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Belmont’s historic library has many new reasons to be grateful

To The Daily Sun,

Thank you for interest in the recent Belmont Library Heritage event. The 86th anniversary was a milestone for the current building, and earlier library locations — adding up to more than a century on Main Street in the Village.

Library trustees extend public thanks to guests Peter Michaud of the New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources, and Michael York, director of the New Hampshire State Library. We appreciated the greetings from Ruth Mooney, chairman of the Board of Selectmen and kind congratulations from state Sen. Andrew Hosmer and Rep. Mike Sylvia.

The restoration pledge of the 1800s clock greeting library patrons since 1928 was most generous. We are grateful to Denis Carignan of Carignan Watch Company, and the artistry of Mrs. Pauline Murphy for their generous and talented contribution.

Lastly, we recognize the Heritage Commission for its gift of the National Register plaque and helping to build awareness of the importance of the building. As Mr. Michaud pointed out, it was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places on Aug. 12, 1985, for architectural significance "both as one of the best small public libraries in the Lakes Region, and as one of the region's best examples of the Colonial Revival style." Our library is one of about only 40 in New Hampshire honored with this distinction.

The library serves many interests, all ages and welcomes all — during the week, several nights and Saturday mornings. Besides books and new media, we provide computer access and sponsor a newly formed Teen Advisory Group, Lego Club, Preschool Story Hour and other well-attended activities including a Summer Reading program. Be sure and visit on Old Home Day, Saturday, Aug. 9, and join us for local newspapers and coffee, and see all that's new in our historic building.

Mary Charnley, Chairman

Marilynn Fowler
Diana Johnson
Belmont Public Library Trustees

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 10:58

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We will always remember the kindness that saved our home

To The Daily Sun,

A sincere thank you to a wonderful group of people.

We wish to thank a group of people who took it upon themselves to help us with our house for no other reason other than they are kind caring people who need to be recognized and publicly thanked.

Our home was in need of repair from wood decay which was accidentally found under the siding and around two doors. Paul Rees Carpentry rebuilt a 20 foot portion or four house's structural wall and replaced the doors in the fall of last year. More work was scheduled to be done this year to finish the project to literally save our home.

As medical issues have arisen, our plans to strip the vinyl and paint the house ourselves was delayed, also available funds were exhausted to hire someone to complete the project.

The Rees family to it upon themselves to contact our daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Brian Grinavic, and our son Kenny, who in turn contacted ore people to show up at our house and donate their free time to stripping the house of vinyl, installing decking, and prepping our house for paint, which is scheduled in the next few weeks.

We would like to thank the following people for giving up their time to help us: Paul Rees, Joan Rees, Tommy Rees, Kelsey Rees, Brian Grinavic, Becky Grinavic, Lauren Grinavic, Kenney Hill, Chad Giroux, Nick Thorndike, Josh Fournier, Harry Huston, Conor Kennealy, Garrett Dunlap, and Joan Walsh. We also want to thank Mike Mussen and Randy Hancock from Lavalley/Middleton Lumber. 

We want to thank the above people who didn't hesitate to step forward and help us for no other reason than they have big hearts and they know what it means to help someone without being asked or expecting anything in return. 

We will be always grateful and never forget this kindness, and hope this will inspire other people to step forward and help others in need without being asked.

Irene & Bob Hill 


Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 10:54

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Market Basket board has right to run business as they choose

To The Daily Sun,

I expected my opinion of the current Market Basket dispute to be a dissenting view. I'm okay with that.

I understand this is a very emotional issue. There are employees who feel that they've had an owner that actually knew them and cared about them. That's a great thing, not a bad thing. There are customers who have maybe prided themselves with shopping locally so to speak, in that Market Basket is New England-based. That also is a good thing.

My only points were that the ownership is made up of two different groups with a somewhat different vision and position on how the company should be run. These two groups are essentially 50/50 in ownership. They voted and the Arthur S. group apparently won. The current board of directors is the legitimate board. They didn't take over in the middle of the night. If they did something illegal then charge them and invalidate any moves they've made. But unless that happens, they have to run the company. The employees can't and shouldn't, no matter how passionate their reasoning.

As I said above, evidently the new board wants to go in a somewhat different direction. Unless the news reports I've read in The Daily Sun and other papers are simply false, I believe they have already said that current staffing, wages, and benefits weren't changing. Employees who haven't been doing their jobs, they want them to just come back and start doing their jobs and it's forgotten.

To take the position — just on a business level — that the board has done something wrong and that they don't have the right and obligation to lead as they see fit, is something I disagree with.

I have nothing in this dispute except my opinion as an onlooker. By the way, I've been involved in small business all my life. I'm stating my opinion and respect yours. I'm only speaking on what I see as basic business principles.

Unless reports in this paper and others are just false, I've read about employees demanding that will work for one guy and not work for anyone else.

I've read about a store manager calling the head office and telling them — presumably on duty as the store manager — to come get their trailer, that the produce would rot at the loading dock.

Employees should have the right to express their very emotional and heartfelt opinion. A good employer will listen and perhaps even reconsider. But that employee shouldn't have the right to "demand" a change, and the employer must comply or they are not going to do their job.

Of course anyone has the right to speak their mind. But they have the obligation to do their job. If they won't, the proper response of any employer is to move forward without them.

Ron Brooks
Gilmanton Iron Works

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 10:41

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Government funding is necessary to educate a skilled workforce

To The Daily Sun,

On July 23, a Prospect Mountain senior, Gabe Varney, penned a useful and well-put complaint about the current state of American higher education. Gabe bemoaned the current state Republican Party and their habit of denying funding for higher education to our New Hampshire students. In response, on the 25th, Mr. Tony Boutin replied with a condescending attack on Mr. Varney, accusing Gabe of having "an entitlement attitude" for expecting "welfare" in the form of college aid. As a fellow incoming senior, myself at Kingswood Regional High School, I felt compelled and qualified to respond.

Mr. Boutin, are you aware that we live in the richest country in the world in the most culturally, economically and technologically developed time in human history? We have greater resources than any human population has ever had at its disposal, and we have 21st century needs that demand 21st century workers. These workers, whether in technology, science, mathematics, or in any number of other fields, need college education to make the wheels of our society turn. And to get that college education, most will need grants, affordable loans and aid. You bemoan that system as "entitlement" and "welfare," complaining that it means "giving you money someone else worked hard for."

In this modern age, can't we finally accept that one of the basic responsibilities of society is that the successful make some sort of contribution to assuring that the education of our youngest and least able to pay is guaranteed?

First, you define providing aid to students as "welfare." In your strictly-economic, black-and-white viewpoint, isn't it really a successful investment? Think about it. We give students the means, through economic aid, to an education, and then they repay it many times over with the increased lifetime tax contributions their greater income will bring in. What's more, they contribute on a far higher level than the strictly economic with their increased contribution to society and brighter, more experienced perspective on life they'll bring to the world.

You complain that in order for America's less-privileged students to get their education, the rich and upper class will need to pay a little bit more taxes. Really, so what? In order for the masses to get education, there must be government funding, and yeah, that means taxes.

What was the first thing to allow the masses in America a college education? The GI Bill, which was funded at a time when the top marginal tax rate was over 80 percent. Now, sure, we have lower taxes, but we can still afford as a culture to send Gabe and me and millions of other working- and middle-class teens to college. Before the government began helping students get to school, college education was only for the rich. We've got to a point where the poor and middle class can somewhat, with hardship, afford higher education. We need to move forward on this, not backward.

If you ask me, I believe America should adopt the Finnish system of education. We should fund every interested student's education, given that they're qualified to go to school, and meet their needs while they're there so that as many students as possible can graduate. But at least, we need to free ourselves of the Sam Cataldos and Jeb Bradleys who deny our youth the funding they need.

I think that education is absolutely vital to society, much more so than the preservation of the low tax rates the rich so currently enjoy. And, if you ask me, to deny my generation this "welfare," this needed infusion of financial lifeblood into the future backbone of our economy, is to starve the future of its vigor for frankly stupid ideological purposes. It's time to expand aid to students, not reduce it.

Michael Bloomer

Last Updated on Friday, 01 August 2014 10:36

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Migrant children should be treated with compassion and respect

To The Daily Sun,

Today in the office a patient came in and said he agreed with my recent letter to the paper, but also thought I was brave to write it because it would open up criticism from the true believers out there. And then right on cue comes a letter from Greg Knytych. The only thing that bothered me about the letter was that Greg questioned my integrity.

Greg does not know me, in 30 years of practicing medicine both here in the states and in Africa and Pakistan no one has ever questioned my integrity. I think it is cowardly of you, Greg, to question my integrity in a letter. I know you would never do that to my face.

My sources when I write are beyond question, you can disagree with them but you cannot question my integrity when I source them. Greg there is so much disinformation in your letter I hope that when I am done exposing you, you have the integrity to admit your wrong.

First , you state, "you want to know sources, Mirno", "how about the report that one hospital has spent over $60,000 to vaccinate approximately 50-60 children because they weren't vaccinated when they arrived." If you believe this, this means that this hospital spent about $1,000 per child to vaccinate them. I think a reasonable, intelligent person would look at this and maybe question these numbers and spend, oh I don't know, about 60 seconds online, to find out that this source, Greg, is completely wrong. News source KFOX 14 out of El Paso Texas, reports that the hospitals in question in El Paso, actually treated 50-60 and they did indeed spend $60,000 dollars but it was to treat kids through the ER , not to vaccinate. Kids were sent there to be evaluated and treated, and yes I can believe that $1,000 was spent per child. And these hospitals will be reimbursed through MedPar (medical payment authority request). But it was not to vaccinate. If you are going to quote sources Greg, at least try and get it right. These were for minor illness and none of the children needed to spend the night in the hospital.

There is no vaccine schedule I know of that can cost $1,000 at a single setting. But maybe you can tell us where we can find this source? I believe this is what I would call a laughable source. Your statement is so patently ridiculous that I will send a check for $100 to the charity of your choice if you can verify your claim through a legitimate news source. Would you do the same?

Then you quote Russ, "and now we have children coming in with TB." And your source for this is "a senior unidentified spokesman for the CDC." Come on Greg, are we supposed to believe this? You then continue the quote saying that "chicken pox, scabies, lice foot and mouth disease, bacterial pneumonia and who knows what other diseases." I went back on line, to the CDC website, and to an infectious disease website and found no source which stated these children at the border were a danger to the cattle of Texas.

I'm sorry Greg. Didn't you know that foot and mouth disease is a disease rarely seen in humans, but deadly in cattle. I'm sure you or Russ can give us your source for this statement. Let me help you out. Hand, foot and mouth disease is a disease caused by the coxsackie virus, this is seen in children. It is not deadly. We see it routinely in our office. This is great, now Russ himself, is considered a laughable source, thanks to you.

You acknowledge that UNICEF has stated that 93 percent of the children in the countries in question are vaccinated for measles. Do you know what the herd immunity is for measles? With measles, when 83-94 percent of the people are vaccinated the disease dies out. So if 93 percent of the children are vaccinated against measles we are not going to see any great outbreaks, the science does not fit.

You again quote some unnamed source later on in the article, "there have been reports of measles and chicken pox at the centers." Please, Greg give us the source so we can look them up ourselves. These sources are not coming from World Net Daily are they? Or as I affectionately call it World Nut Daily.

You go on to say that 60,000 vaccinations have been given. Great. Let's vaccinate everyone. What was the cost of these vaccinations, I'm glad you asked. It was around $26,000. That comes out to about 45 cents a dose. Greg, go back to your first statement about a hospital spending $1,000 per child to vaccinate. By my calculations $1,000 would buy about 2,100 doses of vaccines at 45 cents a dose. So you seem to think that each of those 50 children received 2,100 vaccinations. Yes Greg , that seems highly likely.

You then go on to quote Eddie Olivarez, the director of the Hidalgo County Health Department, "officials have counted five cases of chicken pox." Stop the presses; five cases of chickenpox. Actually I found a press conference online by Mr. Olivarez dated July 16 at which he stated that they had 10 cases of chickenpox, but they were all in remission. Not a threat to any one.
I find this laughable because Russ, as you may know, does not believe in vaccinations. I have advocated for vaccines from day one, as anyone who reads this paper knows. Now you and Russ are worried about a vaccine preventable disease like chickenpox. Give me a break. But let's continue with a quote from Mr Olivarez, "There is no indication of any communicable disease, any infectious disease that are a threat to us at this point."

And that was the point of my original letter. Whatever you think about the crisis at the border, to use the false narrative that these children present some major health crisis is just nonsense. For you to use these children as pawns to attack the president is unconscionable. Remember it was a law signed by President George W. Bush in 2008 called the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization act, which ensures that children arriving at the border unaccompanied from central American countries like Guatemala, EL Salvador, and Honduras get a full immigration hearing, and cannot be turned away without it. These children risk a lot to come to this country to escape murder, gangs, sex trafficking and a relentless cycle of poverty. We should treat them with respect and compassion, not lies and half truths. That is all I ask.

What about it Greg, ready to show your integrity and admit your wrong? I can't wait for your reply. Oh yea, and how about that check?

Mirno Pasquali, PA -C


Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 11:52

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