To The Daily Sun,
My name is Ben LaRoche, and I am a candidate for Bristol's School Board seat. I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself to your Newfound area readers.
Professionally, I am a captain and a paramedic at the Bristol Fire Department. Since I was hired there 10 years ago, I have made Bristol my home. I married a local girl, and we have two young boys that we are happy to be raising in this area. As we prepare to put our children into the Newfound Area School District, I want to ensure that they receive an education that will prepare them to compete in their adult life.
To do this we must have community representatives on our School Board that understand the effects of their actions. The School Board must be able to guide District administration in the education of our children, while not ignoring the financial implications of policies and programs. Unfortunately these financial burdens have a way of degrading the home dynamic, which is the single most important component of your child's development. The School Board is charged with education of your child, but for its membership to not weigh the financial burdens is counter-productive.
As a fire and EMS instructor I know that the role of curriculum development and deployment is a daunting task, but it is the foundation of education. As the District looks to add a curriculum coordinator to its administration, the development of curriculum and lesson plans must include representation from administrators and teachers alike to ensure that the individual needs of the student are being met.
Through the continuation of my own education, I know that a school system that is behind with their STEM education and is not providing adequate use of technology in the classroom is not preparing students for post-secondary success. I am optimistic that the District administration is prepared to lead our children through this phase in their lives, and I am hopeful that you will allow me to sit on the School Board to help guide them.
I look forward to speaking with more of the voters in the weeks ahead, and I would appreciated your vote on March 11.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:46
To The Daily Sun,
No one should ever get into a war of words with someone much smarter than they are, but E. Scott Cracraft's Feb. 13 letter to The Sun continues to puzzle the heck out of me. Why would a man with such a gifted mind be so troubled by those who challenge an existing court ruling?
I'd like to return to 1857 when the Supreme Court ruled in the Dred Scott lawsuit. Scott was a slave whose owner Dr. John Emerson brought him to a "free state." Upon Dr. Emerson's untimely death, Scott sued for his family's (wife and two daughters) freedom. Scott lost his case. Our Supreme Court ruled that by being a slave Scott could not legally sue the government since he was not truly a person but a property. So the question is: Whose vision was blurred in 1857? Was it the Supreme Court that stood steadfast to protect the law or were the folks the miscreants for raising their voices and clamoring for change?
No law should be etched in stone merely because another group of people thought of it. Nor should people be disparaged for pursuing principles and beliefs they espouse. It is vital that American people keep thinking independently.
In the 19th century the Dred Scott ruling caused people to raise their voices loud enough to change America's Black Race from property to citizenship.
In the 20th century Susan Anthony rallied women and men alike to alter a long standing Unites States Federal law not allowing women to vote.
In the 21st century a concern exist on the practice of abortion within Planned Parenthood. It's a dubious practice, in this "land of the free," with some folks seeing images of infancy carnage that won't let them rest. These same folks are also asking what kind of freedom is this and wondering too what kind of country America has become?
Abortion in American politics wouldn't be able to fly under its own banner. Thus it comes to us in subtle guise under the clever name of Planned Parenthood.
Not long ago, while sitting through an orientation for jury duty, I recall the judge explicitly stating: "Should there be an inkling of doubt you cannot rule the defendant guilty." The judge's emphasis on the word doubt lingered with me all the way home. I then began to think at what point, in a nine-month pregnancy, is the fetus considered an infant child? Of course there's no clear answer because medical science has been unable to address this question. It's this unknown that stirs the voices in the fetus vs infancy debate. Voices which are now asking another question: "Shouldn't the court be protecting the fetus in the same way it protects alleged criminals?"
It's surprising that a man of Cracraft's high intellect is so defensive over someone else's rational concerning the Roe v. Wade law. A man of such academic stature should be sharing his own thoughts on why the law should remain as it is rather than discourage a different viewpoint.
Cracraft writes often and well in The Laconia's Daily Sun and oftentimes comes across with ideas well worth contemplating. But why his pen becomes so negative when other people also seek to have their voice heard is something only he can answer.
Finally, I don't fault any women who might have consented to an abortion. The law allows it and surely that decision was made with the best of intentions. What I hope for, however, is a future re-consideration of this law with modest amendments attached.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:36
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to urge voters to support Mike Cryans in the March 11 special election. We have lost a great public servant in Ray Burton and it is important that we replace him with someone who holds the same level of public service and devotion that Ray did.
Mike is a thoughtful and reasonable man who shares the values that New Hampshire citizens hold dear. Mike will support keeping contracts with Planned Parenthood, which is an organization that supplies public health services to our rural citizens.
Ray's family has come forward to endorse Mike Cryans and I hope that citizens will show up to support him in the March 11 special election.
Rep. Beth Arsenault
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 09:59
To The Daily Sun,
The Gilmanton Cub Scout Pack 242 would like to thank all who participated in their recent cake auction on Feb. 15. The auction included 12 cakes and raised $94 for the pack's overnight trip to the Montshire Museum in March.
The cake that raised the most money was a three-layer cake with chocolate fudge frosting made by Melissa Angle, a Gilmanton Cub Scout family.
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 09:55
To The Daily Sun,
Grafton County budget appropriation documents and County Commissioner meeting minutes clearly show that, between 2009 and 2014, Commissioner Michael Cryans voted to give a total of $143,280 in taxpayer money to an organization (Headrest, Inc.), which pays him a substantial salary as its executive director. These documents also show that, on April 23, 2012, one of Mr. Cryans' fellow commissioners asked that he recuse himself from voting on this appropriation, due to an obvious conflict of interest. Cryans refused to sit out the vote.
My observations of Mr. Cryans at Grafton County budget meetings have convinced me that he is a big spender when it comes to taxpayer money and would likely continue that behavior if elected to the Executive Council. Voters need to ask themselves if they really want to give Michael Cryans a third job and yet another opportunity to squander taxpayer money.
All of the factual information contained in this letter can be verified by going to the Grafton County website and viewing the budget appropriation documents for fiscal years 2010-2014 and the minutes of the relevant county commissioner meetings. The website for Headrest Inc. will verify Mr. Cryans' position as executive director.
Russell T. Cumbee
Last Updated on Monday, 17 February 2014 09:50