To The Daily Sun,
Perfidious: "not able to be trusted; showing that someone cannot be trusted."
This is part of the title of a letter to the editor in The Laconia Daily Sun on Thursday by Jane Aiken of Bedford, regarding my letter about Glenn Cordelli's extreme position on public education.
Firstly Jane, you spelled my name incorrectly. Your condemnation of my letter is a boon to my campaign so please get my name correct. I would hate to lose votes because of your inability to check your spelling ... or facts.
Jane Aiken is the mouthpiece for the extreme right Tea Party, responsible for the propaganda, conspiracy theories and fear-mongering about everything from public education to regional planning. She is about as extreme in her thinking as anyone can be. Jane has consistently gotten it wrong and is of the belief that local citizen volunteers who comprise the vast majority of all things local, are part of the " conspiracy."
One sentence in her letter pretty much tells it all: "To support the current state of education, a system which is being completely run by outsiders, is to completely and utterly reject any sort of 'local control.'"
I see things very differently and despite her accusations of my being naive or not honest or simply not understanding the perils she and other perceive that we face, I trust our local leaders, volunteers all. They are deep-rooted in our community and always try to do what is best for our schools and children.
She fully supports Glenn Cordelli's extreme position to dismantle our public school system. It is clear that her viewpoints are extreme and do not represent what I hear from constituents in Moultonborough, Sandwich and Tuftonboro. We are proud of our school systems and the outcomes they have produced. Your irrational fear-mongering, coming to us from Bedford, are not welcome.
Our schools are under our local control Jane. I know all our School Board members. They control our schools.
As a longtime proponent of the right-to-know, who at one time brought suit against the town. I take very strong exception to her assertion that I do not support people having the legal right to make a right-to-know request. She knows that is not true, but in one sentence where she accuses me of "doublespeak" purposely commits it. I wrote on my blog, "Moultonboro Speaks", that I questioned the real motive for Ed Comeau's right-to-know request. Here is what I wrote: "I suspect that his real motivation has more to do with his Free State ideology rather than fulfilling his role a member of the county delegation or even as a private citizen." I never once said or hinted that he did not have the legal right to file the request.
The truth, Jane, is the best antidote for those that practice perfidiousness. (See, I can use big words too!)
And yes, Jane, I am the kind of person people of Moultonborough, Sandwich and Tuftonboro want to represent them in Concord, I have a long track record in my local town, where I live and have served as a volunteer for many years.
Voters come Nov. 8 have a clear choice: extremism or common sense leadership that will always place the needs of the three towns I will represent ahead of ideology.
We here in Moultonborough, Sandwich and Tuftonboro know what is best for our towns, Jane. Not you.
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