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Do not write the obituary for our Year-Round Library just yet

To the editor,
Dear Gilmanton Readers:
Do not write the obituary yet.
I love and support our library, GY-RL, the library in the barn. It took some 10 years to put together this fantastic institution, a full service public library that serves all, from the least of the least. I thank all the people who donated ideas, time, goods, services, and money to provide this gem in Gimanton's crown. It enriches the lives of many who use its services and by its very being improves property values and makes our town a more desirable place in which to live. I think the phrase "if you build it, they will come" is an apt description of what has happened since the opening in September of 2009. Reading the Town Report I learned the average monthly circulation is eleven hundred and there is an average number of seven hundred library visits each month.
Now comes the sad fact which you and I who love and use this library must remedy. Yes, we are in trouble. With a loss by 80 votes,the partial funding needed ($45,000) to keep the library open and staffed for the year is not available. We learned that the doors would close by November this year. There will be a number of fundraising events. Please attend and enjoy. However, that fundraising alone will not be enough. The sure thing that will keep our library from being mothballed, that will keep those doors open to the public is going to monetary donations. I am giving what I can. Please give what you can. Because the Gilmanton Year Round Library Association is a 501 (c) 3 charitable organization your donations are tax deductible.
I look forward to seeing your at our library and long after November 1, 2013.
Brenda McBride
Gilmanton Iron-Works

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:56

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We owe these 4 hard working state reps a huge thank you

To the editor,
Belknap County residents have much to be proud of given the scope of work and expertise among our Belknap County House delegation.
Rep. David Huot (Laconia) has been named by the Speaker of the House to chair the Regulations Subcommittee which will study the bidding process, oversight, accountability and potential rule enforcement for any casino in N.H. as proposed by SB-152. The Speaker has promised a "thorough and transparent process" by which the casino proposal will be reviewed and Rep. Huot is an excellent choice to be a leader in that process.
Rep. Lisa DiMartino (Gilford and Meredith) has been named as a member of the Long Term Care Subcommittee of the House Human Services Oversight Committee, reflecting her knowledge and expertise in the field of long term care service delivery. This subcommittee is working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services as managed care is implemented and the expansion of Medicaid is discussed.
Rep. Ian Raymond (Sanbornton and Tilton) gave the introductory remarks on Sunday at the Local Energy Solutions annual conference held at Winnisquam High School which was key noted by Governor Maggie Hassan. Rep. Raymond brings his extensive knowledge in this field to his position on the House Science and Technology Committee as well.
Rep. Beth Arsenault (Laconia and Belmont) joined her mother, former Rep. Judie Reever, in a public discussion of the legislation currently under consideration by the N.H. Senate to repeal the education voucher statute. Rep. Arsenault and former Rep. Reever were seeking signatures for a petition urging the repeal of the education tax law by supporting HB-370 in the Senate.
These state reps donate their time and expertise to our state in order to develop policy and statutes that benefit us all. We owe them a huge thanks for all the work they do.
Kate Miller
Meredith

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:51

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Laws didn't stop Newtown killer; he violated dozens of them

To the editor,
Dear Senator Ayotte:
My letter is inspired by David B. Hart's letter to you in Friday's The Citizen of Laconia. Apparently thinking you were unaware, Hart told you that the Senate will soon consider "common sense limitations on gun violence" which he apparently thinks would have avoided the Newtown massacre.
The Newtown killer violated dozens of laws, murder, theft, assault, breaking and entering, child endangerment, and many others. Apparently Hart believes that if there had been more laws, the Newtown killer would have thought, "Rats, now I'd be breaking 91 laws and it would be wrong to break more than 88 laws. I guess I'll have to stay home."
While that makes no sense to me, Hart is right that we need laws to protect us from one another. We should have laws against harming others, e.g., theft, kidnapping, rape, and murder. Why didn't anyone think of this before?
Most of America's crime occurs in cities headed by liberals. The problem, apparently, is that no one told the mayors that to reduce crime, they need to enforce the laws.
Someone also needs to remind the Obama administration about law enforcement, federal gun crime prosecutions are down by almost half. A cynic, or someone listening to liberal politicians, might think that liberal politicians care less about stopping gun violence than about having an excuse to take further steps towards their gun confiscation goal.
Hart is right, we all share the pain of Newtown. More painfully, we all share the guilt for Newtown. Our continued toleration of "Gun Free Zones", which have prevented zero murders, shows a vile disregard for the lives of thousands of defenseless victims.
I know that politicians like to hear themselves talk, but, if it's the justification for new laws, why is the Senate debating laws that wouldn't have prevented the Newtown massacre? Liberal proposals won't make the streets safe, they will only make the streets safer for criminals.
The proposed gun controls will only interfere with law-abiding citizens being able to protect themselves, creating more defenseless victims. Why is it so difficult for politicians to do things that actually make law-abiding people safer?
Please Senator Ayotte, do the right thing. Misguided grieving parents don't justify passing the immoral and counter-productive proposals of your liberal colleagues.
Vote for laws that reliably punish criminals, not laws that turn citizens, who don't harm anyone, into criminals. Pass laws that protect us from people who have been adjudicated as dangerously mentally ill, not laws that make people who feel stressed or have trouble sleeping defenseless. Pass laws that make crime more dangerous for criminals, not for their intended victims.
Don Ewing
Meredith

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:49

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Local indoctrination centers not good enough for Sen. Hosmer's kids

To the editor,
In write in anticipation of Thursday's N.H. Senate vote on HB-370, the Business Credit Scholarship legislation to KILL legislation that passed just last year and has not had a chance to prove itself.
Sen. Andrew Hosmer our senator did respond to my request to vote against the repeal bill, HB-370. He was kind enough to get right back to me. Unfortunately though, the letter which he sent me indicates he did not understand what I wrote.
Sen. Hosmer writes: "Our public education system is not perfect. It needs to adapt to a changing world. But scrapping it is not an option I support. The best way to serve our children, strengthen our economy, and protect our New Hampshire way of life is to invest in our public schools — not destroy them."
Senator, why then do you have your children in a private school? Your local Government Indoctrination Center is not good enough for you, and because you can afford tuition your children will not suffer in the government schools? I do not have children or grandchildren in Laconia. I fear for the children who are stuck in the GIC across NH.
More later.
Niel Young
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:45

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Education Tax Credit Program clearly violates N.H. Constitution

To the editor,
Over the past few months I've heard from a number of people in regards to the Education Tax Credit program and the efforts to repeal this program by enacting HB-370. I refrained from taking a position on HB-370 until I'd had the opportunity to study the original legislation and the current status of the program. I also attended committee hearings and spoke with people on both sides of this issue. I've been particularly impressed with the young people who've testified about their desire to get the best education they can. As a result, I intend to support HB-370. I have grave concerns about the constitutionality of the Education Tax Credit program, the administration of the program, the overall effect this program will have on public education, and impact it would have on local property taxpayers.
It's my belief that our nation's public education system is one of America's greatest resources. Public education strengthens our democracy and provides a gateway for millions of children to achieve their full potential. As a graduate of public high school and public university, I know how important a public education is to opening a world of opportunity. It's also clear that in an increasingly competitive global economy and the increasing challenges being presented to our professional educators, our public education system must be flexible, efficient, and accountable. Finding ways to strengthen public education by wisely investing in students' success is vital to continuing our nation's tradition of educational excellence.
Currently the Education Tax Credit program is being challenged in court based on constitutional grounds. Specifically the case challenges the use public money — our tax dollars — for religious education. During the hearings before the Senate Health and Education Committee, it was made clear that these tax credits would be used for religious education. On its face, the Education Tax Credit program is clearly in conflict with the New Hampshire Constitution.
When government allocates your tax dollars, I believe transparency and accountability are a must. Unfortunately, the group hired to operate the education voucher program, the Network for Educational Opportunity, does not meet that standard. It's a shadowy, out of state group, that's managed by people who have a political agenda that focuses on undermining public education. Unlike groups such as the Community Development Finance Authority (CDFA), NEO does not inspire confidence and until they do so I will continue to be opposed to their managing public funds.
What has also been made clear from speaking with educators, parents, and students is that this education voucher plan doesn't improve our public education system. This bill shifts limited state funds away from public school districts that need it to educate our children. Those costs are either downshifted to property tax payers or they result in education cuts at our local schools. Neither of those are acceptable outcomes to me.
Our public education system is not perfect. It needs to adapt to a changing world. But scrapping it is not an option I support. The best way to serve our children, strengthen our economy, and protect our New Hampshire way of life is to invest in our public schools — not destroy them.
Sen. Andrew Hosmer
N.H. State District 7
Laconia

Last Updated on Wednesday, 17 April 2013 11:37

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