To The Daily Sun,
As he has done in the past, Mr. McCoy, in his most recent letter, invokes scripture to attack the president and those with different beliefs and lifestyles. While I support Mr. McCoy's right to hold these views, I would like to interject a scripture reading of my own, which encapsulates my feelings on the issues: Do not revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord (Romans 12:19). Judge not, that ye be not judged (Matthew 7:1).
Mr. McCoy is welcome to judge, but he must also be willing to be judged. Jesus Christ rejected the personal judging of others, their lifestyles and beliefs. Jesus clearly sees a pure love of God and for our fellow human beings as the bottom line for being a Christian. He commanded us to love the poor (I believe McCoy refers to them as "bums") and serve the needy without condition.
McCoy continues by stating that the "unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God," and while this may be true, God will be the judge, and mankind can run around and have all the debates they like concerning abortion, homosexuals, adulterers, etc., but that will never change the truth that only God can judge these matters. If we believe that God is a God of justice, He will make sure that these issues are made right.
All too often, we have a tendency to condemn people who are different from us, hold different beliefs, and define their "sins" as paramount and our own sinfulness as being insignificant. I do not expect to change anyone's views on these most controversial topics, I seek only to give those who will hear, the choice to allow God to determine what is right and wrong in each individual case, and not a soul who God may find innocent by his own reasoning and perhaps ... forgiven.
While I'm certainly not a biblical scholar and not comfortable in quoting the Bible, the line spoken by Jesus when he was asked to condemn a woman accused of adultery seems appropriate in an age where morality is often like instant coffee — Jesus asked those without sin to cast the first stone; who will it be? When God looks upon a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person as one of his children with love, or reject and condemn them? Our greatest moral failing is to condemn something as a moral failing: no vice is worse than being judgmental.
Lazy, knee-jerk morality is far too often replacing sober debate, which usually requires people to actually read and think before they react.
McCoy continues in his letter, accusing the president of "standing up for abortion". While this statement may fit into McCoy's political agenda, it falls short of telling the whole truth. President Obama has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and makes preserving a woman's right to choose under Roe v. Wade a priority as president. He also supports expanding access to contraception and health information and preventive services to reduce unintended pregnancies.
I would like to assure Mr. McCoy that we will always remember the painful, tragic events of 9/11. We will also have to live with the knowledge of the thousands of lives lost in a furtive campaign to uncover "weapons of mass destruction".
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:50
To The Daily Sun,
My name is Rosemary Landry and I am running for a position on the Meredith Selectboard. I have learned a lot about town government by attending the Selectboard and Planning Board meetings. I will concern myself with town issues and the citizens of Meredith. I will focus on bringing more residents into the decision-making issues that relate to our town.
During the summer of 2014, Ralph Pisapia and I started a petition to fix Meredith Neck Road. We obtained over 100 signatures and invited Joe Kenney, our Executive Council representative, to view the road structure, which he did. Joe Kenney said he would look into the last time the road was paved and we are presently waiting on his response.
I like to travel to the different towns of New Hampshire, where I attend meetings, meet new people, and listen to their concerns. I have attended Northern Pass meetings, Wind Watch, Care Group that meets in Bristol, and listened to their Wind Resource RBO [Rights Based Ordinance]. Recently I attended the New Hampton Selectboard meeting, per request of a board member. I have even traveled as far north as Lancaster. I also attend the Statehouse hearings and listen to the bills being presented, and if there is a citizen's rights issue, I sometimes rise to speak.
My parents were Irish immigrants, who came to this country, fell in love, married and had eight children. I now have dual citizenship in USA and Ireland. I still have family in Ireland and I visit as often as I can. I am a mother of three and I have 11 grandchildren. I am a registered nurse and I have worked in every aspect of nursing, but my love has always been pediatric nursing. I worked for years on a pediatric unit as a clinical coordinator. Communication skills and multi-tasking were essential, but the main focus was always for the protection of patient and family, and teaching was essential. Actually, the nurses were the advocates in front of the physicians.
When my son was in law school, I developed a keen interest in legal ethics. I am a certified paralegal, and thanks to my son I had numerous books to read, in addition to the course books. I also developed a keen interest in writing, so I took a creative writing course and now I love to write Poetry in Motion.
I will be an advocate for the residents of Meredith. It has always been my nature. Please cast a vote for me on March 10.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:42
To The Daily Sun,
A handful of people stood up at the Belmont deliberative meeting on Jan. 31st and made some common sense recommendations that were voted down by a handful of voters.
We wanted to save the Belmont Mill in a way that will ultimately provide income to the town to pay the debt service that is required to save the mill.
The town selectman want you, the taxpayers, to pay $3.4 million to save the mill and move the present 4,000-square-foot town hall to the 17,000-square-foot mill, knock down the present town hall and bank to provide additional parking. They also propose to put an additional building attached to the mill for storage — an additional 625-square-feet to the present 17,000-square-feet. They want to use all four floors for 18 employees. That works out to be approximately 950-square-feet per employee. Compare that to the present town hall with 18 employees of 225-square-feet. That comes out to be 4.2 times more room.
Just to give you some idea of space, 950-square-feet is equivalent to a 30 foot by 30 foot garage or a comfortable three-bed room apartment. To make a further comparison, the Laconia City Hall is also 17,000-square-feet, but Laconia has a population more than twice that of Belmont, and double the number of (city hall) employees.
What the selectmen are telling all the thousands of taxpayers of Belmont is that you have to pull in your belts to pay for the borrowed debt service for the next 20 years and what they did not include is the additional funds for insurance, heating, air conditioning, maintenance and upkeep we will be paying for as well. I believe that it is better for our well-paid employees to pull in their belts until we use our common sense to provide an additional 4,000-square-feet of office space in the present town hall or fix the bank building to move some of the office space out of the present town hall.
For a selectman to suggest that the present town hall be knocked down for parking space does not make sense. The town hall is a historic building and was built over a hundred years ago when there were no power tools available.
Belmont has the highest property taxes in the county and we are in the 70 percent range in the state. Our tax rate went up 23 percent. That's because in the recent appraisal the value of all the taxed properties in town went from approximately $700 million to $550 million, which means we will all be paying more property taxes in the future.
We have 3,000 registered voters in town. It is up to you to decide the outcome of this bond issue. A "Yes" vote will guarantee a substantial increase your future property tax bill. Please vote on March 10 at the Belmont High School from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:26
To The Daily Sun,
The Gibbons Family would like to thank all the people and companies that donated their time and money for Stephen's recovery. When an illness, like cancer, strikes, your whole life changes in an instant. Never could we have imagined that the whole community would care enough to make a huge difference in that.
Steve has been moved to tears many times since this hard time has hit him and it has made a huge difference in the way he has been able to cope with this unimaginable health scare. There are so many companies that have stepped up and donated items and money for the fundraiser they had in January. We can't thank you enough. It gave Steve the peace of mind to fight this. With all the support from the community he will kick cancer's butt.
Thank you to Scott and Annie Kinmond, Carl and Patti Kohut, the Monahan family, Mike Quinn, Buckey's Restaurant and the Gray Family, Mike and Allison Kepple, Ossipee Mountain Electronic, A Plus Alarm, Lacy Irrigation, Center Harbor Diner, Heath Market, Ron Davis, The Bovill Brothers, Lamprey Septic, Lakes Region Water Co., Cold Brook Studios, Wilson and Son, Trexlers Marine, Mark Borin Perfered Properties, Zelek & Associates, The Mad Cutter II, DiSilva, Richard Hough, Amanda Rose, SKY Carpentry, Phil Cowels Heating, Lacewood Group, Doggie Design, Laconia Oil co, Malcomb and Judy Knowels, The Balmoral Association, The Young family, Lynne and Michael Machado, The Zarley Family, Beverly Person, and countless others who have donated their time and products.
We also want to thank the 200-plus people who came out on that cold winter night to support us. It is a wonderful feeling knowing we are not alone in this battle and with all the support we have gotten we can get through it.
The Gibbons Family
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:21
To The Daily Sun,
The interviewing and hiring of the next Franklin School District superintendent is of significant importance to the entire community. In the last few years some progress has been made but much remains to be done.
The hiring process of a new superintendent, with new candidates, provides a great opportunity to move ahead. The current superintendent came out of retirement to help make the transition to really improve the district. He is doing a very good job of helping the district prepare for a more productive future but will retire this year.
In the last few years much progress has been made around the country in non-profit board governance with a lot of the early work done by hospitals. There is beginning to be data available in public education (The School Board Effect). The impact of governing style on student improvement is starting to be noticed. Some school districts will now improve faster than others.
It is important to understand what High Performance Public School Board Governance is all about. It is very clear that both our school board members and the new superintendent will need to understand the specific responsibilities of each in order significantly improve student academic performance. I also believe that increased transparency of board actions would be much appreciated and quite useful by many of the education stakeholders of the community.
I hope the School Board will also determine what our best course is with The Common Core System that is receiving so much negative interest around the country and in New Hampshire. A vast amount of time, money and effort has been invested. (Useable — Results?)
My suggestion is that we ,"The unelected Franklin community residents", first encourage our School Board members to determine a School District vision of what our school system can and should become. What are the targeted metrics of success? It is very important to have community understanding and we need a public education vision (of our future) that the community will strongly support. We will need clear target levels of performance in key areas.
We will need update reports (from the School Board) on progress in key areas. One of the most important predictors of improving academic performance in most public school systems is how well the School Board and the superintendent operate in concert to achieve predetermined academic outcomes and desired future improvements. The classic overarching obligation of a public School Board is ensuring the organization's resources and capacities are deployed in ways that benefit its stakeholders.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 11 February 2015 11:19