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Operating costs of libraries across state are publicly supported

To The Daily Sun,

I have heard some argue that the Gilmanton Year-Round Library is a private organization, not deserving of public support.

Fact: The GYRL is a non-profit organization, organized under state law as a public charity and as such granted tax-exempt status under the federal tax code. It is bound, under the law, to serve the purposes for which it was created, to benefit the entire community.

Some public libraries, like GYRL, were built by an organization that recognized the community's need for the services only a public library can provide. Some were built by the generosity of a private donor. In either case, operating costs of public libraries throughout the state are publicly supported, whether the building is owned by the town or by the charity that created it. To date, the board of GYRL has raised more than half the library's modest annual operating cost. Volunteers have filled in for tasks ranging from cleaning and landscape maintenance to organizing events and fundraising. Because it is a public charity, donations to the library are tax-deductible. But it is not feasible for private donors to fully support this vital public resource.

In the five years since the library opened it has offered what only a full-service library can provide — books, periodicals, computer access, inter-library loan, children's story times, meeting space for groups with many interests. It is indeed Gilmanton's living room.

Gilmanton voters: without your support, the library will close. Please join me on March 10, and vote to support funding for Gilmanton's public library.

Carolyn Baldwin

Gilmanton

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Discrimination against Christians not happening in U.S. . . yet

To The Daily Sun,

Jesus warned his apostles that they would be persecuted for his name's sake, and nearly all of them were tortured and killed. In the world today, there are more than 50 countries where the practice of Christianity is either severely restricted or illegal. Believers are often denied jobs and education, have their homes and churches destroyed, and over 1,000 are murdered every day. Fortunately, this is not happening in our country — yet. When our freedom of speech and the written word is abused and become toxic to any religious body or racial group, there is a very short distance to the inciting of hatred and fostering of divisions among us.

Mr. Veverka calls Dr. Ben Carson a "nut". The doctor was raised in poverty by a single mom yet became a world famous pediatric neurosurgeon, recipient of more than 50 honorary doctorates, and holder of the Congressional Medal of Freedom. Come to think of it, Dr. Martin Luther King — another "nut" — received the Nobel Peace prize. Of course, there was Mother Teresa. Can't we all give credit where credit is due? I recently spent an entire morning learning about Christians who were or are scientists, physicists, educators, and biologists. Many famous leaders in our country's history were African Americans who were Christians.

There are over 2.9 billion people in the world who identify as Christian. Seems to me some might say or do things that are reprehensible. Since state and federal courts have ruled that atheism and secular humanism are religions, could it be that some individuals in them are an embarrassment to other folks in those groups?

For the record, there is no biblical prohibition against inter-racial marriage. After all, Moses was married to a black woman. Also, my LGBT friends will be surprised to hear that I "hate" them, according to Mr. Veverka. Disagreement about one's lifestyle does not equate to hate. We are all equal in the eyes of God, all sinners in need of grace and salvation. Slavery 4,000 years ago was a bit different than it is in modern times. The Bible reports on many historical and cultural things that it doesn't tell believers to agree with. The treatment of blacks in this country was a horrible blight on our history, but it was Christians who put an end to it.

Finally, regarding the millions killed during the Irish "troubles," my family from Galway tells me that it was more political and economic than religious. Frankly, I'd rather believe them than believe Mr. Veverka.

Linda J. Wood

Meredith

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