Friday, October 22, 2021

Episode 29 : Surviving The Coming Rate Shock


Surviving The Coming Rate Shock Dust off the NegaWatt Detectors, Electric Rates are about to Hit Hyperdrive

Here's what you can do . . .

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Don Kreis is the Carl Sagan of public utility law, electric power generation, energy and rate-setting. With a wry smile, a finely tuned sense of humor, and keen intellect, he makes topics - that would normally cause our eyes to glaze over - understandable and interesting.

A combination of factors have caused the price of natural gas to go haywire and that is likely to cause a spike in electricity costs of as much as 60+ percent among those New Hampshire consumers who are customers of a shareholder-owned utility company. Don Kreis, the New Hampshire consumer's last line of defense as the ratepayer's advocate, has issued a warning about impending rate shock and shares some of his thoughts on arming ourselves against the coming storm in this interview.

While the focus of this interview is on New Hampshire energy law and issues, the problems, challenges and market realities cross state borders and are important to utility customers everywhere. Likewise, the ideas and innovations that Don shares may offer hope for ameliorating the effects of these rate spikes now and in the future.

Recent Articles from Don Kreis

Power to the People is a column by D. Maurice Kreis, New Hampshire’s Consumer Advocate. Kreis and his staff of four represent the interests of residential utility customers before the NH Public Utilities Commission and elsewhere.

Coming Soon: Drastic Rate Increases for Electricity and Natural Gas

Trouble at the PUC Order Factory

As Your Electric Bill Soars, Some Ideas for Fighting Back

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Episode 17 Fred Bramante: Education in the Age of Covid 19



The Moment is now

Education in the Age of COVID-19

Radical Centrist Episode 17


A Conversation with Fred Bramante

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In the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic the public is understandably concerned about the notion of returning to school, particularly in light of a complete lack of national leadership and partisan treatment of the crisis by too many state leaders.


Education reformer Fred Bramante offers his concerns and observations about the question of resuming school in the midst of the pandemic and the need to leverage this crisis to address longer-term reform of our entire education system.


If you missed the interview last November (2019) with Fred, you'll want to listen to that as well,

Episode 13 Fred Bramante - Experiential Education Comes of Age by The Radical Centrist


November 24, 2019


Experiential Education and Competency Mastery Comes of Age

A Conversation with Fred Bramante


The National Center for Competency-Based Learning


You've heard me say it before, the world is changing under our feet and we will either be the agents of change or its victims. And make no mistake, we are entering an era of unparalleled change - whether you call it the Third Industrial Revolution or the Fourth, the Anthropocene, or anything else, is irrelevant. But it will be a revolutionary period. In another decade, almost nothing in our lives will look the same.  If we respond with courage and wisdom, humanity and civility, to the challenges, most of what we will create will be for the betterment of our world.


If Fred Bramante has his way - and I fervently hope he does - schools will look nothing like they do today in ten years. Where today many schools remain mired in the old ways - 180 days in a seat with teachers imparting and students absorbing - under the best of circumstances. If they are lucky their four years of school will yield a high school diploma. If Fred Bramante gets his way, Teachers will become facilitators, teaching in classrooms part-time and working with students of all kinds to help them find experiences that yield mastery over various competencies identified by schools, communities, teachers and other educational leaders. Students will not only finish high school, having engaged in experiential activities that augment their book learning and they will do so with not only a diploma but perhaps a certificate of mastery for a marketable skill or an Associates Degree. That means two years of college paid for in the midst of their High School experience.


Now, in fairness to my friends Dr. Everett Barnes and Dr. John True who helped me craft my own education plan when Fred and I ran for Governor in 1994, they too were touting similar ideas - and consequently so was I,  but along with Fred Bramante, they were way ahead of the curve. After the campaigns were over, I headed off to Introduce the Internet to the Civil Society Community in West Africa but Fred - still filled with the fire that had grown inside him - continued to work for education reform.


Eleven years after Fred's run for Governor he found himself the Chair of the New Hampshire Board of Education, appointed by then Governor Craig Benson. Given broad latitude by the Governor, Fred put his considerable interpersonal skills to work convincing a bi-partisan Board of Education to create the broadest, most sweeping goals for education. A set of goals that is a powerful combination of classroom experience, experiential learning, internships and more.


While Fred will be the first to tell you that - from his perspective - things have moved far too slowly since then that he remains optimistic that we are headed in the right direction and is proud of the lead role that NH has played in this educational revolution.




Fred Bramante is a former 8th grade Science teacher, a former candidate for governor, and the past Chairman of the New Hampshire State Board of Education. ... In 2003, Mr. Bramante led New Hampshire's first full-scale effort to redesign public education since 1919.


It's Not About Time; It's About Learning: Fred Bramante at ... › watch


Books: Off the Clock: Moving Education From Time to Competency



 Education, competency-based learning, mastery-based learning, Competencies,

Educational Inertia, Mastery, Anytime, Anyplace, learning

Friday, September 24, 2021

First to Fall: Elijah Lovejoy and the Fight for a Free Press in the Age of Slavery: an interview with author Ken Ellingwood

An interview with author Ken Ellingwood who shares with us the story of a man for whom free speech meant enough to die, particularly in service to the cause of abolition.

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A vividly told tale of a forgotten American hero - an impassioned newsman who fought for the right to speak out against slavery.

The history of the fight for a free press has never been more vital in our own time, when journalists are targeted as “enemies of the people.” In this brilliant and rigorously researched history, award-winning journalist and author Ken Ellingwood animates the life and times of abolitionist newspaper editor Elijah Lovejoy.

First to Fall illuminates this flawed yet heroic figure who made the ultimate sacrifice while fighting for free press rights in a time when the First Amendment offered little protection for those who dared to critique America’s “peculiar institution.”

Culminating in Lovejoy’s dramatic clashes with the pro-slavery mob in Alton, Illinois - who were destroying printing press after printing press - First to Fall will bring Lovejoy, his supporters and his enemies to life during the raucous 1830s at the edge of slave country. It was a bloody period of innovation, conflict, violent politics, and painful soul-searching over pivotal issues of morality and justice.

In the tradition of books like The Arc of Justice, First to Fall elevates a compelling, socially urgent narrative that has never received the attention it deserves. The book will aim to do no less than rescue Lovejoy from the footnotes of history and restore him as a martyr whose death was not only a catalyst for widespread abolitionist action, but also inaugurated the movement toward the free press protections we cherish so dearly today.

Ken Ellingwood

Sunday, September 12, 2021

Counter Culture: Clams, Convents and a Circle of Global Citizens

Episode 29 : Surviving The Coming Rate Shock

  Surviving The Coming Rate Shock Dust off the NegaWatt Detectors, Electric Rates are about to Hit Hyperdrive Here's what you can do . ....