Steven J Connolly


Just Regulate It. 

The news media has already decided who is at fault.

I'm reading about the accident in upstate NY.

The news media has already had the trial: Truck Driver Guilty.

Don't bother investigating any real evidence like the texting SUV drivers, don't bother considering the road conditions. Six people are dead and the reason is right in front: Truck Driver Guilty.

I'm confident Washington, D.C. won't be long in response: more regulations. That's right the trucking industry needs more regulations, more rules, more safety classes, more Quallcomm messages about safety; more logbook restrictions and by the way truck drivers-- your still expected to deliver the load on time. No service failures this goes on your DAC report as well.

If you don't know what a DAC report is. This is a report that is submitted to the government that shows everything a truck driver does wrong, everything.

I'm sorry that six people are dead. I'm also sorry that the news media can't do their jobs.

I think the trucking industry should do one thing right now: Park the trucks.

That's right Park the trucks. Let Brittney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and your local Volvo driving type A Ivy  League pedigreed asshole drive to the supermarket and find empty shelves. Let them call their local officials and Congressman like Charlie Bass, Dartmouth Class of 74' and find out why the shelves are empty.

This would be progress in this country.



Should Rochester Be Thanking Bass? 

Congressman Bass Energy Policy. The SMART Act.

So I spent some time today reading the press released SMART Act introduced by Congressman Charlie Bass. The testimony of Paul Chamberlin, AVP of UNH as a part of this was interesting and very smart.

He talked about ECOline which is a 12.6 mile pipeline that runs from the Turnkey Landfill in Rochester, NH to UNH where methane gas created from decomposing garbage is turned into electricity from congeneration. Mr. Chamberlin heralds this as good energy policy.

Maybe it is.

But what does Rochester get from all this? Do they get a higher host community agreement or payment in lieu of taxes for having this landfill and it's energy producing methane?

Since this pipeline is now in place I'm assuming the Rochester landfill owned by mulinational waste giant Waste Managment Inc. will need a continuing flow of garbage that can decompose to create the methane gas to power the lights at UNH. Did the voters of Rochester have any say if they wanted continued or expanded landfill operations in their city?

My guess is no they did not.

I wonder if UNH upon realizing an energy cost savings from the ECOline project lowered its overall tuition rates for instate students or offer some scholarships to Rochester students to attend UNH.

My guess is no they did not.

I'll be watching the SMART Act. I'm sure it leads somewhere I just don't know where.






Creating Jobs. Imagine That. 

Maine East-West Highway by passes New Hampshire.

This is a shot of the Maine road that I've discussed before a project (in green) that will lead to millions of dollars of economic development, taxbase and jobs.

Maine officials of all sorts should be commended for their efforts to do this for their state.

Too bad we don't have this type of leadership in New Hampshire.

What I also neglected to report is that this proposed road is going to be privately owned and financed with some limited policy assistance from the state. In other words, a public-private partnership that works!!!!

Imagine if this road were diverted southward through New Hampshire and Vermont enroute to the Midwest and how this would not only improve the economic conditions but would foster a new level of cooperation between the states involved.

There would have to be some leadership in Concord for this to happen.

They'd be creating jobs... imagine that.


Where Are The Reforms Kevin? 


This is an interesting quote from the Concord Monitor from the recent Republican debate in Rindge:

"Asked about why voters should choose him, Smith said "while Ovide has spent the majority of his career in the courtroom, I've spent the majority of my career actually getting good reforms in state government."

So Kevin Smith has spent the majority of his career getting good reforms in state government.

Interesting idea.




Just Accept It. 

Did Reardon ever accept responsibility for what had gone wrong?

Like many I'm following the departure of Tara Reardon from both a tactical and political sense. There won't be any significant repercussions from this. NHDES is a backwater and two or three news cycles all this goes away.

But the thought that keeps ringing through my mind is this: What would have happened if Reardon had stepped up to the plate accepted full leadership responsibility for what had gone wrong and expressed remorse to both the Executive Council and New Hampshire.

I'm confident she would be still be the Commissioner.

Acceptance is an intergral part of any sucessful manager at any level.  

Reardon doesn't do this. Instead she plays the denial lawyer game: personal records and names can't be revealed; then in what I think is a disgusting show of I,I,I and Me, Me, Me.   Reardon outlines all her leadership qualities for NHDES never once mentioning the internship program amongst the undefined improvements and weekend hours available for the unemployed proletariat to seek jobs.

How many people actually found jobs there Ms. Reardon? Interesting statistics.

When the unqualified Richard Brothers was replaced I thought the Gov. Lynch nominee was a selection that could lead Employment Security into a better place than it was. During my two terms in the house I actually intoduced legislation to reduce the Littleton NH DES office by 50% and save NH taxpayers in the area of $325,000.00 in salaries, benefits and rent. I had considered the idea of closing the office entirely as they had done in Conway. Guess what happened when they closed the office in Conway? 

Life went on.