To The Daily Sun,
Two weeks ago I learned the Huot Child Development center was threatened to be cut from the budget, and I was angry. Both my children had attended and their experiences were beyond wonderful. The staff was incredible, second to none. I couldn't fathom why this program was on the chopping block, so I decided to find out why.
I attended a few School Board meetings and wrote to the City Council with the intent of supporting the Huot Child Development Center. Little did I realize, however, the enormity of the cuts that are facing our School District and how much trouble our schools are facing. After taking the time to listen to the School Board and the administration, I learned about large increases in areas such as special education and the impact of a 0 percent CPI-U. For these reasons, I have come to the conclusion that they have no choice but to submit the budget as it stands. Although I don't agree with all the cuts, I cannot be angry with the School Board. After listening, I believe they have the best interests of the students in mind.
I also can't be angry with the City Council. I believe they have the best interests of Laconia in mind. You don't have to look far to see improvements in downtown, city services, and infrastructure. They have accomplished a lot in the past few years.
Lastly, I can't be angry about low oil prices either. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, energy, specifically gasoline and oil prices, is what's driving CPI-U to be zero. I can probably speak for us all when I say it's nice to fill up at $1.90 a gallon. Hopefully, it sticks around for a little longer.
So, with no one left to be angry at, I've decided not be angry. I don't think anyone is out to do harm to our city or the schools and I believe everyone wants Laconia to prosper. However, we have a problem and it needs to be fixed. On more than one occasion, my first-grader has come home and stated sadly, "My BFF is moving to Gilford!" Now, although my daughter may have 20 BFFs, this illustrates a common theme. People with school-age children are leaving and/or not coming to Laconia.
Let's work together to figure this problem out, because being angry with each other is not going to help. Making Laconia a great place to live is what is going to keep us moving forward.
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