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Grow food with biosolids and have hospital waste for dinner

To The Daily Sun,

In my previous letter to The Laconia Sun, I had hoped that my words to the people of Gilmanton, would make you understand how toxic biosolids are. If they have not, Google Professor Carolyn Snyder from North Sandwich or www.sludgefacts.org and the information will upset you.

The EPA is not telling the truth to the public about the danger of biosolids. DES only checks on biosolids once per year, and the distributors admit that they do not check every bag. The treatment process is not enough to prevent viruses and pathogens from re-emerging. The name is changed from sludge, to many other names to disguise the real product of toxic waste.

You will find biosolids by the bag in stores. Look closely at the label, because you may not know that you are using it. The pretty labels and names hide what it actually is: Toxic waste. Did you know that hospital waste is not treated? So if you grow food with biosolids, you are having hospital waste with your dinner.

I refuse to have someone else make my health decisions for me, so they can profit, which is what will happen when companies and residents spread toxic biosolids near your home. Without a ban, you have no rights. Your property values will drop. Your health will be affected.

What has to happen, before Gilmanton residents realize that they are reading lies about the safety of biosolids? It does not matter what chemical it is. All of it is toxic. What will make you take a stand and ban bio-solids? Do you have to see children with cancer and deformities as in Tom's River, New Jersey, or people sick and dying, like in Love Canal, New York, or Woburn, Massachusetts, as in the movie "Civil Action," or in California as in "Erin Brockovich," or deceit as in "Promised Land," or thousands of other places that cannot go back clean land? All true events. All are a result of chemical exposure from all different chemicals, either by breathing it, touching it or ingesting it.

Do you personally have to become ill from biosolids before action is taken? Wait for that to happen and it will be too late. Any chemical use, no matter what kind, will hurt humans.

I am a cancer survivor, in treatment with experimental cancer drugs for the rest of my life. I came to Gilmanton to be safe, and away from the toxic substances found in larger towns and cities. You and I are no longer safe, because the chemicals are being brought here in the form of industrial, hospital and human waste.

I was exposed to the out-gassing of gasoline, from leaking underground storage tanks that out-gassed into homes and businesses. I was chemically assaulted, and will not recover from it.

Chemical poisoning is a brutal way to be sick. It does not matter what kind of chemical it is, because it becomes a chemical soup that breaks down your immune system and your body, long after you are away from the exposure. It can just be in the air, or go to the aquifer/well or be ingested, or be touched. I was exposed to chemicals because of the irresponsibility of a company that placed profit before human life. They made a health decision for me, because of money and greed.

Do not allow this to happen in Gilmanton. Other towns have banned bio-solids because they are dangerous and cannot be cleaned up once they are used on the land.

Perhaps some day biosolids will be safe, but they are not at this time and should not be near us or our animals, our water, air or land. Do not take the risk of exposure. This may be your last chance to ban biosolids from Gilmanton.

I beg you, Gilmanton residents. Vote "Yes" to ban biosolids Warrant Article 3 on March 8.

Lainie Rosato
Gilmanton

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I recommended Matt Currier for chief because of his experience

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is in response to Dave Russell's inaccurate letter to The Sun, which was printed on Tuesday, March 1.

First, let me say I knew nobody when I came to work for Gilmanton as a sergeant back in 2002, so I have no ax to grind. I returned to Gilmanton in 2012 as chief and retired Jan. 1 this year.

Mr. Russell suggests that my recommendation of Sgt. Matt Currier for the job of chief of police was some sort of political favor. It was not. I recommended Sgt. Currier because he has 13 years of experience, a degree in criminal justice, was supervisor for six years, and was always improving himself through continuing education and job experience. He can handle any situation and manages people well. Chief Currier was a sergeant when appointed, not a patrolman as Russell states.

After careful consideration, Chief Currier was a unanimous appointment by the Board of Selectmen, consisting of Don Guarino, Steve MacCormack, and Michael Jean.

Mr. Russell did not complain when the current fire chief was appointed with no outside hiring process, just a few years ago. Mr. Russell suggests that appointing someone from within, without a formal process, is not an "accepted procedure." Someone should tell Belmont, Alton, Pittsfield, Barnstead, and up to 20 other towns in the area that have promoted from within that it is not an acceptable practice.

Mr. Russell also stated that Brett Currier was in office when I recommended then Sgt. Currier. That is not true, as Brett Currier was out of office in March and Sgt. Currier was recommended in June. Brett Currier was in office when I was hired in 2012 and Don Guarino came in the following year.

I do not endorse candidates, but can tell you that both men are fiscally conservative. They held me and other department heads accountable for spending, which has angered some of the special interest groups. I have disagreed with both men at times over the years but we still worked together and there were no personal attacks like the one Mr. Russell perpetrated.

Support whatever candidate you feel is best for Gilmanton, but please stop doing it with lies and false information. My phone number is 833-5765 if you have any questions.

Joe Collins
Retired Gilmanton Police Chief

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