To the Daily Sun,
I am a proud member of the Mentoring Together Program at the Laconia Middle School. It is clearly an outstanding organization with several success stories.
I am the mentor of a 7th grader and thus I have learned significantly the attributes of life's future by having him as a mentee. This program is a positive outlook for our youth and I am greatly optimistic by it.
Yes, the children learn from us, the mentors; however, we can as well learn from our mentees. Here is a prime example: I come from the era of S&H Green stamps, rabbit ears and roller derby on Saturday nights. I know nothing about computers, therefore my mentee thought it would be a good idea to teach me how to operate one. My 7th grade mentee is giving me computer lessons, and he is a very good teacher.
It is difficult for me to learn new things, it takes patience on behalf of this mentee. The task at hand is not really mechanical so I guess I'm safe. My mentee is showing a display of dedication and great patience while teaching me. We are currently playing math games on the computer as I continue my quest in learning about this new venture thanks to my mentee.
In essence, the mentoring program works and works well. I am proud to be a part of it as it has so many positive rewards for all who endeavor it. The difference we as adults can make is by nurturing our future with the encouragement in enhancing a building, goal oriented aspirations with education as well as to articulate positive moral values. It is not impossible and a program such as this can make all possible.
I would greatly encourage anyone who is interested to join us. Please call the middle school at 524-4632 for details.
Remember the campaign slogan from 1984? "It's morning again in America,"? With a program like Mentoring Together I feel that a little piece of sunrise is happening in Laconia, for our kids and our future. Let's give the kids our best, they deserve our best. Good morning!
Matthew "Coach T" Tetreault
Last Updated on Monday, 13 January 2014 10:44
To The Daily Sun,
Thank you for printing the article "Under the ice, local fish & amphibians wait for Spring" in your Thursday, Jan. 9th edition. However, it is important to give credit where it is due, the author was sadly overlooked, perhaps on account of lack of space. Andrea LaMoreaux of the N.H. Lakes Association gave permission to the Meredith Conservation Commission to run the piece in order provide more information about wildlife to local folks. In fact, she had written the article as a result of her child asking her where do frogs, turtles and fish go during the winter!
For information on the New Hampshire Lakes Association, please call 226-0299 or visit their website www.nhlakes.org, and Go Take a Hike in Meredith.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 11:43
To The Daily Sun,
Just a week or two ago, I wrote a letter describing how power corrupts. I wrote it in the context of big government being able to harm regular people and guess what? This week we read and hear of a fine example of political abuse. Down in New Jersey, a few political stooges decided to get even with one of its city's mayors for not endorsing Gov. Christie in the last election. They screwed up the traffic flow going across the GW bridge, disrupting tens of thousands of peoples lives. These were just state underlings but they held the power over working people and they used it. Gov. Christie to his credit fired them, even though they were, or had been, trusted members of his administration.
Contrast that with the practice in Washington D.C. where quite often we see misdeeds rewarded rather then punished. This reinforces my point that we can't trust politicians. We can't trust Democrats and we can't trust Republicans and we should never give them to much power or power for to long. Term limits for congress is long overdue in my opinion.
I can't wait for the usual suspects to begin their denunciations of Christie and the Republicans. That will give me the chance to really unload on Obama and his stooges.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 11:37
To The Daily Sun,
It amazes me that a number of elected officials to Washington are proud of themselves for passing a law they did not fully understand and for punishing people who were/are prudent about their own health care spending decisions. Millions of responsible citizens are now forced to have health insurance policies with unnecessary coverages — with greatly increased premiums. Many are finding their trusted health care providers are not included in their new government mandated plan.
Is the "Affordable Health Care Law" really about health care? Or about government control and forced wealth redistribution? Yes, many people can now have health insurance for free or with reduced/subsidized premiums. But is making health insurance very expensive for one group of people, so that another group can have health insurance, the way to deal with health care in this county?
Does this redistribution policy improve the overall economic health of the country? Are successful business owners going to be more or less motivated to work harder when the government takes more of their hard earned profits? Are they going to expand their businesses and hire more employees? What about the people on the receiving end of this wealth distribution? Are they going to be more or less motivated to find employment or expend time and energy in learning a new or more marketable/higher paying job?
If we wish to avoid joining the ranks of failed socialist countries, repeal of the mis-named health care law is the only viable option.
Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 11:34
To The Daily Sun,
After reading the letter (Jan. 9) "Learn More About The Expectations Of Common Core", I thought it would be helpful if readers understood the Common Core Standards have come at a great expense to local control in our public schools.
It came as no surprise that an organization that will benefit financially from the new Common Core Initiative would be publicly supporting it. Many refer to Common Core as: No Vendor Left Behind. I guess that's a humorous yet honest response to the number of organizations that will financially benefit from another D.C. "education reform".
What wasn't mentioned in their letter, that appeared to be more of a "sales pitch", was that these academic standards are not considered the best in the nation. In other words, what we got in New Hampshire is a set of mediocre academic standards. That is hardly something parents should be cheering about.
In fact in many states parents and teachers have been vocalizing their opposition to the Common Core Standards. This was such a problem for the U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, that he issued an apology to all of the "white suburban moms" he denigrated for expecting better quality standards for their children.
Parents and teachers across the country are not only looking at the Common Core standards that continue to put their children behind their international peers, but are also looking at the developmentally inappropriate materials and math tests that have left CPA's confused.
Recently a Nashua School Board member sent testimony to a legislative committee where he revealed comments from teachers in the district on the new Smarter Balanced Assessment. Comments from teachers ranged from: "Shockingly negative experience" to "This would be a crushing emotional experience for my students".
Standards can and should be raised for New Hampshire students. However the Common Core standards that are now being translated into materials and tests that are developmentally inappropriate, confusing and frustrating, kills the love of learning and teaching.
What we are seeing now is, a rush to defend Common Core by those who will be cashing in from this new reform effort. It would be wise for parents to do their own research.
Ann Marie Banfield
Education Liaison (Volunteer) for Cornerstone Action
Last Updated on Friday, 10 January 2014 11:30