Burt Janz, Author at Granite Grok

Burt Janz

Burt Janz has lived in Nashua since receiving his Honorable Discharge from the US Navy.

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Repeal the 17th Amendment

The Constitution describes 3 branches of the federal government: the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial.  It also originally indicated that the rules to elect Senators and Representatives “… shall be prescribed in each State by the Legislature thereof” (emphasis mine) and that Senators were elected by each State’s Legislature.

WV vs Bette Midler

Just a comment regarding Bette Midler’s comments about West Virginia: In 1997, Polaroid rolled out a Driver License/ID system that implemented the first facial image recognition system in any state-level program in the United States. I was the tech lead/manager on the program, so I know we did it.

Unhinged Democrats

Can someone tell me… why?

“Truth dies in darkness.” So do starving people. Living in one of the most prosperous countries in the history of the world, I am dumbstruck by the number of liberals, progressives, and communists who would push Americans into Venezuelan-style inflation, starvation, and socialism.

Larry Alton Coronavirus

Why Are We Still Counting COVID “Cases”?

Just a quick thought: if college football stadiums filled with un-vaccinated people have not been proven to be super-spreader events, why not? What about inside sports venues where people don’t wear masks?

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Voting is a Citizen’s Duty – DO YOUR DUTY!!!

Nashua calls itself the “Gate City.” One thing about gates: they allow admission and they also enforce exclusion. Looking at the current political environment in Nashua, the key seems to be the enforcement of exclusion – but in this case, exclusion of residents – and especially parents – from the political process.

Martin Niemoller, German theologian and pastor

“But it’s Only a Vaccine…”

The year is 2021.  The place is the United States of America. If you aren’t immunized, you may be shunned or forced out of your job, forbidden to socialize in public, banned from restaurants or other venues, and possibly be restricted from receiving emergency medical care at a hospital.

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Nashua Public Servants… are our Masters?

Elections in Nashua are held every year. In “even” years, candidates for federal office are on the ballot. In “odd” years, candidates for local and state offices are on the ballot. But because local elections don’t generate the excitement and (sometimes) national coverage of elections for federal offices, Nashua residents rarely show up at the …

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Nashua Isn’t Nashua Anymore

I moved into Nashua in 1982 the week after I was honorably discharged from the US Navy. It was still a relatively small “city” just north of the Massachusetts border. Main Street had a movie theater, there were practice soccer fields on Amherst Street, and the only mall was just off Exit 6.

Ending UnConstitutional Actions

I write in response to another article on the Grok that discussed the past and present failures of McConnell, McCarthy, and the rest of the GOPe’s failure to do anything about Benghazi, “Big Tech,” or (most likely) Afghanistan.