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Candidate Dan Shallow: I don’t owe any favors & I’m not embroiled in any feuds; vote for me in Gilmanton

To The Daily Sun,

To Gilmanton voters:

I am running for selectman in Gilmanton and this letter briefly states why I believe I am qualified to hold that office. I am very experienced in town government. I was a selectman in the Town of Pittsburg, N.H., for six years — two of those years as chairman. I also was the town moderator for two years and the school moderator for two years.

Let’s say I have lots of practical experience in working with people with very different thoughts on the same subject. I have not only read but researched and written many policies. Additionally, I have extensive experience in grant writing, have written emergency management plans, and was actively involved with town property valuation issues included defending the town twice in front of the Land Management Board. I was our board liaison with the fire department and our board representative during the development of the 45th Parallel EMS unit.

I also feel I bring a wealth of police experience to the board. I am a retired Air Force Security Police Officer. In my almost 21 years in the Air Force I have graduated from the 123rd Session of the FBI National Academy, was a Distinguished Graduate from Officer Training School, was selected as the Best First Term Security Policeman for the Air Force, and was commander and chief of police when my unit, the 55th Security Police Squadron, was selected Best Large Police Unit in the Air Force (500 people were working for me in my unit). I have been a military chief of police and worked for six years with the chief of police in Pittsburg while I was a selectman. I also had the benefit of having a public police chief and police officer as a board member for my six years on the Pittsburg board.

After retiring from the Air Force, I entered public education. I was a high school history teacher, school principal, and superintendent. I also coached girls’ varsity basketball and boys’ varsity baseball. I was an educator for 18 years and then retired. I have been retired for the last six years but am willing to jump back into politics if the voters want an experienced, broadbased approach to some issues facing the voters of Gilmanton. I know how to think “outside the box.” I welcome everyone’s thoughts.

While I have only lived in Gilmanton for six years, I believe that is really to your advantage. I don’t owe anyone any favors and I’m not embroiled in any family controversies, disputes, or feuds. I offer a fresh, unbiased perspective and wide base of experience which I believe will benefit the voters of Gilmanton. I don’t have any favorites. I can look at each issue objectively without undue pressure from any other individual or group.

My Facebook page includes my positions on the issues and my philosophies. These philosophies haven’t been developed during this “campaign” but have been in place my whole work career. I wouldn’t have accomplished what I have without being respectful to others, being transparent, being truthful, and holding people accountable. Funny thing about being truthful, if you just tell the truth you don’t have to worry about what “story” you tell to whom because there is only one story — the truth. I believe in asking people for input on issues, listening to what they say and encouraging them to tell me what I really need to know rather than having them tell me what they think I want to hear. I don’t believe in “killing the messenger.”

I live by the golden rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you. If you want respect, give it. If you want people to listen to you, listen to them. If you give your word, keep it. My word is now, and has always been, my bond.

If you, the voters of Gilmanton, want an experienced selectman with the values I have shared, I hope you will vote for me. I will not let you down – I will always keep the best interest of Gilmanton voters as my primary concern. If elected, I will do my best to work with the current selectmen in a positive and constructive manner but I will remain independent in my thinking, voting and speaking.

Please feel free to contact me by phone, e-mail, or Facebook. My resume on Facebook has that information. I’d be happy to listen to anyone about any issue they want. I’m not saying I will agree with everything you say but I will listen. I don’t equate difference of opinion with hostility.

Thank you for reading this and I look forward to your input.

James D. "Dan" Shallow


  • Written by Edward Engler
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Lack of security clearances in administration is astounding

To The Daily Sun,

 Wow! Mr. Raschilla sees sedition and treason on the left, but denies Republicans are the guilty party. Just the sedition for now:

Jim, have you ever heard of Steve Bannon? Sure some adult somewhere in the depths of the swamp currently occupying the oval office, decided to get rid of him, officially. But he still has Spanky’s ear. (Spanky, because, well you know.) If you ever heard him talk, you know that dismantling our form of government is high on his hit parade. And then we have Betsy Devos, her owning a company that is paid by the government to collect student loan debts. And she has a position to make herself even more money by implementing policy that enriches herself. Your definition of sedition is conveniently missing the whole "government" angle. Huh! Why did you do that?

In the 1770s, the founders wrote that treason is only applicable during wartime. And certainly with good reason. What the founders left out of The Constitution were cyber attacks. Someone with more patience than I can muster may want to explain to Republicans why that is. Perhaps Jim should look up the word "attack" in the dictionary, it’s what one side in a war does to the other side. Simplistic, yes, but, well, you know. The Russian’s attacked our electoral system; we can’t be absolutely sure they changed any votes, but that means we can’t be sure they didn’t either. You know, Spanky’s campaign staff were falling over themselves meeting and emailing Russians, and then lying about it. The lack of anything like real security clearance for what appears to be the majority of this "administration" is simply astounding.

Mueller Ain’t Going Away, the new MAGA.

Marty Valengavich

  • Written by Edward Engler
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