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Fire at Gunstock Acres highlights need for more hydrants

To The Daily Sun,

I, like many local residents, was surprised and dismayed to learn of the two-alarm fire that quickly destroyed a residential house on Mountain Drive in Gilford. The blaze, which occurred in the early morning hours this past Sunday, was a challenge for the fire departments to battle as the temperatures were frigid with a wind chill.

I could not help but notice in the reports that to put out the fire, the departments had to shuttle water from the closest fire hydrant, which happened to be more than one mile away on Tate Road. I live very near the site of this fire, and I believe there is only one other hydrant anywhere near Gunstock Acres, and that is on the outer perimeter by the entrance of Yasmin Drive on Cherry Valley Road. To service a fire in "the Acres" the responders may have to drive more than a mile and a half to replenish their water supply.

Since Gunstock Acres is a very large subdivision, containing approximately 400 homes, it is strange that the town officials have not considered this lack of hydrants to be a problem.

The fire departments should not have to work under the strain of trying to find a water source that is nowhere near the location of the blaze. Every second counts when it comes to extinguishing house fires, and most houses in Gunstock Acres would be considered "isolated," something that does not have to be the case.

This unfortunate occurrence highlights the need for more fire hydrants in the community of Gunstock Acres. Fires happen, especially in the heating season, but when there is not enough provisions to combat them, it is unsafe for everyone involved. We need to be prepared, so that if there is ever a fire in this part of Gilford in the near future, it can be put out with the utmost speed and efficiency.

Dean P. Anderson


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Is the Black Lives Matter movement design to shield thugs?

To The Daily Sun,

The longer I live, the crazier the world seems to be getting. I read that black movie stars intend to boycott the Oscars. Apparently they feel black performers did not receive enough nominations. I didn't know there was a quota system in place there. I thought it was based on the quality of the work voted on by probably the most liberal people on the planet. Guess not.

Then there is a music performer named Kanye West (I don't follow this stuff) who lately begged Mark Zuckerberg for a billion dollars. He also came in second for best music album and went on a hissy fit demanding "white" magazines stop rating "black" music. His rationale was, these publications have no idea what it means for the great-grandson of a former slave to have come this far. Really, is he kidding?

From what little I've read, he is one of the most successful people in the industry. Still, he believes the music industry owes him for wrongs done to a great-grandfather. Entitlement gone crazy as if his own accomplishments are not enough? Maybe it's all that money he doesn't have?

Another story I read today is that of a decorated Marine (Bronze Star recipient) accosted by black teens at a McDonald's, demanding he answer if he believes "black lives matter"? He ignored them then was attacked, knocked unconscious and robbed. This begs the question, is the Black Lives Matter movement designed to shield thugs and thieves? They say it isn't so, yet the increasing numbers of violent incidents committed by this group or those purporting to represent them continues to grow.

One last thing. A kind lady took her time to scold the Editorial section of this paper for not correcting my terrible spelling and grammar. I have often admitted my failings in these areas but please don't be too hard on the paper's staff. After all, they do print many letters from many conservatives in spite of their slight, very slight left-leaning views. It must be noted their professionalism should be welcomed as this was an aberration. After all, I can test the patience of many folks.

Steve Earle


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