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Daily Sun headline wrongly implied illegal meetings are being held

To The Daily Sun,

We, the Sanbornton selectmen, strongly urge you to issue a correction to a letter written by Mr. Bill Whalen (published July 21) that you have titled, "(Sanbornton) Selectmen met in private 11 times in the last 3 months." 

This title accuses the selectmen of committing a crime, as it is illegal in the State of New Hampshire for selectmen to meet in "private."

The Sanbornton Selectboard has met in "non-public" sessions over the past few months. These meetings were permitted and legal because N.H. RSA 91-A-3 II(c) reads, "Matters which, if discussed in public would likely affect adversely the reputation of any person, other than a member of the board (may be discussed in a non-public session) unless such person requests an open meeting."

The Sanbornton Selectboard and our town lawyer await you correction.

Johnny Van Tassel

Karen Ober

John Olmstead

Sanbornton Board of Selectmen

(Editor's note: The author of the referenced letter used the words "secret" and "non-public" to describe the meetings in question. An editor chose to substitute the word "private" for "secret" in the headline placed above the letter. Neither the letter writer nor the newspaper were implying that anything illegal or extralegal was going on. The selectmen are correct in that New Hampshire law refers to legal meetings to which the public is not allowed access as "non-public." But one can argue that the words "private" and "non-public" used, in this context, are synonyms. The result in the same: the public is not allowed to listen in.)

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So much is not known about this mixture of hazardous waste

To The Daily Sun,

Stockpiling of sludge-biosolids in fields is common practice, especially in Gilmanton these days. I have noticed, on our road, it has started. Truckloads coming into Gilmanton bringing this wonderful product, stockpiling big ole piles of oh-so-safe, condensed, contaminated waste just waiting to be spread on fields to create lush green grass that will be consumed by animals as grass or hay. We then would consume the meat, eggs, milk and more. What could possibly be wrong with this picture?

Let's just for fun use a common-sense approach on this question instead of filling people's minds full of crap.

Biosolids are a mixture of over 100,000 chemicals, heavy metals, pathogens, pharmaceuticals, etc., etc., etc. Anything that goes down a drain. Drains in hospitals, factories, households, garages, etc. We are talking a complete mixture of all kinds of products. Water is extracted, and guess what, we have condensed hazardous waste product that are treated for a few things, checked for pathogen levels and off to fields to be spread.

Common sense would normally be screaming at this point. Again we are told it is a safe product with all the testing and extracting the bad stuff. What and how often is biosolids tested? What is exactly extracted out of this hazardous soup? Not much, in my opinion, compared to what's in it. There is so much that is not known about this mixture of hazardous waste. Is it really worth taking such a big risk? We are talking contaminating fields for who knows how long, let alone the health risk. Pathogens alone are scary.

Pathogens carry diseases, bacteria, viruses, etc. Guess what? Pathogens can reproduce. No worries, testing and treatment are done for safe levels. What does that mean, some pathogens are allowable? What is your common sense telling you?

Sandi Guarino


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