Steven J Connolly

Saturday
Aug182012

Getting Out Of It. 

 

I knew this one was coming:

The AP newswires are reporting that New Hampshire is now actively seeking a waiver from No Child Left Behind.

A largely unfunded mandate that is essentially draining what little resources NH public schools have. But what I can’t understand is why the NH educational establishment doesn’t say this in the press release. I’ll bet it’s the same reasoning why teachers don’t want to take a bar exam or equivalent type test as a part of their licensing.

How many would pass and how many would fail?

In any case, New Hampshire is seeking a waiver and will join many other states across the U.S. in scrapping No Child Left Behind.

Quality.

 

Friday
Aug172012

Are You Hungry Yet? 

Higher Food Prices In NH. Thank You Congressman Bass and Guinta.

So it has started. Tonight I went to the supermarket and purchased some chicken thighs:

1.70 Pounds  $2.02

Exactly three weeks ago I did exactly the same thing:

1.68 Pounds $1.10 

An 84% increase in three weeks.

Did the price of oil ever do this?   

Thank you Congressmen Charlie Bass and Frank Guinta for all you do for New Hampshire. Especially your no votes on H.R. 6233 and assistance to the drought stricken farmers across the midwest and parts of the west.

Food prices are going to increase. Chicken is one example.

What I'm wondering is if NH voters are going to accept this type of performance from their Member of Congress. Bass himself stated that he voted against H.R. 6233 because of cuts to "conservation programs."  Guess its okay with Dartmouth alum Charlie that NH residents get to pay double digit increases in the prices of food like chicken. I think 84% is the start I believe a 124% increase would not be unreasonable considering what is happening to the farmers because of the continued drought conditions.

Congressman Guinta's office never responded to my questions on H.R. 6233 and why he voted against it.

Tonight as I drove home with my expensive chicken I was passed over or better yet run over by soccer moms driving shiny Mercedes Benz Suv and a BMW 325xi and later had a license plate: LIVEIT.

I intrepted this to mean: "Live It."

Like living life.  

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Aug162012

Farewell Bald. Good Riddance. 

 

DRED Commissioner Bald is retiring. Is this a great day for New Hampshire or what!

Of course the news media will tout all that has been accomplished and some interesting statistics about job creation and all the other things DRED does like run Cannon Mountain at a loss.

I've lived in northern New Hampshire most of my life and served two terms in the New Hampshire House of Representatives 1994-1998. I can't find a single thing Commissioner Bald has done for northern New Hampshire. I think it would be an interesting comparison to look at comparable commissioner level positions in Maine and Vermont and what has been done in these offices compared to Bald.

DRED should be a performance directed state agency. Every employee whether classified or unclassified would be given a performance and sales target. If it is not met then the individual is shown the door. Imagine the progress that would be made and the taxpayer money that would be saved.

As an example,

This is a UTUBE video showing a project in Sydney, Nova Scotia that I think has immense potential to create economic development and jobs in alot of different and significant areas.

But New Hampshire would have to take the complete initiative to make this happen.

I hope the next Commissioner of DRED would show some leadership to advance an idea like this. Because I know Commissioner George Bald wouldn't.

 

 

 

 

Thursday
Aug092012

H.R. 6233 & A Hungry New Hampshire.

 

Here are my questions to Congressman Guinta's office.

I'm looking forward to their response.

 

August 9, 2011

Dear Mr. Jensen:

Thank you for taking the time to respond to my inquiry.

At this point I'll ask my particular question(s) in the form of a statement:

So your vote of no reflects the support of conservation over jobs, economic development and the price of food. Do I have this correct?

As you undoubtedly know the farming industry across the midwest and parts of the west are in a tough set of business and market circumstances with issues ranging from heat damaged crops to the price of diesel fuel for access to both supply and demand. As you also know New Hampshire produces very little food on it's own, instead it must rely on places like the Midwest to supply it with the food that it needs.

So I can't understand your rationale of supporting conservation over the price of food. If you have any financial or economic analysis in support of your position(s) I ask that you share these with me. I'm sure that you can speak with many farmers that are in danger of losing everything if this legislation does not pass. I'm sure you could speak with the NH Food Bank in Manchester about what a price increase in the cost of food means for an already increasing population of people and families statewide that obviously need food.

I believe this issue goes deeper as well. As you may know the new and returned president of Russia, Vladmir Putin has forbidden any exports of agricultural grain from Russia for the next year. I think this could be a powerful new market for U.S. agriculture to fill the void left by Russia and actually build new markets for countries across the world that get access to agriculture and food produced in the United States. There might be some opportunities for New Hampshire in this idea as well.

But for any of this to happen this legislation, H.R. 6233 needs to pass. And I'm glad that it did despite the two no votes from the NH Congressional Delegation. I'm planning to use your response and/or rationale for my political blog on nhinsider.com. I try and keep my readers informed of the geopolitical consequences of legislation and legislators in Washington.

And with H.R. 6233 there are many.

Steven J. Connolly

Thursday
Aug092012

Bass Blow Off. Guinta Does Respond. 

 

I think a lot can be said of a Member of Congress by the staff that they employ. During the past month I’ve been in contact with both offices of the NH first and second congressional districts. My conclusion:

Bass staffs his office with kids.

Guinta staffs his office with professionals, experience and performance.

So I’ve been trying to find out about H.R. 6233 which is now known as the disaster relief/ farm bill designed to help the nation’s farmers recover from a catastrophic set of bad conditions, i.e. weather, markets, fuel costs, etc. Both members voted against this legislation:

Think higher food costs in New Hampshire.

So I’m calling their offices trying to find out why and I’ll do the worst first:

Who is this?” “We don’t handle this here.”We’ll have to pass this on.” “I don’t know who it will go to.”

They’ve never contacted with any response, I don’t expect them to here either.

So I move on to the next phone call…

This is Congressman Guinta’s office this is Amy speaking.”Yes, your request will be forwarded on to Mark Powell today.”Thank you for calling about this legislation is there anything else that you need.”

Is this a contrast or what.

Let’s move on.

Congressman Guinta’s office responded to my inquiry about 2 ½ hours later via e-mail. Here it is:

Steven-

Mark Powell forwarded me your email about the disaster assistance vote. Do you have a particular question?

One of our main reasons for opposing was the offset cost, which our conservations groups throughout NH strongly opposed.

I hope this helps.

Austen

Austen Jensen

Deputy Chief of Staff/Legislative Director

Congressman Frank Guinta (NH-1)

I’m looking for more economic and policy substance here on H.R. 6233 and what this means for New Hampshire. I’ll post my specific questions in a later post.

But I'm still glad there is at least one Congressman in New Hampshire that responds to constituants even constituants that live in the Second Congressional District.