Well, that could have gone better…

The word is probably out, Steve is cranky.  It’s true, I am.  While I have made some mistakes this past week, there are a lot of good opportunities for improvement. Having said that, I have some hard lines that are never crossed and you should know what they are.   I interact with a lot of elected officials from across the spectrum, as well as state agency personnel.  They tell me things that help me be better informed and effective.  One thing I never do is give details of any of those conversations unless explicitly told to.  This is an important trust issue.  For example, when a constituent comes to me with a problem, many times they have to tell me details so that I can help… details that they wouldn’t like me blabbing to just anyone.  I was in a meeting with some folks that I am trying to help.  I mentioned that their situation was not unique.  They asked me for details.  I said that I just don’t do that.  I was pressed at least 6 more times for those details.  Instead of staying calm and explaining that to do so would violate the professional standards and ethical boundaries that I set for myself, I got mad.  While their questions were inappropriate, I could have handled it a lot better.  I will work on keeping my temper down.

On the other hand, I simply won’t tolerate political labels being injected into a situation that needs a solution.  So, if you think it productive to ask the political party of someone involved, or ask if the “left” or the “right” is the problem… please don’t vote for me and don’t involve me.  If we want solutions, the first step that we take cannot be to try to divide people.  I will not apologize for getting hot with people who do this. Nothing will get better until that ends.

In the context of all this going on, I probably got combative on other topics where it was unnecessary.  That is my fault alone and I have to improve on that.  Representing a lightly populated area has challenges.  In Concord we face voting blocks from Hillsborough and Rockingham counties.  To complicate things, 4 out of our 13 Sullivan County Representatives are from Claremont, and their interests do not always align with Charlestown and the other smaller towns.  We have to be creative about how we help and get things done.  To accomplish anything, I have to convince 200 other Representatives, 13 Senators, and the Governor that it is a good idea.  That is the process.  Unless a Representative chairs a committee and controls a part of the process, none of us can say “I am going to….”.  They are either pulling your chain or have no idea how state government works.  So, I will try to lighten up a little when dealing with local people.  In exchange, I ask that we don’t talk about political parties or ideologies, respect each other’s ethical boundaries, and just get good work done.

Steve

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NNE Chapter SWANA 2017 Scholarship Awards Program

The Northern New England Chapter of SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) is announcing the availability of a scholarship for current undergraduates, graduate students, or high school seniors who have been accepted into an undergraduate program committed to a degree closely tied to Solid Waste Management, Environmental Science, Engineering or a related field of study.

The award is offered in remembrance of Steve Parker, a founding member of the SWANA Northern New England Chapter and long-term member of International Board of Directors. The scholarship is for $1000.00 and is limited to students from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Applicants do not have to be SWANA members; however, if the applicant has identified a SWANA family member (parent, grand-parent etc.) their application may be submitted for consideration for additional scholarship funding from the International Board of SWANA for up to $5,000.00.

http://swanachapters.org/nne/Home.aspx

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In Remembrance of Pearl Harbor

CONCORD – Honoring the 75th anniversary of the attack on the United
States at Pearl Harbor and paying tribute to the sacrifices of those who
were at Pearl Harbor that infamous day, Governor Maggie Hassan has
proclaimed Wednesday, December 7, 2016, as “Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Day” in New Hampshire.  

“The course of history for our great nation and the world changed with
the horrific attack at Pearl Harbor 75 years ago,” Governor Hassan said.
“This solemn occasion is an important opportunity to join together in
honoring the sacrifices of the brave lives lost that day, as well as those
who survived and those who courageously went on to defend our nation in
World War II. Because of their selfless sacrifices, our country and world
are safer and stronger. I join all Granite Staters, Americans and people
across the world in remembering this dark day in our nation’s history and
in expressing our profound gratitude for the brave men and women who
sacrificed bravely to protect their fellow citizens and defend our shared
values of freedom, liberty and equality.”

In honor of the lives lost in the attack at Pearl Harbor, Governor Hassan
has directed flags to half-staff on Wednesday, December 7, 2016.
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