To The Daily Sun,
Next month voters of Executive Council District 1 will be asked to vote for a candidate to replace Ray Burton who was respected on both sides of the aisle.
Since they don't make Republicans the way they used to I would suggest voters mark their ballot for the Democratic candidate, Michael Cryans, if for no other reason than to show respect for the prior holder of this office and to the office itself.
It's the difference of sending flowers that will wilt after a day or two or making a contribution to the deceased's favorite preoccupation, which was indeed New Hampshire's North Country.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:58
To The Daily Sun,
Removing most or all of the copies of The Laconia Daily Sun from the box located at the Briarcrest Estates Community Center both last Friday and Saturday was very childish. Did you think that we wouldn't go out and get some more?
Did someone pull this prank because there was a letter to the editor both days in favor of the Lakemont Co-op buying Briarcrest Estates from people previously opposed to the transaction? Did you think that would stop the co-op from going on with their meeting on Saturday at the Community Center? Did you know we can read the entire newspaper online? Did you know that we can e-mail copies of those letters to others and also print them out to pass around? Did you know there are security cameras outside the Community Center? Did you know that we checked with The Laconia Daily Sun to see if they delivered their papers both Friday and Saturday, and in what quantity?
My guess is that you didn't think about how your prank would play out. You lost a lot of credibility by doing what you did. Please act your age and come meet with us to work on the problems you have about the Co-op buying Briarcrest. See you Saturday.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:56
To The Daily Sun,
The move by some in Alton to remove the current assessor, Tom Sargent, and replace him with a contract assessor appears to make no sense. A review of Mr. Sargent's compensation and monies being paid to contract assessors in the region makes clear that the Town of Alton is getting a bargain.
Not only is Mr. Sargent being paid less than most assessors in the area, he costs the town less than what most other communities are paying for contracted services. More importantly, the town would be losing the services of one of the area's most respected assessors, one known for is professionalism and competence.
In my work as an independent fee appraiser, I have had the opportunity to know first-hand the level of assessing services throughout our region and across the state. None top that provided by Mr. Sargent. I've had the opportunity both to challenge assessments in Alton as well as to work with the town when challenges have been raised by others. In both cases, I've seen Mr. Sargent work hard to resolve disputes with the single goal of having accurate, well supported assessments.
I trust that the citizens of Alton will see that giving up that level of service in return for what amounts to part time assessing services simply makes no sense.
William J. McLean III
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:49
To The Daily Sun,
My name is Ben LaRoche, and I am a candidate for Bristol's School Board seat. I wanted to take a moment and introduce myself to your Newfound area readers.
Professionally, I am a captain and a paramedic at the Bristol Fire Department. Since I was hired there 10 years ago, I have made Bristol my home. I married a local girl, and we have two young boys that we are happy to be raising in this area. As we prepare to put our children into the Newfound Area School District, I want to ensure that they receive an education that will prepare them to compete in their adult life.
To do this we must have community representatives on our School Board that understand the effects of their actions. The School Board must be able to guide District administration in the education of our children, while not ignoring the financial implications of policies and programs. Unfortunately these financial burdens have a way of degrading the home dynamic, which is the single most important component of your child's development. The School Board is charged with education of your child, but for its membership to not weigh the financial burdens is counter-productive.
As a fire and EMS instructor I know that the role of curriculum development and deployment is a daunting task, but it is the foundation of education. As the District looks to add a curriculum coordinator to its administration, the development of curriculum and lesson plans must include representation from administrators and teachers alike to ensure that the individual needs of the student are being met.
Through the continuation of my own education, I know that a school system that is behind with their STEM education and is not providing adequate use of technology in the classroom is not preparing students for post-secondary success. I am optimistic that the District administration is prepared to lead our children through this phase in their lives, and I am hopeful that you will allow me to sit on the School Board to help guide them.
I look forward to speaking with more of the voters in the weeks ahead, and I would appreciated your vote on March 11.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:46
To The Daily Sun,
No one should ever get into a war of words with someone much smarter than they are, but E. Scott Cracraft's Feb. 13 letter to The Sun continues to puzzle the heck out of me. Why would a man with such a gifted mind be so troubled by those who challenge an existing court ruling?
I'd like to return to 1857 when the Supreme Court ruled in the Dred Scott lawsuit. Scott was a slave whose owner Dr. John Emerson brought him to a "free state." Upon Dr. Emerson's untimely death, Scott sued for his family's (wife and two daughters) freedom. Scott lost his case. Our Supreme Court ruled that by being a slave Scott could not legally sue the government since he was not truly a person but a property. So the question is: Whose vision was blurred in 1857? Was it the Supreme Court that stood steadfast to protect the law or were the folks the miscreants for raising their voices and clamoring for change?
No law should be etched in stone merely because another group of people thought of it. Nor should people be disparaged for pursuing principles and beliefs they espouse. It is vital that American people keep thinking independently.
In the 19th century the Dred Scott ruling caused people to raise their voices loud enough to change America's Black Race from property to citizenship.
In the 20th century Susan Anthony rallied women and men alike to alter a long standing Unites States Federal law not allowing women to vote.
In the 21st century a concern exist on the practice of abortion within Planned Parenthood. It's a dubious practice, in this "land of the free," with some folks seeing images of infancy carnage that won't let them rest. These same folks are also asking what kind of freedom is this and wondering too what kind of country America has become?
Abortion in American politics wouldn't be able to fly under its own banner. Thus it comes to us in subtle guise under the clever name of Planned Parenthood.
Not long ago, while sitting through an orientation for jury duty, I recall the judge explicitly stating: "Should there be an inkling of doubt you cannot rule the defendant guilty." The judge's emphasis on the word doubt lingered with me all the way home. I then began to think at what point, in a nine-month pregnancy, is the fetus considered an infant child? Of course there's no clear answer because medical science has been unable to address this question. It's this unknown that stirs the voices in the fetus vs infancy debate. Voices which are now asking another question: "Shouldn't the court be protecting the fetus in the same way it protects alleged criminals?"
It's surprising that a man of Cracraft's high intellect is so defensive over someone else's rational concerning the Roe v. Wade law. A man of such academic stature should be sharing his own thoughts on why the law should remain as it is rather than discourage a different viewpoint.
Cracraft writes often and well in The Laconia's Daily Sun and oftentimes comes across with ideas well worth contemplating. But why his pen becomes so negative when other people also seek to have their voice heard is something only he can answer.
Finally, I don't fault any women who might have consented to an abortion. The law allows it and surely that decision was made with the best of intentions. What I hope for, however, is a future re-consideration of this law with modest amendments attached.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 10:36