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I do not question the intentions of the good people behind GYRL

To The Daily Sun,

In response to the letter that, how shall we say, rebukes me soundly (March 29) for expressing my views and opinions regarding the GYRL I would like to respectfully make the following points.

First, the letter writer quips that at one point he is, "struggling in the moment, as I reread this passage, to remain securely balanced in my chair." Well, as one who might care for this individuals well-being, I would only hope that he wasn't in some way harmed, if in fact he did topple from his chair. I would definitely not want to be responsible for that.

With that said, though, he goes on to say that the statements that I made in my last letter regarding the GYRL are simply insinuations, baseless accusations and claims, conspiracy-laden and paranoid ideas, long-held, ill-seeded presumptions, that I utter inanity, openly smear, make multifold absurdities and blusterous statements and finally that I am single-handedly responsible for nurturing Gilmanton's current division.

Well, let me see. I'm trying to think if he left anything out. Nope, except for maybe being a book-burner and child-hater ... that just about covers it. Anyway, all insults at my expense aside, and in all seriousness, I would like to state the following:

I have never advanced an opinion or observation regarding the GYRL without some form of hard-copy proof to support either. In fact, interestingly, this writer's own son read from a document on a public radio broadcast that coincidentally is the very basis of my advocacy against town funding for the GYRL. His son wrote, in part, from the NPR interview (2015, titled: Gilmanton Once Again Grappling With Town Funding)  the following:

"And so I have something too," Guarino responds, and pulls out a year-round library fund-raising brochure from back before it was built, with one section underlined. He has the brochure mounted on a piece of foam."Plan for an endowment of $225,000 dollars to support the operation of the library," reads the underlined section. "There, there it is," says Guarino, who asserts that during the fundraising campaign, the library was pitched as something that would never need public funding"

Now, I know the letter writer's son, and can say without qualification that if the document had not said, what in fact he read, he would not have read it as such. I have, in fact, read it myself. If the letter writer then, who seems to enjoy taking cheap shots at my character, has no problem with people giving money (for years) to a non-profit charity when their only reason for giving was that they believed the town would not be burdened for operating cost, through taxes ... then that is his decision.

It is, however, not mine. I do not live by his values, I live by my own. And, although it always seems to fall on deaf ears, I'll say it again: I do not question the intentions of the "good people," of which the writer refers, in this town. However, even the little kids at the library's storytime know that good people are not immune to making mistakes and damaging miscalculations, and that when they do they need to be accountable to them.

The GYRL's avoidance, then, of this accountability is in fact what has caused this town to divide. Not, as the letter writer suggests ... because of my, or anyone's, "nurturing."

Attacking "Mr. Blake" then, will not solve the GYRL's problems.

Al Blake


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First Save Gale School fundraising events will be April 13 & 24

To The Daily Sun,

The Save Our Gale School Committee has had both an organizational meeting and an initial fundraising meeting to begin the process of becoming a non-profit 501c3 corporation and step up the fundraising efforts before the next annual Shaker Regional School District meeting in spring of 2017. In addition to the Save Our Gale School information on the website (http://www.belmontnh.net/GaleFundraisingAct.html) we now have a GoFundMe page for easy online donations along a calendar of events and we also have Facebook and Twitter pages entitled Save Our Gale School, with general information and events. We are also looking for any interested people to please join us in this worthy endeavor!

Coming up very soon are the first of many fundraising events: April 13 at "Uno's" in Tilton and April 24 at "The 99 Restaurant in Tilton. "We have coupons for each with which the restaurants will donate a generous portion of your guest check to the Gale School cause. Coupons can be downloaded from the above web site and in many businesses around Belmont. We Are Up and Running!

Diane Marden & Ken Knowlton


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