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Stop choking teachers out of Laconia; don't drive intelligence away

To The Daily Sun,

As a tax paying home owner in Laconia, I find that paying our teachers a higher rate of pay only betters our city. Those that do not see this due to the "majority of our population" obviously are not in support of our local population increasing in intelligence. I understand that many do not want to break the tax cap for many reasons, but I believe we need to make the exception here for the sake of our communities future. If we can't keep great teachers, who will teach our kids? By keeping proper salaries from our educators, we are also cutting our kids intelligence levels. Why are we actively keeping Laconia known as a low poverty city?

There are those who are against the pay raises for the teachers but I'm sure they themselves do not have that low balling salary and do not go without an increase in their own careers. I had to pay my own way through college and I can tell you, someone who has a Bachelor's Degree and is only getting paid $34,000 a year or so, does not pay that bill every month, let alone the rest of life as well. Those educators also pay for most of their own supplies in order to be able to give their students the tools they need to succeed. So do the math folks on a salary of $34,000 (or so). Our community needs a positive change and it starts with our educators. A greater school system will continue to bring a better population to Laconia to raise or start their families.

What people fail to remember is that the only reason, including all members of City Council, our doctors, our police, our fire, our EMT's and so on, are all where they are today because they had a fair shot in their education and most importantly their educators. No one would be where they are today if it wasn't for our teachers we all grew up with. Stop choking them out of our city and draw some intelligence to Laconia rather than driving it out.

Claudia Marchesseault

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Thank you to Meredith woman who cleaned up along our Meredith road

To The Daily Sun,

To the young woman who last week cleaned up our road in Meredith:

I just want you to know how I appreciate all your hard work, as I am sure are many neighbors on the road. I'm aware there was a lot of junk along the way, when I saw you, you were at the end and your bag was filled to overflowing. We look so pretty right now, ready for summer. I believe that you are new to the road so welcome and thank you. You are a great neighbor AND WE'RE GLAD YOU'RE HERE. We're in the yellow house at the crest of the hill, stop in if your out so we can thank you in person.

A thankful neighbor.

Jan Joslin


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