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I apologize for the hardship this tax rate in causing Gilmanton

To The Daily Sun,

Dear Gilmanton taxpayers:

In public input at the Gilmanton Board of Selectmen's Meeting on November 16, a few taxpayers voiced their unhappiness. There were questions and concerns but at no time did anyone ask for a board member to step down. Reference Tuesday's Laconia Daily Sun.
The 2015 tax rate is based on the operating budget, warrant articles voted in, revenue and the Board of Selectman applying funds from the non-designated fund balance.
Revenue is one part of the equation. It is my job to ask why it was not adjusted.
I have used all the resources available to better understand and help explain this tax rate.
Isn't the past town administrator a resource? Why do selectmen Hatch and Jean have an issue with using this resource? With the Academy flood, simple questions concerning billing for work and human resource questions have been answered by the past administrator.
The move by Selectmen Jean and Hatch, to remove me as chairman, was nothing more than censorship.
As your selectman, I will continue asking questions that need to be asked. As your selectman, knowing the hardship this tax rate has caused ... I apologize.

Don Guarino

Selectman, Town of Sanbornton

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I've lived through too many conflicts where thousands of lives were lost

To The Daily Sun,

How many more thousands have to die to satisfy the Republican armchair hawks' anger against President Obama? He is right in wanting to work with other countries in order to formulate a better and realistic solution. There has to be a better plan than unilateral, blind, all-out war. I've lived through too many conflicts where thousands of lives were lost and the outcome is more hatred, death and destruction. Yes, that refers to George W's needless invasion of Iraq, which led to thousands of Americans and Iraqis dead and wounded, turned Iraq into a failed state, blew up the Middle East, and laid the groundwork for ISIS.

It's already been 25 years since George H.W. Bush began the "Bush Family Excellent Adventure" in Iraq and Afghanistan that we are still paying the price for. There are Americans fighting and dying there who weren't even born when Bush senior started it all.

Then his son decided to invade Iraq, destroy those famous weapons of mass destruction which never existed. He bull-headedly ignored investigators from around the world who were telling him there weren't any. He also said he was going to bring democracy to that part of the world. We're still waiting for it, and that goal is further away because of his actions.

So why are we still repeating the same mistakes over and over? We hear talk of America's "credibility" and "need to lead." Sounds like the same things we were told about Vietnam. Some zombie ideas never die.

And many of my high school classmate's names are etched on the Vietnam Wall. Nixon was elected on the false premise and promise that he would get the United States troops out of the Vietnam War within a few months if he was elected to the presidency. Well, it lasted for many more years.

This begs the question: what did we get out of that one? We have thousands of children suffering from the devastating effects of Agent Orange. I worked as a parent/child advocate with parents of multiply handicapped children suffering from both physical and developmental disabilities in order to try and get them the educational and ancillary services needed to take care of these children long term. These children were born with the defective damaged genes that were passed on to them from their fathers who were exposed to Agent Orange.

Bernadette Loesch


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