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Operating costs of libraries across state are publicly supported

To The Daily Sun,

I have heard some argue that the Gilmanton Year-Round Library is a private organization, not deserving of public support.

Fact: The GYRL is a non-profit organization, organized under state law as a public charity and as such granted tax-exempt status under the federal tax code. It is bound, under the law, to serve the purposes for which it was created, to benefit the entire community.

Some public libraries, like GYRL, were built by an organization that recognized the community's need for the services only a public library can provide. Some were built by the generosity of a private donor. In either case, operating costs of public libraries throughout the state are publicly supported, whether the building is owned by the town or by the charity that created it. To date, the board of GYRL has raised more than half the library's modest annual operating cost. Volunteers have filled in for tasks ranging from cleaning and landscape maintenance to organizing events and fundraising. Because it is a public charity, donations to the library are tax-deductible. But it is not feasible for private donors to fully support this vital public resource.

In the five years since the library opened it has offered what only a full-service library can provide — books, periodicals, computer access, inter-library loan, children's story times, meeting space for groups with many interests. It is indeed Gilmanton's living room.

Gilmanton voters: without your support, the library will close. Please join me on March 10, and vote to support funding for Gilmanton's public library.

Carolyn Baldwin


Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:48

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Discrimination against Christians not happening in U.S. . . yet

To The Daily Sun,

Jesus warned his apostles that they would be persecuted for his name's sake, and nearly all of them were tortured and killed. In the world today, there are more than 50 countries where the practice of Christianity is either severely restricted or illegal. Believers are often denied jobs and education, have their homes and churches destroyed, and over 1,000 are murdered every day. Fortunately, this is not happening in our country — yet. When our freedom of speech and the written word is abused and become toxic to any religious body or racial group, there is a very short distance to the inciting of hatred and fostering of divisions among us.

Mr. Veverka calls Dr. Ben Carson a "nut". The doctor was raised in poverty by a single mom yet became a world famous pediatric neurosurgeon, recipient of more than 50 honorary doctorates, and holder of the Congressional Medal of Freedom. Come to think of it, Dr. Martin Luther King — another "nut" — received the Nobel Peace prize. Of course, there was Mother Teresa. Can't we all give credit where credit is due? I recently spent an entire morning learning about Christians who were or are scientists, physicists, educators, and biologists. Many famous leaders in our country's history were African Americans who were Christians.

There are over 2.9 billion people in the world who identify as Christian. Seems to me some might say or do things that are reprehensible. Since state and federal courts have ruled that atheism and secular humanism are religions, could it be that some individuals in them are an embarrassment to other folks in those groups?

For the record, there is no biblical prohibition against inter-racial marriage. After all, Moses was married to a black woman. Also, my LGBT friends will be surprised to hear that I "hate" them, according to Mr. Veverka. Disagreement about one's lifestyle does not equate to hate. We are all equal in the eyes of God, all sinners in need of grace and salvation. Slavery 4,000 years ago was a bit different than it is in modern times. The Bible reports on many historical and cultural things that it doesn't tell believers to agree with. The treatment of blacks in this country was a horrible blight on our history, but it was Christians who put an end to it.

Finally, regarding the millions killed during the Irish "troubles," my family from Galway tells me that it was more political and economic than religious. Frankly, I'd rather believe them than believe Mr. Veverka.

Linda J. Wood


Last Updated on Thursday, 19 February 2015 11:43

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Leslie Dion's organizational skills have impressed me greatly

To The Daily Sun,

As a full-time Bristol resident of six years and a registered voter, I am pleased to see that Leslie Dion is running for the open seat on the Bristol Selectboard.

I have volunteered many hours at the Tapply Thompson Community Center where she is the director of recreation. Her organizational skills have impressed me greatly.

She is and has always been a very active participant in our community. Her readiness to accept new challenges is always commendable. She has a positive outlook on issues and the common sense in resolving problems that works well.

So to all Bristol residents, get out and vote and make it for Leslie Dion.

Lorraine M. Bohmiller


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:52

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I don't think it's wise for us to take on ISIS on their home turf

To The Daily Sun,

The president is asking Congress to approve the War Powers Act to send the military on ground to fight ISIS in Syria for three years to stop them.

The Democrats ABSOLUTELY reject it, the Republican's say that three years is not long enough. The president does not need permission to enact the War Powers Act if there is an eminent threat to the U.S. The announcement to attack was announced on World News Tonight. This means ISIS will be ready when the American's land. I don't think ISIS killed that 24 year old girl – because they like taking credit for what they do. That is my opinion.

Finally I do not think it is wise to take on ISIS on their home turf. They are too well trained and organized. I feel we will regret going over there. 

Stephen Patten


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:50

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I want to continue Shaker District tradition of high quality education

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Patty Brace and I am running for a position on the Shaker Regional School Board.

My family and I have been living in Belmont for more than 20 years. I have two sons, both now in college, who grew up and went to school in Belmont. Over the years, our family has been very involved in our schools and community. We are proud of our community and our schools and would like to see them get their reputation back as being one of the best schools in the Lakes Region.

I am running for this position in hopes to make a difference in our school district. I would like to be the voice for the community and make sure their thoughts and opinions are heard. Many who know me know that I am not afraid to ask questions and share my opinion. I pride myself on the fact that I respect all opinions, whether I agree with them or not. I try to understand them and be open to the fact that all opinions matter. With those thoughts in mind, I hope to be part of this School Board and work with people who have the interests of the school and the community first and foremost in their mind. I feel that it is very important to balance the needs of the schools with the ability of our taxpayer to be able to handle the burden of paying for those needs.

Many of you also know that I am not one to complain about something and do nothing. And right now, I have some concerns about some of the things happening in our school district. It is one of my biggest hopes that this will change. I would like learn how the recent changes in staffing and programs are affecting our students and staff. I believe our staff and students all have to be excited and informed on the direction of our district. I believe that we can do better communicating the vision of the district starting with the Shaker Regional School Board.

I welcome the challenge of learning all that I can about our school and the budget, making suggestions and putting ideas into motion to find that balance to meet the needs of our schools while keeping our taxes reasonable and affordable. I am one who puts 100 percent effort into any project that I take on and expect the same from the people I am working with.

The Annual Meeting is Friday, March 6. Polls are open 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Belmont High School.

I want to continue the Shaker tradition of the high quality education delivered in the most cost-effective way for the students from Canterbury and Belmont. If you cannot attend this meeting to cast your vote, absentee ballots are currently available at the Belmont Middle School (or in writing to Stacy Kruger Shaker Regional School District Clerk, 58 School Street Belmont, NH 03220).

I would like to thank all those who have already shown me such great support. I hope you will all continue to show your support at the polls and help me make the difference so many of us are looking for in our community.

Patty Brace


Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 February 2015 09:47

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