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We need a place for our dogs & we need it now more than ever

To The Daily Sun,

As a Laconia taxpayer and a responsible pet owner, I am extremely disappointed by the decision to make the Woodland Heights Elementary School fenced-in ball park inaccessible for dogs. My husband and I were grateful for the privilege of using the field on a regular basis to exercise our Great Dane and picked up after him, as well as, other dogs.
We need a place for our dogs and we need it now more than ever! For those who may not be aware, there is an off-leash dog park in the planning stages for Laconia. The Happy Tails Dog Park (www.htdpnh.org) committee needs to hear from the dog lovers in our community! There is an informational meeting on Tuesday, May 20 at the Laconia Community Center (306 Union Ave.) at 6:30 p.m. Please show up and offer your help to make our dog park a reality.

Lisa Bauman

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 08:32

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Thank you for all your support; none of you will be forgotten

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to thank everyone who attended the services for my husband,Bill Edney, and gave me the support that was needed following his sudden death. Due to the outpouring of support, it would be impossible to reach everyone individually so I chose to use this means to attempt to acknowledge as many as possible.

Thank you to the Meredith Police Department., the Fire Department and everyone in town government. They were all great in helping everything go smoothly. The Mayhew Funeral Home was very understanding in helping me see that Bill's wishes were carried out. Our children and some of our friends who banded together to keep the house functioning and preparing it for the celebration of his life. All of the people, many not known to me, who stopped by to offer their condolences and drop off food and other items that were greatly appreciated. All of the many people who attended his wake for their compassion and consideration. Rusty McClear for his generosity. The gentleman who stopped and offered to process the pile of logs in the driveway. He didn't know Bill or I but said he drove by often and knew something tragic had happened. Unbelievable!

Lastly, his decades long friend, Skip Laughy, who helped ease the pain during this time of sorrow. None of you will be forgotten.

Sharon Edney

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 08:30

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These wind turbines are threatening watersheds & economy

To The Daily Sun,

It's unusual that a $500 million investment in the Newfound Lake community is being greeted with such community concern. After all, when was the last time anyone invested that much money here?

Make no mistake about it, Newfound Lake is under attack, and it's coming in the form of 500-foot industrial wind turbines on our ridge lines with all electricity being routed to southern states.

Newfound Lake and Cardigan residents are overwhelmingly united in their opposition to newly proposed industrial wind plants. And Concord is very well aware of our community stance against additional wind development through our direct testimonies and detailed objections. Residents have officially voted twice against additional development and have also voted-in a new "Rights Based Ordinances" laws. And yes, for much of this past winter our voices have been raised and our tempers have flared at these town hall meetings.

Remember there is no shortage of electricity in N.H. N.H. has been exporting excess electricity to southern states for decades. It's a very successful model — and many residents are questioning why we would consider hurting that model. But the million dollar question that remains is: "Why are we paying for any of this?"

Our story is very different. These turbines are threatening our watersheds, threatening our tourism, threatening our local economy and is threatening our "Natural Rights" and our "Quality of Place".

We are not going down without a fight and we want your support. Summer residents and visitors alike should voice their concerns. Educate yourself this Sunday, May 25th at The Inn on Newfound Lake from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. It's a critical information update meeting. Everyone is welcome. There is no charge to attend this event.

I hope to see you all there! Bring a friend...

Ray Cunningham

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 08:24

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We seniors are at fault for not patronizing the Meredith Center

To The Daily Sun,
I am saddened by the closing of the Senior Center in Meredith and I have a lot of respect for Robert Franks for leading the way to solve the problem of the Senior Center closing. I have been attending the Senior Center on various visits for several years and those people who might think that the problem may be leadership are very wrong; we have had very capable leaders in the Senior Center and we still do have a good leader; the problem is not the leadership at this end of CAP; the problem is many things combined.

First and foremost, we seniors are at fault. We are quick to complain about the leaders in town but they have an obligation to the rest of the town to keep cost within a budget. Another problem is that some of the people whom are up at arms over this never darken the doorway of the Senior Center. It seems like seniors who go to senior centers carry a stigma and it is a place for them and not ourselves. What we should all do is look in the mirror and discover that we all are getting older and may want a little fellowship. Some old duffer can be a good source of comfort if you lose a spouse or a close friend. If we seniors do not stick together and support Mr. Franks in any way we can, then no organization will be willing to take us in because they cannot put the burden of lights heat and liability on to their organization for the few who show up for sit down meals. I realize that there are other functions that are available at the centers and these people, at times, should support the sit down meal program.

I hope we can come to a solution for all seniors, without anger, in the near future. We in this town have some very intelligent people. I am sure someone will step up to the plate and be a hero to the old duffers.

Charlie Flanagan

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 08:20

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Schools doing great service by not shying away from tough topics

To The Daily Sun,

I cannot, in good conscience, fail to respond to the sad and unfounded remarks pervasive in Mr. Doug Lambert's letter of Friday May 16. As a 2000 graduate of the Gilford School system, I must refute the ridiculous and truly pathetic claims offered by Mr. Lambert.

First and foremost, the Gilford Schools are staffed by capable, passionate, and dedicated educators, administrators, and support staff. Was it not for many of these individuals dedicating their lives to the development of Gilford and Gilmanton students, who knows where many of us would be? Certainly, each of our lives was made richer by the opportunities that our teachers and our schools offered to us on a daily basis. Sadly, like many small town rabble rousers and demagogues, Mr. Lambert seems to salivate at the opportunity to attack any public figure or institution without so much as a shred of fact-based evidence to support his ludicrous claims resulting in what is at best pathetic besmirching of some of the most dedicated professionals in central N.H., and at worst is borderline defamation. Perhaps if Mr. Lambert finds the community's efforts to educate his children so ineffective, rather than blame those highly trained and dedicated to public education, instead he should examine his own failings as a parent in helping to develop the basic skills necessary for success in any academic setting.

In addition to being a proud Gilford graduate, I am also a professional high school educator. And, it is through this training and professional experience that I have come to understand more and more how fortunate I was to matriculate through such a fine public school system. My Gilford education, along with the effective parenting I received throughout my childhood, not only prepared me to survive after high school but facilitated my ability to successfully navigate the post-secondary level at a world class university from which I graduated in 2004. I bring this up not to boast or self promote, rather simply to anecdotally demonstrate the effectiveness of the Gilford School District.

Now, while I certainly agree that GHS made an error in failing to send home a permission slip prior to exposing high school students to mature content, the claims asserted by Mr. Lambert that this material was inherently not appropriate or acceptable for academic use is utterly false. Asking students to read and analyze a respected tome by a well-known local author is typical and reasonable. Asking students to investigate real challenges and issues plaguing young people in the United States today is not only acceptable but necessary. Mr. Lambert sounds McCarthy-esque railing against a respected piece of literature simply for presenting ideas contrary to his own. Would he prefer to attempt to hide our young people from the many difficulties and social obstacles they face in our world today? Does he truly believe that knowledge with proper context can be a bad thing? In fairness, Mr. Lambert is correct in one regard. Teenagers today do not lack knowledge of issues related to bullying, drug and alcohol use, sexuality, and violence. In fact, they are more exposed to these ideas and behaviors today than children have been since the fall of the Roman Empire. However, for schools to not responsibly address these topics through discourse, literature, and analysis would be disastrous for our culture and for future generations. Gilford schools have a long standing tradition of addressing these difficult topics in a meaningful, thoughtful and responsible way. If Mr. Lambert is made so uncomfortable by such discussions, perhaps he should sit in on that 9th grade honors English class in the hope of learning to deal with these topics in a more mature manner.

In regard to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey results that Mr. Lambert weakly attempts to correlate to the other issue as some kind of evidence, I suggest one first compare Gilford's results to that of other New Hampshire towns, and second consider who should rightly be held accountable for those results. Is it the role of Gilford schools to ensure that its students are not engaging in risky behaviors such as drug and alcohol usage and sexual promiscuity? Don't parents have some responsibility in these circumstances? By addressing these topics in a responsible way, the schools are actually going above and beyond their traditional role to try to stem the tide of these dangerous behaviors because clearly these lessons are not being effectively taught at home. Gilford schools are doing a great service to their students by not shying away from issues and topics that are difficult or controversial.

I often suggest to my students that a very important life lesson to remember can be encapsulated in the old adage "it is better to keep one's mouth shut and be thought a fool than open it and remove all doubt." Mr. Lambert clearly has overstepped the boundaries of his knowledge, experience, and insight in making so many ludicrous and unfounded claims in his May 16 letter. Therefore, when it comes to education at least, perhaps he can take a break from "removing all doubt" at least for a little while.

Zak Babcock

Last Updated on Monday, 19 May 2014 08:04

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