The Lunatic Left

Those who think there is never enough government have been sharing their low grade propaganda in the letters section of the Laconia Daily Sun.  This time they target the Honorable Raymond Howard for a vote in 2016.

Those on the attack say “It is hard for me to understand why someone would object to having our students learn about the US and state governments and constitutions and be tested on the subject.”  Now if I wanted to be deceptive, I might not have used the full quotation and left off the last six words.  You see the bill was not about teaching the material; that was already the law.  SB-157 did not add any new material to the curriculum, it added a testing requirement.

So the real issue with this bill is about testing not teaching.  As one who voted against this bill I can tell you why.  I listen to my constituents and often hear how much stress is put on our students.  They have busy days in school and plenty of homework to take care of.  So I had to stop and think; where will the time come from to add another test to their day.  Sure it is just one more test, but the legislature wasn’t adding time to the day.  Let’s also remember that much of the stress felt by young people surrounds testing.  I didn’t think jamming one more test into their school year was helpful at all.  One thing I remember about school and testing is that you focus so much on the test that once it is done, it is only a short time before the material studied is lost to the studies for the next exam.

I’m grateful to have served three terms with Rep. Howard.  He takes the time to study the bills and more importantly consider the possible poor consequences of passing a well intended but faulty bill.

Like dogs barking in the night; they all need to chime in.

Fun fact for LRP readers: our Commissioner of Education was in the legislature at the time and also voted no to testing for civics.  He knows it doesn’t help retention of the information.

And one final point for my opposition to the bill.  I took the time to consider the make up of our government school system, and had to wonder what exactly will they be teaching and how will they be grading the exams.

UPDATE:

My reply was printed August 2, 2018 which happened to coincide with a bit of support from an unlikely source.

July Meeting

dining roomJuly 21 is our monthly meeting.  We meet in Belmont at the New Hong Kong Buffet.  We gather in the large room on the left near the buffet. Stop by for lunch with your liberty loving neighbors.

If you’re looking for all more liberty connections in New Hampshire check out this calendar.

LLL – Liberty Lunch in Laconia; with several folks living and working in Laconia, we’ve had a few lunches on the fly.  We general make arrangements via text messaging.  If you’d like to get into the text group, shoot me an email mike@lakesregionporcupines.com or drop a comment below.

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Community

Another cleanup done!

We gathered together at 8:00 for a nice breakfast and caught up on the latest happenings.  We hit the road just after 9:00 and made our way to both ends of our stretch of RT 3 in Belmont.  We also made a pass through the Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail.  It was pretty warm but we finished before 11:00 to beat the mid-day high temperatures.

20180701MikeGlennCommunity is people getting together and doing things.

July Litter Pickup

Our July litter pick up will not feature freezing rain 🙂

MikeCurtEdGlenIt’s time to get in a clean-up before the Independence Day celebrations. We’ll be doing our litter pick up on Sunday the 1st of July. We will start with breakfast at Shooter’s Tavern at 8:00 then hit the road around 9:00 (if you want to skip breakfast you can sleep in) . We’ll be cleaning our stretch of Route 3 and making a pass through the Lake Winnisquam Scenic Trail. We are usually done within a couple of hours.

Mark your calendar, LRP Beach Day is coming up on July 15! Details coming…

Also on the calendar, our monthly meeting falls on the 21st; same time, same place. Speaking of calendars, if you’re looking for all things liberty related in New Hampshire check out this calendar.

June Meeting And More

our meeting placeJune 16 is our monthly meeting.  We meet in Belmont at the New Hong Kong Buffet.  We gather in the large room on the left near the buffet. Stop by for lunch with your liberty loving neighbors.

If you’re looking for all more liberty connections in New Hampshire check out this calendar.

On your way to ForkFest this weekend, stop by.

On Sunday there is a work party to put the finishing touches on Tony’s place in Tilton; check in for details.

PorcFest is coming up on the 19th through the 24th.

Litter pick-up looks like July 1; details coming, mark your calendar.

LRP Beach Day will be July 15, save the date!

LLL – Liberty Lunch in Laconia; with several folks living and working in Laconia, we’ve had a few lunches on the fly.  We general make arrangements via text messaging.  If you’d like to get into the text group, shoot me an email mike@lakesregionporcupines.com or drop a comment below.

April Litter Pickup Postponed and Meeting

Looking at the calendar, our monthly meeting falls on the 21st; same time, same place. Speaking of calendars, if you’re looking for all things liberty related in New Hampshire check out this calendar.

Litter pick up postponed! (freezing rain overnight)

MikeCurtEdGlen

It’s time for our spring cleaning. We’ll be doing our first litter pick up, before the daffodils come up, on Sunday the 15th of April. We will start with breakfast at Shooter’s Tavern at 8:00 then hit the road around 9:00 (if you want to skip breakfast) . We are usually done within a couple of hours.

 

March Mega Meeting

dining roomMarch 17th is our monthly meeting and you are free to wear a bit of green too.four leaf clover

We start at noon with lunch and chatting among the local liberty crowd.  This month we will be joined by Rachel Goldsmith, executive director of the Free State Project, for a mini State of the Free State and AMA (ask me anything) starting around 1:00.  While most of our attendees have moved as part of the liberty migration, many are locals or those who came to NH for liberty before Jason Sorens dreamed up the idea.

We meet in Belmont at the New Hong Kong Buffet.  We gather in the large room on the left near the buffet.  Stop by for lunch with your liberty loving neighbors.

If you’re looking for more liberty connections in New Hampshire check out this calendar.

If you’d like to get an event posted here, shoot me an email mike@lakesregionporcupines.com or drop a comment below.

Laconia Rep. Hout Wants Your AR-15

The Laconia Daily Sun reports on February 24, 2018:

State Rep. David Huot, D-Laconia, who was a judge for 33 years, said that, if re-elected, he will introduce a bill that would ban the sale or transfer of AR-15 rifles.

“My view about these things is you deal with the immediate issue,” he said. “All the mass murders that you have are with AR-15s, so I guess that’s what you try to attack.

“The objective would be to tamp this thing down a bit. I don’t want to take anybody’s gun away.”

Rep. Hout doesn’t want to ‘take’ anybody’s gun, but he does want to keep you from buying or selling an AR-15.  Having been a judge Rep. Hout should be familiar with the term ‘taking’.

Many types of government action infringe on private property rights. Accordingly, the Fifth Amendment’s compensation requirement is not limited to government seizures of real property. Instead, it extends to all kinds of tangible and intangible property, including but not limited to easements, personal property, contract rights, and trade secrets.

To put it very simply, if you can not sell your AR-15, its value has been greatly diminished.  Rep. Hout swore an oath to the Constitution and his proposal is a direct violation of his oath.

Perhaps the people of Laconia will make sure that Rep. Hout is not re-elected so they can be certain that he will not be coming for their guns.

You can't hide your intentions Rep. Hout.
You can’t hide your intentions Rep. Hout.