To The Daily Sun,
Thank you for the opportunity to voice opinions. It is by being open minded and listening to each other outcomes of peaceful compromises benefiting all can happen.
After reading Mr. Corliss's, letter directed to Mr. Young, I felt the need to use my voice. I was widowed after my late husband, Pete Morrison, passed away in 1988. Being left with five children, the youngest being seven and 10-years-old, Social Security benefits helped stabilize me financially to support my family. Projecting into the future and wanting to be independent financially, I entered college earning a Bachelor's degree and Master's while working full time. Financial assistance in the form of Pell Grants assisted me with student loans. When my two youngest were no longer eligible for government assistance, I had transferred into a full time job teaching, no longer dependent on a system for stability.
I was caught, due to unforeseen circumstances, relying on a system for survival as many others are also.
This story is a testament to hard working people who contribute to the economy and do not want to rely on a "system". Mr. Corliss is an example of this also. As we know, there is no perfect system. Healthy systems need open-minded people who are active listeners receiving, processing, discussing, and then acting on information with a plan that will benefit all. All systems and programs need constant revisions and upgrades with the progression of our economy. It seems unfair to judge the viability of a program such as welfare or Social Security based on some of the population whose value systems erode the program intentions. Hopefully my story will present the side of good intentions and my gratefulness for assistance from the government at a most difficult time in my life.
In appreciation of our military system, including Mr. Young's father, I have an art exhibit at the National Guard Headquarters in Concord. There are 15 pieces of original art honoring all veterans.
Again a thank you to The Daily Sun for allowing me to have my voice heard.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 May 2014 06:15
To The Daily Sun,
Unfortunately, responsible dog owners like my family and others, have lost the privilege to meet, socialize and exercise our dogs at the fenced-in ball field at Woodland Heights Elementary School. This has been an activity that we have enjoyed for many years. Recently, a call was made to the school requesting the overflowing maggot-ridden garbage receptacles outside the field be emptied, out of health concerns for all the adults and children who use the ball field (a request made many times through the years and only done after repeated calls). To our surprise, the day after the phone call, we visited the previously enclosed ball field and found that every single door to the ball field, including the doors facing the woods and the drainage field, had been removed, thus rendering the field inviting to deer, raccoons, bears, foxes, skunks, etc., and more particularly not enclosed for the safety of our dogs and children.
We have been told, through a spokesperson from the city, that "the field is intended for use by the school as an activity area for the students, is used for various youth sports and is available to the public for general use at other times." We have always respected this intention.
Our use of the field has been a blessing. Doggy refuse bags were placed at the entrance, indicating that dog owners were obliged to pick up after their dogs, which we and our friends have consistently done. Many people have picked up refuse of other dogs, dogs whose irresponsible owners did not respect this privilege.
To have been able to gather at the ball field when it is not in use for other activities will be greatly missed by many and we count this as a sad day for responsible pet owners and, most importantly, an end of an era for us, our friends, and our beloved pets.
Last Updated on Friday, 16 May 2014 06:09
To The Daily Sun,
I just completed the winter semester for welding at Laconia Adult Education. What a great program! This is my second year in a row. It is a 10 week course. The teacher and his assistant are more than qualified, they know all aspects of this trade, and have all the state of the art equipment. They supply all the gases and welding supplies, and safety is always emphasized.
If you are a beginner there is hands on training, or if you have projects to do, like I do, just bring in your own material and free lance. They even have beginner work with you and help so they can learn. If you have never cut steel with a plasma cutter, all I can say is WOW.
There are new people of all walks of life to meet and swap ideas and give advice to. You get to park your troubles at the door, because only metal is spoken in there.
It starts in February, a good warm place to pass the winter doldrums. These classes have no problem filling, I hope to be back next year, where the motto is always, "Go burn em up."
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:21
To The Daily Sun,
While I do not know William Baer, the parent who led the opposition to one page in a book, I do wonder about the word "hero" be applied. Might it be we tend to overuse such a term to laud one who agrees with us? And I strongly suspect those students who were all right with the reading material did not support that book out of fear, as indicated in a recent editorial letter, because their grade "depended on it". I merely suggest one speak with those high school students who read this book and then make judgement.
It is my understanding that the prior and proven practice in Gilford regarding this book has historically required parental permission. Also, from what I have read, this situation was an admitted oversight. This occurrence has been the topic of newspapers, radio programming as well as television. Parents who want nothing to do with the public school system (not in reference to Carol Anderson) came forth to throw stones. All this regarding an admitted oversight?
When I taught in Gilford, the parents of students in the school were incredibly invested and supportive. In my career there, I am certain there were oversights on my part at any given time as I am not prone to perfection. Had the stones been thrown each time I made a mistake, I would be long gone.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:18
To The Daily Sun,
When driving in the region and I hear the horn blast of a fire engine or the warbling of a police cruiser, their emergency lights flashing, my fellow motorist and I pull over, allowing the vehicles to hasten their arrival to some emergency venue.
The sentimentalist in me garners a sense of pride knowing full well the trained, dedicated emergency personnel will soon be helping those in need. Should you be reading this letter — stop — ask yourself how your would feel, and what you would do, if your family member or best friend suddenly collapses, turns blue, hardly breathing and not responding to voice or touch?
Friday afternoon, April 25, 2014, around dinnertime I developed an unknown allergy and coupled with my COPD went out to the back porch for some fresh air, where I collapsed, with hands and face turning blue.
Thank God our young neighbors Cassie, Danny, Jeremy and Shawn reacted by dialing 911, and, having another neighbor, a nurse Kendra join them as she tried resuscitation techniques. Fortunately another neighbor neighbor, Ann, joined the group and assisted my wife, calling our daughters Susan and Lauren (who left a Monarchs game and met the ambulance at the Concord Hospital).
My sincere and heartfelt thanks to those above, including the Northfield Police Department — Sargent Hutchinson and Patrolman Selegman, The Fire Department of the City of Franklin, paramedic Mike Foss (who was off-duty at the time) and fire fighter Justin Hinds who in combination with the Tilton-Northfield Fire and EMS Captain David Hall, Firefighters /EMS John Powell, Derik Ogg, Traves Gosive and Dr. Beth Taylor of Franklin Regional Hospital, whose collective efforts contributed to saving my life.
My daughters, Sue and Lauren, and respective husbands, Jon and Harry, stayed with my wife Dee, in the hospital until 1 a.m. the following morning.
Should this letter appear lengthy, it is not every day that one has the opportunity to thank the professional firefighters, and EMS whose dedicated efforts often go unappreciated.
Thanks also to Tom Beaulieu, another T.N. EMS -Fire Fighter-EMT for assisting with all the data.
Listen up everyone. I hope this is a "Wake up Call".
Joe De Mello
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:10