To The Daily Sun,
I write in response to Julie Richelson, whose letter appeared in Saturday, Oct. 29's, Daily Sun:
You stated "I do not know Ms. Gulick..." in your letter alleging my "lack of interest" in the community.
We've lived in New Hampton for 46 years. My "lack of interest" included — among other things — running the kindergarten in town, prior to the school district taking over that financial and staffing obligation; serving (briefly) on the board of Child and Family Services, and (long-term) on the board of NANA. I was one of the originating members of the Ruth S. Joyce Scholarship and have been an active supporter these many years.
My law practice of 25 years intimately involved me with citizens and institutions in the community. I was honored to receive a pro bono award in 1992. My confidentiality obligation requires my silence with respect to the thousands of cases I handled. Maybe some former clients would be willing to talk with you about my "lack of interest."
One of my favorite activities over the years has been going into classrooms. I am currently serving on the Board and Executive Committee of the Gordon-Nash Library. For the past 8-plus years, I've been secretary of the New Hampton Historical Society. Most recently Peter and I were able to help retrieve the ancient Grange stove, removed from the Grange Hall.
I am happy that Valerie attended meetings when she was invited as a representative. Should I fault Valerie for not attending the meetings and activities where I was involved as a legislator? Of course not. It would be cheap shot. She deserves better, and so do I.
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