Gilmanton schools also played huge role in flood recovery effort

To The Daily Sun,

I was embarrassed to see in my letter that I had neglected to send out a big "thank you" to our Gilmanton School Board, especially to Mike Hatch and Adam Mini. In the superintendent's office another big "thank you" to Rachel and John for allowing me to send Gilmanton residents and employees there to use their copier and fax machine. We appreciated so much that they set up classrooms for meeting rooms so that scheduled meetings for different boards could continue to take place. Meetings of the selectmen, ZBA, planning, Historic District Commission, etc., which have since been moved to the Old Town Hall auditorium, 1800 Route 140 in Gilmanton Iron Works.

I would also like to extend a very special "thank you" to the School Board, superintendent and to all the teachers and staff for their coordinated efforts to rearrange the March teachers' workshop that was supposed to take place toward the latter part of that month and move it to March 10. They voluntarily did this to make the school gymnasium available for our annual town and school elections, which are usually held in the auditorium of the Academy building. The School Board arranged with the Gilmanton Year Round Library ("thank you" GYRL) for the teachers to use their parking lot so that the school parking lot will be left open for Gilmanton residents so that they may cast their ballot votes on Tuesday, March 10, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The children will not have school that day.

I would also like to thank Officer Gustafson, for your extra efforts on shift to make sure the Academy building and the modular building that are temporarily housing the town offices are secure at night. I, as well as my staff, thank you for being in the area and for checking in on us when we are open in the evenings, the extra sense of security is very much appreciated.

If I have inadvertently forgotten to mention anyone else, I would also like to say a very heartfelt "thank you". The support and caring shown by our community and our surrounding communities has been very heartwarming and so very much appreciated.

Debra Cornett

Town Clerk/Tax Collector


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I believe school board should work to earn trust of the citizens

To The Daily Sun,

When I moved to Gilford over 20 years ago the Gilford school system had a strong reputation as one of the best in the state. Over the years that reputation was tarnished by only average performance measures. Over the past several years, the hard work of many in the district has begun to move things in the right direction. I would like to continue that work, so I am running for a three-year term on the Gilford School Board.

I feel it is imperative that the children and parents of Gilford have a voice on the board. I am a proud parent of three Gilford students and next school year one of my children will be in enrolled in each of the three school buildings.

Many of you may already know me as a fellow parent, as a youth coach or through my local business. For those who do not know much about me, here is what you can expect from me as a School Board member. My business roots have engrained fiscal conservatism into my core. However, I also believe that the best investment a community can make is in its school system. This was a significant factor in why my wife Elizabeth and I chose to stay here in Gilford to raise our family.

I will have high expectations for student achievement, so academic improvement initiatives will be a top priority. In this vein, I am an advocate of using all data available to identify insufficiencies and develop solution based initiatives.

Personalized learning is something I believe in strongly. Every child learns in different ways and at a different pace. Therefore, it is important to continue to break down barriers so every child can maximize their own potential.

A school system is only as good as its teachers. I believe in providing our educators with the tools and professional development they need to perform at the highest levels in the classroom. Therefore, it will be my goal for the district to attain high standards while responsibly managing our resources.

An effective school board values a collaborative relationship both with the staff and the community. I believe a school board should respect its citizens and work to earn their trust. As a school board member, you can expect me to perform with a high level of integrity, promote open communication and demand transparency.

I would like to conclude by encouraging you to participate as a citizen of Gilford by voting on March 10. When you do so, I sincerely hope you will support me and my effort to make the Gilford school system a model of excellence and a safe, supportive and enriching learning environment for the children of our community.

Chris McDonough


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So many to thank for help with Gilmanton office emergency

To The Daily Sun,

When a disaster as large as what we experienced at the Gilmanton Academy happens it takes a lot of people to get to where we are today... a sense of normalcy.

I want to thank the professionals of Servicemaster of Merrimack. The initial crew was on site early Monday morning. The main crew completed the clean-up by the end of the week. Excellent work.

I want to thank the selectmen's office staff. In the rush to save as much as possible, from the water pouring from the ceiling, paperwork, files, etc. were placed under tarps. You sorted it out and organized it. Planning, assessing, building, administration. What an exceptional job.

To the subcontractors, Ogni electric, Baily's Heating, Tri-State sprinkler, Pine State elevator, Bill Booth Construction, Correia Enterprises. Thank you.

Thank you to the Gilmanton Police Department for security and monitoring the job site and modular.

I want to thank Arthur Capello,Town Administrator. Arthur was the "Clerk of the Works," managing the cleanup, meeting with the adjusters, subcontractors, and coordinated the transition to the modular.

My sincere apology should I have forgotten to mention anyone. I thank you all.

Selectman Don Guarino


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Immune system theory ignores how vaccines actually work

To The Daily Sun,

According to the World Health Organization, there were 145,700 global measles deaths in 2013 and during 2000-2013, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 15.6 million deaths. But there is no vaccine for willful ignorance. Welcome to Melanie's Marvelous Measles brought to you by the Center for the Study of Absurdity where we strive to keep the stupid in the news. Enter Rand Paul who is pandering to the "leave me alone" voting bloc. Rand says vaccinations should be largely voluntary as a matter of freedom. Did he say Freedumb? Paul makes the absurd claim, echoing debunked autism claims, that children have "wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines." Back in 2009 on Alex Jones' info-wars show, he claimed mandated vaccines are "the first sort of thing you see with martial law."

Cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson is this week's super-sick sociopath. After receiving letters from parents of children who can't be vaccinated yet due to medical issues, Wolfson said other family's health issues are theirs, and he shouldn't have to keep his unvaccinated children away from other kids. "It's not my responsibility." Asked by CNN how he would feel if a child died because one of his kids infected them he said he would feel fine. "I'm not going to put my child at risk to save another child." Wolfson also claims that vaccinations probably cause leukemia. That's nuts!

Chris Christie was looking for a shot in the arm but shot himself in the foot instead. Although Mr. Christie claims he supports vaccinations he couldn't help but spread the autism BS and insisting that vaccinations should be a choice. It hasn't occurred to him that the recent outbreaks are due to willfully-ignorant parents that refuse to vaccinate their kids. This is the same guy who quarantined the "Ebola nurse" as a government responsibility. With the 2016 caucuses just around the corner, the Iowa state chair of Vaccine Liberation said Christie's remarks were helpful, because "some people put faith and trust in their medical doctors, rather than put faith and trust in God."

Glenn Beck claims that the measles outbreak is a government hoax. Of courser it is! Conspiracy psycho Alex Jones of Infowars claims that vaccinations caused the measles outbreak. America's Blowhard-in-Chief recently got a pants on fire award from PunditFact by blaming the immigrant children.

Wendy Callahan runs VaccineTruth blog says, "They're starting to get really upset with 'anti-vaxxers". Well buckle up, Wendy because the Guano is flying now. New York mandates vaccinations and California is set to end most of the exemptions that parents use. Forbes science writer Peter Lipson writes that anti-vaxxer doctors should lose their license to practice. Adding steam to the anti-vaxxer backlash are doctors who are now dropping families who don't vaccinate. Dr. Eric Ball, who employs 12 pediatricians and four nurse practitioners in Huntington explained that parents "do not want to see patients with measles or whooping cough in our waiting room for fear their baby might get sick from it." Kids are being barred from outings, birthday parties and school because of their anti-science, anti-vaxxer parents.

Recently, Bill Maher seemingly argued that when you get vaccines, your immune system stops reacting the way it should, and that can cause serious problems for a person's body. That opinion shows a complete lack of understanding of how vaccines work. It appears that Maher might have read the children's book, "Melanie's Marvelous Measles" by Stephanie Messenger (2012), which really says don't get vaccinated and just let your body's natural immune system do all the work. And who can forget Robert Kennedy, Jr., who is the Buffoon-in-Chief of vaccine junkscience who spread the Andrew Wakefield autism fraud. To learn why anti-vaxxers have no legal standing, read the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Jacobson v. Massachusetts. Also of note is that a federal appeals court just ruled New York state's requirement that all children be vaccinated in order to attend public school does not violate parents' religious rights.

James Veverka

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I don't know who called Obama our 'imperial president' but it was certainly apt description

To The Daily Sun,

Fox News, the company the left loves to hate. Someone must have sent out a notice to all the "progressives" telling them to write derogatory letters to the editor slamming Fox.

Peter Davis wrote one stating that he turned on a "newscast" on Fox and the first words he heard "Our imperial president". Apparently he immediately changed the channel as he stopped with that comment. I doubt that Mr. Davis knows the difference between reporting and commentary and opinion. He didn't say which "reporter" made this statement as then someone could check the veracity of his statement.

Fox News is definitely a conservative-leaning channel with many conservative commentators, but it also has many liberal commentators on its various programs. Most of the programs on Fox are discussion sessions with various emcees and guests and not news programs, although the topics discussed are many and timely. The programs that are news programs are titled as such and you won't hear any opinion on those programs just the news. Thankfully we have Fox as all of the network channels are leftist and omit anything from their broadcasts that might in any way prove harmful to the Democratic Party.

I wonder if we'll be reading any letters from the lefties about NBC's Brian Williams being caught in a lie and then when apologizing for it compounded it with another lie. He claimed he was on an aircraft in Iraq that got hit by enemy fire. That's lie one. And then during his trying to weasel out of the lie he stated that he had to suffer two harrowing nights on the aircraft in the desert which also was proven to be untrue. This is the No. 1 newsman on NBC, who the left fawns over.

In closing let me say that I don't know who called Obama "our imperial president", but I think it's an apt description that I totally agree with.

Dave Schwotzer


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