To The Daily Sun,
Local control. How can that not be the best answer for a community? It is true for ANY community, but I'm particularly thinking about OUR beautiful, educated, informed, small, involved community. What can possibly make a reasonable person believe that a centralized forum would reach a "better" answer than we could locally? They wouldn't. Children are best served with parents who care about them and take responsibility to raise them. Schools are best served when the local residents are involved in guidelines for schools and set parameters for education. Local towns are best served when the local organizations are vibrant, have input from citizens, and work together with local townspeople to deliver the best government for their residents.
Planning boards are key to the development of a town. The local planning boards are in tune with the local population and can best provide a positive direction for the evolution of a town.
Why would we think that a centralized process would be better? It certainly won't be cheaper, and it's not likely to be more aligned with our town values. What's the incentive? The incentive is to control and to take our resources. "Centralized Planning". Planning is difficult enough. The only reason someone outside wants to plan "for" is to control us.
Watch out for the rhetoric around centralized processes. Jane Cormier (R, State Representative) is articulating the details around the regional planning boards and their drive to usurp our local control. Take a look at what she is doing and think about it. She has my support!
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 11:02
To The Daily Sun,
Why the Gilmanton Year-Round Library matters:
Did you know that studies show categorically that children who enter kindergarten without a book-rich experience enter far behind those who have been exposed to books? The Gilmanton Year-Round Library provides programs, collections and support for parents to all of Gilmanton's children. There are two story times weekly during the school year, Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. Miss Tasha begins Wednesday sessions with a rousing sing along including both classic children's songs and new favorites. Both sessions feature interactive flannel board stories and a themed craft. Children of all ages are welcome to attend.
The Gilmanton Year-Round Library offers monthly programs for children as well. On the first Thursday of each month we host a "crafternoon" which allows children to explore different art mediums. No need to be super crafty, just have a willingness to try something new . . . and maybe get a little messy! An Afternoon at the Movies films, shown on Gilmanton School early release dates, are enjoyed by as many as 30 or more children every month. The wildly popular Lego Club provides an opportunity for friends to meet up and create 3D imaginings which are then put on display in the Children's Room. A full listing of children's programming can be found on the Library's website – www.gyrla.org.
There is something for everyone in the Gilmanton Year-Round Library's Children's Room, but and the staff is always open to suggestions for new programs.
Besides providing children with rich experiences, the programs afford parents, grandparents and caregivers the opportunity to reconnect, socialize and network in a relaxed setting.
The collection of children's books, books on cd, music cds and dvds continues to grow. If you don't find what you are looking for, don't forget that the Library participates in the New Hampshire State Interlibrary Loan program and can request titles from other libraries at no cost to you.
Stop in soon and "check us out!"
Gilmanton Year-Round Library Association
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:59
To The Daily Sun,
I was sitting here thinking about the past holiday seasons and I realized that over the years the majority of charity services occur two weeks out of the year and that these same people we help at this time no longer get help even though their circumstances haven't changed. In fact these people just had their food stamps cut giving them even less to eat on. Now don't get me wrong. I think the majority of people in the Laconia area are very generous, especially during the Thanksgiving week and Christmas week. However, hunger and homelessness aren't just a two week problem in Laconia. They are problems 52 weeks every year. They are problems most of us would just as soon as ignore and most time we walk a way.
The reality is that helping those less fortunate makes a person feel good. When I was a child we always helped our neighbors in bad times.
One thing I've noticed is how many people walk by the bin at Shaw' for the St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. When I go shopping with my sister, whether it is Shaw's, Vista, Hannaford, etc., I always buy at least one item and put it in the bin on my way out. I got to thinking how fast these bins would fill up if everyone did that. See it wouldn't cost a person a lot. You can get a box of macaroni and cheese for less then 50 cents. You can get peanut butter for $1.50. A box of cereal for $2.00. And there are specials in all these stores every week.
My New Year's Resolution is to continue to buy at least one item and do my best to increase that to two or three. Helping others makes me feel good.
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:56
To The Daily Sun,
I read with interest Mr. Kimon Koulet's recent column about the Lakes Regional Planning Commission. It seems to me the writing was a propaganda campaign to keep the public in the dark about the truth behind NHRPC's.
"Independent communities also understand the importance of shared responsibility and interdependency." Could it be that he is talking about "regionalization".
Regionalization means another layer of government that is unelected, and unaccountable to We the People. It is a conglomeration of municipalities who are making new laws, then they go back to the local community and say that they are required to bring local laws into line! This is a manipulation. This idea is designed to remove sovereignty from local governments, who have been taking federal grants instead of noticing, they are walking off a "Cliff ". RPC's are working with the federal government and non-profits to entrap the locals, with little input from the citizens!
The whole article is a conscious deception! The use of such words as "attractive", "vibrant", "live, work and play neighborhoods" is found at www.granite state futures.org. This site is the slogan of the NHRPC's. a destructive program to remove individual property rights from the people.
Another quote: "We the people, receive the government and the rules from those we elect and appoint". What is that statement all about? In my heart the government works for We the People. Our elected officials work for We the People. Unelected, appointed people do not make rules and statutes, our elected representatives in the House and Senate are responsible for new laws. NHRPS's are unelected! http://des.nh.gov/organizations/division/water/wmb/repp/documents/ileupt-complete-handbook.pdf
How many people are attending their local planning, selectboard and commissioners meetings? Are you ready to give up everything you've worked for all your life? If you want to retain your GOD-given liberties, you better get down to these meetings, and find out what's going on in your community. This is where it all happens!
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 January 2014 10:50
To The Daily Sun,
Proof: the act of testing for truth, efficacy, or believability. Over the years I've been confronting Mr. Earle on the fabricated stories he has submitted to this forum. Recently, when he asked me to point out his lies, I provided evidence of his most recent three and asked for evidence to refute my allegations. His response was, "No L. J. I don't have to prove a thing." Based on this response, we must assume that the information provided by Earle is not true.
I'd like to see Earle grow through learned conversation, but he would rather let his emotions get the better of him than seek the next logical progression in an argument. He simply speaks to hear his own voice, willfully ignorant that no matter anyone's points of proof, he refuses to see he is wrong. His willful ignorance is futile.
I respect Earle's right to hold and express his political views in this forum, but it's one thing to blather on in the absence of facts, but it's quite another to deliberately ignore evidence because it would interfere with whatever agitprop he happens to feel. At some point, you'd think it would become embarrassing.
When Earle withholds and distorts factual information from readers, and then holds himself to a different standard whereby he doesn't "have to prove a thing", he has lost his credibility. And if his audience doesn't find him to be a credible source, then his message will fall on deaf ears. His unsubstantiated ramblings and rants become nothing more than gossip with talking points attributed to his "trusted" e-mail/blogger buddies.
My letters to this forum are not an attempt to "cover up" for the president, as Earle implies, but to "expose" the lies and disinformation he disseminates to the readers. With that having been said, I'm sure Earle will be relating how I have been "promoting racial division" — or does it come under the heading of "I don't have to prove a thing"?
L. J. Siden
Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 December 2013 11:49