To The Daily Sun,
As a lifelong Republican, I am personally offended by the headline in today's Laconia Daily Sun. I think most readers would agree with me that there are few "bad people" in this world. Terrorists are bad people; no one in either our Republican delegation or Democrat delegation is a "bad person". Nor are any of our commissioners "bad people". I cannot imagine why anyone could be so unprofessional as to call any elected official a "bad person". Even if the quote is printed in an article, I cannot imagine putting it as a headline in a paper. The issue of the jail is a local issue; it's not about national politics.
During my professional career and family life, I have faced discrimination numerous times. In none of those cases, have I ever been called a "bad person"; nor have I ever even thought of calling those who were discriminating against me "bad people". It would be unprofessional, polarizing, and eliminate any possibility of joint problem solving.
Professionally, I was a systems designer and project manager in information technology working in major insurance corporations starting in the early '70s. When I married, my parking space was eliminated along with my health insurance because "my husband had them". I was given a lower raise because "it was not right that I made more than my husband". I was fired due to "illness of pregnancy". In all cases, I was discriminated against merely because I was a woman.
I lived with discrimination against our daughter due to her physical disability. She was not allowed to participate in public school activities because of her seizures caused by a vaccine when she was 11. We were openly told that she was not welcome in friends' homes because their parents were afraid "she was contagious". Her math teacher told her in front of the class that "her brain was not properly developed". Our daughter attended a private high school so that she could participate in all school activities. By understanding her disability, her classmates worked with her as a team to anticipate and solve issues before they arose. They developed solutions together so that she became captain of her swim team and traveled to Hawaii on a school trip. Likewise, in college, her professors and friends worked with her to solve problems for transportation to internships and study abroad.
In all the situations where I experienced discrimination, I analyzed the situation as I would any problem as an analyst and project manager. In my career, I worked within the system to make changes by prototyping and implementing remote work and flexible work weeks so that I could balance my daughter's needs with my job requirements. As a mother, I worked with my daughter to be open about her disability and to work for solutions to lead a normal life. In every case, above all, I demonstrated professionalism by example.
I have been an active Republican for 45 years volunteering in several states over that time. In all those years, I have never seen the personal nature of attacks that I have seen recently, especially here in New Hampshire. This is the first time that I truly feel that I, along with all Republicans, am being discriminated against because I am a Republican.
Fifty years ago, I worked with my dad to build our house in Barnstead. From the time I dug the first hole and mixed cement for support; my heart was in New Hampshire and always will be. Politically, I have defended the 1st in the nation primary and touted the New Hampshire model in many other states explaining the active participation in primaries and the volunteer legislature. If we read the media carefully, their intent is a one party system. I doubt anyone in New Hampshire desires us to lose not only the checks and balances of two parties, but the creativity of different perspectives.
I believe in our elective process. In primaries, I actively support candidates who align most closely with my stance on issues. However, even if "my" candidates do not prevail in the primary, in the general election, I actively support those Republican candidates who do prevail in the primary. While I may not have supported some members of the Republican Belknap delegation during the primary, I did support all of them during the general election. To call any of them a "bad person" is to call everyone who supported them a "bad person". Right now, they are attempting to do their job representing the citizens of Belknap County. In business, my project team may have had differences of opinion, but we discussed them and worked to a common solution which we then presented to our customers. I believe in the 80/20 rule; it is idealistic to believe that we will agree 100 percnet with anyone on all issues. Above all, I strongly believe in being fiscally conservative.
The current issue of the jail has to do with the ability to live within our means as every family in Belknap County must do. It is an insult to the taxpayers of Belknap County to divert attention from the real problem of the jail to a political play in the media for the next election cycle. When I worked with customers on systems solutions, my team's first step was to understand what they already had and then work with them to define the requirements for what they needed. Working with the customer, we then ranked those requirements into needs vs. nice-to-haves. In developing solutions for those requirements, we presented well-defined options along with a well-defined cost-benefit analysis and pros and cons for each option. We then worked with the customers to understand each option and to select the one that most closely fit their needs and their pocketbook. During implementation, we tracked closely to the budget defined from the cost-benefit analysis. This is common problem solving methodology. As a taxpayer, I would like to see all options for the jail with thoroughly defined cost/benefit and pros/cons for each. I believe that there was a range in cost initially presented of about $23 million. Rather than unprofessional name-calling, it's time for the commissioners to go back and present a professional set of options to the taxpayers of Belknap County, who are the customers.
Jan Face Glassman
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 11:20
To The Daily Sun,
As an elected official, I am totally dismayed to read Commissioner Philpot's latest diatribe against the majority in the Belknap County Delegation. "These are bad people looking to do bad things...".
Wow. What a value judgement! Speaking for myself, I can tell you I DO NOT "want to kill government, want government to go away." Rather, I want government to be accountable to the people, open and transparent, and not the bloated abomination it has turned into. Whether it is about government spying, IRS scandals, birthing hopeless deficits which take away the future of our youth, then yes, I am not about BIG CORRUPT government. I believe in small, accountable government. Does this make me "bad"? I don't think so.
What is "bad" (for lack of a better word) is power-mongering in the extreme. Arrogance is pretty "bad" as well. Divisiveness is "bad" on my list, too. And all three of these words are what I think of when I read Commissioner Philpot's "bad" statement.
The Belknap County Delegation majority level funded our current budget. No jobs were cut. The majority is seeking definition of what NH RSA 24:14 really means so future delegations know how to proceed with the budget process. The majority in this delegation seeks to support the taxpayers of Belknap County whenever spending seems inappropriate, especially in these difficult times. Everyone may not agree with these ideals, and that is fine. But, trying to paint people who do not agree as "bad" is politics of the worse sort. One only has to wonder why Commissioner Philpot would resort to it.
Rep. Jane Cormier
Belknap District 8
Alton, Barnstead, and Gilmanton
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 11:10
To The Daily Sun,
I am passing along some critical information that just might help someone avoid adding to the growing list of local drowning accidents. I gathered this information over 20 years ago while serving as the Safety Officer for the N.H. Wing of The Civil Air Patrol. At that time, I received several monthly national safety type information packages and presented some excerpts, from one of them, at one of our monthly meetings. Unfortunately, I no longer have the original documents so I will just summarize the information, as I remember it, here.
Basically, unless a medical problem, or an incapacitating injury leads to the drowning, physical exhaustion ALWAYS precedes it. This is accelerated by hypothermia, fear, panic and the struggle to stay afloat. Now here is the good part to practice and remember if needed. You must conserve as much energy as possible to extend the time for your rescue. One way to do this is to get comfortable doing what we used to call the "dead man's float". I know that doesn't sound too good, but it is merely just relaxing and hanging suspended in the water with even your face under water. Raise your head and take a deep breath when needed and you will be surprised how long that you can do this. It will give you some time for help to arrive or if you are on your own, time to think of the best escape plan. If you must swim for shore, stop and rest this way before it is too late, then continue swimming. If you are in any kind of a current, go with it and angle toward land. My father made me practice this and obviously the best time to learn it is before you actually need it. Try it, it just might save the old bacon some day.
Salt water is a whole 'nother ballgame and I don't know enough about it . My only advice is that unless you are a very strong swimmer and are aware of the effect of cold water on your body, be like me and keep your feet planted on the bottom while playing in the surf. (Usually for a very short time.) Stay safe and enjoy our lakes and streams.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 11:03
To The Daily Sun,
Hokum: 1.) something purportedly impressive or legitimate but actually untrue or insincere; 2.) a stock technique for eliciting a desired response from an audience.
Philpot should be ashamed but seems too arrogant to understand the limitations of his perspective (see July 19 article in the LDS). Incidentally,
I received a copy today of a July 15 letter from the elected officialdom of Laconia and addressed to the Belknap commissioners. It asked the commissioners to do what was affordable for the people of Laconia. They are most likely right wing fanatics as much as the Belknap delegation.
Rep. Richard B. Burchell
Last Updated on Friday, 19 July 2013 10:51
To The Daily Sun,
Since its founding in 1956, the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation has awarded over 4.6 million dollars to more than 4,300 students pursuing higher education. The foundation is merely the conduit. Five hundred donors or donor funds (not including the thousands who have contributed to specific memorial funds or special fundraisers over the years) deserve the credit for this impressive record of helping local students continue their education and fulfill their career goals. We also wish to recognize the more than 150 volunteer board members for their service and strong commitment to the foundation and our community over the years.
On behalf of our current board of dedicated trustees and staff, our congratulations and best wishes to the 308 scholarship recipients and our heartfelt appreciation to the 214 donors who made it possible for the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation to award a total of $238,820 this year. Almost half of these funds were awarded to 2013 graduates, who may be eligible to reapply throughout their college years. The majority of our awards are restricted by donors for graduates of Laconia, Gilford or Belmont High Schools, which would include residents of Canterbury and Gilmanton — or — for residents of Belmont, Gilford or Laconia, but there are exceptions listed in our website. For instance, Belknap County residents majoring in medical or environmental fields of study.
Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation
Last Updated on Thursday, 18 July 2013 10:23