has released an Easter Message, which has been published in its brief entirety at Girard at Large dot com. In the message, Libasci writes quote:
…it must have seemed to Jesus’ disciples on that Good Friday nearly two millennia ago that evil had won, just as it seems to us today in so many places throughout the world, particularly in the Middle East, whose inhabitants daily endure seemingly interminable violence, persecution, even martyrdom.
Despite this, Libasci reminded the faithful that we not only live by the Cross of Good Friday, but also by the promise of the Resurrection, writing quote:
…just as that first Easter Sunday proved to the disciples that evil ultimately does not triumph over good, so too must we believe that the human heart, no matter how troubled, ultimately seeks light, life, and hope.
Libasci enjoined the faithful to approach the “strangers in our midst,” those with whom we disagree politically and the poor with mercy and forgiveness.
We’ve linked to the bishop’s whole message on Girard at Large dot com from this news read.
Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas has officially announced he will give his Municipal Budget Address for the two thousand seventeen city and school district budgets this coming Tuesday, March 29th at a special meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen in the Aldermanic Chambers at City Hall. The meeting begins at 5: 30 and comes just one day after Superintendent Debra Livingston is scheduled to bring her budget request forward to the Board of School Committee. You can bet the Girard at Large team will be there to get the details and blog them live so you can get all you need to know and come along for the ride in real time.
To commemorate the sixth anniversary of Obamacare’s passage, Citizens for a Strong N H issued a damning statement cataloging the damage it’s done to the middle class. In the statement, Strong N H cites the latest Granite State Poll showing only thirteen percent of respondents said it’s helped their family, while twenty eight percent said it’s hurt theirs. Among the problems identified with the wildly unpopular program are skyrocketing premiums, whopping financial penalties that could top two thousand dollars per family for those that don’t have coverage, enormous deductibles and fewer choices of doctors and health care facilities.
Strong N H spokesman Derek Dufresne called out Governor Margaret Wood Hassan for her Obamacare support, saying quote:
Obamacare’s track record over the past six years has been a disaster and its future implications on families appear just as grim. Maggie Hassan might have been successfully programed to repeat her Washington talking points on the failing law, but Granite Staters aren’t falling for it. They have actually felt the negative impact of Obamacare, which is exactly why they have consistently opposed it.
We’ve linked to their entire statement, which is chock full of educational links about the magnitude of the damage, from this news read at Girard at Large dot com.
News from our own backyard continues after this.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives passed House Bill 6 2 6 which would allow energy developers to site underground high-voltage electric transmission lines in designated state-owned transportation areas in return for lease payments. In a statement issued after the bill passed, bill sponsor, State Rep. Suzanne Smith, Democrat from Hebron, said the bill would quote:
…avoid conflict and delay over the proposed use of overhead transmission lines in some of New Hampshire’s most valued natural landscape.”
Bill co-sponsor, Deputy House Speaker Gene Chandler, Republican from Bartlett added, quote:
This bill could help preserve the North Country’s tourism and forest-based economy, while allowing the importation of Canadian hydro power to help diversify New England’s energy portfolio.
The bill designates corridors along Interstates 89, 93, 95 and Route 101 between 93 and 95 for the power line leases.
District Three Executive Councilor Chris Sununu, also a Republican candidate for governor, issued a statement following his vote to approve the state Department of Education’s contract with the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. Sununu blamed Governor Margaret Wood Hassan and the D o E for forcing the council to approve the contract by presenting it seven months late, apparently believing the tired threat that failure to approve the contract would put two hundred fifty million dollars in federal revenues at risk. (Note: No state has lost federal funds for ditching this test, or it’s evil twin PARCC.)
The Merrimack Rotary Club is seeking sponsorships for its annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast and Family Fun Day. Family entertainment will be provided from 8 A M until dusk, after which the town’s fireworks will be launched. Attractions include games, a rock climbing wall, music stages, a chalk art contest, bouncy rides, food, refreshments and OOOhhh sooo much more. Starting at two hundred and fifty dollars, sponsors can underwrite both the Pancake Breakfast and the Family Fun Day in exchange for promotional consideration both during, and in the advertising of, the festivities. Those interested are asked to contact Chris Christensen at 4 2 4 2 5 4 2 or chris @ Christensen N H dot com. Additional details and contact information are available at Merrimack 4 t h dot com.
That’s news from our own backyard, Girard at Large hour ___ is next!