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When 'public servants' start making up rules, it's time for action

To The Daily Sun,

Supposed you had hired someone to help with the housework, either because you were recovering from an illness, or had simply decided to take things easy. And suppose that in the course of their work, they had taken it upon themselves to make some changes to the way you had been doing things. For example, what if they decided they didn't like where you kept the coffee cups, and moved them to the bottom cabinet where you kept the pots and pans, and moved the pots and pans to the cabinet where you kept your finest crystal. Or suppose they decide, on their own without getting your input or advice, to move the bed from the wall where you like it, to another location in the room.

Would you keep these domestic "servants" employed for very long if they continued to make decisions based on their own likes and dislikes, or would you insist that they either do things your way, or be fired?

Public servants at all levels of government work for us. "At all levels" means public employees at all levels, from the people who pick up trash along our roadways, people and teachers who work in the government schools, all the way to the top levels of government, including the president. We pay their salaries, and we decide how we want things done. And whether they like it or not, they are our servants.

In the Bobby Ray Memorial Elementary School in McMinnville, Tenn., Adam Stinnett, a 7-year-old second grader looked up to his older brother as a role model, and told his mother he wanted a haircut just like him, a soldier in the  Army, whose hair was very short — "high and tight." So Adam got his hair cut on March 8 of this year. On March 9, his mother got a letter from the principal of Adam's school, telling her Adam's haircut was "a distraction," and needed to be fixed. Keep in mind, "high and tight" means very short. The school told his mother the haircut was against the "rules" of her school, and therefore the only alternative was that Adam's head had to be shaved completely. The principal didn't explain exactly how a bald-headed second grader was not a distraction.

Adam's mother complied with the order from the school, but she also did something else. She wrote to the local newspaper, telling them her son was made to feel ashamed of his haircut by wanting to look like his older brother. The local County School District responded, saying that no school in the district has any rules against military haircuts. By then, it was too late for Adam's haircut to look like his brother.

When public servants start making up the "rules" as they go along, it is time for action, no matter whether its in Tennessee, or in New Hampshire, at a school board meeting, or selectmen's meeting, where the public's input is not welcomed by those "public servants".

And isn't ironic that the school is named after Navy Corpsman David Robert "Bobby" Ray, who was killed in action in Vietnam, when he used his body to shield another Marine from a live grenade. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, and recognized throughout the area as a true American hero.

Yet these "public servants" chose to shame a second grade boy who wanted to emulate his older brother, and look like a soldier.

Notice to all public servants: You work for us.

Jim McCoole

Laconia

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Freedom of Press & Freedom of Speech offer us strong defense

To The Daily Sun,

Hey, Laconia Daily Sun readers, if you don't like what Blow Hard (R. Wiles), Blow Harder (T. Boutin) or Blow Hardest (S. Earle) write, just don't read their diatribes.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives everyone the right to voice their opinion no matter how ignorant, biased or misinformed that opinion may be.

Unlike some local newspapers, at least The Daily Sun is willing to print all sides of controversial issues.

Remember, freedom of the press and freedom of speech are two of the strongest defenses we citizens have for a viable democracy.

John Calvin

Laconia

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