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Did YOU Like “The Braysider’s” Coverage Of The May 13, 2013, Alton Central School Board Meeting?

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 by Anura Guruge


Some Related Posts:
>> ‘The Braysider’ shamelessly stays silent on May 13 meeting
>>May 23, 2013.

>> ‘The Baysider’ stays silent on key School Board meeting
 — May 3, 2013.
>> ‘The Braysider’ refuses to confess conflict of interest — May 9, 2013.
>> ‘The Baysider’ Tim Croses’ undisclosed conflict of interest with ACS
>>– May 3, 2013.

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I thought it was great. On the money, but then again I am a great believer in the Lewis Carroll (look it up) adage that a broken watch that tells the right time twice a day is better than a watch which is a few minutes off and as such never tells the right time.

So as far as I am concerned it is good that they ‘cover’ School Board meetings in this fashion. Yes, I also know that folks that care can go and see what happened on TV or get the DVD. At least one person has told me that they watched it on TV …

The Braysiders” total contempt for Alton residents is something else. 

C’est la vie. The absolute power of the media and the other adage that, quite correctly says, that: “Power corrupts; absolute power corrupts absolutely“. No wonder the editor boasts in print that he drives around at 90 mph. Absolute power. Just carry on giving them your money. Enjoy.

‘The Braysider’, Shamelessly Stays Silent On A Second Alton Central School Board Meeting, This Time The One May 13, 2013.

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by
Anura Guruge


Some Related Posts:
>> ‘The Baysider’ stays silent on key School Board meeting
 — May 3, 2013.
>> ‘The Braysider’ refuses to confess conflict of interest — May 9, 2013.
>> ‘The Baysider’ Tim Croses’ undisclosed conflict of interest with ACS
>>– May 3, 2013.

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This is the second time that they have decided to keep the Alton residents in the dark when it comes to what happens at School Board meetings.

This as we now know is not an accident. It is all part of the game plan and ‘The Braysider’, as the official School newspaper, will do all they can to make sure that most Alton residents only get to hear one of the story.

It is OK. Those that matter are either at the meeting or have their sources. Yes, I am trying to do my small part though covering School Board meetings is not something that excites me.

The only way to get ‘The Braysider’ to tow the line is to hit in the ONE PLACE they care. Their fat bank account.

Has anybody here seen ‘The Braysider’ ever sponsoring any Alton-related event. Essentially putting some of its lucre back into the community.

As far as I can see, and I haven’t done that much research, I am not even sure that they pay any NH tax! I think all the money they collect goes out of the State. So much for being a community newspaper.

I do need to talk to some in the Alton business community. Maybe we do have a way of rectifying this.

Enjoy.

New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony (May 17, 2013) & My Second Shift Volunteering At The Concord State House.

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Anura Guruge


A Few Related Posts:
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My 1st shift volunteering at the State House — May 13, 2013.
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We visited the NH State House … — Dec. 29, 2012.
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Granite State Ambassador photo montage — Nov. 21, 2012.


policememmay17I am real glad that Virginia Drew and Debbie Rivers at the State House Visitor Center asked me to come back on Friday, May 17, 2013 so that I could see the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Ceremony. I had never been to it before. It was special. Definitely going to add it to our annual list of events. I wish I had taken the kids. I also did not take my camera since I was supposed to be ‘on duty’ and I don’t like to look like a tourist when I am volunteering. But, I will rectify this next year. It was good to see all the different branches of NH law enforcement in their full glory.policememmay17bThere were two mounted police officers, on two beautiful horses, from Dover. There were about 30 motorcycles in the motorbike parade (and it was kind of poignant and cute to see two bikes fall, though I felt real bad for the officers). Officer Sullivan, from Alton, who works at the school was there on his bike and I got to go and shake his hand. I never realized that the ceremonial uniform for our ‘Fish & Game’ officers is bright red. They look much sharper than those Mounties up north.

The Londonderry School Marching Band was very impressive as was the children’s choir that sang. The ‘NH Police Association Pipes and Drums‘ were there with their bagpipes and decent bagpipe music always makes my day. To me any day that includes a bagpipe marching band, is a good day, by definition. I know them well from their perennial presence at the Highland Games. I think they were classed a ‘Grade 5 Pipe Band‘ in 2012, but I think they sound as good as most ‘Grade 2’ bands. So altogether a very impressive showing behind the State House this morning at 10 am. Not counting the ‘invited guests’, who probably numbered around 200, and all the Law Enforcement officers,there was, at best, only about 100 (if that) spectators — and that included 2 school groups that we had brought out to see the ceremony. I think with more publicity more people will and should attend. I will give folks a heads up next year.

My 2nd shift was a load of fun. Did something I have never done in my 59-year old life. I have never used a cash register! I have never worked in retail. So having to ring up some souvenirs, under supervision, was kind of cool.

Met some real neat folks. One State Rep. from down ‘south’. We had a nice chat. Some folks from Canada. A couple from Albuquerque who are trying to visit all 50 State Houses. NH was their 18th. It was educational to chat with them. So, it was a good day.



'New Hampshire Police Association Pipe and Drums' in action from YouTube. Click to access video.

‘New Hampshire Police Association Pipe and Drums’ in action from YouTube. Click to access video.



VIPs from Primary Seasons at the Visitor Center.

VIPs from Primary Seasons at the Visitor Center.



I Request That The Alton Central School Board Do A Joint ‘Common Core Curriculum’ With Alton State Rep. Jane Cormier.

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 ..by Anura Guruge


Related posts:
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Facts about the biometric bracelet — May 12, 2013.
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May 11, ‘Common Core Curriculum’ meeting in Alton — May 11, 2013.
>> Lets find out about ‘Common Core Curriculum’ — May 8, 2013.


As I have been championing for the last week, we all need to get educated on the ‘Common Core Curriculum’ before we start debating the pros and cons. So, I brought it up at the May 13, 2013 School Board meeting — as a request, after I was told by them what I can or cannot do in ‘Public Input’. That was fine. All I required was to make a request. That was duly noted. I want Jane Cormier to also do a presentation at that same meeting so that the school administration and her can sort out where they stand relative to each other. Jane’s husband, who is a School Board member, was very much in support. So this is all good.

Since the supposed ‘fact’ that the ‘Common Core Curriculum’ mandates that students wear a federally-monitored biometric bracelet was brought up at Jane Cormier’s Saturday meeting, I demanded that Devanee, who is being homeschooled, be provided with one — since I do not want her to be the only kid in Alton that was left behind. The Principal and Superintendent ‘deny’ any knowledge of such bracelets. How can that be? Is it possible that the biometric bracelet is a red herring? We will find out, though the meeting might not happen till July or August when most parents are enjoying the vacation. But, I will get to the bottom of this biometric bracelet issue.

As I said at the meeting, I am surprised that they are talking about a bracelet. Why don’t they just implant a chip? Kids will not be able to tamper with it.

Recrimination Continues Post Alton Central School (ACS) Renovation Bond Vote In March 2013.

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Anura Guruge


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This sign was on display at Monday’s, May 13, 2013, School Board meeting. The School Board, understandably, was not in the mood to debate it in anger. So the discontentment, disenchantment and prevailing spirit of conflict endures.

Click to ENLARGE.

Click to ENLARGE.