Mayor Buttigieg fires off race card talking point…And another opportunity to learn is lost!

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CBS News report: At Mayor Buttigieg ‘s 4th of July campaign event in Carroll County Iowa, a man suggest that the Mayor should, “just tell the black people of South Bend to stop committing crimes.”  The crowd booed the man…

Mayor Buttigieg’s immediate response was, “I think that racism is not going to help. The fact that the black person is four times as likely as a white person for the exact same crime is evidence of systemic racism, [emphasis added] [snip] but racism has no place in American politics or in American law enforcement,” 

The man tried to clarify his comment, “No, just stop committing crimes! Has nothing to do with race!” The crowd eventually directed the chant, “shame on you ” toward the man.

I will concede that the man in the audience could have found a better way to approach the nagging FACT, “that blacks remain 3.6 times more likely to be incarcerated in local jails nationally than white people.” (Vera Institute of Justice)

The Mayor’s comment about systemic racism in our Justice System is more than irresponsible. It is factually inaccurate. The Mayor should know that the public deserves a better answer to a complex set of issues.

The Vera Institute Report 2018 (Vera Report) draws attention to the complexity of those issues;

  • The Vera Institute of Justice is renowned in the field of American Justice reform. (read more)
  • Their involvement in The Bail Reform Act of 1966, was touted by President Johnson as, the most significant reform of the bail system since 1789.”

“The reasons that underlie emerging differences in jail incarceration rates between white and black people are likely a function of the priorities and practices of a particular locale.” [emphasis added] (Vera Report)

Political rhetoric about racism in the justice system does more harm than good. By ignoring legitimate research facts, Policy makers and reformers are left with no other choice but to chase fallacies and enact bad policy.

Vera finds that; “Despite persistently higher rates of incarceration when compared to rates for white people, black jail incarceration rates have fallen [emphasis added] significantly since the nationwide peak in 2005, including declines in nearly all regions and types of geographies along the urban-rural axis. In contrast, white jail incarceration rates have steadily grown [emphasis added] across all regions and jurisdiction types since 1990.”

“Also, The root causes of these diverging jail trends are not yet clear. To prompt discussion and further action, this report proposes a remedy to fill current gaps in knowledge: deliberate collection of race and ethnicity data related to jail incarceration — much of which is presently non-existent. Such information will be crucial in understanding why recent jail population patterns are occurring in an era of widespread criminal justice reform. To begin exploring the reasons behind recent trends, this report suggests a few questions to consider.” [emphasis added]

The Vera Institute’s report has one very distinct message, up until now most of the data collection has either been non-existent or poorly collected and collated. The empirical studies have drawn an improper image of what is happening in our justice system. “Thus, policy reform efforts have focused primarily on understanding and remediating disproportionate racial or ethnic representation at the bookends of the criminal justice process — arrest and sentencing.” [emphasis added]

The Vera Report shows that more comprehensive data sets and better collation of all data is necessary to truly understand and properly portray the jail incarceration pathway.

Because of Vera’s involvement in improving data collection, a new picture of the American jail incarceration pathway is emerging.

We now recognize that this pathway, “is the product of a complex web of highly discretionary decisions [emphasis added] made within a connected, but not always synchronized, local justice system. This includes many different autonomous system actors, all of whom exercise varying degrees of influence [emphasis added] over who ends up in jail and for how long; and who act according to different incentives and answer to different constituencies.”

“These include:

  • law enforcement officers who choose to arrest, release, or book people into jail
  • prosecutors who determine what charges to pursue or decline; whom to divert from prosecution; and the content of plea bargains they decide to offer
  • judicial officers, including magistrates or bail commissioners, who decide to detain or release people pretrial, and under what conditions;
  • court actors whose action or inaction can determine how long a person’s case lasts and, if that person is in custody pending case resolution, how long a person may languish in jail
  • judges who can sentence someone to serve time in a local jail instead of in a state prison or in the community;
  • probation and parole officers who decide whether to process people through local jails as part of sanctioning someone for not following supervision conditions.”

I realize that campaign stops are short and sweet. Not much time to dig deep into the meat of issues…but to reflexively say that systemic racism is the cause of the disparity in incarceration rates, when research proves otherwise is unacceptable from a Presidential candidate.

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President Trump’s brilliance on immigration…exposes democrat’s political hypocrisy!

PASSPORTS

May 10, 2019 (onlyhennikerbruce)

In March of 1980, Congress passed the Refugee Act.

That law gives the authority “to fix a number/year of refugees to the U.S.” to the President — but only “after appropriate consultation” with Congress as defined by  section 207(e) of the Refugee Act:

“207(e) For purposes of this section, the term ‘appropriate consultation* means,     with respect to the admission of refugees and allocation of refugee admissions, discussions in person by designated Cabinet-level representatives of the President with members of the Committees on the Judiciary of the Senate and of the House of Representatives…”

Immigration policy regarding REFUGEES, by law is a function of the Executive Branch.

It would appear, this consultation process with the Senate and House Committees on the Judiciary  is nothing  more than a courtesy. The statute has no firm language requiring the President to heed congressional advice.

In November of 2016, when the Republicans were in the majority and fresh off President trumps election win, the committees became aware that President Obama failed to disclose plans (inked in September of 2016) to accept refugees from Australia;

“Congressional Judiciary Committee leaders are expressing frustration and concern with an Obama Administration plan to admit into the United States an unknown number of refugees who Australia has refused to admit.  The Administration never disclosed to Congress that it was negotiating a deal with Australia, even though it was apparently in the works when Administration officials provided a legally-required consultation to Congress on refugees in September.”

The refugees were largely from Iran, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq and Sudan. The State Department, then and now, had designated Iran and Sudan as state sponsors of terrorism.

Looking back: In January of this year Anne Richard, the Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration (2012-2017) published a two year retrospective;

“Amazingly, the Australia-US deal has survived anti-refugee politics of both governments. Today, refugees continue to be screened by the Department of Homeland Security and moved from the South Pacific to the US, albeit slowly and in small numbers. This is a rare good news story emerging from an administration that has, tragically, slashed the numbers of refugees being resettled in America.”

I too look at this as a good news story, but I disagree with the characterization that the restrictions imposed by President Trump’s administration are tragic.

We Americans must come to an understanding on two things;

  1. Good and Evil people will exploit the refugee system. Obviously those dark forces who profit from human trafficking, play on American’s compassion. We cannot continue enforcing hard line policy in one administration only to become soft in another. We cannot afford to have a vacillating Refugee Relocation Policy. It must be strong and unified.
  2. President Trump is correct: CONGRESS MUST ACT. The law regarding Refugee Relocation must be changed. We need to clearly define what branch of government has the authority to set limits on this element of immigration.

 

We the People; cannot continue to allow IMMIGRATION POLICY to be weaponized by either side of the aisle.

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Ring…Ring…Wise Old Owl calling. The library wants to spend how much?????

wise old owl iii

Greetings,
I have completed watching the Library Renovation propaganda and find myself very confused.
I believe I heard the presenter make a case indirectly for the need to make the “wonderful” attic space into a wonderful “ community” room that will not be part of the library.
Let’s see if I have the actual “ needs” identified…
1. A new handicap resource for accessing the main floor of the library due to the age and condition of the current wheelchair lift.
2. A new bathroom in a new location to provide safety for the children in the children’s library.
3. See #s 1&2

To meet these needs we are considering the following:
1. A three story elevator to provide handicap access to each floor including the “ community” room which we have no demonstrable need for now or in the foreseeable future.
2. Not one, not two, but three handicap accessible bathrooms. One on each floor.
3. Reconfiguring a part of the library so that those in the “community” room can’t access the library when the library is closed.
4. Revamping or replacing the HVAC system to accommodate the new space.
5. Reviewing and making adjustments to the traffic flow in the back due to the increased traffic resulting from the park renovation and the library renovation.

Of course, as a footnote, we hear that the considered renovations will require sprinkling the entire building. ( I’ve seen that done. The price will choke an elephant)

So, how about this solution to the actual concern…
1. Buy a new handicap lift and have it installed.
2. Turn the Librarian office on the Main Floor into a handicap bathroom.

Needs identified. Solutions obvious.

Let’s take this multiple million dollar boondoggle and flush it down the new handicap bathroom and spend the money on our roads that actually are a need and which everyone uses.
As a token, I offer the supporters of this ridiculous proposal a thousand dollar gift card to Paul’s Peyote Emporium where the can purchase enough to continue to hallucinate.

Tell me where I went wrong.

Thanks Owl…you are such a HOOT!

 

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Henniker Energy Committee delivers $11,000/year electrical costs reduction plan to Select Board…

Energy-Savings II

March 18, 20019

This coming Tuesday at the regularly scheduled Select Board meeting, the Henniker Energy Committee will deliver the results of an indoor lighting audit/report  completed in February.

(Proposal-HennikerTown-Feb2019) The report outlines a plan to convert the indoor lighting to LED fixtures, in all town owned buildings.

The total cost savings per year is ~$11,000. The project will reduce our electrical consumption by 67,192 kWh. 

The overall impact of the energy savings can be found below;

•6 households is the average number of houses that can now be powered from this project. The average U.S. household consumes 11,280 kWh annually.
• 4,636 fewer gallons of oil need to be imported, reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
• 41 tons of CO2
Carbon Dioxide is considered a greenhouse gas and is a major contributor to global warming.
• 813 lbs. of SO2
Sulfur Dioxide- some major health effects associated with this pollutant are: asthma, respiratory illness and aggravation of existing cardiovascular disease.
• 414 lbs. of Nox
Nitrogen Oxides are considered contributors to acid rain and ground level ozone (or smog).
• 28 lbs. of visible particulate

Financing the project;

Municipal customers are eligible for Smart Start on bill financing for this qualified project. It’s a zero percent interest loan, with a one time administrative fee of approximately 10% of the rebate offered to us by Eversource. Page 15 & 16 of the report.

Terms are set to closely match the Town’s new found energy savings so that our Eversource bill payments be close to cash neutral during the length of the loan. Or you can pay your portion out of pocket and recoup the full 50% incentive.

The committee is working hard finding ways to use modern technology to lower the operating cost of Town Government.

Thank you for your support,

Bruce J. Trivellini

Chairman Henniker Energy Committee

 

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Henniker; “Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow….Yesterday’s gone…See things in a different way!” (Christine Mcvie)

Unique red domino tile among many black dominoes. Be different concept

March 14, 2019,  onlyhennikerbruce

The most important first step toward a better education for our children was taken on Tuesday past…Henniker’s legislative body made a decision to make a change!

CONGRATULATIONS…481 resident legislators sent a message; a new policy directing the future expenditures in our educational system  is needed.

For those among us who believe that this was about the total amount of tax dollars being raised and appropriated…then you missed the proverbial boat!

This vote was all about VALUE.. No longer will the legislative body be satisfied with just another automatic increase toward policies that clearly are not achieving our goal…a proficiently educated child.

“Yesterday is gone”…our work has just begun!

Now, we all must understand that our principal will retire at the end of this school year. Our School Board unacceptably has automatically handed of the position to the current Vice Principal.

Not a wise decision…we should request that our School Board open up the hiring process and seek applications.

Maybe the necessary changes, that will help us see things in a different way,  will come from some innovative administrator outside of New Hampshire???????

At least, the School Board owes it to us to go out and look…

Remember, the next vote is just 12 short months away!

 

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Half Century of data…Money is not the solution! Vote No! Stop playing the “School Funding Shell Game.” Part I

NH SED PENDING 50 YEARS

February 23, 2019

We are fortunate enough to have people among us who analyze data and construct visuals to help us understand. In New Hampshire Ian Underwood is one of those people!

Ian’s “NH School Funding Shell Game” is a must read.

Above you will find nearly a half century of data, compiled by the Cato Institute, showing the enormous cash investment made in education resulting in absolutely no improvement in student achievement,

Ian provides us with a look at how school district spending has changed since the Claremont Decision.

The chart below; spending before Claremont is in blue and spending after Claremont in gold.

Note all districts today (even the most cash poor districts then) are spending more money NOW, than the richest school districts were before Claremont…with no measurable improvement in student achievement.

NH SPENDING SINCE CLAREMONT

DO YOU STILL THINK MONEY IS THE ANSWER!?!

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10 Years $75,418; Tax Note Borrowing Interest paid to Banks…Could the Optional Fiscal Year have saved us from this expense???

Good Governance

February 16, 2010

Let me be clear…I support looking into the Optional Fiscal Year! Here’s why;

Henniker’s fiscal year runs from January 1st to December 31st. The 2019 budget will be  passed at Town meeting in March.

First tax bill for new budget will not go out until June…and must be paid bu July 1st.

In essence, the Town of Henniker is billing in arrears…So for the first six months of each year the Town of Henniker BORROWS money (line of credit) from a bank to pay our bills.

The interest we pay to the bank can be found in the Annual Report, Financials, MS 6 Town Budget, (after 2013 MS 636) account #4723. (read here)

RSA 31:94-a allows for towns to adopt what is called the Optional Fiscal Year…July 1st to December 31st. The semi-annual  billing would stay the same, but the budget would be approved at a May annual meeting.

With the new fiscal year, the June billing provides cash at the very beginning of the fiscal year. The December billing then provides cash six months later when we are in the middle of the fiscal year, rather than at the end of the fiscal year.

The New Hampshire Municipal Association (NHMA) (Henniker is a member Town) advises that, “This change in cash flow virtually eliminates the need for short-term tax anticipation note borrowing.” (read here)

I have brought this up to the Select Board numerous times. Each time the Select Board defers to Mr. Roy the finance director. His opinion is in direct contradiction to that of the NHMA…

NHMA reported in 2006 that eleven cities and seventeen towns in New Hampshire have adopted RSA 31:94-a…I wonder what their experience has been??? Have they saved MONEY???

Why are we NOT looking into this????

I support hearing what these other towns have to say about this matter….

OHB…all the news fit to printkeeping it real… making it easier for you to find the facts so you can draw your own conclusions…..

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