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Nothing Anonymous About This Anti-Gun Activist

WMUR should make time to clarify who the “anonymous citizen” was who opposed SB116 in their media piece.  She is not some random New Hampshire person…

WMUR’s Anonymous Opponent to SB116 Known Anti-Gun Activist

From Steve Mac Donald

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Doug Forsythe

On 11/29/2014 07:22 AM, Steve Mac Donald wrote:

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Update: More Women Come Forward With Stories of Sexual Harassment by Police Chief

New london PD
A week ago we reported on the case of New London NH Police Chief David Seastrand.  A young lady had told the NH AG’s office that  Chief Seastrand had offered to drop the charges against her if she allowed him to take nude photos of her.  The AG agreed to drop their investigation of the Police Chief in exchange for his resignation and relinquishing his certification to be a police officer.  I observed that…
Seastrand has 27 years in.  What are the odds this is the first time he’s used his position of power for his personal advantage or pleasure?  And now he gets to retire at what, maybe 50 years of age?  So the AG just lets him walk away, no in depth investigation, and very likely with his full pension.  

Not exactly a punishment is it?  You get caught using your police powers to bully a woman and they make you quit without charging you and (assuming he’s keeping his pension) give you a big bag of money every year until you die.

Exit question:  Does anyone else come forward, Tiger Woods style, to start piling up accusations of improper conduct …
The answer to that part of my exit question is yes.

The AG was going to let him off based on their conclusion that this was a “he said, she said situation.”

Having spent a few years observing New Hampshire’s justice system at work,  I can tell you that this was actually more of a “let’s hide this under the rug and hope it all goes away situation.”  Think about it.  This guy has been in the New London Police force for 27 years, and he has risen to Police Chief, and the AG run’s with…”yeah, this is probably the first time anything like this has ever happened with this guy.  We’ll just let that go if he quits because quitting wont mean that he’s done it a thousand times and doesn’t want to get busted for being a serial sexual predator hiding behind his badge.   Yeah.   One time thing.  We’re certain.

Brilliant.  The NH AG at work, encouraging acts of sexual harassment in New Hampshire.   I wonder if they got any candid birthday-suit snaps of Seastrand in exchange for the sweet deal?

Well guess what?  That may not have been the only time Seastrand played let’s make a deal with young women in New London.  The Union Leader is reporting that…
To no one’s surprise, “several” women have come forward since the story of Seastrand and the college student broke last week, according to the AG’s office. They have reported similar stories. Now, finally, there is an extended criminal investigation.  It should not have taken this long.
I bet there’s more than several.  I bet there are dozens.  Maybe hundreds.  I bet we’ll never know how many.  Twenty-Seven years is a long time and Colby-Sawyer College has been there the whole time.  That’s a lot of college girls pulled over for suspicion of DUI, DWI, or internal possession of, um… alcohol.

So here’s my new exit question.  If the chief was doing it….what about the rest of the guys on the force?  Over all those years?  Was it widely known, a dirty little secret, was there an ongoing cover up?  Were officers who knew and objected but kept quiet encouraged to leave or fired?  I don’t know.  That’s an awful lot of work for another Democrat appointed NH AG to have to deal with.

It would probably be easier for the AG to just let that war on women continue and hope no one else comes forward with any credible evidence, right?   Just call them all “he said she said stories.”   Treat it like voter fraud.  We don;t have any of that either. (cough-cough)

by Steve MacDonald / Cross posted at GraniteGrok

Mayor Gatsas Goes after The “Benfit Plan One-Percenters” in Manchester

Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas is singing a tune we like to hear and one that I have advocated for myself.  What is it?  Hidden in the Cadillac plans of public sector employees is a revenue resource that must be tapped.

Gatsas is standing up for taxpayers, and defending the spending cap, in his negotiations with the Teachers union with regard to Manchester’s School budget.
He said teachers still enjoy plans with zero deductibles, $5 co-pays and $50 charges for emergency room visits, while the police union, among others, recently made concessions to avoid layoffs, shifting to a plan with higher co-pays, deductibles and $150 per emergency room visit.

“With the $3 million in savings, we hired more police officers,” Gatsas said.
So why can’t the teachers do the same thing?  It’s a great question.

There are literally millions of dollars, hundreds of millions of dollars state wide, tied up in paying for the kind of health care benefits and retirement plans that most private sector employees only dream about–the very people funding the plans of the benefit-one-percenters.   And in his particular case, Mayor Gatsas is only looking for Manchester teachers to go where the other Manchester Union employees already have, so that the city can free up 4.4 million…for education.

(If it’s really about the kids….?)

That kind of agreement would be but one small step for benefit equality, though it still would not bring those public employees anywhere near parity with their private sector counterparts.  We’d need the contract negotiation equivalent of hydraulic fracturing to get even close, but you have to start somewhere.

And this is a well that must be tapped, and not just in Manchester.  Town, county, and state wide elected officials have to go after these plans in every contract moving forward, and they have to ask these folks to make that choice.   They can choose to lean toward benefits parity with the people who pay for those benefits for them, or they can explain why we have to cut cops, fire-fighters, teachers, or services because the public employees refused.

Grow-government-first politicians, at every level, who think that they can keep milking taxpayers while many public employees continue to enjoy their One-Precenter benefits package’s, are only setting everyone up for failure.  The pension deficit is no joke.  The economy is no joke.  The kinds of co-pays and retirement plan funding that many have enjoyed in the past is a sick joke—and it is unsustainable.

But if everyone in the public sector accepted that over the next few years they will need take more fiscal responsibility for their own retirement, and accept that they must pay plan rates and co-pays more in line with the rest of us, and that may include paying for a majority if not all of their own future 401K and pension plan payments from their own pockets, this would free up hundreds of  millions of dollars annually, across the state, for all of those other things they also claim cannot be left unfunded.

So put your money where your mouth is.  Admit that you’ve had a sweet deal.  Accept that people who are paying your way can’t pay your way, their own way, and sustain the growing cost of existing government, along with millions more annually in more of it.  Yes, you will feel the pinch, but that ride has to end.  It is unsustainable in any economy–it is nearly criminal in this one.

And it has to end or you may find that if you still even have a job when it comes time to retire, there is nothing there because there never really was.

H/T Union Leader

by Steve MacDonald  / cross posted at GraniteGrok


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