Ovide Lamontagne

Ovide Lamontagne

Postby safety frog » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:37 am

Learn About Ovide Lamontagne

Ovide Lamontagne is one of New Hampshire’s most respected business and charitable leaders. Born and raised in Manchester, Ovide is a fourth-generation New Hampshire native, who attended local Manchester schools. He is a 1975 graduate of Trinity High School where he served as Student Council President and state president of the New Hampshire Association of Student Councils. Ovide is a 1979 graduate of The Catholic University of America, where he met his wife of 32 years, Bettie (Watson) Lamontagne. Ovide was a high school social studies teacher for three years before attending the University of Wyoming College of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review and received his J.D. with honors in 1985. Following graduation, Ovide served as law clerk to the Honorable James E. Barrett of the United States Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit.

In the fall of 1986, Ovide returned to Manchester to practice business law with the regional law firm of Devine, Millimet & Branch. During his private practice, Ovide has been recognized as one of New Hampshire’s top business attorneys. He served as legal counsel for the New Hampshire State Senate in 1991. In 1993, he was appointed by Governor Stephen Merrill as Chairman of the New Hampshire State Board of Education, where he served until 1996.

Ovide has established himself as a principled and effective leader in New Hampshire’s civic and non-profit communities, having been honored in 2009 as New Hampshire's Distinguished Citizen of the Year by the Daniel Webster Council – Boy Scouts of America. His past civic service includes Chairman of St. Mary's Bank Board of Directors, Director of the Easter Seal Society of New Hampshire, Trustee of the Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund, CASA of New Hampshire, Manchester Crimeline, the Mayhew Program, New Hampshire Judicial Council, and the Governor’s Commission on Domestic Violence. From 2002 through 2006 Ovide served as President of the Daniel Webster Council, Boy Scouts of America. He is the founding President of the Franco-American Center and was past Honorary Consul of France to New Hampshire. In 2002 Ovide was named Franco-American of the Year.

Ovide is an active member of his home parish, St. Anthony Parish, in Manchester, where he served as co-chair of the 2001 St. Anthony Community Center Capital Campaign. He has served in a variety of roles with the Diocese of Manchester, including as Chairman of the Diocesan School Board, a member of the Corporate Campaign for NH Catholic Charities and the Catholic Lawyers' Guild of New Hampshire. In 2007, Ovide received the Pope John Paul II Campus Ministry Center Award for public service from Trinity High School.

In 2011, AFP-NH honored Ovide as ‘Conservative of the Year’ in New Hampshire, the first time AFP bestowed this award, calling him “a proven conservative that has spent a lifetime advocating for smaller government, lower taxes and a more prosperous business environment both in New Hampshire and at the national level.” This record of conservative leadership, coupled with his impressive standing as a leader in the private and non-profit sectors has already led hundreds of New Hampshire political, business and community leaders spanning the ideological spectrum to publicly endorse Ovide for Governor in 2012.

Ovide and his wife, Bettie, have been foster parents since 1987. They reside in East Manchester, in the home where he was raised, and have two daughters, Madeleine and Brittany, as well as a foster son. The oldest of eight children, Ovide is the son of Ovide A. and Jeanne (Brisson) Lamontagne. When not at home in Manchester, Ovide might be found at the family camp on Lake Umbagog where he and his family enjoy hunting, fishing and snowmobiling.
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Re: Ovide Lamontagne

Postby Rob C » Wed Aug 29, 2012 8:25 pm

Concord Monitor Letter wrote:A plan to strangle public education
Ben Gelernter, Bow

For the Monitor
August 29, 2012

They want to strangle public education in New Hampshire, redirecting public funds to nonpublic schools.

The New Hampshire Republican Party platform says so. Republican gubernatorial candidate Ovide Lamontagne adamantly says so. Former New Hampshire Supreme Court justice Charles Douglas says so, too, using the red herring that the Blaine amendment was anti-Catholic 135 years ago.

No matter how it's framed (tax credits, vouchers, anti-bigotry), the result is the same: Taxpayer money will be redirected from public schools to private schools, religious schools, home schools, and just about any entity that purports to offer an education. They say this will expand educational opportunities. What about those who believe that neighborhood public schools should offer quality education for all our children, regardless of income, religion or politics?

How will these proposals work? Lamontagne, asked about funding madrassas and non-mainstream schools, called it a "political" decision to be addressed later ("Lamontagne touts leadership," Monitor front page, Aug. 25). Who will decide which religions qualify? (Judaism in, Wicca out? Zoroastrianism in, Unitarianism out?) Is this not contrary to the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment ("Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion . . .")?

Will there be oversight? Accreditation? Or will schools be allowed to teach whatever they want and evaluate however they want?

We should invest more in public schools, not less. Implementing these proposals would weaken education in New Hampshire, diminishing the quality and availability of a good education, causing our children and state harm that will be difficult to repair.
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