To The Daily Sun,
I just completed the winter semester for welding at Laconia Adult Education. What a great program! This is my second year in a row. It is a 10 week course. The teacher and his assistant are more than qualified, they know all aspects of this trade, and have all the state of the art equipment. They supply all the gases and welding supplies, and safety is always emphasized.
If you are a beginner there is hands on training, or if you have projects to do, like I do, just bring in your own material and free lance. They even have beginner work with you and help so they can learn. If you have never cut steel with a plasma cutter, all I can say is WOW.
There are new people of all walks of life to meet and swap ideas and give advice to. You get to park your troubles at the door, because only metal is spoken in there.
It starts in February, a good warm place to pass the winter doldrums. These classes have no problem filling, I hope to be back next year, where the motto is always, "Go burn em up."
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:21
To The Daily Sun,
While I do not know William Baer, the parent who led the opposition to one page in a book, I do wonder about the word "hero" be applied. Might it be we tend to overuse such a term to laud one who agrees with us? And I strongly suspect those students who were all right with the reading material did not support that book out of fear, as indicated in a recent editorial letter, because their grade "depended on it". I merely suggest one speak with those high school students who read this book and then make judgement.
It is my understanding that the prior and proven practice in Gilford regarding this book has historically required parental permission. Also, from what I have read, this situation was an admitted oversight. This occurrence has been the topic of newspapers, radio programming as well as television. Parents who want nothing to do with the public school system (not in reference to Carol Anderson) came forth to throw stones. All this regarding an admitted oversight?
When I taught in Gilford, the parents of students in the school were incredibly invested and supportive. In my career there, I am certain there were oversights on my part at any given time as I am not prone to perfection. Had the stones been thrown each time I made a mistake, I would be long gone.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:18
To The Daily Sun,
When driving in the region and I hear the horn blast of a fire engine or the warbling of a police cruiser, their emergency lights flashing, my fellow motorist and I pull over, allowing the vehicles to hasten their arrival to some emergency venue.
The sentimentalist in me garners a sense of pride knowing full well the trained, dedicated emergency personnel will soon be helping those in need. Should you be reading this letter — stop — ask yourself how your would feel, and what you would do, if your family member or best friend suddenly collapses, turns blue, hardly breathing and not responding to voice or touch?
Friday afternoon, April 25, 2014, around dinnertime I developed an unknown allergy and coupled with my COPD went out to the back porch for some fresh air, where I collapsed, with hands and face turning blue.
Thank God our young neighbors Cassie, Danny, Jeremy and Shawn reacted by dialing 911, and, having another neighbor, a nurse Kendra join them as she tried resuscitation techniques. Fortunately another neighbor neighbor, Ann, joined the group and assisted my wife, calling our daughters Susan and Lauren (who left a Monarchs game and met the ambulance at the Concord Hospital).
My sincere and heartfelt thanks to those above, including the Northfield Police Department — Sargent Hutchinson and Patrolman Selegman, The Fire Department of the City of Franklin, paramedic Mike Foss (who was off-duty at the time) and fire fighter Justin Hinds who in combination with the Tilton-Northfield Fire and EMS Captain David Hall, Firefighters /EMS John Powell, Derik Ogg, Traves Gosive and Dr. Beth Taylor of Franklin Regional Hospital, whose collective efforts contributed to saving my life.
My daughters, Sue and Lauren, and respective husbands, Jon and Harry, stayed with my wife Dee, in the hospital until 1 a.m. the following morning.
Should this letter appear lengthy, it is not every day that one has the opportunity to thank the professional firefighters, and EMS whose dedicated efforts often go unappreciated.
Thanks also to Tom Beaulieu, another T.N. EMS -Fire Fighter-EMT for assisting with all the data.
Listen up everyone. I hope this is a "Wake up Call".
Joe De Mello
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:10
To The Daily Sun,
On May 15, The Daily Sun published a letter from one Marty Valengavich of Belmont that managed to use the word "I" or another personal pronoun some 47 times. When space permits, kindly advise whether the Valengavich letter sets any kind of Daily Sun record for self-importance.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 10:02
To The Daily Sun,
I'd like to add a few thoughts and additional points to the ongoing fiasco that continues to be symbolic of a Gilford education, or, more to the reality, the LACK thereof. For those of us that have long followed the antics and tactics of the school board led by their beloved superintendent, none of what is happening comes as any surprise. The local educational-industrial complex has turned the rejection of parental and citizen concerns into an art form rivaled by few. They have a deep history of ignoring their constituency and going to great lengths to hide the truth regarding a variety of matters and covering their rear-ends at any and all cost. And of course, the greatest cover up of all has been the ugly truth that — contrary to what many hapless newcomers were led to believe — the schools in this town, to be blunt, stink. My wife and I quickly learned this back in the 90s, when we were forced to remove our two children before too much damage could be done. Sadly, not all parents have this option, and that is why some of us continue the fight.
Children grow quickly, and the chance to provide them with a sound education — built on a solid foundation of the basics — is short. It has long been my observation that the Gilford system blows this opportunity at practically every turn. Case in point — the use of pulp fiction in a 9th grade "honors" English class. Who in their right mind thought it would be a good idea to give a book to 14-year-old children that features sympathetic characters engaging in graphically-described sexual situations, using alcohol, and, ultimately, as a response to bullying, engaging in the mass murder of students and a teacher in a small-town school? What were they thinking? Yes, I KNOW that the material and circumstances might not be unknown to today's youth. So what? In fact, if that IS the case, then why must the school participate in the further inclusion and insertion of such matters into their lives? Why not instead make an attempt to inject some DECENCY into this sea of degeneration? In fact, why not actually expose the children to some REAL literature they might not otherwise have a chance to discover on their own? After all, isn't that why we send children to school? Apparently, not in Gilford.
In addition to discovering that 14-year-olds are assigned racy novels as part of their classwork, last week's board meeting unveiled the results of the annual "Youth Risk Behavior Survey" conducted by the Gilford Drug and Alcohol Task Force, and, guess what? It's not a pretty picture. Drug use. Alcohol use. Suicidal consideration. It's all there, and in alarming numbers. Rightfully, the presenters described what they learned as, "Startling," "Sad," Heart-wrenching," and, "Painful." Who could disagree? But then, they added more, which, against the backdrop of the events surrounding the aforementioned book, might, were none of this so serious, be considered laughable. In fact, I told them so — that they beclown themselves by their own words when compared to their actions. You see, after having a parent arrested for needing more than two lousy minutes to fathom why a school would deliver objectionable materials to 14-year-old children, the same board lamented that "they are working to get this out of the community." Said school board representative Rae Mello Andrews: We're trying to "promote positive things in the community." Really? By promoting filth? What's next — fighting fires with gas? Cleaning the streets by spreading sand? Purifying the lake by urinating in it? Good grief!
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 09:51