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Bring your own jar of PB or J on Thursday night and join in the fun

To The Daily Sun,

Friday morning, March 31, was a morning I will remember for a very long time. As an Advisory Board member of Got Lunch! Laconia, a healthy summer lunch program, I had an opportunity to see schools at their very best. We are truly blessed in this community with administrators, principals, teachers, aides and staff who really care about the children of this community. The Laconia School District is a critical partner and a huge part of the success of GOT LUNCH! Laconia.
LHS English teacher Tate Aldrich (N.H. Teacher of the Year) last year started what is now an annual Spelling Bee at the Laconia High School. Each team has a student from each of the four grades and admission to attend the spelling bee is a jar of peanut but, 380 jars of peanut butter and jelly were donated.
Well, this year Mr. Aldrich challenged the elementary schools and the middle school to collect peanut butter and jelly to be delivered to the stage of the high school for revealing at the Spelling Bee.
Here's where Friday March 31 comes in:Pleasant Street School (finalist for N.H.Elementary School of the Year) had an all-school meeting; there was amazing energy, singing, reading and news reporting and a presentation of the peanut butter and jelly collected for GOT LUNCH! Laconia. WEMJ's, Pat Kelly was broadcasting live from the event so the entire town could hear the energy and excitement. I'm not going to spoil the surprise but Pleasant Street school averaged more than 2.3 jars of peanut butter or jelly for each student.
Then members of the GOT LUNCH! Laconia Advisory Board rushed over to receive more peanut butter and jelly from Woodland Heights School — again energy, compassion and pride filled the school as they presented their donations!
On Thursday, April 6 at 6:30 p.m., come to the 2nd Annual LHS Team Spelling Bee to find out just how much these amazing kids and families donated to support GOT LUNCH! Laconia. Bring your own jar and add to the stack. (You can also listen to the program live on WEMJ!)

Thanks to all who teach and care for our children!

Paula Gile
GOT LUNCH! Laconia
Advisory Board Member

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Not my fault Commissioner Taylor refuses to be known by my name

To The Daily Sun,

I have been outed! In his letter of April 4, Representative Norman Silber revealed to the world, or at least to the readers of the Laconia Daily Sun, that I am married to Belknap County Commissioner Hunter Taylor.

Until that letter, the identity of my spouse was a well-kept secret. At least, other than the March 30 front-page photo of me in The Sun holding a sign reading "Fund the DOC and the Outside Agencies, Do Your Job" (directed to the county delegation), with a caption identifying me by name and referring to me as the wife of Commissioner Hunter Taylor. And other than my Laconia Daily Sun letter of March 14 endorsing a candidate for Alton selectman and discussing the unusual situation of being in agreement with my husband, Hunter Taylor. And other than the attacks on me by the Smolins (remember Jonathan Smolin, who ran for county commissioner?) for using my "maiden name," as opposed to my "real name" (which would presumably be Mrs. Hunter Taylor, or perhaps Ruth Taylor, if I am permitted to keep any part of my not-real-name).

Does Norman Silber feel no sympathy for me as a member of the "hard left" in a mixed marriage with a conservative Republican? Thank you, by the way, for elevating my status from "soft liberal" to "hard left."

Mr. Silber's sexist and patriarchal attitudes are on constant display to anyone who encounters him. On primary day in Gilford, he approached all women who were trying to enter the polling place to vote with "Hi, beautiful," as he pressed chocolate candies into their hands. With regard to gender identity issues, he wants to take us back to the moment of egg fertilization. He is on record as questioning or opposing the Community Action Program for providing contraceptives. And with regard to my marriage (to Commissioner Hunter Taylor, in case anyone has forgotten), Norman Silber refers to my use of my "maiden name" (itself an anachronistic term). Nowhere does he attack Commissioner Taylor for using his ... his maiden name? His single person's name?

Mr. Silber, it is not my fault that Commissioner Taylor refuses to be known as Commissioner Larson. When we got married a decade or so ago, I felt that he was within his rights to keep his last name. It was a non-issue, unlike his conservative politics. That debate continues.

Ruth Larson


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