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Scott Brown has probably never even been to a N.H. town meeting

To The Daily Sun,

I retired to New Hampshire after serving 21 years in the Marine Corps. After six years of becoming progressively more involved in my community, I decided to run for Selectboard. I was elected, and have served for over five years.

Jeanne Shaheen moved to New Hampshire 40 years ago. She worked as a teacher in Dover, raised her family, and has been a part of her community. She served two terms in the New Hampshire state Senate and three terms as governor. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008.

Scott Brown was born at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine. The first two years of his life he lived in New Hampshire, while his father worked at Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth. But Brown grew up in Massachusetts, where he went to school, got married, started his family, and started his political career. He was elected and lost re-election to the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.

Brown moved to New Hampshire this year to run for the U.S. Senate. He has no real connection here. He has never worked in New Hampshire, hasn't served on local boards or committees, never voted in a statewide election, and has probably never been to a town meeting. His vacation home and political ambitions may be here, but his life is not.

I've been in New Hampshire for just 11 years, and still have much to learn here, but the choice in this election is clear to me. Jeanne Shaheen knows New Hampshire. She knows our problems and challenges, and she puts New Hampshire first — because this is where she lives.

Valerie Scarborough
Lt. Col., USMC (Retired)
Plymouth

 

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Proposed ordinance is attack on Gilmanton Firemen’s Association

To The Daily Sun,

The Gilmanton Fireman's Association is a non-profit civic group which raises funds in a number of ways to better serve our community. We purchase and donate equipment to the town that our department's budget can't support, donate to local charities, and furnish and maintain the living quarters of the Iron Works station that this same association built and now leases to the town for $1 per year.

This association is comprised of members of the Fire Department, however it is in no way associated with municipal business. No member is paid by the town to participate in any association activity.

Recently we received notice that the Board of Selectmen have chosen to initiate an ordinance that would prohibit our ability to hold our semi-annual "boot drives," in their words to "Protect the citizens of the town of Gilmanton through the legal regulations of individuals seeking to solicit funds for charitable purposes."

Our primary means of securing these funds are through these drives. As you all know, we choose race weekends and stand on Route 140, at the stop sign in the Corners, from 6 a.m. until about 11 a.m. to collect voluntary donations from race fans coming from the east on their way to the race track. These excited race fans are always willing to donate some change and say hello. We do, of course, see some of our townsfolk as well. We welcome all with a smile and a good morning, donation or not.

When elected to the Board of Selectmen, that member's opinion becomes void. They become the mouth of the constituent, the champion of the people, no matter their own voice. This honor given to them by the voters, in trust, to uphold the will of township, and most importantly to operate our town according to state laws and procedure. They, by running, being elected, and accepting that office, have a duty to uphold for you and I at all cost.

This Board of Selectmen has been one of their personal opinions, doing what they choose, when they choose.

This proposed ordinance is a direct attack upon our organization, citing complaints that can't be documented, rationales that are inflammatory, and opinions in the minutes of our Board of Selectmen meetings that are inappropriate and unprofessional. Since no written complaints can be cited, the proposed ordinance is the will and personal opinion of the Board of Selectmen and, again, not of the constituents.

Boot drives are an extremely common means for departments or similar groups to raise funds and are conducted nationwide, this is also the way for the association to raise money to give back to our community.

There will be a public hearing to show your support on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 5 p.m. at Town Hall. If you are unable to attend due to the unbelievably inconvenient time, please contact any or all of the members of the Board of Selectmen at:
Brett Currier - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Don Guarino - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steve McCormack - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Arthur Capello - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Dennis Comeau, President

Gilmanton Fireman's Assoc

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