To The Daily Sun,
The March 10 article describing Gilmanton's candidates night almost seemed, by design, to be written to suggest that Don Guarino cannot be trusted with town funds because years ago he altered an inspection sticker and, more recently, while working on an appeal to a court decision, he missed some court deadlines.
That's the extent of Mr. Guarino's life of crime. The flip side to that is that he has run a successful business for 38 years, and to my knowledge, this is the first time a dispute with a customer has ever seen the inside of a courtroom. That's an incredible record. The sticker, by his own admission, was a bad mistake, and he has since paid for it, and moved on.
As for his trustworthiness, Mr. Guarino has already led Gilmanton through many terms as selectman, lowering taxes each time. He understands how government works, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of policy, has communication skills which do not censor voters' input, understands how department budgets are structured, actually understands how a town budget is constructed ... and so much more.
Precisely, all the things his opponent, Marshall Bishop, knows nothing about. Mr. Bishop has no place in town government. I'll admit he makes a fine wine and that he is personable and friendly, but his past history, before becoming a selectman, shows little or no civic involvement in Gilmanton's town government, and that is precisely why he has been stuck and will remain stuck on his so called "learning curve." Gilmanton can ill-afford more years of a Select Board skidding along on a learning curve.
Gilmanton voters, ignore the smear campaigns, and vote the candidate most qualified, Don Guarino.
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