If students fail to learn, what is to become of our society?

To The Daily Sun,

If you happen to see a news article pertaining to an academic program at a local school or any report about classroom goals and achievements, please call me. Frankly this type of reporting will never happen — more likely because there isn't too much positive news to relate.

A statewide report says that 66 percent of students are failing at AYP (which means Adequate Yearly Progress) in math and reading skills. Minor children failing at school is a problem most people accept, without noticeable comment or remedy. We are a society that thrives on game events. Often games at school garner more enthusiasm, vitality, interest and participation than any classroom grades or activity.

School games, for too many parents and grandparents is a cult, which happens both locally and nationally. Read any newspaper and see that news coverage on all sports events is extensive, nary is there any mention of academic goals or yearly progress reports (if there is any.) Laconia High School passing percentile grades in math is somewhere around 20-22 percent.

With all hullabaloo about sports programs you'd think the dismal AYP report would resonate with principals and administrators to raise a red flag and face the fact that their schools are failing. It seems to me, significant change is not in the works. We will continue to fail and bite the bullet.

I guess if games of no residual importance or no lasting value, rule the day, so be it. If students fail and the system continues to fail, what is to become of our society and elusive prosperity? We will surely rue the day we exulted mere games over solid and life-enduring educational achievements.

Leon R. Albushies


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County support of Conservation District is a wise investment

To The Daily Sun,

In Belknap County, what would our lives and opportunities be without clean lakes, productive farms and forest land, and the mountains around us? The Belknap County Conservation District (BCCD) is focused on the ground — literally. For the past 69 years, our leadership, partners and volunteers have worked in the soil — teaching best practices of soil conservation; on the lakes helping to improve water health and reduce contaminants; and in all communities, aiding town officials with technical support.

Continuing support for soil and water conservation in the 2015 County budget is a good investment.

Every dollar in BCCD funding generates $2 to $3 in matching funds for products or services benefiting the people of Belknap County. Long-term benefits of these conservation measures pay dividends for years to come. With level funding since 2010 to fund 1.5 staff people and with some per diem assistance, the cost to the county is low.

Here are some examples of our contributions:

— Alton: Provided technical assistance for investigation of sediment laden stream emptying into Alton Bay. BCCD staff serves as a director on the Belknap Range Conservation Coalition.

— Barnstead: BCCD Supervisor served as an educator for a school wetlands field trip, BCCD staff keeps local officials advised of important natural resource updates, and BCCD hosted a well attended Septic System Health workshop.

— Belmont: Obtained a grant to assist with the Shaker Regional School District Sugar House project and provided and additional funding toward the project.

— Center Harbor: BCCD staff participated in the Inter-Lakes Ecology Day, and is investigating a citizen complaint of sediment entering Center Harbor Bay.

— Gilford: BCCD obtained several grants to both study and address stream bank soil erosion within Gunstock Brook.

— Laconia: Extensive work in the past two years focused on the three main urban streams (Jewett Brook, Durkee Brook, and Black Brook) that feed into the Winnipesaukee River system.

— Meredith: BCCD serves on the Lake Waukewan and Winona Lake Advisory Committee, and led a multi-level partnership to ensure the Route 3 gateway to Meredith retains a magnificent view and in agricultural acreage forever.

— New Hampton: BCCD provided outreach to landowners within the Pemigewasset River Corridor on the benefits of forested land conservation within the Merrimack River Watershed – listed by the U.S. Forest Service among the top five watersheds in the nation to experience the most change in water quality due to an increase in housing density.

— Sanbornton: BCCD led the partnership that implemented water quality improvement measures for Hunkins Pond, worked with a landowner to assist with land conservation, and assisted the town in public outreach regarding water quality improvement best management practices in the Black Brook watershed.

— Tilton: Provided information land use information to the town for siting a municipal structure, and worked with the selectmen to identify illegal dumping of fouled waters.

We believe that continued support to the Belknap County Conservation District is a good low-cost investment for today and the future. Please support full funding for BCCD.

Belknap County Conservation District Supervisors

John Hodsdon, Chairman – Meredith

Earl Chase – Barnstead

Ken Kettenring – New Hampton

Dean Anson – Laconia

Donna Hepp - Belmont

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Be sure to write Brett Currier in for selectman on Tuesday

To The Daily Sun,

I urge Gilmanton voters to vote "No" on Article 22. A "Yes" vote would mean an increase in taxes.

Brett Currier is your best candidate for selectman. Brett is a longtime resident of Gilmanton. Brett has experience. He is fair, and most of all, he cares about how your tax dollar is spent. Brett Currier is a write-in for selectman, so be sure to write Brett in Tuesday, March 10.

Don Guarino


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Dave Pollak (3-10) 260 COUNTY BUDGET

To The Daily Sun,

In an example of irresponsible and thoughtless governance, the Belknap County Convention voted an across the board 5 percent cut to its support for the so-called outside agencies which include Lakes Region Child Advocacy, Lakes Region Mutual Fire Aid, Genesis Counseling Group, Community Action Program, Belknap County Conservation District, Belknap Economic Development Council, and the UNH Cooperative Extension.

Our representatives were elected to be responsible stewards of the county's finances. They were not elected to blindly cut without any thought of the results — including the loss of vital services and jobs. They attacked those who are the most vulnerable among us. They will reduce needed services and make it harder to grow our economy which is already facing massive demographic and economic challenges.

Representatives from BEDC were present to testify about the broad range of services they provide. Two of our elected representatives have said that when they first took office they had wanted to eliminate support for the BEDC. But, they had seen the economic benefits provided and had since changed their minds. Despite this, the convention chopped away. The convention didn't even give the other agencies a chance to present evidence of the work they do before slashing their support.

The process went something like this: Representative Vadney suggested they cut 1 percent. Representative Howard raised him to 10 percent. Chairman Tilton asked them to wait and set up a subcommittee before acting. Instead, Rep. Vadney modified his motion to 5 percent and it passed. That's not deliberative government. That's mindless cutting just for the sake of cutting. It's disgraceful.

Dave Pollak


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CDC reports 96 deaths from MMR vaccinations since 2004

To The Daily Sun,

Dr. Julie Gerberding headed the Centers for Disease Control in 2008 when the Poling case came to court. Hannah Poling was one of thousands of cases filed in the National Vaccine Injury Program. Hannah developed autism after multiple vaccinations. The landmark case amounted to $1.5 million for the first year and $500,000 each year after. Following the court case, Gerberding left the CDC and went to work for Merck as vice president of vaccines. Then was promoted to vice president of global public policy and public health at Merck.

Eileen O'Connor, a CNN and ABC reporter who downplayed the Poling settlement became a PR official for one of the pharmaceuticals. She's now at the Obama State Department.

"There is a great deal of evidence to prove the immunization of children does more harm than good." - Dr. J. Anthony Morris (former Chief Vaccine Control Officer at U.S. Federal Drug Administration).

"Measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis B and a whole panoply of childhood diseases are a far less serious threat than having a large fraction of a generation afflicted with learning disability ... because of of an impassioned crusade for universal vaccination." - Association of American Physicians & Surgeons.

Dr. Buchwald worked at the oldest lung illness center in Germany. The epidemic of smallpox hit Germany in 1947. He looked at the files and verified that all those who had fallen ill had been vaccinated.

"There is just overwhelming data that there's an association between the pertussis vaccine and seizures. I know it has influenced many pediatric neurologists not to have their own children immunized with pertussis." - Dr. Jerome Murphy, former head of Pediatric Neurology at Milwaukee Children's Hospital.

"Whooping cough infections are common in an immunized population." - Journal of the American Medical Association, 1998. An outbreak in Vermont showed most had received whooping cough vaccinations.

"The vaccination lobby shamelessness takes all the children of this world as hostages to instill their greed for money and power. They relentlessly abuse our compassion for the weaker and our concern about health to promote the giga-business. No matter how many more vaccine victims will suffer death or side effects. No matter how many financial resources this strategy devours at the expenses of essential social investments like housing and employment. No matter what. Shocking! There is no excuse for this crime. Just as shocking is the observation that health policy is no longer under local, democratic control. Everything is set up and organized with scrutiny at the highest, international level by those who profit from it: the pharmaceutical industry, the financial world, the politicians." - Dr. Kris Gaublomme, M.D. Vaccine Injury Compensation, hearing before the subcommittee on Health and the Environment, 99th Congress, 2nd session, (July 25, 1986) page 214.

"It is impossible to identify all rare adverse events or to identify the safest vaccine combination prior to licensure." - Robert Chen, chief of Vaccine Safety and Development activity at USA National Immunization Program of Center for Disease Control.

"In the United States during the period 1980-85, 55 cases of paralytic polio were reported. Of these cases, 51 were caused by the oral vaccine and four occurred in people returning from developing countries." - United States Center for Disease Control.

"A vast number of children who were injected with a killed measles vaccine between 1963 and 68 in the United States are now subject, as young adults to what is called "atypical measles," a very severe form of the disease in which it appears that because of the vaccination, there is an increased susceptibility to measles viruses, resulting from a damaged immune system." - Journal of American Medical Association, volume 1244 No. 8.

"Measles vaccination produces immune suppression which contributes to an increased susceptibility to other diseases." - Clinical Immunopathology May 1996.

"... the apparent paradox is that as measles immunization rates rise to high levels in a population, measles become a disease of immunized persons." - Dept. of Internal medicine, Mayo Clinic. Mayo Vaccine Research Group. August 1994.

CDC reports 96 deaths from MMR vaccinations since 2004. How many might have died and not attributed to the vaccine is not known. If someone is killed or injured by a vaccine, they would have to sue the U.S. Government in a special "vaccine court."

Dr. Suzanne Humphries, a nephrologist (kidney physician) says the vaccine industry isn't giving the people both sides of the story, and parents need to get informed before subjecting their children to vaccines that can potentially cause serious harm or death. "Most doctors were never taught in school how to take care of the immune system."

Information and disinformation can move at the speed of light. Often research and scientific findings that disprove common orthodoxy are suppressed in order that the masses are kept in the dark and manipulated by fear. The truth is out there, it is waiting to be rescued from obscurity.

I trusted a school nurse who informed me some years ago that a hepatitis B shot was mandatory. Afterwards, it put the family through a serious ordeal. Incidentally, the school nurse misinformed me, either intentionally or mistakenly.

Gene F. Danforth


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