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I will discuss Gilmanton playground plans at meeting on Feb. 4

To The Daily Sun,

On Feb. 4, the town of Gilmanton will convene to view and discuss our budget. As the Parks and Recreation chairman, I would like to address the two warrant articles that will appear on the ballot this year.

As a result of aging equipment, new regulatory demands and a focus on reducing the towns risk regarding safety, our insurance company has forced us to take a closer look at the two playgrounds we are currently responsible for. After receiving their report on the status of our aging playground equipment, it is clear that a multitude of components are no longer up to code and are in need of replacement.

One of the articles addresses the equipment at the Town Hall and a second to address the equipment at Crystal Lake Park. Myself, along with the town administrator, selectmen and Budget Committee have come up with what we feel to be the most cost-effective solution. I invite all Gilmanton residents to attend this meeting so that any and all concerns regarding this choice can be addressed promptly. Thank you for your support and I look forward to seeing you all on the 4th.

Richard Kordas, Chairman

Gilmanton Parks and Recreation

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My attemps at civic engagement fail at every turn; I'm shut down

To The Daily Sun,

It is with the deepest emotion, for which I am unable to find words; I find myself numb, bewildered, disappointed and terrified. We are failing as a race. The level of corruption and malice with which we govern could only be matched by the apathy and ignorance that have fed the beast.
We are diseased, sick, and dying. Our mothers are no longer fertile, and the blessed unborn are cursed from the start. They grow in cancerous tombs and are born into filth. I cry for our children, I cry for our ignorance, I cry for humanity.
It would be impossible to share the journey which led to this awakening as I don't understand it myself. I am compelled by an unfamiliar force to see, to care, to scream, to fight. As I clumsily attempt to find my role, I trip over chaos and destruction with each step.
My attempts at civic engagement fail at every turn. Each instance, where I believe I will be able to make a tiny difference, I am shut down. Truths are untold, denied or destroyed. I selfishly enjoyed a small moment of hope when I picked up the paper last week and read of recent proposed bills meant to add prudence to the protection of our water with a mention of the need to protect the children and other vulnerable populations.
It is not only the head line that lacks transparency, but the bills themselves that are deceptive and misrepresentative of the truth. Greed, fear, self-preservation are forgivable. To use the lives of children to shield your incompetence is unforgivable. Relative to abolishing the fluoride in the water, and tallying dollars associated with this win to add to the Medicaid budget, I see no mention that the fluorides under consideration are the molten salt baths meant to cool the nuclear fusion that we so desperately need. I also noticed that the EPA recently added chromium hexavalent as a naturally occurring element in the state. I believe that means we do not consider it when we report on safe water if I understand your creative zoning legalese. As if the lengthy list of power plants contaminating our environment to send power out of the state were not enough, the natural gas line and fracking is certain to eliminate all hope. The lack of actual cleanup at superfund sites and the deliberate misinformation around soil, water and air contamination is willful deception and malfeasance. We have changed exposure limits, tracked carcinogens for years, minimize risk and cancer clusters and plan secret committees to contemplate contemplating. We have overcharged residents for sewer water, literally, and deferred revenue illegally. We bury funding for rainy days and have endorsed the adoption of double bookkeeping. Even the auditors have adopted a new verbiage and set of opinions based on what has become acceptable rather than offering an independent opinion on generally accepted accounting principles. I will never understand at what cost the destruction of your bloodline, the ecosystem, humanity, is it worth.

"The wheels of government are clogged, and . . . we are descending into the vale of confusion and darkness. No day was ever more clouded than the present . . . We are fast verging to anarchy and confusion . . . How melancholy is the reflection . . . What stronger evidence can be given of the want of energy in our government than these disorders? . . . A liberal and energetic constitution, well guarded and closely watched to prevent encroachments, might restore us."
— George Washington

Tracie Fitzpatrick


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