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A bill as poorly written as HB-194 does not merit consideration

To The Daily Sun,

House Bill 194, which is currently under consideration in the New Hampshire House, provides that life begins at conception. The bill would give full protection of the law to all fertilized eggs. It would ban all abortions, with no exceptions, as well as indirectly impacting thousands of wide-ranging laws, from the provision of Social Security benefits and how wills are administered, to infertility treatment and contraceptive options, to name just a few. The bill states that it should "not be construed to authorize the prosecution of any woman for the death of her unborn child," although lead sponsor of the bill, Representative J.R. Hoell (Merrimack, District 23) stated during the hearing of the bill on Jan. 23 that he would be pleased should this bill lead to criminalization of abortion in the future.

During the break I asked Rep. Hoell why he would sponsor a bill that would, for example, prevent women with ectopic pregnancy from receiving potentially life-saving care. His first response was that such cases would be exempted in this bill. I pointed out that this was not the case, to which he replied that he would support such an exemption in follow-on legislation.

I am not a lawyer. I am a recently retired reproductive health epidemiologist, but even I know that our country is founded on the principle of rule of law and that how a law is written matters. Commas matter. A bill as poorly written as HB-194 is so inadequate that it does not merit the time that the committee and representatives of concerned organizations have spent in deliberation. For this reason, in addition to my personal opposition to legislation that would limit a woman's decision-making power regarding her own health.

I strongly urge citizens to contact their own representatives and members of the House Judiciary Committee to oppose forwarding this bill to the state House floor.

Cynthia Stanton


Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:13

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Name Year-Round Library is finger in eye to town's other libraries

To The Daily Sun,

After being open for more than five years, the Gilmanton Year-Round Library is mired in, from my perspective, a scratch-your-head financial malaise. Some of the most avid library users still advocate for no public funding. The selectmen still take no pride in a building and its services that greatly enhance the quality of life in Gilmanton.

When I was hired as the first librarian at the GYRL, the trustees and I agreed on several goals. Just about all were accomplished. We wanted to provide full library services for at least five days per week. We wanted to provide these services in a relaxed atmosphere outside of the politics and personalities of the town. We wanted the library to be a community living room and community meeting space welcoming to all. And we wanted significant collections in all media, including state-of-the-art technology and participation in the N.H. State Library Inter-library Loan Network. All services had to equal the building's potential. These goals were met and in the last four years enhanced.

We were optimistic that residents of Gilmanton would say, "I might not use this library, but many of my neighbors and their children will and it is a service that should be offered to the community."

Public libraries, by their very nature, are the center — not of any class or section — but of the entire community. The poorest family and the richest family have equal privileges. Children and young people and middle-aged people and old people have equal interest in a local library and its content. A library serves the whole community as no other institution in its midst does.

Now I know that most Gilmanton residents are both kind and open-minded. It was no secret that, as the GYRL's first librarian, I was born and raised in the Bronx and am an avid Yankee fan. But still, I was almost universally treated cordially and with respect by library visitors, school administration and staff, and town officials.

It is my hope that the Gilmanton Selectmen, Budget Committee and voters support GRYL funding. Given my experience at the GYRL, I do have several items for thought.

Item 1: Gilmanton Year-Round Library Trustees please change the name. It has been and still is a finger in the eye to the other two libraries in town. I like the name Gilmanton Central Library, halfway between the Corners and the Iron Works. But I am sure other polite names will come to mind.

Item 2: Create one online catalog for all three libraries so borrowers can find the closest library that has the wanted item. Also, coordinate hours open as to maximize the number of hours at least one library will be open. Coordinate book and other media purchases to get the broadest collection possible. This might mean a coordination of funding requests from the town and appeals for private funding.

Item 3: Remember libraries are cooperative, not competitive, organizations.

Gary Mason

First GYRL Librarian


Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 January 2015 10:09

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I believe answer to deflated football riddle is simple physics

To The Daily Sun,

Having listened to the media crucify the Patriots, I believe it is time to put in my two cents worth. I find it laughable that listening to media reports, some people immediately jumped to the conclusion that the Patriot management had somehow cheated the Colts by using some nefarious scheme to under-inflate the recent playoff game footballs to give some sort of advantage to their team.

First, let me say that while I am a life-long fan of New England teams, I am not an expert in all the rules governing play in these various sports. I, however, enjoy watching games on television. If I recall correctly, the game officials seem to be throwing out a lot footballs. But I also recall that day that the skies opened and it "poured cats and dogs." I don't suppose that those officials were trying to dry each ball? Instead, as one TV report had it, they were purposely throwing out under-inflated footballs. It was also reported by the media that the game officials during halftime checked all the footballs and inflated those that didn't meet league rules. Also, didn't both teams use the same under-inflated balls? It beats me how one team can use a football to great advantage while the other team using the same football can't do anything with it. I also seem to recall that during the second half that the Patriots were now playing with correctly inflated footballs, they scored more points then than in the first half when they played with under-inflated ones.

I believe the answer to this riddle is simple physics. I remember way back when in high school Physics 1 we learned that a given amount of air, say that in a football inflated in a warm 70s degrees room, would reduce in size when cooled, say on a 15 or so degree cold playing field. But this simple answer will still not please the critics. I wonder if when the Patriots are proven innocent in this matter (as I am sure they will be), all those accusers, including the media, who helped to destroy the reputation of a fine organization will come forward and make a public apology.

Ha! That'll be the day!

Elliot Finn


Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 09:47

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Local Tea Party focusing on Convention of States possibility

To The Daily Sun,

The Lakes Region Tea Party had a wonderful meeting Wednesday night, despite The Daily Sun not putting us into their calendar. Of the three topics on the agenda, the most discussed was the Convention of States, or the Constitutional Convention. The participants in the group with knowledge of the subject were definitely divided, being either pro or con. Therefore, at our next meeting, Feb. 18, there will be a debate on both sides.

It's obviously not a partisan issue, and all members of the public are invited to attend this very important discussion, as only one state remains to call the convention, according to Article V of the Constitution. Do we want it or not? How will it affect you? What do our representatives know about it?

Peggy Graham


Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 09:41

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How are we to feel safe using the downtown parking garage?

To The Daily Sun,

I am a student at Empire Beauty School in downtown Laconia and I am required to park in the free parking garage during the day.

Since I've been here, my car has been broken into and has had money and other personal items stolen twice. Along with my vehicle, countless other vehicles are being broken into by busting windows and "slim-jimming" the door locks. In one case, a girl I am in school with had a Bowie knife taken out of her car.

How are we to feel safe if some burglar is running around, armed and dangerous? Time after time we file reports and are reassured that police will make their rounds during the day, but clearly it's not at the right time. The "SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS IN OPERATION" signs posted throughout the garage may be misleading as we have been brushed off when requesting the footage of each incident.

This is an important issue that seriously needs to be taken care of. Please help our community become a safer place.

Victoria Norton


Last Updated on Monday, 26 January 2015 09:29

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