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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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Selectmen met in private 11 times over a recent 3-month period

To The Daily Sun,

A review of the Sanbornton selectmen's minutes for a three-month period — March 16 through June 22 — reveals that they went into secret sessions — called "non-public" — 11 times and each time they voted to seal the non-public minutes and announced that no decision was made at the session. I don't ever recall our selectmen using this non-public session option that frequently in the past.

At the Sanbornton Meet the Candidates Night back in March we were promised more open communications between the board and the public in the future by one of the candidates. I wonder when that is going to happen?

One example of the lack of communications is, without a public notice, the selectmen deciding that they would no longer meet every week for June and July and perhaps August. Perhaps this type of decision should be discussed at our next Town Meeting.

It would seem that any management group like the Board of Selectmen should be capable of developing a summer schedule that would ensure that two of the three selectmen would be available each week to conduct town business as usual. Is that too much for us to ask for as taxpayers.

Bill Whalen


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