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Stop pinching pennies and make sure teachers get good pay

To The Daily Sun,
I am asking every parent and person in our community to do more for our teachers by writing letters to the editor and show the school board your support for them. Our beautiful city faces many challenges including drug issues. We need to support our teachers as well as our police department. Without a good educational system, our property value goes down, we lose businesses in tow, and our drug issues get worst.
I have experienced how great Laconia school district is first hand. I came here as a homeless teen that graduated from Laconia Adult Ed with the help of Peggy Selig who was the director at the time. I also worked for Project EXTRA! as an AmeriCorp member. I have had nothing but great things to say for our school system. They took me in and gave me a good education and a fair chance for my future. Thanks to the education and foundation they help me lay, I now run a local company.
We need to support our teachers because they shape our children's future as well as contribute to our community. Educators have a tremendous responsibility teaching and caring for our children. I have personally gotten to know many staff and teachers in the district and I hope the School Board and City Council will work together and make sure our teachers our taken care. If not, we will lose these great teachers.
It's time we stop pinching pennies and make sure teachers get good pay. If the Tax Cap is the problem then maybe it's time for a political revolution. City leaders need to hear that our teachers deserve better.
Contrary to other editorials, there is no greed in the school department. The reality these teachers face every day is greater than you realize. Perhaps more council members should volunteer at some of the schools. These teachers take a huge pride in their work and the things they do for our children.
For citizens who don't have children, a teacher is just a teacher, but to that struggling student or a child in a tough home environment that teacher is their hero. To citizens of Laconia "Vote for Kids"(Kids in mind) next election. Don't keep voting for politicians that just want a position on a board or city council. I hope more people will stand up for the teachers that make a difference every day. To Laconia School District: Thank you for all you do. Hang in there, our students need you.
Carlos Cardona

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Is Rumney doing right thing by moving Old Home Day stand?

To The Daily Sun,
Does doing the right thing still matter?
The issue: Rumney’s 250th anniversary and its associated gazebo project.
The Old Home Town Committee’s proposed gazebo location came from years of event celebrations. A temporary grandstand was always located on Main Street. But suddenly, for this anniversary project, a Rumney resident suggested Water Street as an alternate, more aesthetic, location.
Citizen input was undertaken. The poll: Main Street 147 and Water Street 133 votes. Despite 10 percent more for Main Street, the Board of Selectmen ruled it “fairly evenly divided.”
The selectmen ruling in favor of Water Street with the lower vote was questioned. Their defense: safety was primary concern. Their source was the chief of police.
A more authoritative opinion from the Department of Transportation was requested. A DOT site visit occurred, accompanied by the chief of police. The DOT official relayed to the chief of police that both Main Street and Water Street complied with Right-of-Way, and neither had safety issues.
This information dispelling safety concerns against Main Street gazebo location was NOT relayed by the police chief to the Board of Selectmen. The townspeople, especially those favoring the Main Street location, were completely in the dark.
Despite this new information, dispelling safety concerns as the principal reason for negating citizen input, the selectmen finalized their earlier decision to proceed with the gazebo placement on Water Street. What is at play here? What other interest is involved?
We citizens of Rumney, who clearly stated our preference for Main Street gazebo placement, demand that our voices be heard and that the selectmen rescind their now defenseless decision. Their choice will otherwise go down in Rumney’s history, as a glaring example of “what a tangled web we weave, when we practice to deceive” — an odd way to celebrate Rumney’s 250 years.
We, and hopefully the Board of Selectmen, would prefer the alternative — a toast to Rumney town officials — responsive, worthy of trust, just and fair.
Marcosa J. Santiago, MD

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