To The Daily Sun,
In this beautiful Christmas season, when good will and cheer is supposed to be the focus, as the good lord would intend us to do, my husband and I, along with some others, have recently been the target of blame on Facebook, for the closing of the ACS, of all things! Mr. Dube, who once ran unsuccessfully for school board, began an open, public, conversation about the carbon monoxide poisoning of students and apparently some staff earlier this week. In his post he writes about several folks and lists their initials, referring to them as the " dark side of the force in town". And they say women are dramatic?
Another "Gentleman", Mr Ingoldsby, who was "let go" from being employed at the school, jumped in to name names and that's when we were mentioned, along with some others. Apparently we are all to blame for the school shutting down. In 2011, Mr. Ingoldsby sent a lengthy letter to the Budget Committee blaming the administration for the condition of the school, stating "he was told to not maintain it while he worked there". Today, it's all our fault. We are not surprised to hear the negativity from these two "gentlemen". Nor were we surprised to see Krista Argiropolis jump on board with a blatant lie, stating "Having no ventilation is not good, to say the least". This statement from an elected official, who was directly involved in obtaining two official inspections of ACS in 2012, and both inspection reports revealed there were no safety or health concerns — including with the ventilation, which does exist. Another upstanding citizen, Pam McLeod, director of technology at ACS, jumped into this online conversation. Not only discussing the carbon monoxide situation, she discussed her son's behavior in class with a substitute, Ms. Street, who also entered into the mix.
Parent's can't enter ACS freely any more "to protect the students" but, who is protecting the student's privacy from substitutes and administrator's Facebook chatter? But, hey, the rules and laws are for other people, right, Pam? Ms. McLeod state she believes the ventilation is the "biggest health issue facing our students/staff" and is "personally disappointed" with no plan to address the situation.This from an administrator, also involved in the whole health and safety concern blitz last year.
My husband and I, and others are called cheap, meaning we didn't vote for an $18 million dollar school expansion project. It's interesting that those pointing fingers don't realize the citizens of this town voted that project down, and we all have ONE vote each. Hmmm... perhaps they aren't grasping that to vote in support of a broken educational system, heavily laden with administration, which is suspected of purposely letting the building get run down in an effort to manipulate the taxpayers, is not ever in the best interests of the students, staff or tax payers. There is one good thing about Facebook. It's absolutely transparent as to the nature of people and their comments.
We won't let these ill meaning comments get us down and wish EVERYONE a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Barbara & Ray Howard
Last Updated on Monday, 23 December 2013 10:00
To The Daily Sun,
Seems the president is having problems with, of all people, Democratic senators, suddenly. With his latest foreign policy snafu, Obama wants to ease sanctions on Iran for the privilege of letting them pull the wool over his eyes. Not much of a trick really as we conservatives noted six years ago, Obama had no foreign policy experience or even knowledge. Seems he has a learning disorder also. Even the otherwise loyal senators know we can't trust the clerics who rule Iran. What a shock — but only those who have been buried in video games or something for several decades didn't know that. Still stubbornly Obama and Harry Reid are refusing to even allow debate or decent to be heard. Nothing new there, Obama thinks he was elected king and can rule by dictate but people are getting sick of that too.
Another bump in the president's road to glory are a couple of federal judges ruling against the administration and the NSA's invasion of American's privacy, which is the one bipartisan agreement by Republicans and Democrats. I don't think he will have a bump free 2014 given the number of Democrats running as fast as they can away from Obamacare. By the way, I'm going to continue calling it Obamacare in spite of an effort by some liberals to label the term racist. Funny, they keep doing things like that, remember when they tried to make the name Chicago racist? Recently I heard a liberal on TV say it was bad to say the president was a socialist. Heck it's not like the word socialist is an offensive description like calling someone a racist. They just think they can bully people into not speaking out if they utter the word racist. People are getting wise to that too and it's not going to work anymore.
Last Updated on Saturday, 21 December 2013 12:04
To The Daily Sun,
I love Laconia High School.
I would like to begin by stating that I don not have three college degrees. Truth is, I don't have any. I have worked hard my entire adult life and would not have it any other way.
For most of my working life I worked as a caregiver in hospitals and nursing homes. However, for many years I worked at LHS as a simple custodian, as I am a common man, nothing special or outstanding about me.
For myself, being at LHS was, with the exception of my childhood in West Manchester, the happiest times of my life, and it was the students there over the years who helped forge those happiest of times.
I've seen them all, black, white, Hispanic, poor, rich, broken families, you name it. I can with all honesty say that I have never met a student that I did not like. Honor Roll or not I always found something unique in each individual.
For many of those years I was involved as a volunteer in several sports programs, as well as proms and dances and other school related activities. I knew the children and I knew them well.
Often students would seek me out, several of them troubled. They sought me out not for assistance with school work, but instead for lessons on life in general. Some took my advice, some did not. I was always happy to talk and be a friend, and let them know that I was a friend. I never was critical. I believed in faith and hope, still do.
I do not believe that LHS is in decline. I think that the best is yet to come. Instead of being critical, reach out with a helping hand. I have always been proud of LHS and I always will be.
I don't have all the answers, anyone who knows me will attest to that. I mean, diesel gas in a lawnmower? Yes, I did that. Would I do it again? Perhaps not. We all learn and grow and get better. We stumble, we get up again. LHS is a fine institution. I will forever look kindly and hold a special place in my heart for the students I knew at LHS and there were many of them. I knew them all, liked them all. It takes support, faith, patience, perseverance, and understanding.
No college degree here. Just a common man who does not want to see LHS students get a bad rap. Be a friend instead.
Matthew (Coach "T") Tetreault
Last Updated on Saturday, 21 December 2013 12:01
To The Daily Sun,
My wife Susan and I just enrolled in the Affordable Care Act Wednesday night. The website was very easy to get through and the questions were really simple. We will have a total monthly premium of $106 for the best of three Silver plans. The Bronze plan would have had NO PREMIUM because the $12,050 tax credit would have paid for it all. This is going to be great for all those people on low incomes who never had a chance to get insurance. And those middle class folks with properties who live week-to-week with no health insurance is going to be a great help to them.
Sure, it doesn't beat single payer but it beats the unfettered sociopathic capitalist options of the past.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 12:16
To The Daily Sun,
Dear Don Ewing:
I just about had given up on answering your letters to the editor printed in The Laconia Daily Sun, but, and there is always a but, right? This time I want to take apart your letter point-by-point to prove that you are "blowing smoke", which only causes more lies and falsehoods to be put in print. You might ask yourself why in the world would I be trying to do this since we know that you do not debate your detractors on the editorial pages of The Laconia Daily Sun. How silly of me to forget this important point. You are satisfied just to get your opinions printed, and I might add, without substantiating your assertions to boot.
Let's start with "locking students in bad schools". Hummmm, could it be that what Republican administrations and their congressional cohorts have engineered in trying time and again to wipe off the face of the earth, the federal Department of Education? Remember Bill Bennett under Reagan. Bennett was appointed Secretary of Education. His primary task was to do away with the federal Department of Education in order for states to monitor their own educational systems without any guidelines from the Feds. This lead to many laws and protections for children to be abolished after many hard fought years of getting these statutes in place.
If, and this has been a dream of mine for many years, i taxes which support our public education system could FINALLY be equalized in all states so that the poorer districts would have a fighting chance to give those children all of the advantages which exist in wealthier districts — what a wonderful world it would be.
How, sir, have jobs been destroyed? We need specific examples or your argument is not grounded in fact. Are you satisfied that people who work in the fast food industry (just to name one sector) are paid substandard wages, have to rely on food stamps and are maligned for trying to get coverage under the Affordable Care Act?
When you refer to rich donors, I'm sure you did not mean to forget or give honorable mention to the Koch Brothers, the Walton family, Sheldon Adelson among others who have given billions of dollars to Republican campaigns? They are just being altruistic, right? They are really not trying to buy any one particular candidate who would then in turn continue the practice of allowing the wealthy to hide their money in tax shelters, loopholes and overseas banks.
Now on the bailouts. I seem to remember a news conference where Bush-Cheney and Hank Paulson were telling Americans that the U.S. was just about ready to collapse financially if we did not give massive amounts of money to the Wall Street. This maneuver was timed to coincide with the end of the Bush/Cheney Regime. They walked off into the sunset more than happy to give the reins over to Pres. Obama.
On High Speed Rail: There is a governor in Florida by the name of Rick Scott. He was part and parcel of a scheme that bilked Medicare and Medicaid for millions and millions of dollars. But alas, when he ran for governor he was elected... go figure. Shortly after Scott was elected he turned down millions of dollars from the Feds which would have brought high speed rail to Florida... huh? Oh, and the federal dollars had no strings attached!
Republicans saving Americans: how, why, where, when? Certainly you jest.
One more small point: could you please when referring to Democrats in a sentence use the proper English for their title...e.g. it is not "Democrat policies", it's Democratic policies. It's not "Democrat: investments, it's Democratic investments. It's not "Democrat" politicians, it's Democratic politicians... well you get the point, right? Thanks in advance for that courtesy.
Last Updated on Friday, 20 December 2013 12:12