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What part of 'Shadow of Poverty' don't school spenders get?

To The Daily Sun,

I've researched several sites to support the following data: census.gov, zillow.com, and education.nh.gov (for teacher salaries).
My first chart indicates population, number of schools, median incomes (household/family) and poverty rates for the general and over-65 populations.
The second chart indicates teachers' salaries in Laconia, Gilford, Concord and Manchester for BA and MA ranges, and the relationship of Laconia to each one.
The final chart reports Zillow's ratings of schools — a real eye-opener! Zillow is a real estate website which also offers miscellaneous community information. If schools don't rate well, people won't move here for their children. Obviously it's how the money is spent that will translate into successful students. Laconia School District can do better; let's give them the chance to do so.
My conclusion is that Laconia, with the lowest income ranges among local communities, and the highest poverty rates, still has salaries comparable to Gilford, and even Manchester, whose population is 110,000 — seven times larger than Laconia's.
What part of "Shadow of Poverty" don't local school spenders not understand? If some people want to leave Laconia, that's certainly their option. Denial of the facts still won't change them.

Diane Lewis,


Zillow rates Laconia School District 3 out of 10. The N.H. average ratio is 13 students to one teacher. According to Zillow,
Laconia schools average 10,11 and 12 students per teacher.

Laconia High School — 5 out of 10
Pleasant Street School — 3 out of 10
Laconia Middle School —  3 out of 10
Woodlands Heights — 2 out of 10
Elm St School — 2 out of 10

Gilford School District  — 6 out of 10

Belmont Middle School — 7 out of 10
Belmont Elementary — 5 out of 10

Concord Schools: 4s and 5s out of 10

Manchester Schools (more than half) — 1 out of 10
(the rest, 2s,3s,4s and a 7)

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Climate change denial is actually at an all time low in America

To The Daily Sun,

Let's continue with a critique of Russ Wiles' climate change letters. In the last letter I showed how increasing levels of CO2 significantly reduce levels of proteins and minerals in food which is harmful to the world's food supply. Mr Wiles seems to be unaware that CO2 is not emitted alone when burning fossil fuels. Millions of tons of dangerous chemicals and heavy metals come with CO2 emissions. The World Health Organization claims that seven million people die prematurely every year due to air pollution that comes with fossil fuel burning.(1) Harmless fossil fuels!

In his economic alarmism, Mr Wiles claimed climate alarmism, "has already caused severe economic damage". Who is the real Chicken Little, now? Iowa now gets 31 percent of its energy from wind and I haven't heard of any catastrophes.(2)

In 2014 Bloomberg ran a headline, "Germany Reaches New Levels of Greendom, Gets 31 percent of Its Electricity From Renewables". Renewable energy sources in it's electricity sector increased from 6.3 percent in 2000 to about 31 percent in 2014.(3) Texas gets 9 percent of its power from wind alone. It produces the most wind power of any state, amounting to 17,713 MW from over 40 projects. California has a 33 percent renewable portfolio standard. The state "leads the nation in generation capacity from geothermal, biomass, solar PV, and solar thermal electric projects, while placing second in wind and hydropower generation capacity".(4). This is all happening on a global level.

In 2015, U.S. Solar created more jobs than oil and gas extraction. The Solar Foundation released its annual Solar Jobs Census in January finding "that for the third straight year, the solar workforce grew 20 percent in the United States. According to the census, the industry added 35,052 jobs, elevating its grand total to 208,859. That builds on the 31,000 jobs added the year before, and 23,600 added the year before that". In the Solar Jobs Census report, SolarCity CEO and co-founder Lyndon Rive thinks this is incredible and noted, "The industry employs over 200 thousand people — more than the coal industry."(5) In 2014, renewables accounted for 53 percent of new energy capacity built in the US. New figures released by the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in its monthly Energy Infrastructure Update, revealed "that renewable energy sources — including biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind — accounted for 60.20 percent of the total 7,276 MW of new electrical generation installed in the US during the first 9 months of 2015."(6)

Mr Wiles also seems to think things are going his way. Nope! Climate change denial is at an all time low in the US with "only 16 percent of Americans believe there is not enough evidence to prove global climate change is real, the lowest percentage since a survey began asking the question in 2008".(7) Furthermore, "Next Generation Science Standards developed by the National Research Council, the National Science Teachers Association, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Achieve, and two dozen states are set to be released this month. The standards will recommend that educators teach the evidence for man-made climate change starting in elementary school."(8) Also of note is that Wyoming just lifted its ban on teaching climate change and Alabama now requires the teaching of climate change science and evolution.(9)

Clearly, Mr Wiles lives under a rock.

(1) http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2014/air-pollution/en/
(2) http://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/money/2016/02/29/iowa-gets-31-electricity-wind/81115262/
(3) http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2014-08-14/germany-reaches-new-levels-of-greendom-gets-31-percent-of-its-electricity-from-renewables
(4) http://acore.org/files/pdfs/states/California.pdf
(5) http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TSF-2015-National-Solar-Jobs-Census.pdf
(6) http://cleantechnica.com/2015/10/28/us-renewables-account-60-new-capacity/
(7) http://time.com/4073881/climate-change-survey-united-states/
(8) http://www.outsideonline.com/1796171/26-states-adopt-new-science-curriculum
(9) http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/alabama-officials-unanimously-decide-textbooks-must-teach-climate-change-evolution/

James Veverka


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