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Learn more about how Education Support Professionals serve

To The Daily Sun,

The annual observance of National Education Support Professionals (ESP) Day is on November 20, during American Education Week. As a paraeducator at Elm St. School, I'm proud to be a member of a team that works together to ensure the success of all our students. I'm equally proud to join in celebrating the invaluable contributions ESPs make to quality public education.

Today, ESPs do more than provide support to children — we help to transform public education one school and one student at a time. In celebration of National Education Support Professionals Day, I invite parents and community members in Laconia to learn more about how ESPs serve as essential partners in making great public schools. We are One Education Workforce Serving the Whole Student.

I encourage parents, students, and community members to take time to thank ESPs and recognize their hard work. ESPs touch the lives of their students and the future of our nation.

Kim O'Neil
EAL President
Laconia School District

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:23

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We know that many support effort to save the Hathaway House

To The Daily Sun,

Members of the Laconia Heritage Commission have had a losing battle trying to encourage the reuse of our significant historic dwellings. We witnessed the loss of the Tilton House, the Putnam House and the Baker House to parking lots. We are struggling to save the Hathaway House. We and others decided a stronger message needed to be presented to Cafua Management Co. LLC, owners of many Dunkin' Donuts stores in our community and the northeast. When they lost their lease across the street and purchased 1106 Union Avenue in Lakeport, including our beloved historic Hathaway House, the community led by the late Wanda Tibbetts, president of the Lakeport Community Association, responded and an agreement was made to restore the Hathaway House, not demolish it. We were all pleased with this decision.

However, it was very short-lived when Cafua submitted plans for not only a new Dunkin' Donuts store but a strip mall requiring the demolition of the Hathaway House. It was obvious that they lied and we had to spring into action again. Fortunately, "Save the Hathaway" supporters were also supported by the Laconia City Council and the Laconia Planning Department and Planning Board.

Again, they promised to restore the building and research was completed to paint it the original colors. They started removing the paint without following environmental guidelines for removal of lead paint. They stopped and left the wood vulnerable to the elements. There is no working electricity or sprinkler system in the building. The building was placed on the market. Some made attempts to inquire about the sale of the property but reached dead-ends. Often the "for sale" sign would be on the ground. This led many to believe that they did not intend to sell the building. We heard it was offered for a practice burn. Recently all of the windows were removed from the first floor and boarded up. Windows on the second floor were broken or left open. This all spells orchestrated deterioration to many. It is at this point that we feel they have no intent to sell but are planning to seek demolition through the Laconia Heritage Commission. Now they are saying they don't own the Hathaway House, that Laconia Real Estate Co. LLC does, but Cafua (Dunkin' Donuts franchiser) is listed as the agent.

We know there are many who support efforts to save the Hathaway House because you have spoken to us "over the fence". We decided our strong message must be witnessed by more and so we picketed Dunkin' Donuts last weekend. You gave use thumbs up, you tooted your horns, you responded on Facebook and you signed our petitions.

Please, go one step further and join us picketing to "Save the Hathaway" in front of Dunkin' Donuts at 1106 Union Avenue, Lakeport on Saturday and/or Sunday, November 23 and 24, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Stop in Laconia Antiques on Main Street to sign our petition.
Dorothy Duffy
Laconia Heritage Commission

Last Updated on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 10:04

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Michelle Malkin - White suburban kids too dumb to score well on Common Core tests?

Just when you thought the Obama administration couldn't antagonize America any further, along comes Education Secretary Arne Duncan. He didn't just attack "white suburban moms" and children over their criticism of the Common Core "standards"/testing/data-mining program. The feds' top educrat also managed to insult every one of the nation's minority families and educators who oppose Fed Ed's threat to academic excellence, local control and student privacy.

On Friday, while defending the beleaguered Common Core program in a meeting with state school superintendents, Duncan unleashed a brazen race and class warfare attack on grassroots foes. As The Washington Post reported, Duncan sneered that he found it "fascinating" that the revolt came from "white suburban moms who — all of a sudden — their child isn't as brilliant as they thought they were, and their school isn't quite as good as they thought they were."

As a brown-skinned suburban mom opposed to Common Core, I can tell you I've personally met moms and dads of all races, ethnicities, backgrounds and parts of the country over the past year who have sacrificed to get their kids into the best schools possible. They are outraged that dumbed-down, untested federal "standards" pose an existential threat to their excellent educational arrangements — be they public, private, religious or homeschooling.

Duncan's derision exposes the very control-freak impulses that drive Common Core. He condescendingly implies that the only reason "white suburban moms" object to Common Core is that their children are too dumb to score well on tests — which, by the firsthand accounts of educators from urban New York City schools to rural Kentucky schools to every corner of the country, are a complete and utter mess.

Thousands of moms and dads immediately took to social media to speak truth to bigoted Fed Ed power. The nonpartisan Mothers Against Duncan (MAD) group on Facebook declared: "Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has insulted the Moms of America and our children! This MAD group is intended to be a gathering place where America's Moms can show him that he picked the WRONG group to mess with!"

Patti McKelvey wrote: "I am so angry about the latest comment out of Arne Duncan's mouth. I find it incredibly insulting. I am a clinical laboratory technologist. I have two (Master's) degrees. I am a grandmother. He has stirred a real hornet's nest now — white suburban middle-class women should not be messed with. Nor should parents of any race, creed or religion who care about their (children's) education."
Daphne Scott Yuhas posted: "I ain't white, and it doesn't matter a damn, but I am a Mom, and I am now in angry Mommy Bear mode! Watch out!"

Elle Commanderr, a "white former urban now suburban pissed off mom," directly addressed Duncan: "Education without representation is as egregious as taxation without representation. Our children are not YOUR children nor do we wish to 'assimilate' them to this nonsense in ANY area I know of ... suburban, urban or otherwise."

Michigan homeschool mom Karen Braun, who signed her letter to Duncan "Your boss," ripped the tone-deaf bureaucrat: "Secretary Duncan, you and the feds may control the purse strings, but WE (moms of every color and location) control our 'brilliant' children's shoe strings. We have the final authority, and we're saying no to your 'higher standard' and your high stakes tests... YOU work for US! Get that right, and you and the mothers of America will get along a whole lot better."

Duncan now says his dog-whistle tirade was clumsily worded. But he's used the same talking points before. What's crystal clear is that Duncan and his top-down dictators presume that only technocratic elites in Washington can determine what quality standards and curricula look like. He pretends that minority parents and students in inner-city charter and magnet schools with rigorous locally crafted classical education missions simply don't exist. A textbook liberal racist, Duncan whitewashes all minority parents and educators who oppose Common Core out of the debate.

This is a White House war on uppity women and children of all colors. Duncan's a bigot, a bully, an elitist and a foot-in-mouth fool all rolled into one — and he continues to enjoy the support of the president. The relentless Beltway attacks on Common Core critics also give lie to the oft-repeated claim that the top-down initiative was "state-led" and grassroots. It should not go unnoticed that the most vocal and defensive advocates of the beleaguered Fed Ed boondoggle are not local teachers or parents, but pale-faced Beltway bureaucrats and their corporate allies.

(Syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin is the daughter of Filipino Immigrants. She was born in Philadelphia, raised in southern New Jersey and now lives with her husband and daughter in Colorado. Her weekly column is carried by more than 100 newspapers.)


Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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Mr. Ewing needs to read 'Deadly Spin' before opining about health care

To The Daily Sun,

Don Ewing needs to read the book "Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out On How Corporate PR is Killing Health Care & Deceiving Americans" by Wendell Potter before he opines about the Affordable Care Act and just how it will impact people's quality of life.

Bernadette Loesch

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 10:50

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Thanks to so many for supporting BHS's 7th Annual Holiday Fair

To The Daily Sun,

The 7th Annual Holiday Fair at Belmont High School (BHS) was another great success for the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Accordingly, we would like to thank all of the 100-plus crafters and vendors who participated in the fair, many of whom have been returning year after year to support our event. We would also like to thank Mix 94.1, WLNH (98.3), and WJYY (105.5), and MetroCast for their support in our promotional efforts, as our attendance was once again approximately 2,000 shoppers! There were several local businesses who also supported the fair, including Dunkin' Donuts, The Works Bakery Cafe, Brookside Pizza, Sal's Pizza, Hannaford, Shaw's, Coca-Cola, Tilton Diner, Kitchen Cravings, Pirates Cove, the 99 Restaurant, Fox Country Smokehouse, Contigiani Catering, Jody Fortin, and the Belmont Heritage Commission. Finally, we were pleased to have the BHS PTO join us this year with Santa's Secret Shopping Experience, allowing children to purchase and wrap gifts for family members that will be true surprises as they are unwrapped during the holidays.
The Holiday Fair means a lot to us as students. It provides many opportunities for us to apply our business skills and knowledge to a real project working with the community, which we enjoy very much! Proceeds from the fair help us to attend NH-FBLA conferences and competitions in the spring and fall. Finally, and of equal importance to us, the fair allows us to support local charities that help other students and families in need during the holiday season!
There are many more people that we owe our thanks and appreciation to for the support we have received, so please know that we appreciate all that people have done for us. Best wishes to everyone for a safe and happy holiday season, and we will hope to see you for our eighth year on November 8, 2014!
The Future Business Leaders of America

Belmont High School Chapter
Colton Cadarette, President
Mary Kate Russo, Vice President

Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 10:47

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