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Why not give a little in return for all that you have received?

To the Daily Sun,

I would like to comment on the letter by the Gilford resident in Thursday, Aug. 6's, edition. In her letter she seemed to be annoyed by those who think able-bodied people should work for their living, and not be a burden on others. She said churches "pick and choose their favorites to help" leaving others, like her, to fend for themselves. How has she been left to fend for herself, when she said she receives SSDI benefits to help support her?

How about saying thank you, ma'am, to all the people, like my family, who go to work and help you survive? They pay the taxes that make it possible for you and others to live on those benefits. They struggle daily to pay the bills with what's left of their wages after the government takes its share to help the needy like you. How many people work low paying part-time jobs, only to be laid off when the business fails, or the boss finds someone else who will work for less money? Who will help them? Who cares when they can't find enough jobs to live on, and they struggle to keep their car, or a place to live?

I don't know your circumstances; maybe you really need the SSDI benefits. Just don't sit there and criticize those who are working hard to live, and are doing what they can to contribute to their churches to help others. Churches are not bottomless wells of money; they do need to set limits so that funds go to those most in need. They depend on donations from their members, yes, and we should give thanks to God that parishioners give generously when they can. Many also give their talents and their time to help, not just their money. Doesn't that count for something?

Jesus really did feed 5,000 people, by the way, but he only did it after someone brought to him those few loaves of bread and fishes. That's how God works. He asks us to give what we have, and then he makes it grow into blessings for all. Why not see what you have to give, and give a little in return for all that you have received?

Doris Morrissette


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A Selectman Currier and a Chief Currier? Awkward situation

To the Daily Sun,

It's unfortunate to read the tone of the letters submitted to this forum regarding the choice of an interim selectman for Gilmanton.

In a recent letter, Mr. Lines insinuates by innuendo, that candidates Rachel Hatch and Brian Forst would not represent the best interests of the town and its "taxpayers," suggesting only Bret Currier is "Pro taxpayer." Both Hatch and Forst have served Gilmanton with distinction, and if either were chosen, they would continue to represent all taxpayers fairly.

I also found it disappointing that Mr. Lines goes to great lengths to create an appearance of conspiracy by portraying Mr. Jean as an instrument of his "boss" Chief Hempel — must we have this character assassination of our elected officials? And while Mr. Lines goes to great lengths to cast aspersions toward Mr. Jean, he fails to inform readers of Mr. Guarino's close ties to Mr. Currier. Could this be the reason that Guarino rejected Jeans compromise candidate, Mr. Forst? I don't know, but it is worth considering.

Quite obviously, Mr. Line's campaign letter is directed at getting Mr. Currier appointed as interim selectman, with the goal of having him elected in March. If it plays out as Mr. Lines desires, I would hope that Mr. Currier would consider the possible ramifications. If his son, Matt Currier, is to be our next police chief, it could be placing Matt in an awkward situation with his father as selectman. If this scenario plays out, Mr. Currier would be obligated to recuse himself from any matters pertaining to the Police Department, possibly creating the same problem we find ourselves in today – a split among selectman and no third vote to break the stalemate. This would be a disservice to the community.

Many will interpret this letter as a rebuke of Mr. Currier, which it is not intended to be. I have great respect for Brett, and no matter how the selectman situation plays out, I would want him to continue (as I know he will) as a strong voice and a constructive community leader.

Jack Schaffnit


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