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More than any others, Governor Bush will be ready to go on Day 1

To The Daily Sun,

The upcoming national elections are very important. As we all know, the world is rapidly changing in many ways. Unfortunately our current president has achieved a very poor record of real accomplishments in the last seven years on many fronts. Getting the new president up to speed quickly will be very, very important.

There is one candidate that stands above all of the others in my opinion. That candidate is former Governor Jeb Bush.

Governor Bush has a very large number of admirals, generals, and many other American veterans who support him and will advise him. Recently, Senator Lindsey Graham has indicated that he supports and will help Governor Bush. This will help allow him to more quickly come up to speed by perhaps up to three to six months prior to all other potential winners. More than any others, Governor Bush will be ready to go on Day 1.

I am a former naval officer and my son was also a naval officer serving four times In Iraq. I believe Governor Bush would be better able to confront ISIS and start to disrupt the stated claims by ISIS and others.

I am also very impressed with his approach to significantly improve public education in our country. He understands the importance of having well run public school boards to focus on establishing clear measurable performance targets providing total and clear accountability. He understands that it is the public school board that works with the community to achieve the two or three year vision (with the clear metrics of success). It is the superintendent who drives the ship day-to-day.

Bill Grimm


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'Grandfather' clause doesn't pertain to applications, like fertillizer

To The Daily Sun,

After reading the Gilmanton voting guide regarding special warrant articles and then reading the articles themselves, I discovered that the instructions and the wording for Warrant Article 3 (to ban sewage sludge ) seemed to be in direct contradiction. I went on to discover, after some inquiry, that it would seem that Article VII of Gilmanton's Zoning Ordinance (often thought of as the "grandfather clause") is somehow being used to justify the continued use of sludge, even if it's banned. This is a mistake.

The lawful "legal use" of these or any farm is to farm the land. That's the meaning of "use" under Article VII: Farming, aka agriculture. If anyone asked any of these farmers who use sewage sludge for fertilizer: "What do you use your land for"?, they are not going to say, "I use it to spread sewage sludge." They're going to reply that they use it to raise grain, or crops, or livestock. That's the use. Sewer sludge is an application.

The "grandfather clause" (Article VII) was intended to prevent new ordinances or codes from forcing home/landowners from dismantling existing structural and or mechanical systems that are permanently in place (think: "nailed down"); it does not apply to applications. Warrant Article 3 is to ban the use of sewage sludge in Gilmanton. If it passes, that means the majority of voters in Gilmanton think it's harmful to their health, the health of their neighbors, their children, the unborn, the land, wildlife, water tables and air. The whole idea of a warrant article that purports to ban something but then turns around and allows it, is to me, quite frankly ... ridiculous.

Al Blake


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