Boston College professor to lecture on wealth and democracy in Plymouth on Feb. 5

PLYMOUTH — The Saul O Sidore Lecture Series at Plymouth State University will present Boston College Professor Kay Schlozman speaking on "Who has a Megaphone? Who speaks in a Whisper? Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy," on Thursday, February 5 at 7 p.m. in the Smith Recital Hall at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Schlozman is the J. Joseph Moakley Professor of Political Science at Boston College. She has served as secretary of the American Political Science Association (APSA) and chair of the APSA's section on Elections, Public Opinion and Voting Behavior. She won the organization's 2006 Frank Goodnow Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession of Political Science, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
The theme for this year's Sidore Lecture Series is "The State of Democracy," under the premise that Americans consider our political system to be the premier model of democracy, and that we like to think that others around the world wish to emulate us. However, the democratic nature of our institutions cannot be taken for granted—they need to be examined and reexamined. Headlines in the news regarding growing inequality, money in politics, changes in voter registration laws, government surveillance and setbacks of democratic movements in various parts of the world suggest that now is a good time for reflecting on the state of democracy in the United States and elsewhere.
Schlozman will discuss how wealth disparity stands to challenge the American notion of democracy, as the words and desires of the affluent take precedence over the impoverished. With corporations possessing the resources to influence policymakers, questions arise whether there is room left for the voices of everyday citizens to have equal representation.
Policymakers do not hear from everyone, and the political organizations they do hear from are often not representative of the American public. Since the Supreme Court has taken the lid off campaign contributions, those with deep pockets are poised to speak even more loudly in politics.
Schlozman, with Sidney Verba and Henry E. Brady, wrote The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy. Paul Starr (New Republic) says the three are the nation's leading analysts of participatory inequality, and The Unheavenly Chorus "is their magnum opus--a wide-ranging, heavily statistical analysis of how Americans try to make themselves heard as individuals and through organizations of different kinds." Andrea Louise Campbell (Harvard Magazine) calls the book "a troubling story about the state of American democracy."
Named for humanitarian and New Hampshire businessman Saul O Sidore, the Sidore Lecture Series was established in 1979 by PSU and the Sidore Memorial Foundation. The series brings a variety of speakers to campus to address critical issues and events in politics, society and culture—topics that reflect Sidore's interests.
All Sidore Lectures are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. A reception follows each lecture. Free tickets are available at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2787 or (800) 779-3869.

Franklin Footlight Theater schedules open auditions

FRANKLIN —  Franklin Footlight Theater will soon hold open auditions to cast five one-act plays to be staged in April.

The auditions are scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the Franklin Opera House, and again on Tuesday, Feb. 3, also at 7 p.m.

These plays will require the talents of male and female actors, ranging in age from 18 to 80, say organizers. Under the guidance of both mentored directors and seasoned veterans, these offerings run the gamut of hilarious satire to thought-provoking drama, eliciting gales of laughter, soft chuckles, a few tears, and even some cerebral introspection.

Anyone interested in applying must be available for all rehearsals which will take place on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings (beginning Feb. 5), and for the three performances scheduled for April 10, 11, and 12. Those performers who are cast, will be required to pay the nominal Franklin Footlight Theater membership fee.

Organizers say this is a great chance to participate in community theater for anyone wishing to perform on stage to try out along side those who have performed either once or many times before. All experience levels are welcome.


Gilford Police invite residents to ‘Coffee with the Chief’

GILFORD — Gilford Police Chief Anthony Bean Burpee will hold his first "Coffee with the Chief" event on
Monday, February, 23, from 10:30 am-12pm at the Gilford Public Library.

This event will become an ongoing occurrence with Chief Bean Burpee and will take place at various times and
locations throughout Gilford. Chief Bean Burpee explains that such events will allow citizens to meet with him face-to-face in order to facilitate discussion among attendees regarding police related matters. Additionally, citizens will have the opportunity to ask questions, obtain clarification on any number of topic areas related to law enforcement, and offer constructive input on police related matters.

It is Chief Bean Burpee's hope that such meetings will make him more available during a set time and date to citizens. As meetings continue to be scheduled, other members of the Chief's administrative staff will join him in attending.

"Bringing Gilford's diverse citizens together with police personnel only serves to improve community relations," Chief Bean Burpee states. He continues by saying, "Having an authentic police/community relationship helps in promoting dignity, understanding, and respect during police and community interactions." Community policing can be characterized as the process by which to create proactive problem-solving solutions in order to address possible conflicts surrounding a range of issues. One such way to assist in mitigating the impact of such conflicts
regarding public satisfaction is to allow for open dialogue, to all possible extents, so that citizens can gather helpful information, as well as for the Chief to discuss police goals, priorities, and resources. Crime trends, safety considerations, and other police related topics will also be discussed.

Attendees are invited to bring coffee or to partake in some generously provided by the Gilford Public Library.

‘Is Business Ownership Right for You?’ talk on Feb. 10

LACONIA — Lakes Region SCORE is sponsoring a small business workshop Titled "Is Business Ownership for You?" on Tuesday February 10.

Space is limited and registration is required. Only the first 12 paid registrations will be accepted. Register online at The workshop is Tuesday, February 10,  at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce Building, 383 South Main Street, Laconia.

The doors will open at 5pm for registration and networking. The workshop will run from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tuition is $25 per person paid in advance or $35 at the door. Checks may be sent to SCORE Lakes Region, 383 South Main Street, Laconia, NH 03246. If you have questions you can also call at 603-524-0137.

Ed Settino and Marc Abear, SCORE Mentors, will lead the workshop. Ed is a former business owner, with extensive experience in sales, business development, market forecasting, planning and contract negotiations. He started, developed and owned a parking/property management company in Boston with 53 locations, 500 employees and sales of 23 million which he sold after twenty-five years. Ed is now a Licensed Real Estate Broker in NH and ME as well as a business broker focused on small to medium sized businesses including service, professional, retail, manufacturing, construction and hospitality. Ed has a BS in Economics.

Marc has owned several small businesses, has experience in logistics, accounting, engineering as well as holding an MBA with a small business and entrepreneurship specialty.
SCORE Lakes Region is a non-profit, volunteer organization and Small Business Administration resource providing no cost small business counseling, mentoring and coaching for the life of your small business.