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Gilmanton had no library that could meet criteria set by state

To The Daily Sun,

Roger Amsden's recent article in The Sun spoke of three libraries in the Town of Gilmanton. In some sense that is true. Each "library" has its own special place in the history and character of the town.
Unlike most towns, Gilmanton historically had not one but three village centers — Gilmanton Corners, Gilmanton Iron Works, and Lower Gilmanton. Still today these centers form separate entities, separated by as much as seven miles from one another. At a time when travel between them on foot, or by horse and buggy, was a significant outing, each village had its own amenities: schools, churches, shops, post office, and indeed libraries.
The tiny library in Gilmanton Corners, housed in a former cobbler shop, is an important feature in the Corners village, both historically and aesthetically. The Gilmanton Iron Works Library, built after the 1915 fire that wiped out much of the village, is also an essential feature of the present day village, along with the church, Old Town Hall, and other buildings that survived the fire or were built shortly thereafter. It has the advantage of being within walking distance of many homes in the Iron Works village, but can be open only in the summer. (Lower Gilmanton, not too long ago, also had its own library, housed in a private home.) Neither of the little village libraries host such modern amenities as plumbing, nor could they be expanded to serve the entire population of the town with the needs of the 21st century.
The third library is, of course, the Gilmanton Year-Round Library, sited on Route 140 across from the Gilmanton School. Built entirely with private or foundation contributions, the Year-Round Library was designed to provide the people of Gilmanton with the services of a modern library — ranging from books and periodicals, inter-library loan and public access computers. In addition it provides a place for community gatherings and events, special activities such as twice-weekly story time for pre-schoolers and after school events for school children, informational presentations for adults, and much more.
Until the Year-Round Library opened, Gilmanton had no library that could meet the criteria of public library established in state statute. RSA 202-A:2 I. "Public library'' shall mean every library which receives regular financial support, at least annually, from public or private sources and which provides regular and currently useful library service to the public without charge.
The town recognizes and is grateful for the ongoing effort of volunteers who maintain and operate the little village libraries with small annual contributions from Town coffers. Each is an essential feature of its historic community. Their function is important, but should not be confused with the vital services required of a public library in the 21st century and provided by the Year-Round Library, available year-round and 5 days a week to all of the Town's inhabitants, young and old. 

Carolyn Baldwin

Gilmanton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ready for 4 years of a low-life mess? Vote for Hillary Clinton

To The Daily Sun,

When Bill Clinton was president, he allowed Hillary to assume authority over a health care reform. Even after threats and intimidation, she couldn't even get a vote in a Democratic Party-controlled Congress. This fiasco cost the American taxpayers about $13 million in costs for studies, promotion, and other efforts.

Then President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood. Both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration. Next she chose Janet Reno. Husband Bill described her selection as "my worst mistake." Some may not remember that Reno made the decision to gas David Koresh and the Branch Davidian religious sect in Waco, Texas, resulting in dozens of deaths of women and children.

Husband Bill allowed Hillary to make recommendations for the head of the Civil Rights Commission. Lani Guanier was her selection. When a little probing led to the discovered of Ms. Guanier's radical views, her name had to be withdrawn from consideration.

Apparently a slow learner, husband Bill allowed Hillary to make some more recommendations. She chose former law partners Web Hubbel for the Justice Department, Vince Foster for the White House staff, and William Kennedy for the Treasury Department. Her selections went well: Hubbel went to prison, Foster (presumably) committed suicide, and Kennedy was forced to resign.

Many younger votes will have no knowledge of Travelgate. Hillary wanted to award unfettered travel contracts to Clinton friend Harry Thompson, and the White House Travel Office refused to comply. She managed to have them reported to the FBI and fired. This ruined their reputations, cost them their jobs, and caused a 36-month investigation. Only one employee, Billy Dale was charged with a crime, and that of the enormous crime of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours.

Still not convinced of her ineptness, Hillary was allowed to recommend a close Clinton friend, Craig Livingstone, for the position of director of White House Security. When Livingstone was investigated for the improper access of about 900 FBI files of Clinton enemies (Filegate) and the widespread use of drugs by White House staff, suddenly Hillary and the president denied even knowing Livingstone, and of course, denied knowledge of drug use in the White House. Following this debacle, the FBI closed its White House Liaison Office after more than 30 years of service to seven presidents.

Next, when women started coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and rape by Bill Clinton, Hillary was put in charge of the "bimbo eruption" and scandal defense. Some of her more notable decisions in the debacle were:

— She urged her husband not to settle the Paula Jones lawsuit. After the Starr investigation they settled with Ms. Jones.

— She refused to release the Whitewater documents, which led to the appointment of Ken Starr as special prosecutor. After $80 million of taxpayer money was spent, Starr's investigation led to Monica Lewinsky, which led to Bill lying about and later admitting his affairs.

— Hillary's devious game plan resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for lying under oath to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives.

— Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, "I do not recall," "I have no recollection," and "I don't know" a total of 56 times while under oath.

— After leaving the White House, Hillary was forced to return an estimated $200,000 in White House furniture, china, and artwork that she had stolen.
What a swell party — ready for another four or eight year of this type low-life mess?

Now we are exposed to: the destruction of possibly incriminating emails while Hillary was Secretary of State and the "pay to play" schemes of the Clinton Foundation — we have no idea what shoe will fall next. But to her loyal fans — "what difference does it make?" Haven't we had enough of the Clinton's?

Eric T. Rottenecker
Bristol

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