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Corner Library never divided the townspeople like GYRL has

To The Daily Sun

After reading Carolyn Baldwin's letter which appeared in Jan. 21 Daily Sun, headlined "Gilmanton Had No
Library That Could Meet Criteria Set By State," I would like to make the following points.

It seemed pointless to me why someone would cite a law/statute — in this case RSA 202-A:2 I —  andnot give it in its entirety, and then apply it in such a way that anyone with an ounce of initiative, a little spare time and a computer or phone could disprove in 15 minutes. The fact is that the State Of New Hampshire's recognized public library for the town of Gilmanton, as listed on the State Library's website (under Library Directory-Gilmanton ), is the Gilmanton Corner Public Library, 509 Province Road, a library that has been both publicly funded by tax dollars and private donations for decades and decades, clearly falling within the definitions and guidelines of the above statute.

It is the library my daughter and all her friends grew up with, and along with our great school library, the Gilford school library and the seasonal Iron Works and Lower Gilmanton libraries, served them and the rest of this community incredibly well for as long as I can remember, long before the private GYRL was ever conceived.

Baldwin minimizes this wonderful institution (our Corner Public Library which runs programs year-round)
by calling it "tiny" and "it doesn't have this and it can't do that." But I'll say this for it: it's never divided any of the people (and now, even town government) in this town.

That speaks to integrity and an institution with a board of directors in touch with its community and a community in turn that is vested in it.

I do agree with Baldwin on one point, though. We need to consider the needs of the 21st Century. However, all needs hinge on values that bind communities together, not tear them apart. These are the values of trust, accountability and responsibility.

The GYRL did make what amounts to a pledge — a promise. It was in effect written down, and it was trusted by the many original donors and volunteers who contributed and pitched in to be sincere and binding and now the GYRL and its supporters need to be accountable and responsible to it ... and to those whose backs, the GYRL was truly built on.

Gilmanton voters, do not believe the "Myth Of Closure," that the GYRL will close without town money. It's simply not true and the past reflects that truth. On March 8 vote "No" on Articles 4 and 21 to fund the library and allow the GYRL the opportunity to demonstrate that it can in fact make things right with this town.

Al Blake

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Grow food with biosolids and have hospital waste for dinner

To The Daily Sun,

In my previous letter to The Laconia Sun, I had hoped that my words to the people of Gilmanton, would make you understand how toxic biosolids are. If they have not, Google Professor Carolyn Snyder from North Sandwich or www.sludgefacts.org and the information will upset you.

The EPA is not telling the truth to the public about the danger of biosolids. DES only checks on biosolids once per year, and the distributors admit that they do not check every bag. The treatment process is not enough to prevent viruses and pathogens from re-emerging. The name is changed from sludge, to many other names to disguise the real product of toxic waste.

You will find biosolids by the bag in stores. Look closely at the label, because you may not know that you are using it. The pretty labels and names hide what it actually is: Toxic waste. Did you know that hospital waste is not treated? So if you grow food with biosolids, you are having hospital waste with your dinner.

I refuse to have someone else make my health decisions for me, so they can profit, which is what will happen when companies and residents spread toxic biosolids near your home. Without a ban, you have no rights. Your property values will drop. Your health will be affected.

What has to happen, before Gilmanton residents realize that they are reading lies about the safety of biosolids? It does not matter what chemical it is. All of it is toxic. What will make you take a stand and ban bio-solids? Do you have to see children with cancer and deformities as in Tom's River, New Jersey, or people sick and dying, like in Love Canal, New York, or Woburn, Massachusetts, as in the movie "Civil Action," or in California as in "Erin Brockovich," or deceit as in "Promised Land," or thousands of other places that cannot go back clean land? All true events. All are a result of chemical exposure from all different chemicals, either by breathing it, touching it or ingesting it.

Do you personally have to become ill from biosolids before action is taken? Wait for that to happen and it will be too late. Any chemical use, no matter what kind, will hurt humans.

I am a cancer survivor, in treatment with experimental cancer drugs for the rest of my life. I came to Gilmanton to be safe, and away from the toxic substances found in larger towns and cities. You and I are no longer safe, because the chemicals are being brought here in the form of industrial, hospital and human waste.

I was exposed to the out-gassing of gasoline, from leaking underground storage tanks that out-gassed into homes and businesses. I was chemically assaulted, and will not recover from it.

Chemical poisoning is a brutal way to be sick. It does not matter what kind of chemical it is, because it becomes a chemical soup that breaks down your immune system and your body, long after you are away from the exposure. It can just be in the air, or go to the aquifer/well or be ingested, or be touched. I was exposed to chemicals because of the irresponsibility of a company that placed profit before human life. They made a health decision for me, because of money and greed.

Do not allow this to happen in Gilmanton. Other towns have banned bio-solids because they are dangerous and cannot be cleaned up once they are used on the land.

Perhaps some day biosolids will be safe, but they are not at this time and should not be near us or our animals, our water, air or land. Do not take the risk of exposure. This may be your last chance to ban biosolids from Gilmanton.

I beg you, Gilmanton residents. Vote "Yes" to ban biosolids Warrant Article 3 on March 8.

Lainie Rosato

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