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Stay positive? There has been very little to celebrate in Gilmanton

To The Daily Sun,

The facts are that the present Board of Selectmen have in just a few months done harm to the Town of Gilmanton.

The Selectmen's administrative assistant resigned after the board took away her responsibility of taking the minutes and reduced her hours to part-time without benefits. The town's electrician, who happened to campaign for Mr. Currier, was let go. Mr. Ogni spent many hours bringing the Academy back from the flood. He knows our buildings. What a loss.

The Board of Selectmen decided after recording their non-public rant, insulting a contractor, a town employee, and anything else that entered their minds, that it was all public business.

The Board of Selectmen voted to let go the town resident who maintained the Academy lawn for 16 years. This after a public input session where Mr. McWhinnie did not want to let the man speak. The vote was taken in an illegal meeting to let him go.

This past week the Board of Selectmen called an emergency meeting about the Police Department, but did not invite the police chief to attend. Why was that?

This past Monday the Board of Selectmen voted 2-1 to give the selectmen's meeting room to the town clerk/tax collector for an office. This after receiving letters from various town boards expressing reservations concerning this major change. What was the rush? Why did you ask for input when you did not want it?

The board also accepted the resignation of the planning administrator, and voted that a Highway Department employee has two months to get his CDL (commercial driver's license). Who is running the Highway Department?

Mr. Blake speaks his mind and I support that. Should this board do something positive I would imagine he would congratulate them. At this moment there has been very little to celebrate.

Don Guarino

Gilmanton

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Gun lobby's interpretation of 2nd Amendment is great piece of fraud

To The Daily Sun,
House Republicans announced that they are indefinitely postponing all votes on gun reform. Americans overwhelmingly agree that we must take action to curb gun violence. On this issue there is no Republican or Democrat for our fellow citizens: large majorities in both parties support this. But once again Republican politicians have sided with the deep-pocketed gun lobby over the people they swore to represent.
Kathy Kelly of Common Dreams states, "It makes no sense to make our cities and the world a battlefield. We must build community by lessening inequality. We must swear off making the world our battlefield and be appalled to hear the U.S. Government seem to tell the world 'I will kill you if you (expletive) move'".
Jon Herskovitz of Reuters reports: "Three University of Texas professors have filed a federal lawsuit to halt a state law that would allow holders of concealed handgun licenses to bring pistols into classrooms, saying the measure would have a chilling effect on academic freedom. The law, passed by a Republican-led legislature and signed by a Republican governor, is due to take effect August 1. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in Austin on Wednesday."
The Dali Lama tells us, echoing what many other moral leaders before him have said: "All problems must be solved through dialogue, through talk. The use of violence is outdated and never solves problems."
In a recent letter I quoted former Chief Justice Warren Burger. In light of replies from readers and what has happened over these past few days Justice Burger's entire statement bears repeating. "The gun lobby's interpretation of the Second Amendment is one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word fraud, on the American people by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime. The real purpose of the Second Amendment was to ensure that state armies — the militia — would be maintained for the defense of the state. The very language of the Second Amendment refutes any argument that it was intended to guarantee every citizen unfettered right to any kind of weapon he or she desires."
Intelligent, logical, non-bigoted thinking has been MIA! Where is the trust? When will we all show respect and acceptance for those who differ from what we think is the norm?
An ordinary teacher posted thoughts on Facebook this morning which says it as well as it can be said: "I had taught my students that discrimination is the concept people take out of focus ... What we need to remember is that the long tortuous journey from hatred based on ignorance and cruelty that human beings engaged in without feeling or thought ... through the path where one begins to see people as they really are ... as equal beings ... who care, love and respect each other and understand that color and race are simply the packaging we come in but that inside we are all the same ... Once one perceives the other as different because of their appearance, which they can't comprehend, they immediately view them as lesser beings ... the sad thing about this dynamic is that this person makes this assumption without knowing anything about the other person yet they judge in such a negative way ... we have come a long way in changing this distorted view of other people, but this election cycle has brought back the paranoia from our checkered past where we treated our fellow man so harshly out of an unwarranted fear that 'those people cannot be trusted and are against the values which made this country.' Thoughts like these are what make minority groups fearful to go out and even fear those who are protecting them and the protectors equally paranoid that any of 'those' people are out to hurt them."**
(**nothing has been left out from this above mentioned statement, this is the exact way it was written.)
Bernadette Loesch
Laconia

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