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It turns out, Gilford school negotiator is mother of a teacher

To The Daily Sun:

An interesting "tidbit" that came to light during discussions about the proposed multi-year agreement with the Gilford school teachers: It turns out that the lead negotiator on the School Board representing the taxpayers also happens to be the mother of one of the school teachers.
I try to be honest and impartial in all of my dealings, but I am not sure that I could represent the taxpayers at the expense of my family, and therefore, I trust I would not allow myself to be put in such a position.
That being said, one of the primary issues included in the proposed multi-year agreement, is the following:
1. The first year, the teachers will continue paying 5 percent of their insurance premiums.
2. The second year, they will raise the teachers' portion to 7 percent.
3. The third year, they will be paying 10 percent of their premiums.
It appears that we pay 95 percent of their premiums when they only work 75 percent of the year. How about a 75/25 percent ratio?
Of course, the argument has been that if we consider such a thing, the good teachers will go elsewhere.
Well, I got some interesting information from New Hampshire Department of Education concerning teachers' average salary in public school districts. There are 161 districts. Of them, 38 districts pay a higher average than Gilford district, and 122 pay less. They also list the number of teachers that are in each district, so I wondered how many actual teachers average more than Gilford teachers. There are 110 teachers in Gilford. There are 3,333 teachers that average more than our teachers' salaries and there are 10,686 teachers that average less.
"Their" theory is that teachers will leave us if we don't beef up compensation. If this is true, one could conclude that there would be 10,686 teachers beating our doors down for these 110 positions, and we could take the top 1 percent of educators and fill all the positions that we now have.
The above opinion is based on "salaries" only. The real "money leak" that we have, is in the benefits package.
Based on the above and barring any new information, I will be voting "NO" on Article 3 multi-year agreement.
Harry H. Bean

Gilford Budget Committee member

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Sonny Patten’s skills and leadership style are what Belmont needs

To The Daily Sun,

Thank you, Sonny Patten, for choosing to run for selectman in our town of Belmont.

Sonny has lived in Belmont for almost 40 years and spent an amazing 26 of them helping build and sustain our tax base. Sonny has been a part of almost all of our commercial and industrial zone growth. Everything you see on Route 3, Route 140, Route 106 and in the Route 107 corridors, Sonny's been a positive part of. Not to mention he's also been part of the aquifer protection regulations, Master and Capital Improvement plans.

Sonny's historical town knowledge and professional business experience truly exceeds the three candidates running for selectmen.

Sonny has raised his family, put all his children through our school system, is married to his wonderful wife, Norma, who has been a long-term Budget Committee member, a cemetery trustee, and active member of the ZBA.

Sonny, no different than any of the other three individuals running for selectman, believes in saving the Mill and will work extremely hard to work with other selectmen, boards and community members to find a positive solution for this historical gem.

Sonny's nonconfrontational, methodical style of leadership is what Belmont needs. He has positive business skills, common sense and allot of time and energy to put into the Selectmen's Office. Sonny is retired with no work restrictions other than to serve the people in the growth and development of the town of Belmont. This he has done for the past 26 years.

Please vote with me on March 14 to elect Sonny Patten as our new Belmont selectman. I look forward to seeing everyone at the polls on Tuesday.

Donna Cilley

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