Alton Food Pantry trying to reach more families; donations needed

To The Daily Sun,

The Alton Community Services/Food Pantry owes its success to its donors, Board of Directors, its dedicated staff and the many volunteers. They have been so generous with their time and donations.

We have had a very successful winter and spring. I am asking again for donations, especially of non-perishable items. We are trying to reach more families, especially those whose children are participating in the 68 Hours of Hunger Program through the Alton Central School. If you know any of these families, please refer them to the Food Pantry. I cannot see any of our children — or any child — go hungry. You may call 875-6396 or contact us at our e-mail address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We are also on the town's web page. Our mailing address is P.O. Box 43, Alton 03809.

The new federal guideline, published July 2015, is $419 for a family of four. Or participation in one of the following: fuel assistance (it is not easy to apply — call 524-5512), WIC, commodity supplemental food program, temporary assistance to needy families, aid to permanently and totally disabled, homeless, food stamps, Medicaid, aid to the needy blind, old age assistance, supplemental security income, subsidized housing, county, city or town welfare.

We are still sponsored by the churches of Alton: The Be Free Church, Community Church and St. Katherines. You may drop off your donations to any of the following: Alton Home & Lumber (aka Reuben's), Maxfield's Realty or Profile Bank. The churches collect weekly.

We are recognized as a non-profit organization and your donation is tax deductible.

Dorothye S. Wentworth, Director

Alton Community Services/Food Pantry

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Mr. Jean is showing that he is the adult in the selectmen's room

To The Daily Sun,

The Gilmanton selectmen seem to be having a difficult time attempting to do their duty in appointing a third selectman.

The idea that a precedent or a tradition has been set, thus indicating that Mr. Currier is the appropriate choice is not convincing. Circumstances change and even the thought that those who supported him as a write-in candidate would still support him is tenuous.

Mr. Jean makes valid points that 623 voters opposed Mr. Currier in the election and, that if there is, in fact, a precedent to be followed, it would be that Jim Barnes would be the logical choice now.

Additionally Mr. Guarino's comment to and about Rachel Hatch was totally inappropriate and he should apologize. This and other remarks show that his mind is already closed on this topic.

If Mr. Currier is chosen for the position there is the potential of creating difficulties for his own son and the Police Department. For him to simply recuse himself when police matters arise is more complicated now.

Perhaps those 623 voters who did not support Mr. Currier will contact Mr. Jean and thank him for following their wishes. It is interesting that Mr. Jean has said that he would support Brian Forst or Rachel Hatch. Surely there is a compromise here if Mr. Guarino chooses to recognize it.

By focusing on experience, Mr. Jean has also shown that he is the adult in the room.

Joanne Gianni
Gilmanton Iron Works

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Community college administrators greating climate of fear & intimidation

To The Daily Sun,

Recently, there has been a great deal of discussion about the crisis in the New Hampshire Community College System (CCSNH). Of course, one problem is funding. Tuition at our community colleges is the highest in the nation. The main reason is that the state contribution toward a student's education is 25 to 27 percent, while in most states it is more than 50 percent.

Even so, a large part of problem is that the CCSNH is mismanaging the funds it has. While good, competent instructors are being laid off and replaced with (part-time) adjuncts, the CCSNH is investing in new buildings, hiring more administrators, giving administrators huge raises, and wasting money on questionable software systems.

Perhaps there is something to be gained from running a college like a business. Of course, the money has to be spent wisely. But, our current administration would shock even the best business people. Even conservatives should be outraged.

Another problem is since the Community College System separated from state government, there has been little oversight of these things. The Concord Monitor and former CCSNH Vice-Chancellor Chuck Annal, as well as others, have rightly called for an independent investigation.

Such an investigation, however, should not just focus on misspending. It must also focus on the management style in the system over the last few years. This style has been autocratic and includes the creation of a toxic and intimidating work environment at many of our colleges.

The administrators are often far from transparent. Employees are often misinformed and disinformed. To accomplish their goal of getting rid of full-time employees, they have created, in many cases, a climate of fear and intimidation. If the system is to be run like a business, it is not being run like a modern, humane business, but more like a sweatshop or plantation.

As the Monitor suggested, any investigation has to be completely independent. Experience shows that internal investigations can result in consequences for those who dare speak out.

E. Scott Cracraft


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Obama still has enough time left as president to do great damage

To The Daily Sun,

Our president saw fit to submit the Iran deal to the U.N. before our Congress had a chance to vote on it. Should the U.N. accept the deal and our Congress not accept it, our president put the United States in violation of the U.N.

I personally do not worry about that as so many countries are in violation of the U.N. and nothing ever happens. Countries that are not true friends of the U.S.

It seems he has no respect for the Constitution or the will of the American people. Unfortunately we have still time left in his term to do more damage.

Our Congress must stand tall against his disrespect for the American people and our Constitution.

Our representatives must vote against the U.N. deal. They cannot waver in this at all. For all the votes that they did, not defunding the "Dreamer" amnesty or Obamacare as some promised to do, this one, Republicans and Democrats must come together and defeat.

It is bad for our country. It is bad for the Middle East. It gives Iran money to buy weapons and also drops the embargo of selling weapons to Iran which it can and will pass on to terrorists.

Some places the U.N. inspectors cannot examine and when they do they must give almost a month's notice. Anything can happen in that time.

Our borders are so porous that it is easy for the terrorists to come in with weapons that could do great harm to America.

If Congress votes against the Iran deal and Obama vetoes it, our representatives must work with other representatives to override the veto.

It is no longer enough that a representative says they will vote for or against something. They must work with other representatives to see that the bills are passed or not with the regard of the wishes of the American people.

The American people do not want this deal. Our representatives must have the integrity to do the right thing and not what they think the media will approve. It is time that Congress stand tall for the American people and the world. Now before it is too late.

Linda Riley

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Incoming Newfound High freshmen have a promising future

To The Daily Sun,
Today as my husband and I enjoyed a day at Wellington State Park we observed a group of teenagers wearing Newfound Regional High School T-shirts. Being from Bristol, I was curious as to what the group was about and chatted up with one of the councilors and a reporter from one of the local newspapers.

It was a four-day program open to incoming freshmen to help make friends before the start of school. It runs for two weeks and 50-plus freshmen took advantage of this free program. That is almost half of the incoming freshman class. They had a great day, with a cookout, swimming, geo-caching, building sandcastles and that is just what we observed today not sure what the other days activities are.

These teenagers are the future and they have a promising one ahead of them. They were polite, considerate of others and their parents should be proud of them.

Lorrie McGillveary

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