Steven J Connolly

Saturday
Oct272012

Maine Moves Foward With Trains.  

 

On November 1, 2012 the new Amtrak service between Portland, Maine and Brunswick starts. This is an extention of the Amtrak Downeaster train that runs from Boston through New Hampshire to Portland.

It should be interesting to see some of the statistics once this new rail service has settled into place. I'm confident it will a picture of economic development and ultimately an incentive to push Amtrak further into Maine likely the state capitol of Augusta.

There is economic activity and forward progress wherever there are trains. It's that simple.

Amtrak to Brunswick, Me. starts November 1st. I'm still opposed to what is happening with the NH Rail Transit Authority. The real difference here between Maine and New Hampshire is public support. In Maine the public is behind expanding Amtrak including grassroots support groups like Train Riders Northeast.   

This doesn't exist in New Hampshire. NH Rail Transit Authority has a flawed, misty vison for Amtrak Service in New Hampshire.

I'm hoping that the Legislature and Executive Council will continue to ITL and vote down legislation and contracts related to the NH Rail Transit Authority. I'd say this would help them get their act together.

But they haven't listened yet.

 

 

Friday
Oct262012

Powerful Endorsement. Indeed. 

 

"Alfred RosenbergHistory and the task of the future no longer signify the struggle of class against class or the conflict between one church dogma and another, but the settlement between blood and blood, race and race, Folk and Folk. And that means: the struggle of spiritual values against each other."- Alfred Rosenberg.

So I'm questioning why former and Republican Secretary of State Colin Powell would make the endorsement that he has. My questions are if this is an endorsement on face value of the candidate or a slam against the president and adminstation that he once served.

It might be for other reason(s) as well. Quote from former NH Governor John Sununu:

"Well, I think when you have somebody of your own race that you're proud of being president of the United States, I applaud Colin for standing with him."

I'm always remembering Powell standing on the floor of the UN talking about things like how the Iraqi Army transported it's weapons of mass destruction demonstrating these cool looking tubes; I'm not a scientist but he explained how enriched uranium was "advanced with these tubes." I watching cable at the time and the camera just happened to pan over to the Iraqi Delegate to the UN looking almost white in disbelief. Later he would state very professionally that: 

"Iraq has no weapons of mass destruction."

 

 

Thursday
Oct252012

Granite State Futures. The NH Future. 

 

This is a video about Granite State Futures or GSF.

I'll state what my basic knowledge is of GSF and let you make you own conclusion. I'll also state my own conclusion upfront:

GSF means local control and state laws are usurped and replaced by federal government bureaucracy, edict and decisions made by an unaccountable appointed committee.

So how do I arrive at this?

During my two terms in the NH House I became very critical of North Country Council Inc. a Regional Planning Agency based in northern NH that was started in 1973 that performs I believe the same function(s) as the Nashua Regional Planning Agency as depicted in this UTUBE video.  My concern was that North Country Council was accepting millions of dollars of Federal and State funds for planning activities for things like economic development and transportation and there was little evidence to show for either their work or what was actually being accomplished.

Millions of taxpayer dollars spent.

I won't get into the details about some of the arguements that I got into over this, including many of their supporters that believe: "regional planning is essential to getting any money at all." I don't agree and ended up asking for a copy of the NCC budget since this is taxpayer money we're discussing here.

And you'll probably never guess what I found...

Thursday
Oct252012

Vermont Creates Jobs. New Hampshire Does Not. 

 

There was a front page story in today's Caledonian Record newspaper about a $39 million dollar expansion of Widemann's in St. Johnsbury. This is an industry that makes equipment and components used in electrical transformers.

Creating jobs imagine that.

And Vermont has a sales and income tax too.

Take that Tea Partiers from New Hampshire.

Losers.

Vermont Is Creating Jobs. New Hampshire is not. This is a shot of Stowe Ski Area in Vermont.  

Saturday
Oct202012

Blankets For Teachers. 

 

NNew Hampshire Is Failing In Education. ew Hampshire State Board of Education which is made up of political apointees has issued a decree or something like this:

No Charter Schools.

Another example of how there is no leadership in New Hampshire.

Of course money and budgets are tight. But if the State Board of Education were actually doing it's job, which they aren't they would be avocating education and finding solution(s) for the charter schools to move forward, or, at least continue on the path to their stated purpose: education. I'm confident the state board and their appointees never even bothered to contact either the governor's office or legislative leaders about finances and charter schools.

Who is the State Board of Education failing....   themselves? .... Hardly.

New Hampshire has submitted a waiver for No Child Left Behind (NCLB); an unfunded mandate that was pushed by societal thinker politicians like Rep. Jeb Bradley.  The waiver will be granted along with the many other states that can't afford it. But the bad part of this is that there will be a another round of layoffs at your local school. The paraprofessionals will be shown the door. These are jobs that pay $9.00-$10.50 an hour and include many aspiring teachers trying to break into the already underfunded ranks. And if you believe that the overcrowding issues in classrooms goes away because of this move.

Think again.