To the editor:
May I begin by apologizing to the selectmen and sherriff's office representatives for my impatient behavior at the meeting.
Rarely do I become so agitated as I was that night. I had to sit still and listen to some people defend our current police force on the basis of what we should expect it represents rather than how it is routinely performing in recent years.
I was raised to respect men in uniform of any sort. I feel that in many cases the current force has not measured up to our natural expectations of them. We must remember that our young people look to adults for examples of how to behave. I did my best as a "learning facilitator" to express my anger and disappointment appropriately.
Children should learn at an early age that they have a right to stand up to inappropriate behavior on the part of anyone who serves the public interest in any capacity. After all , as citizens we each bear a responsibility to uphold the original work ethics of the folks who founded a democratic Constitution for the United States of America.
I also want to separate those who do their jobs as policemen from those who often bring embarrassment upon their fellow officers as well as the whole town. Our local firefighters are mostly volunteers as is our rescue squad. They currently struggle to find funding to replace aging vehicles and training for themselves. The rescue folks have played a major role in saving my life at least twice in past years. I owe them much more than just a thank you. I do not feel that way about the majority of our current police force, sadly.
How our town is to be defended against illegal activity of any kind is about much more than just cost savings, it should be about reliable performance as well. I say we give the sherriff's department a chance to prove their mettle for a while. If we are not satisfied with their performance, we can do a better job in whom we hire or fire for a new police force in the future.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 02:29
To the editor:
A baby is born addicted to drugs. She survives the painful withdrawal process and goes home with Mom. Three months later she is hospitalized and her Mom is charged with neglect.
An 8-year-old girl is very quiet and is a good student. She loves to read and do crafts. She is in foster care.
A 14-year-old boy who is very outgoing and loves the Red Sox. He lived with his Dad, but his Dad is now incarcerated. There were no family connections that could provide him an appropriate home or foster families available so he is living in a group home.
Would you be interested in volunteering to be a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) and getting to know a child like this? Our volunteers receive a comprehensive training and then are asked if they would like to advocate for a child who has been the victim of abuse and/or neglect. Our volunteers meet with the child at least once a month. With support from the staff at CASA, our volunteers stand up and represent the best interest of the child in court proceedings. We ask that our advocates volunteer with the child for the time they are involved with court. While that time varies widely, the average time is two years.
CASA of New Hampshire
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 05:18
To the editor:
“Gun violence.” I have been hearing those two words together for years. The emphasis is being put on the wrong word. Violence is the problem.
The excessive use of pesticides, herbicides, and petroleum based fertilizer, dilbit and oil “spills,” chemical spills, pollution from fossil fuels, chemical explosions, fracking solutions, plastics leeching toxins into our food and personal care products, nuclear “accidents,” and financial disaster are poisoning our air, our water, our food, our economy. Our freedom to move unhindered in public spaces, to gather and to speak is being legislated away. Our police departments have devolved into an adversarial paramilitary. Safety nets to prevent starvation and death for the less fortunate are being stripped away.
This is the violence that needs to be regulated.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 May 2013 04:02
To the editor:
I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiments regarding a Farmers Market in North Conway. I agree with the Conway Daily Sun's views and those expressed by Eric Rollnick.
I would just like to add that should the Conway selectpersons be truly concerned with local merchants being hurt then why would they put their stamp of approval first on a Walmart then on a Super Walmart? There exists very few businesses today that do more harm to a local economy than Walmart. I believe most would find their business practices shocking. "Walmart, The High Cost of Low Price," would go a long way to enlighten the powers that be.
Supporting local farmers supports local businesses, the environment, and good health.
Eat Well, Be Well.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 May 2013 02:31
To the editor:
It was a nice spring day recently when I visited Kennett High School's athletic complex, Gary Millen Field. I had never been since its construction and dedication but what a marvelous facility combining the traditions of football with the grace of track and field!
I never knew Coach Millen but his success and popularity helped bequeath my (new) alma mater with a superb venue to cheer on the gridiron Eagles! Coach Karl "The Crusher" Seidenstuecker would be extremely pleased with the great bleachers and if you'd ever sat on the banking at the old field, on a gray November afternoon, your butt would appreciate them also!
I was a football spectator but the new track, wow! A huge improvement over the grass on which I competed! As a consequence, I always enjoyed Fryeburg's all-weather and Laconia's cinder tracks! Kudos to everyone involved in bringing such a modern up-to-date track to the new high school! Hindsight being 20/20, such a cool, responsive track combined with Coach Don Trimble's methods could have produced a few state records if not many personal bests "back in the day."
Were this writer's physical attributes up to snuff, I'd break out my Adidas cleats for a few laps! Alas not, so over to the Mineral Springs Café for another spectacular buffet lunch! Chef Mattei and sous chef Remillard's team of budding cooks outdid themselves once again! The proferrings were superb, ranging from pan-seared tilapia Florentine, delicate yet tasty salmon cakes with lemon dill clam sauce, triple meat chili with black bean and other less traditional legumes, extra large scalloped potatoes with thinly sliced ham, chef carved steak teriyaki, a beef stroganoff that complimented perfectly cooked herbed ziti, steamed broccoli tossed with roasted garlic and butter, green tea gingered brown rice, and peach chipotle barbecue chicken! This writer joyfully sampled everything and begrudgingly have to admit that my fav was the chicken — zing! Did I mention dessert? Peanut butter-based frosted chocolate cake and an individual Oreo crumb crust chocolate cheesecake baked in a cupcake tin topped with fresh made whipped cream! Groovy! Whew, am I full! Think I'll go walk a couple laps around the track!
Once again this writer uncovered some of the long term quality investments made by our community in facilities and opportunities for our children, nieces, nephews and grandkids as well as ourselves, the taxpayers! Come out and cheer on our athletes while taking pride in a sports facility any school would like to call their own! Visit the Mineral Springs for the buffet (I think there's only one left this school year) or try it for lunch during the week! Ah the Café, the Flavor Springs Café! See ya!
Evan M. Lucy, Class of '75
Last Updated on Thursday, 02 May 2013 02:17
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