To The Daily Sun,
The Alton Teachers' Association is a part of the community that values public schools and learning, despite the many obstacles to successful education. Some of these obstacles include a gridlocked political arena, perpetually constrained time, and the challenges of a global economy.
Another important challenge is the aging infrastructure of the Alton Central School campus. The Alton School Board has been relentless in its attempts to begin needed upgrades. The town needs to come together and support the renovation warrant article so we don't, for instance, have to send the students home again for fear of the roof collapsing due to some snow as we did a few years back. It is also disruptive (at best) to have to move classes around the building when sewage-type odors are released into the already-overcrowded building's atmosphere. These are but a few examples of the unpleasant – possibly dangerous – events over the last several years directly related to the aging physical plant.
Time and again, a majority of the voting citizenry has delayed fixing this problem. And in spite of it, the educators of SAU 72 have continued to work with professionalism and integrity. We ask voters to support the proposed renovation.
We also ask voters to approve the new, two-year agreement for teachers, as the current one expires in June. It is supported by both Alton's Budget Committee and School Board. It asserts positive and predictable working conditions while being fair to both Alton faculty and citizenry. The Alton Teachers' Association encourages all voters to participate on March 11. We ask for the community's support so we may surmount together the many obstacles to successful education.
Richard Brown, President
Alton Teachers' Association
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:24
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to Gilmanton voters:
Please vote "yes" on Article 30 which protects our current level of Fire Department services. Public safety matters. This warrant article is needed to stop the attacks by the selectmen on our Fire Department. We encourage you to send a strong message to keep our current mix of full- and part-time Fire Department staffing and not eliminate one of our full-time positions.
Here is what has happened. One selectman thinks he can run our Fire Department better than the fire chief. He has been relentless in attacking our chief about department scheduling. There have been no complaints about the chief's performance or the Fire Department.
We are fortunate to have a well run department. Even the selectmen said we have a good fire chief and department. Why do they want to micromanage our Fire Department when they don't have the training to do so?
How do we know their latest position is not sincere but an attempt to micromanage? On Jan. 3, behind closed doors, they passed a policy directing the fire chief to stop using part-time staff on Sundays. They put their recommended budget to bed and did not recommend cutting a full-time position to two part-time positions. A warrant article was submitted by the voters to support current staffing. In reaction to the petitioned warrant article, the selectmen all of a sudden do not have a problem with "part-timers" filling even more shifts, since they are now proposing to eliminate one full-time position.
The voters in 2004 added a full-time position. Let's not turn back the clock a decade on our Fire Department services. This is not an increase in spending, but level-funding.
Please protect public safety by voting "yes" on Warrant Article 30.
Bill & Terri Donovan
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:22
To The Daily Sun,
An open letter to the voters of Tilton:
I would like the honor of representing you on the Town of Tilton Selectboard.
I have been a proud resident of the Town of Tilton for the last 40-plus years and a retiree.
I sit on the the Town of Tilton Budget Committee and Winnisquam Regional School District and SAU 59 Budget committees, and have done so for the last three-plus years.
I have strong managerial and supervisory experience. I am a strong fiscal conservative and a strong historian of the growth of the Town of Tilton. I am a supporter of local businesses and their growth.
I would like your vote on March 11.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:19
To The Daily Sun,
Please join me in electing James Barnes for selectman.
I have just moved to the area, but in the time that I have known James Barnes, I have found him to be a very smart and caring person. He cares deeply about how his town is run. I feel that he will make a great selectman, making the right decisions on the behalf of Gilmanton.
He is someone who will look after Gilmanton and make sure that the town's people and betterment of the community come first. I would feel comfortable allowing him to make choices as my voice in public affairs.
Join me in pledging your support for an honest and hardworking man who is right for the job, James Barnes.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:15
To The Daily Sun,
A letter writer in Thursday's Daily Sun, mentioning the fact that Mike Cryans has been endorsed for Executive Councilor by Ray Burton's siblings, claimed that the endorsements have not come from the siblings themselves.
That writer is wrong. Ray Burton's two sisters and one brother wrote and signed a letter to the editor which has been published in newspapers around the district. For example, it was in the Valley News, dated Feb. 26.
Here is the full text of the letter:
"With the passing of our brother Ray Burton in November, District 1 and the state of New Hampshire lost its most vocal and well-respected advocate. We believe that Mike Cryans would be an excellent executive councilor for District 1. He will, like Ray, make sure Concord remembers to "look north" and address the needs and concerns of his constituents.
When our mother was a resident at Grafton County Nursing Home for six years, we saw from personal experience Mike's concern for the residents as he attended many of their family functions, and spent time talking and listening to them.
Mike served side by side with Ray for 16 years as a county commissioner and understands Ray's philosophy when it came to working on behalf of the North Country residents. During these 16 years, Mike and Ray worked together to move Grafton County forward, never letting partisan differences stand in the way of helping those who were in need.
Ray served the people of District 1 for 35 years. He will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to the needs of his constituents. There is little doubt that Ray left big shoes for the next executive councilor to fill. Mike knows no one can fill Ray's shoes. However, he will do the best he can for District 1 and the state.
For our brother, public service was never about partisan politics. That is why we are endorsing Mike, who will share those values we always admired in Ray — service above politics.
Joan Day, Concord
Steve Burton, Hanover
Mary Grimes, Columbia "
Here is the link for anyone who wants to verify that it appeared in the paper:
Mike Cryans is the experienced candidate with a record of accomplishment. He is the one who can carry on the legacy of Ray Burton. Ray Burton endorsed him in the 2012 county commissioner's race. And he is the only candidate in this race with a record of being able to work across the aisle in a bi-partisan way to get things done for his constituents. Please make sure to vote in the special election on March 11, and to vote for Mike Cryans.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 11:13