School Board needs vision before it hires new superintendent

To The Daily Sun,

Franklin, don't miss a great upcoming opportunity to satisfy the community stakeholders desire to improve public education.

The recent Franklin city elections have indicated that the community wanted changes in public education. Faster student improvement and a better "work-together attitude" seems to be a general goal.

There are a number of new, energized School Board members and a generally strong City Council. The mayor is also a strong supporter of public education. I also believe that an increasing number of parents are more comfortable with the school staff in helping to solve student issues by working with the parents.

In the next several weeks the School Board will start interviewing prospective superintendents to operate the Franklin School District for the next few years. The great opportunity is that our School Board members will be able to hire someone who understands and supports the School Board's vision for public education representing all of the community stakeholders.

The School Board needs input from the community as soon as possible because it is very important that the board have an approved community-supported Education Vision before the superintendent interviewing starts. Having a community-supported (stakeholders) Vision for public education is one of the primary responsibilities of all public school boards.

A few examples of possible vision statements for the community:

A. The reputation of our entire community improves as graduation rates improve significantly. An increasing percentage of our students are academically prepared to lead full productive lives.

B. The reputation of the entire Franklin community will increase significantly as the average level of students' performance level rises in all key (reading, math) subjects to 80 percent or better. (That would probably be in about the top 15 percent).

C. The Franklin school system will achieve a significant improvement level of students testing proficient or higher in key subjects.

D. The Franklin School District will ensure that every student with a low or failing performance level will have access to an (IDP) Individual Development Plan including one teacher or staff member and one parent and the student.

These are just a few possibilities.

Call your three School Board members (three in each Ward). Tell them the education vision you have or you would like for our community and ask them what they think. Call your School Board members soon as it is very important for them to have your input and then they can better determine the correct choice for superintendent. We all do not want our School Board to hire a superintendent before the board has at least a good idea of what the direction and vision that the stakeholders can and will strongly support. It is really important to determine the vision for the district before we start to interview for a superintendent.

Bill Grimm


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$522,000 was spent for new offices, etc.; so much for priorities

To The Daily Sun,

After reading the letter from Ms. Comtois in a recent edition of The Laconia Sun I have to say she's very observant. I don't attend meetings of the county commissioners due to the timing of them, but I do follow them in the news and I get the same result as Ms. Comtois. I've said this before and my feeling is still that the commissioners have for too long felt as though Belknap County, and especially the complex, was their own little fiefdom that they could run any way they pleased without any oversight. Now that they are being watched and taken to the woodshed when necessary they respond like teenagers that have had their cell phones taken away.

I chuckled when I read a statement by Commissioner Philpot that it was the commissions intention all along to dramatically reduce the price of the new jail from the $42.5 million that it originally presented. I believe Mr. Philpot definitely should get one Pinocchio for that one. Let's face the facts. If there hadn't been such a public uproar and the convention putting its foot down there would be the construction of a memorial to the present commissioners and the administrator going on at this time.

A while back, Commissioner Nedeau stated that if the staff at the complex weren't given raises in their salaries and their health care that, they wouldn't be able to keep or hire employees. I would ask Mr. Nedeau to do a survey of all the nursing homes in Belknap County and the surrounding area and find just one that has a higher package of salary, health insurance and pensions than the county facility pays. I would be willing to make a little wager that he can't. I think if he did a survey of employees that leave the county he'd find that it isn't because of the money. But of course then he'd find out the truth and that doesn't seem to interest him.

In Ms. Comtois' letter she brings up how and where the stimulus money was spent by the commissioners and she was correct. A question was asked of the county administrator, Ms. Shackett, by the Laconia Citizen, of what the cost was to remodel hers and the commissioners' offices and to replace the sign at the front of the complex. She gave a definite answer on the cost of the sign, $16,000-plus, but she claimed that the office makeover was minor and the cost couldn't be broken down. She said that $522,000 of the stimulus was spent to upgrade two wings and the offices were included in that number. One could conclude from her answer that the two wings that she mentioned were wings of the nursing facility or the jail but that is not the case.

As Ms. Comtois states in her letter that $522,000 was spent on the offices, office furniture and a gym for the administrators. I would call that lying by omission. This overhaul of the offices etc. was done while the staff at the nursing home had to spread out pails in the residents' activity area when it rained. So much for priorities.

I would suggest that when the present commissioners and their lackeys in the convention come up for re-election that they be given the boot and people elected that will be responsible to the taxpayers, not be looking to have their names engraved in brass, or maybe in this case gold, for the good of all.

Dave Schwotzer

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Mr. Accornero has added outrageous verses to same old song

To The Daily Sun,

He's baaaack! Until his letter of March 22, I had not heard much of or from Harry Accornero since he was voted out of the New Hampshire House of Representatives after just one term by his relatively conservative constituents for being a bit too extreme.

Many will remember when Mr. Accornero, as a member of the New Hampshire House, embarrassed both the state and his own Republican Party by going to Concord with Orly Taitz, a leading "Birther" lawyer and petitioning the state's Board of Elections to exclude President Obama from the ballot on the grounds he was not a native-born U.S. citizen. When this petition was properly rejected, he called the members of the board "traitors" and threatened them, telling the members to "wear a mask" if they ever came to Laconia. I seem to remember that law enforcement was going to investigate those threats. Whatever became of that investigation?

Mr. Accornero has often accused the president of not being a native-born citizen and even of being a "traitor," a term used frequently and loosely by Mr. Accornero in spite of the fact that our founders narrowly defined that crime to protect people from being punished for treason simply because they might disagree with someone like Mr. Accornero. He has made these statements but has refused to provide proof of his allegations or even discuss them rationally.

Mr. Accornero beats the same drum and sings the same song, but in his most recent letter to the Sun, he added a couple more outrageous verses. This time, he questions President and Mrs. Obama's identity, sexuality, and even where their children came from.

Doesn't Mr. Accornero "fact check" anything? Does he really believe these insane conspiracy theories about the president (which have been completely discredited in the courts and even by other conservatives). Or is he just looking to offend? When I have met him, he seemed like a nice, intelligent, and rational man which makes it hard to believe he actually believes them.

On the other hand, for such conspiracy theorists, facts mean very little. They often accuse "fact check" websites of being liberal, leftist conspiracies themselves. For conspiracy theorists, the more you try to disprove the conspiracy the more it serves as "evidence" to them that you are just another part of the conspiracy. How can one rationally argue against such irrationality?

Mr. Accornero also alleges that Democrats have joined forces with "left-wing" Republicans in a "communist" conspiracy to destroy our country. Where are these "left-wing" Republicans, Mr. Accornero? I certainly don't know any and I have friends and family of all political persuasions.

I will agree that for years, the GOP had a strong and viable faction of moderate and rational Republicans but they have been disappearing since the 1980s. Actually, they survived longer in New Hampshire, as exemplified by such thoughtful, rational Republicans as the late Dr. James "Doc" Pilliod, the late Ray Burton, John Thomas, and others, but nationwide, they are becoming quite rare, being rapidly replaced by members of the conservative and religious "fringe."

E. Scott Cracraft


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Funny that conservatives all have copy of 'Rules for Radicals'

To The Daily Sun,

Today, I read a letter in The Sun written by Ms. Bernadette Loesch berating Colette Worsman for ignoring Robert's Rules when it suits her. Hurrah, hurrah, hurrah for you Ms. Loesch.

Further, in the same edition, I read a letter from Phil and Chris Wittmann in which they state; "Colette and Jane (Cormier) are simply doing what's best for the taxpayers and county employees." What does that mean? It seems to me that it means, Ms. Worsman does what she thinks is best and as Mr. Thomas would say, "to hell with anyone else" and those who oppose her are engaging in "childish hysteria."

Mr. and Mrs. Wittmann point out that those opposed to Ms. Worsman's leadership are following principles laid down in Saul Alinsky's book "Rules for Radicals."

"Progressives always do this (ie: follow Alinsky's rules) to opponents because they think like children, and not responsible adults." It's funny that they seem to have a copy of that particular book.

Thank you for mentioning children. It reminds me of an old saying my father often repeated to me, "A job worth doing is worth doing right." From what I can tell it has been modified to, "A job is worth doing by doing it my way."

Elliot Finn


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Colette Worsman brings dignity to all convention meetings

To The Daily Sun,

I recently campaigned alongside Michael Hatch at the Community Center in Meredith; we were both holding Joe Kenney signs. I send my glad tidings to Joe Kenney, a patriot and a self-made grassroots American, who worked for everything he accomplished in his life.

I was very surprised and disappointed in Michael Hatch's letter to the editor via Laconia Daily Sun last week. A character destruction doesn't seem to fit into his personality. I totally understand that people have the right to disagree, but to demonize Rep. Worsman and use "Putin" (who is a communist) in the same context is to dishonor Colette's character and patriotism as an American citizen, an elected representative, and a conservative Republican is very disturbing and unacceptable.

I listen to "Saul Alinsky" (a communist) tactics from Washington all the time, where the socialists, progressive establishment, isolate and attack personalities with outrageous statements, that anyone with common sense would nullify immediately. To use Alinsky tactics to turn public opinion against those who seek to keep taxes low in Belknap County is not the spirit of our Live Free, Die Free New Hampshire. Personal ideology belongs to everyone, and is a freedom according to our First Amendment in New Hampshire and the United States of America.

The Belknap County Delegation/Commissioners meetings are open to the public. I have attended these same meetings with my video camera, and I can attest to solid facts. I missed the Feb. 18, 2014, meeting because of the snowstorm. There was no meeting on Feb. 12, 2014. On Feb. 18, 2014, a quorum of Representatives voted on the Belknap County Budget, and the vote failed on a tie vote of 7-7

The next meeting was Feb. 24, 2014, and I filmed the whole session. Rep. Ruth Gulick was confused as to the voting from the last meeting Feb. 18, 2014, regarding a motion to continue to talk on the budget process at the next meeting on Feb. 24, 2014. No one voiced her concerns, they understood that a motion to adjourn prompted a conversation for the next session of the budget Feb. 24, 2014, She was also dissatisfied with decisions of Feb. 18, 2014, and stated she would file a 91-A against the Convention. She then asked the reps. who would join her endeavor ... no one answered.

Rep. Michael Sylvia stated that objections should have been stated at the Feb. 18, 2014, meeting. The 91-A has been filed and this matter will go before the local board. The Attorney General has no part in this.

The passing of the 2014 budget level-funded all salaries and benefits as were paid in 2013, including health insurance. Passing the 2014 budget cannot be blamed for any layoffs. The convention appropriates money, the commissioners made this decision. It was their choice.

I have watched the actions of the delegation/commissioners at the meetings and also watched my video. Rep. Dennis Fields is disruptive in his stances and makes everything he says a personal vendetta against Chairwoman Colette Worsman. He looks toward the commissioners and the people in the audience for approval. The meeting on Feb. 24, 2014, was another verbal attack against the chairwoman ... loud and non-communicative about the issues. Numerous people were calling for "Point of Order" because Mr. Fields was inappropriate.

As a matter of fact, I became very concerned the verbal disruption could turn into a real problem. I turned around and stated, "Where was the police?" The sheriff's officer who answered me said, he would not do anything. Sheriff Wiggin was also present. A verbal statement from the sheriff, or assistant would have been beneficial to the meeting. What are we paying them for? For public protection? At the end of the meeting, Rep. Fields voiced concern about his behavior to a sheriff's officer (I don't know his name) and the officer's response ... he should have been louder. Does Rep. Fields need to apologize to the convention delegates? Does he need to apologize to the public? I have sent my video of the March meeting to the and I will be sending my video of Feb. 24, 2014.

Does Rep. Fields know he is out of order? Is his apology to the sheriff's officer full disclosure of his relentless pursuit to discredit Colette Worsman in front of everyone? Today I learned Rep. Fields had to apologize for his behavior in the Representatives Hall in Concord.

Colette Worsman is the chairwoman of the Belknap County Convention Delegation, she brings a sound dignity to all the meetings. I have watched the verbal attacks and I commend her quiet tone when she says to Dennis Fields, "Control yourself." Colette always has a vision of the future, because she has said many times that a new prison is coming and we have to keep the taxes down for the taxpayers of the county.

I invite everyone to go and watch my two videos, they will keep your eyes wide open and your ears listening.

Rosemary Landry


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