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Between 3.7 & 4.6 million attended women's marches worldwide

To The Daily Sun,

What a laugh! You should see my grin. The White House and Fox News are so hurt! What a spanking! Herr Trumpenfuhrer's inauguration had the lowest attendance in recent times. On top of being rejected by the majority and being trounced by 3 million votes it has to hurt to see three times as many women and their allies show up to protest their leader. They are indeed showing it, too.

Just listen to Trump, Spicer, Preibus, Conway, and company with their trite bellyaching. "Alternate facts" Sean Spicer spent his first five minutes of his first White House briefing whining about the estimates of the inauguration versus the women's marches. I feel your pain, Sean.

Crowd scientists Marcel Altenburg and Keith Still at Manchester Metropolitan University estimate that 160,000 attended the inauguration, while they estimate that the Women's March drew 475,000 by 2 p.m. If you've seen the aerials of the inauguration, large swaths of areas have no people while the women's march is full to the brim.

Obama's first inauguration had 1.8 million and his second had a million. Now we have a loser for president. Obama was a gentleman. What did conservatives expect? To come together behind a demagogue, a xenophobe, a misogynist, and a bigot who ran on fear, anger, and divisions? Get real. And what is with Trump having Robert Jeffress, anti-gay, anti-Mormon, anti-Catholic, anti-Muslim, anti-Jew Baptist pastor preaching at a private service for the president-elect and his family on Friday right before Trump was inaugurated? What despicable people.

Sources claim that in Los Angeles, the estimated crowd was 750,000 strong. New York City rocked with 250,000. Chicago crowds were estimated at 150,000-250,000. Boston came in at 135,000-150,000. Denver, 150,000-200,000. Seattle, 130,000. Portland, 100,000. Even London was attended by around 100,000, Toronto, 50,000-60,000 and Austin, 40,000.

Google Docs has been tracking the event counts from sources using aerials and transportation data from around the world. A low estimate of 3.7 million and a high estimate of 4,576,000 persons attended women's protests and marches against the new regime around the globe. Isn't this going to be fun, Donnie?

James Veverka

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Let Joe Kinney know that Frank Edelblut is not man for the job

To The Daily Sun,
The Commissioner of Education is responsible for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of services to all public schools in New Hampshire. Gov. Sununu has nominated former state representative Frank Edelblut to be our next Education Commissioner.

In my opinion, Mr. Edelblut does not have the qualifications or experience to fill this critical position. Furthermore, he is a school choice supporter who sponsored legislation to allow towns with no public school to use taxpayer funds to send students to a public or private school of their choice.

As commissioner of Education, he would be the leader of all New Hampshire school superintendents, even though his education degrees include an undergraduate degree in business administration and a Master's degree in theology. He may be well qualified to be a business CEO, but his degrees do not qualify him to be a certified teacher in the state of New Hampshire, let alone be a certified administrator.

Mr. Edelblut's advocacy for the use of taxpayer dollars to send students to private schools is most disconcerting. Parents certainly have the right to send their children to private schools, but the funneling of public school tax dollars to private schools would be disastrous for public schools. Such a system would further segregate our schools on the basis of social economic status. This is already the case today.

N.H. Executive Councilor Joseph Kenney's district includes the K-12 school districts in Claremont, Conway, Governor Wentworth, Inter-Lakes, Laconia, and Newfound. It also includes elementary schools in Bartlett, Hill, Madison, and Tamworth. I make note of these school districts because in 2015-16 each one of them had a higher percent of students who were eligible for Free/Reduced Lunch (F/RL) than the statewide average of 28.6 percent, and each had a higher cost per pupil (CPP) than either the statewide average of $15,034 for elementary schools or $14,902 for K-12 school districts.

For example, 54.4 percent of the students in the Laconia City School District were eligible for F/RL (25.8 percent more than the statewide average) and the CPP in Laconia was $16,137 — or $1,103 more than the statewide average. At the high ends, 60 percent of the students in Tamworth were eligible for F/RL and the CPP for Bartlett and Tamworth both exceed $20,000.

All of the school districts above have a higher percentage of students who are eligible for F/RL and a higher CPP than school districts statewide. These districts would all be very negatively impacted by the funneling of taxpayer dollars from their budgets to the budgets of private schools. The New Hampshire Commissioner of Education is responsible all public schools in New Hampshire. He or she is not responsible for private schools in New Hampshire.

Mr. Edelblut's appointment must be confirmed by the Executive Council. I encourage citizens who reside in Councilor Kenney's district to contact him (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to express their concerns regarding the confirmation of Mr. Edelblut and the negative impacts of any plan that would transfer public school funds to private schools.

Michael Lancor
Former Superintendent of Schools

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