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Errors were made but there's no need to demonize our selectmen

To The Daily Sun,

During the last few months, in this forum, it has become quite apparent that there is an element in Gilmanton bent on demeaning, belittling and undermining the credibility of the Board of Selectmen. Recent elections didn't play out as they had hoped, so an agenda has developed to be as obstructive to the current selectmen and town administrator as possible. It's unfortunate that this is the tact they choose, to address grievances they may have.
Errors by the selectmen may have been made and exacerbated in their attempts to correct them, but there is no need to demonize, question motives and qualifications of those willing to serve the community. These types of attacks usually have more to do with ego than anything else.

After witnessing and reading of this heated debate, I've come to realize that with age comes a kind of temperance, both in how we express ourselves and how we listen to opposing viewpoints. And I've learned we can get along with people we disagree with. Despite the high-decibel exchanges we witness in this forum and at selectmen meetings, yelling and name-calling gets us nowhere. Loud doesn't mean right.

Humans are defensive creatures, but if we can keep the flame on simmer, we can keep the conversation from dangerously boiling over. Hard as it is for most of us to believe, we're not the only ones who feel passionately about an issue. None of us is perfect, and none of us is always right (despite what we may think).

Jack Schaffnit

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The volume of fire was tremendous & no one came away unscathed

To The Daily Sun,

One of the most charming and heart warming end of school events took place Tuesday at the Gilmanton School. For those of you who are familiar with this event, you are smiling already, but for those of you who are not let me set the stage for you.

The parking lot at the school is separated from Route 140 by an entrance lane and a separate exit lane which is about three school bus lengths. Along the exit lane, the teachers and staff, some 50-plus on Tuesday, line both sides of the lane. As the buses pull out of parking lot they commence to have a water fight.

Now this is no spur-of-the-moment, extemporaneous water fight. No, this is a serious matter requiring careful planning and preparation. I know this because I drive one of the buses, Bus 1 to be exact. The implements of battle are no simple water pistols. No these are state of the art, high volume, serious devices. The implement of choice seems to be an ordinary bottle of water with a hold punched in the top. They are designed to produce a serious volume of water in a short period of time.

On of my fourth graders told me as she was getting on the bus that day that she had come prepared for the battle (she brought three bottles of water). When the students had all gotten off the bus, I mentioned this to one of the teachers who replied, "that's okay, I have a 5 gallon bucket of water and a super soaker." So the battle lines were drawn.

At the end of the day, there were a few skirmishes as the kids were boarding the buses. I noticed the D.A.R.E. officer, as well as a few teachers taking and returning fire as the kids made their way to the buses. Once they boarded the bus, all the windows were opened and manned, weapons at the ready, and as the buses slowly made their way out the battle commenced.

The volume of fire was tremendous and no one came away unscathed. A good time was had by one and all and was immediately evident by the huge smiles. The faculty and staff were all grinning as the buses made their way down Route 140. The kids, well, they hooted and hollered all the way home.

Another memorable battle goes down in the annals of the Gilmanton School.

Martin Kearney


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