To The Daily Sun,
I graduated from high school in 1972 and our motto was, "Knowledge is Power." I am writing today to ask the County Delegation to fully fund Cooperative Extension instead of making the severe cuts to an already threadbare budget request. It isn't public service to take away the ability Extension has to bring knowledge and self-sufficiency to the citizens of Belknap County. It is disservice.
Cooperative Extension's whole reason for being is to spread knowledge — to share the best available knowledge freely with all the citizens of the county, whether it be buying and preparing nutritious meals on a budget, learning to write a resume or speak in public, the proper stewardship of the land we all love so much, the protection of our lakes and forests and streams, or how to be a better parent, farmer, fisherman, woodsman, gardener, town planner, health official, Indian chief, etc., etc., etc...
Extension's programs teach skills and build capacity with a positive long term impact. The staff's work in Belknap County is invaluable to the general health of all our communities, and yet they are considered an "outside agency." They support people, businesses and communities in reaching their own goals.
We all have a right to that knowledge, and cutting the budget is very much like watching a surgeon decide if today she will take the head, the hand, or just the heart.
Belknap County Cooperative Extension
Advisory Council Member from Meredith