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Biosolids impart much more than nitrogen to the soil

To The Daily Sun,

Nitrogen isn't the only free thing that you get from spreading biosolids. Here is a partial list of free extra gifts you can receive from spreading biosolids: Triclosan (which changes to Dioxin in sunlight), arsenic, lead, molybdenum, mercury, radioactive material (from hospital waste), pharmaceuticals, thousands of chemicals, parasites, microbes that cause diseases such as hepatitis A, PHA's, chloroanaline, steroids, heavy metals, prions (a word worth looking up), pathogens,viruses, bacteria and a variety of other synthetic chemicals. All of this could be coming to a field near you.

Sewage treatment plants do not remove most hazardous chemicals from sludge that is spread on fields. Actually, scientists are finding out the treatment done before spreading often creates new pollutants and superbugs. Most are toxic and persistent.

Remember that no notification is needed and no setbacks required to spread Class A. Ask the people that live near the fields by Loon Pond. Class B requires a permit and setbacks and I think signs that tell you not to walk on the fields for so many days. Tell that to the wildlife that can' t read. After the signs are taken down just like magic the fields are totally safe, right?

So ask yourself, is it worth taking a risk on making Gilmanton a toxic waste site? Think of your land values going down. Vote "Yes" on Article 3 to ban biosolids.

Sandi Guarino

Gilmanton

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Town officials should distance themselves from GYRL behavior

To The Daily Sun,

The Gilmanton Year-Round Library (GYRL) does not deserve another single dollar of taxpayer money.

I received copies of more than 70 pages of email documents and invoices pertaining to the GYRL petition warrant articles up for vote on March 8. These were obtained through a Right-to-Know request I submitted and I paid the $18 fee when I collected them. Two emails pretty much sum up the lack of ethics and truthfulness of certain town officials and the president of the GYRL.

One email sent Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, at 8:29 a.m. from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to town administrator says, "I think that Laura's suggested language will "soften" the blow to the residents that do not support the library funding. They will feel as if they still have a 'voice' during deliberative session."

I will let you draw your own conclusions as to what "soften" the blow and feel as if they still have a "voice" mean.

The second email dated Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, at 10:47 a.m. from Christine Schlegel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to town administrator and Rachel Hatch says, "I knew we would get some response. Rachel, I am sorry that he chose to use our meeting notes in that manner. They were not intended to be circulated and I actually did remove some wording that I thought could be problematic."

Does anyone else think that it is unethical to modify meeting notes?

I assure you that these are not taken out of context and anyone can ask to see them as they are public information.

I would like to think that any town official with an ounce of integrity would immediately distance themselves from this type of behavior.

I will be voting "no" to both articles asking for town funding of the GYRL.

Leonard Swanson
Gilmanton

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