Frank's Footnotes Newsletter: Honoring Our Heroes

Keeping Memorial Day Special: Honoring New Hampshire’s Heroes

The last weekend of May is meaningful to Granite Staters. People all across New Hampshire pause to honor the memory of those who have fallen in our country’s service, and to thank military veterans for defending our freedom.

That tradition is alive and well. It is good to see so many people making time to pay tribute to those who gave “the last full measure of devotion.”

On Thursday, I had the pleasure of attending the annual cookout for veterans sponsored by the Derry Rotary Club and the Derry Village Rotary Club. I enjoyed talking with many of the 100 or so veterans of various wars who showed up. (The accompanying photo shows me talking with State Representative Lynne Blankenbeker, who is a veteran of Afghanistan.)  Click here to read about my visit to Derry!

Still to come: I will be participating in Memorial Day parades and ceremonies in Hooksett on Sunday, and in Goffstown, Derry and Manchester on Monday. I hope to see you at one of them.

Whatever your family’s plans involve this Memorial Day, please join with me in taking a moment to recall the sacrifice that made our freedom possible, plus the commitment of all who wear the uniform, too.

Job Seekers Meeting Job Creators: Conway Job Fair

“Very helpful”… “I’m glad I came…” “It’s good to know somebody cares...” Those were some of the comments I heard at my most recent job fair. Nearly 100 people came to Granite State College in Conway, armed with resumes and eager to meet one-on-one with prospective employers. As with the previous fairs I’ve hosted in Derry, Rochester, Manchester and Portsmouth, this one was a great success. All of them are part of my ongoing “Getting Granite Staters Back to Work” jobs initiative. So far, a total of more than 1,100 people have attended these important events. My thanks to all the job seekers who participated, the employers who made time to meet with them, and to Granite State College for allowing us to use their facilities. The need for good, middle-class jobs remains pressing, and so my efforts to help unemployed people find work goes on. I’ll be announcing a special event in Manchester next month in the coming days. Please keep an eye out for it; you’ll want to attend this one!

Helping Keep Manufacturing Jobs in NH: My Latest “Frankly Speaking” Column

There’s been a big shift in manufacturing jobs in New Hampshire in the last few decades. As traditional mill work has declined, new hi-tech jobs are springing up within the manufacturing sector. But with those jobs come new challenges. We need to meet them now to make sure this important industry keeps growing and expanding in the decades to come. That’s why I have hosted a three-part Manufacturing Jobs Summit. The first two were held in Portsmouth and Laconia recently; the series will conclude with a meeting in Manchester on June 13th. I explained what I’m hearing from manufacturing sector leaders, and how I am applying that as I represent you on Capitol Hill, in my new “Frankly Speaking” column. Click here to read it.

Listening to Their Concerns: Meeting With Nursing Home Administrators in Bedford

Keeping our seniors safe and secure is the focus of the people who run New Hampshire’s many nursing homes and rehabilitation centers. As you can imagine, they deal with federal red-tape every day in nearly all aspects of their industry. On Tuesday, I sat down with 20 leaders in this important sector at a Nursing Home Administrators Roundtable. My thanks to David Ross and his staff at Bedford Hills Care and Rehabilitation Center for hosting us. We covered a lot of important issues during our hour together: CMS reimbursement rates, intrusive and restrictive federal regulations, plus Medicare and Medicaid-related issues.

It’s important that we have more New Hampshire common sense thinking in Washington, and less Washington thinking in New Hampshire. The best way to accomplish that is by listening to the thoughts and input of people in a specific walk of life, and incorporating what they say in my service as your Representative in Washington. My thanks to everyone who took part in this very productive and helpful discussion.