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Government help was started because churches coudn't keep up

To The Daily Sun,

Regarding a letter that churches, not the government should help the needy, a local church has been asking for help to keep its food pantry open, obviously not able to help unless a large donation is made to them from the public.

As a former fundamentalist Baptist, I often heard from the pulpit a disregard for those who do not work and take care of their families. Every day on the radio, I hear conservative talk shows bashing the lazy bums that receive a government handout.

Most religions are conservative in requiring others to do their part in order to please God and not be a burden to others. Certainly there are many churches that help a few in the communities that they live in and they are also usually asking for donations from the public. Churches cannot miraculously produce 5,000 fish and bread to feed the needy as Jesus supposedly did. They ask for donations.

Government help was started because charitable organizations, including churches, could not or would not help all of those in need. Conservatives, many of whom are religious, are always complaining about having to pay taxes to support the lazy bums that won't work for themselves. I receive SSDI (Social Security disability income) and I regularly get insulted by others.

I know churches would not be capable of providing for all of the needy in their communities and would pick and choose their favorites to help, leaving out the ostracized, such as me, to fend for ourselves. Pity isn't it.

Louise Sargent

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Brett Currier is pro taxpayer; he should be choice for selectman

To The Daily Sun,

As a citizen and longtime taxpayer of the Town of Gilmanton, I attended the last three selectmen's meetings.

The first meeting had to do with non-public information leaking to the public (old news). One of the selectmen resigned after that meeting. (More old news.)

At the second meeting I attended the selectmen took applications to seat a replacement to fill the vacant seat. Two of the three candidates were present. The chairman read the applications and some other letters from the special interest groups. (Not much got done.)

The third meeting however got interesting. Everyone knows the players looking to fill the open seat.

Rachel Hatch — Pro library, Pro management, Pro special interest.

Brian Forst — Chairman of the Budget Committee, Pro library, Pro capital reserve, etc.

Brett Currier — Pro taxpayer.

All candidates are ex-selectmen. My problem is not with the candidates running, but with the difficulty to seat (one).

My choice is Brett Currier. He isn't against the library but wants it to remain its own warrant article on the ballot and not be hidden in the town's operating budget. He isn't against the Fire Department, just wants them to work within their means. Has anyone been to the Fourth of July parade? We have more fire apparatus than a town three times the size of ours. And he isn't for an overabundance of capital reserve funds. He would rather see the money in taxpayers' savings accounts rather than sitting in the town's savings accounts.

My real problem is Mike Jean. At the beginning of the third meeting Mr. Jean's boss, Fire Chief Joe Hempel, had to leave the meeting and respond to a fire call. I'm sorry. Did I mention Mr. Jean is a call fireman. The meeting continued on and I watched Mr. Jean. He seemed to be a little nervous and bewildered not to have his boss in the audience. He made a motion to delay deciding on a candidate and instead wanted to discuss general business. Why? Finally his boss returned to the meeting and stood in the doorway at the back of the room. Mr. Jean seemed to be relieved that he was there.

Now comes the bigger problem. The two selectmen cannot come to an agreement. Chairman Don Guarino chose Brett Currier. Mike Jean, after making strong eye contact with his boss, Chief Hempel, and doing some considerable paper shuffling, chose Rachel Hatch. It was a stalemate. They couldn't agree.

After more paper shuffling and more eye contact with Chief Hempel, suddenly Mike Jean changed his choice to Brian Forst. It is clear to me and should have been clear to anyone in the meeting, Mike Jean did not care who he chose as long as it wasn't Brett Currier. And again it was a stalemate.

As a concerned taxpayer I personally think Mike Jean is up to his eyeballs in with the special interest groups in this town. The fairest unbiased method of choosing should be just like they did it the last time. The second-place vote-getter should get the seat.

Checkmate Mrs. Gianni. At least I attended the meetings and didn't base my letter on hearsay.

Just my thoughts.

Glen Lines


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