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All of this fighting between Briarcrest neighbors must stop

To The Daily Sun,

Did you notice the rent increase paragraph in the Hometown America letter? According to HTA (Hometown America), it is only for "new" residents, although HtA can, and probably will, increase your rent because your lease is not registered at the Belknap County Registry of Deeds and therefore not really grandfathered. According to ROC-NH, all the deeds (241) should have been registered immediately by our lawyer after becoming a cooperative. (See NH-RSA 477). We can still do this and should. Also, HTA will increase your rent by the CPI (consumer price index) for the Boston area {between 3 and 7 percent) from the previous calendar year and by the amount of tax increase assessed upon the park for the year by the City of Laconia or Town of Belmont. I have just heard about a Consumer Price Index for the Elderly (CPI-E). This would be something to look into and negotiate with HTA if we go that way.

I do NOT approve, as a Lakemont Cooperative Member, of how this situation was handled by the present Board of Directors, especially since the board is understaffed (only 4 out of 7 positions are filled) and the board will not fill the empty positions, even though some very qualified members have volunteered). From the conversation with the previous owner, to the Board of Directors not letting the cooperative membership know of the initial contact, to the Board of Directors not letting us see the letter(s) from Hometown America when it came in, to the Board of Directors trying to set up a special membership vote meeting before anyone could digest the information and before the "snowbirds" were back here in their homes (that info meeting and voting meeting have since been rescheduled), to the "incident" in the mail room and its ramifications, to the vocal threat(s) from one member to another, to the nasty conversations between members, etc — all of this must stop. We will eventually vote to settle this whole situation, so sit back and read your Lakemont Cooperative Bylaws and Rules.

The fox is already in the hen house!

Louise Rosand


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Edelblut showed his colors with ask for science standards review

To The Daily Sun,

Kudos to New Hampshire's Board of Education for standing up to Frank Edelblut, Sununu's controversial pick for education commissioner. The board recently voted unanimously to refuse Edelblut's request to review the state's school science standards.

The board adopted the Next Generation Science Standards last year after a two-year-long review. Edelblut requested another review because NGSS had been given a grade of "C" by the Fordham Institute. However, Jack Hassard, a former high school science teacher and professor emeritus of science education at Georgia State University, describes Fordham as an "ultra-conservative" organization, whose criteria used to evaluate the NGSS are "low-level, mediocre at best." According to Hassard, Fordham "appears to have had their eyes closed" during the past 30 years, when "many of the creative ideas ... emerged in science teaching." The Board of Education agreed. As board member Bill Duncan stated, "Fordham's view of the standards is from 1950 science teaching."

Sununu's choice of Edelblut was met with much criticism. He and his wife home-schooled their children and he has had no professional public education experience. According to state law, education commissioners "shall be qualified to hold their positions by reason of education and experience." Because of Edelblut's lack of experience and his conservative views on education, critics were fearful that his appointment was strictly political. It appears that their fears were well-founded.

If you are concerned about the current attack on science and gutting of the EPA by the Trump administration and Republican leaders, please join the worldwide March for Science on Earth Day, April 22, which includes satellite marches in Concord and Portsmouth. For more information, search March for Science Concord NH or March for Science Portsmouth NH on Facebook.

Jane Westlake

Center Barnstead

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