To The Daily Sun,
I am a freshman student at Gilford High School. I recently have been given a literacy assignment on the book "Nineteen Minutes" by Jodi Picoult in my honors English class. This book depicts a shooting at a high school, and includes bullying and relationships within this school. There has been a big topic in the news these last few days that a parent found a page in this book that describes a scene in which intercourse is present. Although I usually try to steer clear of any drama that goes on in the news or on social media, with the topic being this book, I absolutely had to get my opinion out there.
To be completely honest, with no context to the rest of the story, Page 313 is very graphic, and if I were a parent I would be outraged as well. However, as a student who is reading the book, I understand how it impacts the rest of the story. The descriptions on this page and on many other pages explain how a teenage girl is being controlled by her boyfriend. The point of this passage was not to put descriptive images into students' heads, but rather to get the point across that the main character, Josie, was being sexually assaulted by her boyfriend, Matt.
I could go on to say that "High schoolers know what this stuff is," but I'm not going to. However, I do want my voice and other students' voices to count, and not just the voices of adults. I want people who are watching the newscasts and reading the paper to understand that the overall meaning of the story is not sex. It is a story about teenagers going through rough points in their lives.
The impact this book has had on me and many of my peers is phenomenal. For the first time, the issue of bullying has been discussed intently in the classroom. It has really opened my eyes and I now see the views that other people have on subjects such as bullying and violence. Even outside of our English classroom, students have been discussing the contents of "Nineteen Minutes." With this understanding of bullying from the story, hopefully kids will become more tolerant of people who are different than them.
Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge my opinion.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 06:01
To The Daily Sun,
Once again the Workforce Housing Law is rearing its ugly head, this time in Sanbornton. This intrusive law is hanging over the head of every town in the state, and most town boards, our own included, try to subdue it with band-aids instead of working with their elected representatives and senators to get rid of a terrible law that includes price fixing as a component.
Some towns, such as Bow, Rindge and Goffstown, are at least fighting back against this federal and state government overreach into how we run our towns by refusing federal funds. With the help locally of the Lakes Region Planning Commission (a group of people who have access to federal money without first going through Concord), unelected people are trying to tell us how we will live, build, travel, use power and deal with water in the name of fighting so-called man-made climate change.
This needs to stop in order to preserve our freedoms and property rights, things that the Granite State Future program sees as an obstacle to their plans.
There will be an informational meeting at the Sanbornton Library on Thursday night, May 8, at 7 p.m. There will also be a public meeting on Saturday, the 10th, at 10 a.m., also in Sanbornton. Citizens need to learn about threats to their property rights through the Workforce Housing Law and other rules, regulations and laws coming down from the state and federal government, and yes, even the U.N.
The information is out there if town officials all over the state will take the time to research it, as many citizens have. They shouldn't be offended when citizens bring this information to them. They should be grateful as it will help them do their jobs and protect the New Hampshire way of life.
Phil & Chris Wittmann
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 05:56
To The Daily Sun,
If you attended the advertised public informational meeting of the Sanbornton Planning Board on May 1, you then heard it introduced by Planner Bob Ward as a workshop meeting of the Planning Board instead.
Not many questions were asked in the two hour period. Almost none was answered with clear direct answers. No pertinent information was given, and some of the "public" (state Rep. Jane Cormier), were not allowed to speak. (She was allowed a few words at the close of the meeting, where she offered to return, if we asked, to share her knowledge and experience on this topic. She further commented that she has traveled to five different communities across the state on this issue and has lots of information to share. In her travels to share and help New Hampshire citizens, she had never been received or been treated like this).
Sanbornton, we should be ashamed of such behavior, from a few among us, to a visitor willing to offer us knowledge and help with such an important issue. On behalf of the citizens of the town of Sanbornton, I offer my heartfelt apologies to Rep. Cormier.
If another farmer/gardener had learned a way to avoid potato blight, wouldn't we want to listen and learn from him, even if he wasn't from Sanbornton?
It seems that those in power do not want Sanbornton citizens to truly know and understand what this program is all about and the true impact it will have on our taxes and property rights.
The one direct/simple question asked: " How will this impact my taxes?" received a direct and emphatic answer by a Planning Board member, "This program (workforce housing) will not impact your taxes. It will not raise your taxes." If you can believe that, then I have a "bridge to nowhere for sale!"
Now, if you are interested in learning the facts about workforce housing and how it will impact our life and taxes in Sanbornton, please attend a meeting set for May 8, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Town Library which is open to the public.
The presenters will be state Reps. Jane Cormier (who was not allowed to speak), and John Burt, along with Susan Olsen will provide information and answers to your questions. They have vast experience with workforce housing in New Hampshire and have been successful in helping citizens understand the true facts and origin of the program; as well as defeat it in their communities. For example, Goffstown turned the program down/canceled the grant after receiving the grant.
They will provide us with the exact documents our town signed, including the terms and conditions of the $30,000 grant. Such terms included the outreach/informational meetings which they failed to do in the last year, until pressed by citizens.
Reps claim to also have evidence of a statement by the Lakes Region Planning Commission, and HUD (Housing and Urban Development, a federal agency) that states, we have to break the strong belief/attitude in property rights that New Hampshire holds, and change the zoning laws so feds can change the landscape.
If you cannot attend, you are urged to educate/arm yourself with the true facts. Go online (if no computer, visit the town library, they have them), and read about the workforce program. It is another top-down program.
Visit: #1 Granite State Futures, the Real Facts, #2 Agenda 21, the U.N. program that President Clinton signed into effect by executive order #12852.
That "Pass it now and read it later to learn what is in it" thing of Nancy Pelosi is happening now in Sanbornton. Reading it later will be too late.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 07 May 2014 09:49
To The Daily Sun,
On behalf of Granite United Way and its Financial Stability Partnership, I want to thank you for assisting us in getting the word out to the public about our poverty reduction initiative. Dedicating specific and consistent space in your newspaper for the public to become familiar with this and the One Thing movement is an incredible commitment and we are indebted to you.
Getting consistent information out to the public, about a matter of concern to us all, is not easily accomplished without your support. Poverty, as we have said, is a complex issue which will require us all to work together to resolve. It's one of those issues that we often turn and run from because it's just so big. However, through local efforts such as One Thing, Better Together and the like, we know that ordinary people do extraordinary things. While we need the resources of our community institutions and organizations, we must not overlook the power of regular people contributing their talent and passion to help one's neighbor. One Thing empowers people to take action wherever they can. Doing one conscious thing to make a difference, to make someone else's life brighter, is all part of the change it will take to overtake poverty.
Poverty steals away ones future — health, education and prosperity. When this happens we all pay the consequences. In today's economy, many jobs demand a post-secondary education to acquire family-sustaining wages. The future, if nothing changes, is unattainable for those who cannot compete.
Yes poverty is complex, as is the world in which it exists. We cannot lose our children to poverty. Their future, and ours, depends on it! Thank you for helping us to get the word out. Thank you for doing your One Thing to alleviate poverty. We invite all members of the community to participate in this effort.
Last Updated on Thursday, 08 May 2014 11:25
To The Daily Sun,
Johnny Van Tassel was with our Sanbornton Department of Public Works for seven years, and director for two years when he went to work for Northfield in the same capacity last year. During the entire seven years he operated the Transfer Station, with a Level 4 certification. Bill Whalen praised him in a newspapers for taking care of the very muddy roads of our warm winter 2012-2013.
Please vote on Tuesday, May 13th to elect Mr. Van Tassel as your selectman. He knows everyone. He gets along with people, which is so important in our small town. He will work hard for you.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 May 2014 11:30