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I believe school board should work to earn trust of the citizens

To The Daily Sun,

When I moved to Gilford over 20 years ago the Gilford school system had a strong reputation as one of the best in the state. Over the years that reputation was tarnished by only average performance measures. Over the past several years, the hard work of many in the district has begun to move things in the right direction. I would like to continue that work, so I am running for a three-year term on the Gilford School Board.

I feel it is imperative that the children and parents of Gilford have a voice on the board. I am a proud parent of three Gilford students and next school year one of my children will be in enrolled in each of the three school buildings.

Many of you may already know me as a fellow parent, as a youth coach or through my local business. For those who do not know much about me, here is what you can expect from me as a School Board member. My business roots have engrained fiscal conservatism into my core. However, I also believe that the best investment a community can make is in its school system. This was a significant factor in why my wife Elizabeth and I chose to stay here in Gilford to raise our family.

I will have high expectations for student achievement, so academic improvement initiatives will be a top priority. In this vein, I am an advocate of using all data available to identify insufficiencies and develop solution based initiatives.

Personalized learning is something I believe in strongly. Every child learns in different ways and at a different pace. Therefore, it is important to continue to break down barriers so every child can maximize their own potential.

A school system is only as good as its teachers. I believe in providing our educators with the tools and professional development they need to perform at the highest levels in the classroom. Therefore, it will be my goal for the district to attain high standards while responsibly managing our resources.

An effective school board values a collaborative relationship both with the staff and the community. I believe a school board should respect its citizens and work to earn their trust. As a school board member, you can expect me to perform with a high level of integrity, promote open communication and demand transparency.

I would like to conclude by encouraging you to participate as a citizen of Gilford by voting on March 10. When you do so, I sincerely hope you will support me and my effort to make the Gilford school system a model of excellence and a safe, supportive and enriching learning environment for the children of our community.

Chris McDonough


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Immune system theory ignores how vaccines actually work

To The Daily Sun,

According to the World Health Organization, there were 145,700 global measles deaths in 2013 and during 2000-2013, measles vaccination prevented an estimated 15.6 million deaths. But there is no vaccine for willful ignorance. Welcome to Melanie's Marvelous Measles brought to you by the Center for the Study of Absurdity where we strive to keep the stupid in the news. Enter Rand Paul who is pandering to the "leave me alone" voting bloc. Rand says vaccinations should be largely voluntary as a matter of freedom. Did he say Freedumb? Paul makes the absurd claim, echoing debunked autism claims, that children have "wound up with profound mental disorders after vaccines." Back in 2009 on Alex Jones' info-wars show, he claimed mandated vaccines are "the first sort of thing you see with martial law."

Cardiologist Dr. Jack Wolfson is this week's super-sick sociopath. After receiving letters from parents of children who can't be vaccinated yet due to medical issues, Wolfson said other family's health issues are theirs, and he shouldn't have to keep his unvaccinated children away from other kids. "It's not my responsibility." Asked by CNN how he would feel if a child died because one of his kids infected them he said he would feel fine. "I'm not going to put my child at risk to save another child." Wolfson also claims that vaccinations probably cause leukemia. That's nuts!

Chris Christie was looking for a shot in the arm but shot himself in the foot instead. Although Mr. Christie claims he supports vaccinations he couldn't help but spread the autism BS and insisting that vaccinations should be a choice. It hasn't occurred to him that the recent outbreaks are due to willfully-ignorant parents that refuse to vaccinate their kids. This is the same guy who quarantined the "Ebola nurse" as a government responsibility. With the 2016 caucuses just around the corner, the Iowa state chair of Vaccine Liberation said Christie's remarks were helpful, because "some people put faith and trust in their medical doctors, rather than put faith and trust in God."

Glenn Beck claims that the measles outbreak is a government hoax. Of courser it is! Conspiracy psycho Alex Jones of Infowars claims that vaccinations caused the measles outbreak. America's Blowhard-in-Chief recently got a pants on fire award from PunditFact by blaming the immigrant children.

Wendy Callahan runs VaccineTruth blog says, "They're starting to get really upset with 'anti-vaxxers". Well buckle up, Wendy because the Guano is flying now. New York mandates vaccinations and California is set to end most of the exemptions that parents use. Forbes science writer Peter Lipson writes that anti-vaxxer doctors should lose their license to practice. Adding steam to the anti-vaxxer backlash are doctors who are now dropping families who don't vaccinate. Dr. Eric Ball, who employs 12 pediatricians and four nurse practitioners in Huntington explained that parents "do not want to see patients with measles or whooping cough in our waiting room for fear their baby might get sick from it." Kids are being barred from outings, birthday parties and school because of their anti-science, anti-vaxxer parents.

Recently, Bill Maher seemingly argued that when you get vaccines, your immune system stops reacting the way it should, and that can cause serious problems for a person's body. That opinion shows a complete lack of understanding of how vaccines work. It appears that Maher might have read the children's book, "Melanie's Marvelous Measles" by Stephanie Messenger (2012), which really says don't get vaccinated and just let your body's natural immune system do all the work. And who can forget Robert Kennedy, Jr., who is the Buffoon-in-Chief of vaccine junkscience who spread the Andrew Wakefield autism fraud. To learn why anti-vaxxers have no legal standing, read the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Jacobson v. Massachusetts. Also of note is that a federal appeals court just ruled New York state's requirement that all children be vaccinated in order to attend public school does not violate parents' religious rights.

James Veverka

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