To The Daily Sun,
I wanted to take this opportunity to publicly recognize Lakes Region Community College for its efforts to collaborate with Laconia High School over the past three years. Their efforts have created many opportunities that support and motivate our students both while they are attending LHS and when they graduate. Recently, they have created another opportunity for our students and I wanted to share this good news with our community.
It is amazing to think about the changes in education that have occurred over the past 20 years.
Dual enrollment, students having the ability to take on courses that offer both high school and college credit at the same time, have been initiated and expanded during that time. Students in some states now have the opportunity to complete up to an Associate of Arts Degree during their final two years of high school. We are now moving in that very same direction.
Lakes Region Community College has been working with us to create those opportunities right here in Laconia. Over the past three years, we have worked together to create dual enrollment opportunities on our campus that support our students' college aspirations. The program, called Project Running Start, offers students college credit for courses offered at the high school campus. These courses are taught by LHS teachers with a Master's degree in the subject area in collaboration with a professor at the college. The syllabus is approved by the college to ensure its rigor. Students who choose to take these courses can receive college credits for them for the nominal fee of $150 (per three credit course.) This represents a significant reduction in cost for courses of any college I am aware of.
But Lakes Region Community College has now taken it to the next level. Beginning the in fall of 2015, LRCC will be providing LHS students with the opportunity to literally attend college while still in high school. That is correct, Sachem students who have committed themselves to educational excellence (as defined by the attainment of a 3.0 GPA) will be able to take some courses at LRCC next fall, on their campus, and begin exploring their college aspirations with actual college course opportunities. For students who do not have a strong frame of reference about "what college is all about" this represents a tremendous opportunity that will serve to open the doors to their future.
We are very excited about this for several reasons: It serves to enhance students' perceptions and understanding of what is required for college success. It is a springboard that reinforces the pursuit of higher education during an era when higher education has never been more important (nor costly). This opportunity is earned through academic performance that precedes the opportunity. It is therefore consistent with how the world generally works. It comes at a very low cost ($250) when compared with actual costs for regular students entering their freshman year of college.
As the proud principal of Laconia High School, I want to publicly thank Lakes Region Community College for their ongoing efforts to support and enrich the educational experiences and opportunities afforded students attending Laconia High School. We are privileged to work with a local community college that so consistently demonstrates its care and investment in the aspirations of our students.
Jim McCollum, Principal
Laconia High School
Last Updated on Friday, 13 March 2015 09:55
To The Daily Sun,
In his latest letter, Mr. McCoy is under the mistaken assumption that I was offended by a previous correspondence. Mr. McCoy, just because I may express a view of my own and question yours, does not equate to offense. I also have a higher regard of you than to put you in the "same club" as Mr. Earle.
You express that Earle told us he is a Christian and believes in God, but does he really? Does he live his life as if God were in the room, or does he assume he's not paying attention? He calls himself a Christian. Is he who he says he is?
I want to assure you, Mr. McCoy, I am not a "scholar," but I am familiar with the numerous outreach programs being conducted in neighboring communities. I am reluctant to characterize any participants in these programs as "bums".
"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine (bums?), you did for me – Mathew 25:40.
I agree that you and I should "shut up" and let God judge and decide the heirs of heaven.
Mr. McCoy, it may surprise you, but you and I share many of the same feelings about abortion. Our beliefs diverge, I believe, when it comes to a women's right to choose. As a man, I would never presume to know a women's reasoning for opting for abortion, and I would certainly not condemn her for her decision. One far greater than me will make that decision.
It's unfortunate, but Mr. Earle continues to attribute to me, views that I have never advocated. His latest lie is that I am a "Christian-basher".
Earle is able to make this erroneous accusation with impunity. Why? "Because he doesn't have to prove anything." If he possessed any moral character, he would substantiate this outlandish slander.
As an active member of my parish, my priest may want to know the facts that apparently only Earle knows. I'm sorry, I forgot, Earle is immune to facts.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:05
To The Daily Sun,
Alexandria has learned a lot in recent years regarding the power of our government and state agencies to make decisions that benefit corporate industrial interests, while we apparently have no say. Current law places the decision about where wind projects will go into the hands of the Site Evaluation Committee (SEC), a regulatory state agency that was created to permit, to regulate — which means to allow.
However, there is a process set in place by our forefathers to change the way government operates so it serves, We the People! Article 10, Part First of the N.H. Constitution; appropriately called the Right of Revolution, reads: "Government being instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security, of the whole community, and not the private interest or emolument of any one man, family, or class of men: therefore, whenever the ends of government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the people may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new government. The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind."
Alexandria has been fighting corporate industrial wind projects since about 2009 when Iberdrola began to silently secure land leases and erect MET towers for their Wild Meadows project. The people of Alexandria did not really learn about the project until the fall of 2012 when Iberdrola scheduled public meetings to disclose their plans for our community.
The people of Alexandria immediately launched full-scale opposition efforts. Opposition efforts have included a resolution vote in 2013 opposing industrial wind turbine projects within Alexandria, a 2014 (3 to 1) vote in favor of a Community Rights Based Ordinance (RBO), and a newly proposed 2015 RBO designed to strengthen our current one. An RBO is a binding local law, enforceable by the selectmen and residents, to protect our health, safety and welfare, and to exercise our right to govern by consent.
Due to an incomplete SEC application and significant local opposition, Iberdrola terminated all land leases and removed the MET towers for the Wild Meadows project in May 2014. Since the withdrawal of Iberdrola's Wild Meadows industrial wind project, we have learned that Energias de Portugal (EDP) intends to move forward with the Spruce Ridge project which includes the town of Alexandria and four others. EDP has ignored the vote of the people and bullied Alexandria into issuing a MET tower building permit that the selectmen attempted to refuse.
It is apparent that EDP does not understand the residents of Alexandria do not want a single industrial wind turbine within our town. We are not a "wind resource colony" at the disposal of corporate industrial entities seeking profits at the expense of the people and ecosystems of Alexandria.
If you believe that government is by the people, and government derives its power from the people, and if you believe that Alexandria is not a "Wind Resource Colony," then here is an opportunity to take action on your beliefs. Vote "Yes" on Article 16 on March 10 at the Alexandria Old Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Absentee ballots are available from the Town Clerk's office if you are not available to make the polling hours.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 11:01
To The Daily Sun,
Today, more than 36,000 formerly uninsured Granite Staters have health care care coverage, thanks to Governor Hassan's health care expansion plan, which passed the Legislature with bi-partisan support. The beneficiaries of this plan are hard-working folks who, if Republicans currently in the state Legislature get their way, will lose that recently acquired health care coverage.
In her balanced budget proposal Governor Hassan seeks to protect these citizens by including the funds needed to continue this health care expansion plan. Ensuring that more people have access to health care coverage is a smart move for New Hampshire, not only because it's the right thing to do, but because it's a long-term investment in the quality of our workforce and economy and is essential for the viability of our health-care system itself.
That truth seems to be lost on the many Republicans in the state House and Senate who oppose allocating the funding needed to continue this program. We just learned from a new report that the number of uninsured individuals seeking care in our hospitals is rapidly declining. So the expansion program is clearly working. And yet, Republicans are perfectly willing to pull the rug out from underneath the 36,000-plus Granite Staters who are covered by this expansion plan and the hospitals that serve them.
I urge everyone reading this to speak up against this cruelty. Please talk or write to your state legislators about joining Governor Hassan in her efforts to keep New Hampshire healthy.
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:57
To The Daily Sun,
I would like to thank all the people of Meredith who came out and voted, and to the ones that voted for me a special thanks.
Even though I didn't win it was a great learning experience for my first time running for an office. I would also like to say job well done by all, and that Ray Moritz and Bev Lapham will do a good job for us as selectmen.
I do wish more people would get out and vote as it is your right and it does make a difference, but thank you again for all those that did vote for me. And I will be applying for one of the two unfilled seats on the Board of Selectmen
Last Updated on Thursday, 12 March 2015 10:49