To The Daily Sun,
The Lakes Region had a wonderful theater and history experience this past weekend when the The Winni Players, the community theater branch of TheWinnipesaukee Playhouse continued its tradition of presenting a staged reading, or in this case a full-scale production, of a story about the Holocaust experience: "The Brundibar Project".
As a past member of the board and longtime supporter, I can remember the early years when we couldn't fill the 84 seat theater in the Weirs to see a Holocaust Remembrance staged reading. This year, in the new theater in Meredith, they had five shows and the production was seen by more than 650 Lakes Region residents.
The cast of 58 not only learned the lines and the songs well, but had a unique educational experience. They learned about what "Bad Men" did to people, and they learned that in banding together people can endure and even overcome evil, they learned about tolerance. Each cast member was asked to develop their own "back story" so they could find a deeper connection to their character and to others in the cast. They became like family in their rehearsals, their time together and performances.
The show had the support of the New Hampshire Humanities Council, the Jewish Federation of New Hampshire, and Temple B'Nai Israel of Laconia. We also had the exceptional chance in the "talk backs," which were led by scholars from the Holocaust and Genocide Studies Dept. at Keene State, to explore the themes and history more deeply.
As the whole cast, including many young children, sat on the stage to listen and have give and take after each show, I was so impressed with the creative understanding of the children. It was obvious that they had thought deeply about the subject — themes like overcoming "bullies" by working together, about what it's like to be persecuted, what it takes to be courageous. This experience will be part of their lives forever.
The children were marvelous. Kudos and thanks for the work of Director Bryan Halperin, and all who put so much into the production. This was truly a gift to the community.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:32
To The Daily Sun,
I can't even bring my children to the beach anymore without finding drug paraphernalia everywhere.
A few inches from where my 5-year-old son was writing in the Bartlett Beach sand was a needle. Luckily, my husband saw it before my son did. My husband went to throw it away, and low and behold there were more needles in the trash. Our kids cannot even be safe playing at the beach.
With nice weather coming I fear for the safety of all Laconia children whose families believe it is a safe place to bring their kids. I did not report this to the police because last year when my children and husband found one, he stopped guarded it and waited for the police only to be told to bring it to the hospital. Like it was his responsibility to get rid of a junkie's needle. Um, no, sorry.
My friends have advised me to call the Fire Department and maybe I will get a better outcome.
I feel I need to warn city residents that Laconia's beaches have become a playground for junkies.
Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 09:10
To The Daily Sun,
As a long-time resident of Gilmanton, I would like to comment on the Gilmanton Year-Round Library situation.
At its inception I read any and all articles pertaining to this lofty endeavor which appeared in The Sun or The Citizen, or fliers sent out by them. They did indeed claim that they would not come to the town for support and would raise all money to sustain it with fundraisers and such. I thought that this was a very civic and charitable deed by this group of people. I understood that is would be privately owned.
I, like many, was shocked the first it came out that they wanted the town to share the cost of running it. I thought that this was certainly bringing it in through the back door. The Board of the Gilmanton Year-Round Library could bring this to a close by simply producing verifiable dated documentation of their announcing this to the public that they expected the town to support it with tax dollars. The proper course of action would have been for the town to vote on this then and there, not after they opened the doors.
Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 09:04
To The Daily Sun,
At our Sanbornton Planning Board's recent presentation of six "Proposed Zoning Amendments for Town Meeting 2014," I learned much. Of the six amendments, only two are about workforce housing. Those two, if passed, give us protections against would-be builders launching court challenges. If we lay out our rules clearly, and they are not obstructive, then court challenges by builders are least likely.
A 2008-2010 law instituted by our state Legislature requires X-amount of workforce housing per town. These two amendments anticipate and take care of problems we'd easily have if we don't pass them.
However, an anonymous orange-colored political flyer, sent by mass-mailing to the townspeople, fear-mongers and directs people to vote "no" to all the six amendments, even though some are merely housekeeping, as in updating a map date. A second public hearing on these amendments is set for the morning of Saturday, May 10, at 10 a.m., Old Town Hall.
This may not seem a money issue, but it is, if one considers the costs of lawsuits by builders. We need to be proactive and have our zoning rules compatible with the 2010 law.
Thank you for the good work of our Planning Board — Evelyn Auger, Don Bormes, Carmine Cioffi, alternate Will Ellis, and Dick Gardner.
On our Town Warrant is Article 14, giving Sanbornton voters at Town Meeting a chance to speak against large sums of outside money affecting our elections. Forty-seven New Hampshire towns voted for this in their March meetings. If we pass it, we'd ask our selectmen to notify our state and federal legislators and our president that we want a constitutional amendment that recognizes corporations are not people and their extreme, available wealth poured into our elections to influence them is unacceptable. Koch brothers beware, in other words.
This may not seem a money issue, but it is, if one considers that spending priorities in D.C. can be snatched by corporations for their benefit, while the people's needs go unmet. Spending priorities in D.C. can be a matter of special consideration given to the high-rolling funders of our election ads and costs.
Lynn Rudmin Chong
Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 09:02
To The Daily Sun,
Gov. Maggie Hassan has chosen the most extreme person she could to nominate for the state Board of Education. Bill Duncan, a self-proclaimed expert whose only credentials in education are that he created a blog where he regularly misinforms his readers by providing heavily redacted snippets of sentences of his opponents and then comments on them. He is far from an expert on education or children. In point of fact he can be accurately labeled as the biggest current enemy to a particular class of New Hampshire children. That class of children are the most vulnerable — the children who come from families whose income falls below three times the federal poverty line.
Bill Duncan is the plaintiff (meaning he personally engaged attorneys and filed suit against the state) in an on-going lawsuit against these very children, claiming that they should not be allowed to attend any other school but the one assigned to them by ZIP code. His attorneys have fought hard to stop these children from accepting donated money that would allow them to attend a school better suited to them (even if that school is a different public school, believe it or not).
This is the kind of man Maggie Hassan says New Hampshire children need as their advocate on the Board of Education? Are you kidding me? Gov. Hassan couldn't possibly have made a worse choice than nominating a man currently suing the state to prevent parents of modest means from helping their children escape a school setting that is not meeting their needs. An awful choice, Ms. Hassan. Just awful.
Let your executive councilor know. Stop this nomination.
Last Updated on Monday, 05 May 2014 08:57