To The Daily Sun,
We are writing this letter in support of Steve McCormack for selectman in Gilmanton. Steve is native to the Lakes Region and has lived in Gilmanton since 1987. He had a career in the military and worked for the State Employees Association before retiring in 2011. He is an advocate for open, accountable government and wants to bring the skills that he has learned in his work life to help run our town.
Spend any time with him, and you will find that he is open to ideas, wants to learn from us as to our concerns and is eager to dig into the job. It is clear that he is honest and forthright with his views and does not have an agenda or personal animosities.
It is important to note that he came forward on his own to run. He is an independent voice that will look out for the interests of all of our residents. His opponent, Jim Barnes, is a brother-in-law of Selectman Don Guarino. While it is not illegal to have two family members sit on the same board, we believe it is not good practice. The town benefits when there are three independent voices, bringing a variety of perspectives. We do not need to have a board's decisions vulnerable to challenges because of their relationship.
Please join us in supporting Steve McCormack for selectman.
John Funk & Deb Chase
Mike & Pam LaFond
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 March 2014 08:32
To The Daily Sun,
I have served the Town of Tilton for the last four years, and although I did not file for re-election as moderator, I am now seeking your vote on Election Day.
Please write in Chuck Mitchell for Moderator.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 12:09
To The Daily Sun,
My hat's off to all candidates running for any political office. It isn't easy to submit yourself to the scrutiny of the press and questioning by voters. And it's bad enough we voters have to make a choice during a regular election, but now we are faced with a special election. We must decide who can best perform the almost impossible job of filling Ray Burton's shoes as our representative to the Governors Council for the First District.
Both candidates have excellent backgrounds — one mainly in the private sector and one, Joe Kenny, in public office. But there will never be another Ray Burton and frankly I would like the person to whom I give my vote to build their own reputation. Also I feel that the candidate who is elected should be able to start off running and not have to learn the ways of state government.
Joe has experience as a state representative and senator. Also, he is also a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps Reserve and has served his country well, for over 30 years. I feel very strongly that if we can trust our sons and daughters, brothers and sisters to his leadership in the Marines, he will serve the citizens of New Hampshire with equal skill, and devotion. That is why I will vote for Joe Kenny in the special election.
Semper Fi Joe Kenny.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 12:06
To The Daily Sun,
I am writing to urge other voters to join me in electing Mike Cryans as Executive Councilor for District 1 on March 11.
The district and the state lost an especially strong advocate for the North Country when Ray Burton died last November after serving for 35 years. Ray's brother and two sisters have endorsed Cryans as the person best able to continue serving the residents of District 1.
Mike Cryans has served on the Grafton County Commission for 17 years, side-by-side with Burton for most of that period. They worked together to serve their constituents, including the construction of a new county jail — at half the projected cost — and a biomass plant to heat the County facilities. Ray Burton endorsed Cryans for County Commissioner in the most recent election.
Growing up in Littleton, Mike Cryans knows the North Country that Burton served so long and well. Cryans began his professional career as a teacher, worked for many years in the banking industry, moved on to operate a sole proprietorship assisting small businesses with finances, and then as a director of a social services non-profit. This financial and administrative experience makes Cryans well qualified to serve on the Executive Council.
Together with the governor, the Council oversees the administration of the state, including approval of much of the $5 billion annual budget as well as appointments to every state commission and judiciary position.
Please join me on March 11 in voting for Mike Cryans for the Executive Council.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 12:03
To The Daily Sun,
Taxpayers in Northfield, Tilton, and Sanbornton have long recognized that a thriving community needs an educated citizenry. Local public schools were founded on the idea that education promotes the general welfare of the community by creating greater opportunities and incomes for young adults. Local public schools were a reflection of their communities, receiving guidance and direction from active members of the community.
Unfortunately, today's public school system receives direction from authorities far removed from the communities the schools were created to serve. And while we know that children have individual learning styles and aspirations, our public school system is increasingly a one-size-fits-all monolith, unable to meet the needs of many students.
In every facet of our lives choice and competition produces more and better products at lower cost. Education is no different. In recognition of this fact, in 2012 our lawmakers created Opportunity Educational Scholarships. This privately-funded program was designed to eliminate financial barriers preventing some children in lower-income families from learning in a setting that fit their style and interests.
In the first year of the program, 103 children from lower-income families benefited from these scholarships. Those are 103 lives that have been enriched in ways we may never fully appreciate. Some highlights from the first year:
— 97 percent of parents of scholarship recipients are satisfied or very satisfied with their chosen private or home school.
— 68 percent of parents reported that they noticed measurable academic improvement in their child since receiving the scholarship.
— 74 percent of new private school parents reported that they would have been unable to afford tuition without the scholarship.
This is an ongoing program funded solely by private donations. Please add your voice to the call going out to New Hampshire businesses and individuals to donate to this life-changing program. If you are a New Hampshire business paying Business Profits or Business Enterprise taxes you may receive a credit for your donation. Individuals can take a charitable deduction from federal income taxes.
Contact Kate Baker at Network for Educational Opportunity for more information. www.networkforeducation.org or 888 325-1776
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 10:41