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Crematorium shouldn't have been installed 200' from a bedroom

To The Daily Sun,

Mrs. (Carol) Stewart, owes me an apology.

I am 76 years old, worked 37 years in the long-term care setting and looked forward to the day when I could work in my gardens in my yard across the street from The Mayhew Funeral Home and Crematorium. That has been taken away from me.

My last days on earth will be a continuation of smelling death and listening to his rumbling ovens. People know where his crematorium is located, they now know the stench and the noise that it is creating, but they continue to bring their dead bodies here so that all of us can participate in their grieving process. The dead are dead, it is a fact of life, but the living must go on, and they have the right to not be contaminated by the death of those before them.

Mrs. Stewart, like many others in this community, need to understand that there is a place for this kind of process, and it is not across the street, less then 200 feet from someone's bedroom window, or at the entrance of someone's business.

Mr. Mayhew has proved himself incapable of thinking of anything but himself and his financial profit. I would hope that there are those in this community who will look beyond their own lives and realize that there are others out there who would like to live a few more years.

Perhaps he could take a lesson from Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home and Crematorium, who realized the hardship that they would be placing on their neighbors in their neighborhood in Laconia and (located) the crematorium part of their business out to a more suitable area away from a neighborhood where children play and old folks don't have to be reminded every day of the smell of death.

All of us have lost a loved one, and we know the sadness that this leaves with us, but we have no right as friends and neighbors to instill a life of stench and noise onto those around us. Death is a private thing and not everyone wants to share in everyone's cremation.

Carolyn J. Pillsbury


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I highly encourage Laconia to include music classes in school day

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter to Laconia School Superintendent Phil McCormack:

I write to you today on behalf of the New Hampshire Music Educators Association, which represents over 400 music educators, collegiate members, and the many communities in which we work.

I implore you to reconsider the value of music education to your students, school district, and community. It is imperative that a comprehensive and sequential music education be offered to all K-12 students.

Music education has a demonstrable positive impact on learning and has been shown to transcend socioeconomic levels. A study published in the Journal of Research for Music Education, found that students in high-quality school music programs score higher on standardized tests compared to students in schools with deficient music education programs, regardless of the socioeconomic level of the school or school district.

Studies showing the link between engagement in music and academic achievement are a small part of a much bigger picture. Music shapes the way our students understand themselves and the world around them. It fosters many 21st century skills, such as creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. These skills are in high demand for today's work force and will significantly improve a person's day-to-day interactions within their community.

Beyond test scores, music education holds inherent benefits by supporting emotional awareness, reflective learning, process orientation, decision-making skills, and grit. These inherent benefits are the attributes of a broader-minded education and are what will set our students apart in the modem working world.

The enumeration of music as a well-rounded subject, replacing the core academic subject language from NCLB, clearly articulates that music should be a part of every child's education, no matter their personal circumstance. Moving music classes outside of the school day limits access to the curriculum, devalues music and the arts as a part of a well-rounded education, and creates unnecessary conflict between the music program and after-school activities.

I highly encourage you to include all music classes as a part of the school day to ensure all K-12 students receive a comprehensive and sequential music education. In doing so you will hold true to your school district's mission of "Ensuring success with every student, every day, every way!''

Sean Meagher, Chair

Council for Advocacy & Membership Outreach

N.H. Music Educators Association

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