To The Daily Sun,
This is a response to the insensitive, inhumane, entitled letter of A. Moon, dated Jan. 16:
Driving is a privilege. In the State of N.H., one must be licensed and follow the laws governing the operation of vehicles, as defined by the states driver's manual. There is no mention of skunks, squirrels, cats, possum or bull moose or any other animal in
the state's driver's manual, because they are ... animals.
Part 18 of the State of NH driver's manual, page 92 – 100, addresses the topic of sharing the road with a variety of motorists and pedestrians, the human kind, your friends, family, co- workers, community members. Like it or not, walkers, joggers, bicyclists, motor vehicle operators, we all have the privilege and responsibility to share the road.
The letter makes reference to a tragic accident that took place one morning some years ago when a jogger wearing headphones was killed on North Main St. by a driver on his way to work. It states that the driver suffered from distress for a long time after that but no charges were filed because the jogger had placed himself in harm's way by being in the middle of the road. A. Moon advises that if the reader happens to know one of these "critters" have them take a lesson from their "road kill" cousins.
This reference sounds like a distorted version of what happened to our beloved family member one morning many years ago. Marie had recently retired and moved back to Laconia to live with and care for her elderly mom. She was a 67-year-old woman who regularly walked the city streets before breakfast, never jogged, yet wore a jogging suit, the fashion of the time, listening to her inspirational tapes. In early September, while crossing North Main Strett, almost across, but not quite, she was struck and killed by a man on his way to work.
When found, Marie was not quite within the cross walk. The wrong place, the wrong time, the wrong choice, a tragic accident. Marie was a beloved daughter, sister, mother, mother in law, auntie, grandmom, great grandmom, and friend. She was no one's "road kill cousin". For anyone to callously refer to her as "road kill cousin" should give us all concern. No one deserves to be referred to in this way. Whether A. Moon's letter refers to our loved one, or another community member, we need to take heed of such ignorance.
I myself and a good friend drive part of the same route described in this letter for over 15 years now, between the 6 and 7 a.m. hour. NEVER have either of us witnessed a jogger down the middle of the road. Were we sometimes inconvenienced by having to share the road? Yes. So what. We slow down. We practice patience. We accept life on life's terms. We all learn in the state driver's manual that sharing the road is an important part of the experience.
What A. Moon describes in his letter to the editor is a tragic accident with significantly painful consequences for many people. To trivialize, blame, and then imply threats through ownership of a big truck is most definitively not a reason for us to "sleep in until spring".
Quite the contrary, in Marie's memory I suggest we all increase our practice of loving kindness and the golden rule of treating others the way we want to be treated, immediately. Winter, spring, summer, fall ... especially when it comes to sharing the road!
Henry & Patricia Weatherbee
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 January 2014 09:59
To The Editor,
We the undersigned encourage you to VOTE FOR MIKE CRYANS ON MARCH 11. As former and current Statehouse Representatives, we understand the important role of the Executive Council. Executive Councilors vote to approve or reject all significant state contracts, judicial nominations, and appointments of leaders of all state agencies. Mike Cryans' commitment to constituent services and rejection of partisan politics makes him the right person to work with the governor and the four other Executive Council members and represent District 1.
Mike Cryans is a 17-year Grafton County Commissioner, consultant to small business, former teacher, hospital board member, and is currently employed at Headrest, a non-profit organization that deals with substance abuse recovery with residential care. Mike is a native of New Hampshire, coming from Littleton and currently residing in Hanover. Mike has worked extensively in central and northern New Hampshire
Mike's priorities of building the economy, his work ethic and dedication to constituent services make him the best person to continue the public service of Ray Burton, who tirelessly reminded us all of the value of our citizens and resources north of Concord.
Please vote on March 11 for Mike Cryans for Executive Council. He will serve us all well.
Hon. Beth Arsenault
Hon. Mo Baxley
Hon. Lisa DiMartino
Hon. Ruth Gulick
Hon. David Huot
Hon. Elizabeth Merry
Hon. Kate Miller
Hon. Gail Morrison
Hon. Ian Raymond
Hon. Judie Reever
Hon. Richard Stuart
Hon. Jane Wood
Hon. Barbara Zeckhausen
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:43
To The Daily Sun,
We all know that seniors can often live in isolation — this is especially true in the winter months. Happily, the Gilmanton Year-Round Library recognizes this and ensures that the library has plenty to keep senior citizens connected and engaged. In today's world it is helpful to seniors to have access to family and friends who may live a distance away. The library has Internet access so people can stay connected. The library also offers ancestry.com, a popular program for many adults. The librarian is available to offer assistance to those who may need to learn some aspects of computers.
On the fourth Monday of each month, a movie is shown at 1 p.m. It is a great opportunity to enjoy a new movie or an old classic with neighbors and friends right here in town. A weekly craft group meets on Tuesday afternoons. Bring your most recent project to work on and share ideas with other crafters. Other programs are held throughout the year — just call the Library at 364-2400, go to the website (www.gyrla.org) or receive the monthly e-newsletter to keep informed of upcoming events.
Stop by the Library to read the newspaper, check out a new book or movie, or chat with neighbors. It is the library's goal to offer programming and services to meet the needs of all our community members. If there is a program or activity you would like to have available, contact the Library — new ideas are always welcome.
Board of Trustees
Gilmanton Year-Round Library
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:37
To The Daily Sun,
Gilmanton Land Trust has received inquiries about the "For Sale" signs on two of the four tracts of land involved in the "Gilmanton's Greatest Views" conservation campaign. We would like to clarify the situation and put to rest any concerns.
First and foremost, these four tracts are now permanently conserved by perpetual conservation easements limiting their use to agriculture and forestry and assuring continued maintenance of existing fields and views. These restrictions will be overseen by Five Rivers Conservation Trust, a regional land trust based in Concord.
The Town of Gilmanton now owns two of the tracts, one on Meetinghouse Road and Pond, and the other at the top of Frisky Hill, with sweeping views. The Conservation Commission assumes ongoing management of these lands and will seek public input about their use.
The other two conserved tracts include fields along Rt. 107 overlooking Loon Pond, and a hayfield at the junction of Griffin and Loon Pond Roads. These are now being marketed to conservation-minded buyers as part of the overall conservation plan. Proceeds from the sale will help cover costs that GLT has incurred to accomplish the conservation result now in place and will assist in GLT's anticipated conservation of additional land adjacent to one of the four already conserved tracts.
Board of Trustees
Gilmanton Land Trust
Fuzz Freese, John Dickey, Carolyn Baldwin, Tom Howe, Graham Wilson, Eliza Evans, Meg Nighswander
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:31
To The Daily Sun,
As a resident of Laconia, I love this place. I do have three varied comments so I'll try and be brief.
#1. The Hathaway House is a mess. Let the owners do what they wish. Tearing it down would be wonderful, it's such an eyesore. Laconia is full of houses that represent times past. Just look at how many you see on a daily basis that are so big you know they probably harbored three generations under one roof in times past. But, better than that is Endicott Rock down at Weirs Beach, where surveyors carved their initials as they discovered Lake Winnipesaukee. I get a thrill whenever I show a guest that site. Finally, the mills we have, all gussied up now as apartments and meeting places but still looking like the mills they were from the outside. This is our heritage, we are rich in it .
#2. Downtown Laconia is the saddest little town. It reminds me of a poem about the poor old house by the side of the road, the house with nobody in it. I never show the town to guests because it is forsaken.: empty windows, second hand stores, can't we do better? It seems to become emptier every year that passes.
#3. Minimum wage: My favorite places to eat are T-Bones and Cactus Jack's. When I saw what the waiters receive as pay — I think it was $2.13 — it's a good thing I wasn't eating lunch there or I would have choked on my food. How can we allow that? Most of the people who wait on us hold two jobs to keep alive. I have a suggestion. Those of us who eat there can afford to .Yet we are continually earning a $10 coupon, sometimes more, depending on the day of the week. I don't need that $10. These restaurants are very community oriented, donating money to charities. But charity begins at home. I would rather see the servers earn more and I'll forgo getting a break on dinner . I was shocked at the wage they get. Perhaps it's universal and I'm just learning as it was written up in the paper. I can't bring myself to face somebody waiting on me and earning two bucks for doing so. Pay the servers, don't pay me, please? You don't have to wait for a law to pass.
That's it. We are so lucky to live here. Just some thoughts that I couldn't keep to myself.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 January 2014 11:26