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Can't think of better way to give back to town that has given so much to me

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing this letter to officially announce my run for one of the three-year Budget Committee seats. Having lived in Gilmanton for the majority of my life I believe it is an important position and one that I would take great pride in and work diligently to deserve.

Gilmanton is where I have done the majority of my growing up. I grew up on a small farm on a dirt road in Lower Gilmanton and attended Gilmanton School. That was where I learned most of my lessons in leadership and standing up for not only one's own beliefs, but the beliefs and rights of others. I later moved on to Gilford High School where I carried on those values of leadership and giving voice to those who were not able to speak for themselves. After graduating Gilford High School I attended Simmons College in Boston where I worked with the English Department Liaison Committee as well as became the youngest editor in chief of the literary magazine. When I graduated Simmons, a full year early, with a major in English writing and literature and a minor in studio art, I returned home to Gilmanton and helped with the farm, the house, and worked two jobs. At the time I was not sure Gilmanton would be my home. I decided to move to Denver in the winter of 2012. I spent almost four years in Denver working for various cannabis legalization groups and campaigns as well as being the licensing and compliance director for what is now one of the largest medical and recreational cannabis centers in Colorado.

I learned so much from working in an ever-growing and changing multimillion-dollar industry that it would be hard to write it all down. The main thing would be that I became involved with city and state leaders and began to take a vested interest in what was happening closer to home in the communities that I lived and worked in.

How did I end up back in Gilmanton? This is a question I get all the time and almost every day. To me the answer is cut and dry. It's the easiest answer I can give: Gilmanton is my home. Gilmanton is my family. This town has done more for me than any other city or state could ever do. I want so much to help make this town a place where we can all thrive. As a member of the Budget Committee I would work hard to hear all sides of any decision that would affect taxpayers and even future taxpayers. Long term or short term, we need to work together to find the best solution for those who are here now and those who will be here in the future.

I hope that I can count on your vote in the election on March 14 because I can think of no better way to give back to a town that has given me so much than to give my experience, my time, and my knowledge to that town.

Grace L. Sisti
Gilmanton Iron Works

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Rational professionals know sex 'change' is not biologically possible

To The Daily Sun,

This is in response to the front page article in last Tuesday's Laconia Daily Sun, "Bigotry or Biology." I sympathize with the pain of that Gilford parent who is "terrified" about his daughter's well-being, as a result of a change in school policy without notice to parents, that would require her having to share school rest room facilities with boys.

But, really, what did he expect from public school officials who also required young Gilford teens to be assigned compulsory "pornographic" reading material without proper notification to parents, as happened to another Gilford family a couple of years ago.

Please allow me to address a couple of points: 1. local school officials must be reminded of the fact that they work for us. They are not the first-line authority over the moral education of our children, we parents are. Un-elected public school teachers and principals must be disciplined when they irresponsibly overstep the supreme authority that lies with us, the parents of our children, especially when it involves matters of morality. Sadly, many public officials consider themselves superior in intellect, and therefore better able to make the "right choices" for members of the less-educated general public, just because they might have advanced educational degrees. We, as their employers, who pay their salaries, need to let them know that! Can you say, "school choice!"

The second point: 2. Almost every child, at some stage in their development, experiences what is known in psychiatric circles as "gender confusion," where boys might temporarily prefer to play with dolls, or girls might choose to play with trucks. However, common sense tells us that a child who imagines he/she is the opposite sex will almost always grow out of it. And if he doesn't, he needs to get treatment from a competent therapist to overcome such delusions, not encourage them as seems to be the case in a growing number of instances.

Parents, who succumb to massive pressure from a small group of frenzied, militant hard-left, loud-mouthed homosexual activists and sympathizers, who are part of a larger, tyrannical homosexual movement that ultimately seeks to outlaw Christianity, are committing aggravated child abuse. Rational medical and psychological professionals know that "sex change" is biologically impossible.

People who undergo "sex-reassignment" surgery do not change from men to women or vice versa. They simply become feminized men or masculinized women. Most do not grow into mature well-adjusted adults. Prestigious studies from respected organizations show that those children who have this horrible and torturous surgery perpetrated on them are 20 times more likely to commit suicide at some time during their later life. Those same studies reveal that persistent "gender confusion" in children is a treatable mental disorder, and that 70 percent to 80 percent of those children soon will spontaneously lose those "gender confused" feelings.

The godless minority which is a part of this evil movement's immoral agenda, when debating their position, if they run out of legitimate arguments, will eventually begin to use name calling and "non-discrimination" laws in an attempt to intimidate and silence us.

Don't let them. The happiness of our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, as well as the health of our culture, is at stake.

Jim McCoole


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