Former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton will be in NH on Sunday and Monday and spoke to Chris as he considers a run for President.
Monarchs head coach Mike Stothers has had a insanely busy week. He coached the Eastern Conference at the AHL All-Star Game, learned the AHL franchise is moving to Ontario, CA and welcomed NHL star Mike Richards to Manchester yesterday.
Sports reporter, Kevin Gray joined Chris Ryan and Matt for this week’s edition of the show. Matt and Chris are looking forward to the NBA All Star Game. They discussed how the NHL All Star and NFL Pro Bowl games were major disappointments compared to the Baseball and NBA All Star Games.
Despite their best intentions to not get into discussing “deflategate,” the guys could not avoid weighing in on the controversy. The NFL’s handling of its investigation was unfair to the Patriots. The Super Bowl is always a media circus, but this year it is even worse because of the implication that the Patriots may have cheated. The fact that the internet has been flooded with pictures of NFL Commissioner Goodell socializing with Patriots owner Kraft has also cast a cloud of doubt over the seriousness of the league’s investigation.
The show included defensive comments by Coach Bill Belichik and quarterback, Tom Brady. Both men denied any wrong doing. Defensive lineman, Vince Wilfork, expressed his confidence in Tom Brady’s ability to handle any type of pressure situation. Devin McCourty, a standout defensive back, feels that the team has improved defensively due to the team’s toughness, hard work, and trust of each other. Devin believes that the team is very hungry and the controversy will not be a distraction. He also has complete trust that Coach Belichik will have them prepared. Julian Edelman, the star receiver and special teams player, also downplayed the effects of the controversy and discussed how he is focused on his responsibilities. Preparation and attention to detail have been the hallmark of the Patriots during the Belichik era. Nine year veteran, defensive end, Rob Ninkovich, discussed the problems that the Seattle Seahawks offense might present to the Pats. Russell Wilson, the Seattle quarterback, has the ability to run and throw. Marshawn Lynch is one of the best running backs in the league. Containing the Seattle running game will be a key factor in the Patriot’s game plan. Ninkovich also feels that the different looks and personnel moves which the Patriots employ on defense makes it difficult for opposing teams to prepare. Wide receiver, Brandon LaFell, weighed in on the Seattle defensive secondary. He stated that Seahawks are extremely talented and talkative. However, LaFell is confident in the abilities of the Patriot receiving corps. Sebastian Vollmer, an offensive lineman, discussed how the line has improved its play during the course of the season through hard work. Lastly, running back, Shane Vereen, discussed how the team’s flexibility and dedication to executing their individual game plans is a big part of their success.
In the last segment, the trio of Kevin, Chris, and Matt discussed how Belichik might use the controversy to motivate the team. All three predicted a Patriot victory.
State Senator Dan Feltes talks about his legislative agenda including full-day kindergarten across NH and enhanced efforts in business development and youth retention.
White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz joins Chris and Rebecca on NH Now to recap President Obama’s State of the Union address.
Chris reports from the beautiful Bolongo Bay Resort. Among the many enjoyable activities available to vacationers are scuba diving and snorkeling. In this interview, Chris talks with Lauren from the St. Thomas Diving Club.There are lots of options available depending on ability level. Her group is able to work with divers who range from novice to certified. If you are a beginner who wishes to become certified, it takes 2 full days. There are three steps to certification: 1) knowledge development; 2) confined water–pool work; and 3) four open water dives. Lauren recommends that you go on line to do some of the background training and be “e” certified before you arrive in St. Thomas. The club also offers a free scuba lesson to guests of the Bolongo Bay Resort. You get some classroom training and some practice in the pool. In addition, you get to go on 2 dives–a shipwreck and along a reef. Snorkeling gives you a wonderful view from above, but scuba diving brings you up close and personal with the green turtles and other underwater life. If you have some fears bout diving, Lauren says that most people just need time with the equipment to overcome any nervousness that they may have.
The wreck of the Senora Cartanza (Shown above) is one of the sites that you can explore. This 190 foot freighter has a checkered history. There are many larger wrecks, some dating back to World War II, on the western side of the island. However, those ships are at a greater depth and should only be explored by experienced divers. When she was asked what are the biggest misconceptions or fears that people have about scuba diving, Lauren believes that people are most afraid of encountering sharks. She claims that sharks are actually “gentle” creatures who are more afraid of you than you should be of them. She added that there are NO aggressive sharks in St. Thomas. The other sea creatures are also rather timid and not to be feared.
Sculley promotes his new book “Moonshot” and talks about the future of the American economy in a compelling interview.
White House Deputy Communications Director Amy Brundage joins Chris to preview what President Obama will say to the nation tonight.
Rep. Annie Kuster on transportation infrastructure and energy in NH. Plus, we ask if she plans to run for the US Senate in 2016.
Senator Rand Paul Speaks Frankly on Presidential Candidates, Changes in the Senate, and Foreign Policy
While he was in Washington, Chris met with the junior Senator from Kentucky, Rand Paul, prior to his imminent visit to New Hampshire. When he was asked about another potential run by George Romney, Senator Paul gave the governor credit for his effort in 2012, but he feels that time and opportunity have by passed Romney. In his view, the Republican standard bearer will need to attract different constituencies–African-Americans, the younger voters, and/or the Hispanic vote. Same old/same old won’t accomplish getting more votes from those groups. For that reason, he dismisses recycling any of the other former Republican candidates. Of course, Senator Paul believes that he is a candidate with a strong new car smell who can attract these new voters to the GOP. He will be doing a variety of appearances in the Granite State this week. Paul feels at home in New Hampshire. The state’s live free or die motto fits well with his libertarian message of smaller government and individual freedom.
As we start the new year, there are big changes in the makeup of the Senate. The senior senator from Kentucky, Mitch McConnell, has replaced Harry Reid as the Senate Majority Leader. Senator Paul believes that this is an opportunity for the Republicans to change the way things have been done in recent years. They should try to make some progress with the major problems like the ever-increasing debt. He pointed out that we borrow a million dollars a minute to pay for it. Paul also complained about the former majority’s practice of putting up 2000 page bills for a vote without discussion or being read. He has urged his caucus to vote for all of the individual appropriation bills. These bills would come with detailed instructions on to spend or not spend the money. The senator is also concerned with government waste such as a million dollar study to determine if male fruit flies prefer younger female fruit flies.
The senator also spoke about the rights of minorities. He reminded us that the Bill of Rights is there to protect unpopular speech. Senator Paul cautioned people who are worried about terrorism that everyone is entitled to equal protection and due process. He also feels that our legal system and prisons need to be reformed. Senator Paul believes that there shouldn’t be such a disproportionate number of poor and minorities in the system. He favors fairer sentencing for crimes such as low level drug dealing. In addition, Paul would look at prison reform for fiscal reasons. he would favor reduced sentencing for less serious crimes and having the prisoners work more in order to defray costs.
The last part of the interview dealt with Senator Paul’s views on foreign policy. His first priority is national defense. He would be in favor of developing a defense force which has high technical ability and rapid response capabilities. As far as US intervention in foreign disputes are concerned, the senator believes that there is a spectrum that ranges from the United States being involved in every situation to total isolation on the other end. He believes that he is somewhere in the middle–intervene when we have to. He considers ISIS to be a threat to us in Iraq. However, he is against using American ground troops. The Kurds, Iraqis, Saudis, and other countries should fight to stop this menace in their region. he also believes that “civilized” Islam should rise up against ISIS because this group does not represent their religion.