To The Daily Sun,
I am a librarian, and given that knowledge, I imagine you would think I support the Gilmanton Year-Round Library. The truth is at this time, I do not unconditionally support it. I do however appreciate the GYRL, and the continuing search for knowledge and education beyond traditional schooling. My objection is a matter of principle: the GYRL is in the community, but not owned by the community.
The GYRL was intended to be a self-sustaining, non-profit organization within the community.
Here we have a wonderful community resource betwixt and between The Corners and The Iron Works, adjacent to our school, and serving many members of the community, but still not embraced by all.
I have personally supported the GYRL by sponsoring a lecturer educating the community about the New Hampshire coyote population and I am glad to have done that. But again I must state that my objection is a matter of principle. Shouldn't a self-sustaining, non-profit organization seeking funds resolve their financial woes via continuing fundraising and donations vs. seeking money from a community that is not directly vested in it?
I say to you, the founding members and supporters of The GYRL, you have created a wonderful resource, but as yet, you have not given ownership to the entire community. I acknowledge what you have achieved. I salute your self-directed accomplishment, but why not consider empowering the community by giving ownership to those whose taxes are being sought to support your continuing efforts.
Why not consider "selling" the GYRL to the town for a dollar? It's a win/win situation. Gilmanton taxpayers become "vested owners" thanks to your hard work and stewardship, your vision and perseverance. This action would make you Gilmanton's greatest philanthropists and that is a title to be proud of. You would not be forgotten for what you have achieved and what you will have contributed to your community.
For the good of the whole please consider this option. We would all reap the benefits of your labor and that gesture might conceivably garner greater acceptance/support from those of us whose taxes you seek toward ensuring the future of The GYRL.
With the best of intentions in mind,
Gilmanton Iron Works
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