Sanborn's Deliberative Session

To the Editor:

To the ex-state representative and his uninformed sidekick (whom I would advise not to give up his day job because the stand up comedy gig isn’t working); stop shooting from the hip and delivering lame and demeaning one liners and do some homework. Better yet, go back to school and get a teaching degree so you can get a teaching job and try to raise a family on $35K per year.

To the gentlemen who chided the boards to “get out of the ivory tower”, I suggest that you start a write-in campaign for one of the open positions on either board and throw your hat into the ring so you can take advantage of all the perks being on each board affords -like the limo service, catered board meetings and weekend junkets to the Bahamas. My guess is that you have never driven home at midnight on a frigid night after a five-hour board meeting nor served on a school or municipal board, but you are quite comfortable taking pot shots from the cheap seats at those who selflessly give up their time to support our kids.

To the gentlemen who prattled off unsubstantiated statistics about how poorly our students perform, I would suggest to you that if your stats were true (which any informed person would know is not the case), wouldn’t increasing student/teacher ratios and driving all of the good teachers out of the district only help in worsening those bogus statistics?

Here’s an idea. Why don’t we simply abolish the school board and budget committee and let the 145 (or was it 143) people who showed up at the deliberative session decide what the budget should be. Why waste all of those hours developing and scrutinizing the budget from October to January. Just let the general public decide how much money is needed to run a $29M school district. We could hand out blank slips of paper and have each of the 143 (or so) people who attended simply jot down the figure they feel is appropriate and stuff it in the ballot box. Then pick the winning entry. Or maybe ask everyone who attends to guess how many jellybeans are in the pickle jar and let the winner decide the budget number. Both of these ideas are no less idiotic than picking a random, arbitrary number out of thin air and making a motion at the deliberative session.

No one likes to pay higher taxes. But right, wrong or indifferent our state chooses to fund education primarily through property taxes. And our district chooses to have elected officials and school administrators develop and manage the budget. There is ample opportunity for the public to voice their concerns and promote their ideas on how much we should spend to run our school district.

If you choose not to volunteer your time to serve on the school board or budget committee or attend school board meetings, that is your prerogative. But don’t show up once a year at the deliberative session and make outlandish and demeaning comments about our teachers and administrators without the facts or suggest ludicrous budget numbers without a plan to run our school district that would not be properly funded.

Doug Ross


Embarrassed by Demeanor of Official

To the Editor:

I read with great dismay the letter to the editor authored by citizen of Raymond Frank Bourque, where he railed on fellow Town of Raymond servants Carolyn Matthews and Gretchen Gott regarding their efforts to defeat a warrant article proposal he had put forward for consideration at Deliberative Session.

Having voted for Mr. Bourque in his current position as Selectman for the Town, I was disappointed at his tactic of singling these two people out as having no compassion for our previously flooded residents, town workers and businesses simply because they don't favor spending precious taxpayer money on a particular flood study that may not be the best choice for Raymond, given pending state action and also given current planning board work to bring our existing flood plain ordinances into line with FEMA standards. Calling opposition to his plan by others spiteful, and categorizing those who voted against his proposal as cold, inhumane people, shows how Mr. Bourque handles things when they don't go his way. I continue to lose respect for Mr. Bourque in his official capacity as I see him use his position of power to work his private agendas and use newspapers and other forums to degrade those who oppose him.

It is public behavior like this that causes me personally to avoid meetings such as the Deliberative Session, as these meetings are normally dominated by politically savvy individuals and those who like to make soap-box declarations, thereby drawing out the meetings to a point beyond toleration.

Mr. Bourque, please put your public hat back on and show us how you can work with your counterparts on the boards you represent. Show us, as the voters who elected you, that you can behave in a respectful manner even when you do not get your own way.

Don Hedman


Tax Increase for Raymond

To the Editor:

As a result of both the Town and School deliberative sessions held these past two weeks Raymond residents can look forward too a tax increase in 2009. It was a sad day for democracy when less than 100 people showed up for each session that will affect their financial future for years to come. As for one who attended it was sad to see so few people speak out on the proposed budgets from the Town and School.

So, to my fellow Raymond citizens, when you get your tax bills this year you will see an increase in your taxes of roughly $125.00 to $250.00, depending on the value of your house. Others may say this won't happen but one just needs to look at their previous tax bills to see the writing on the wall.

Nick Longo


To Kingston and Newton Taxpayers

To the Editor:

We write this letter as teachers of the Bakie School in Kingston to encourage your support for the school district vote on March 10. Bakie School is an exciting place to be where learning occurs from the moment the children walk through the doors until late into the evenings. There are many things that you may not know of that make Bakie an amazing school.

Current research confirms that differentiated instruction—instruction that directly and diligently addresses the identified learning needs of each child—is a prime tool in raising students’ achievement. The Bakie School is a New Hampshire forerunner in differentiated education with our “What I Need” (WIN) initiative. In fact, schools across the state have come to see and learn from our WIN model. During scheduled WIN time, students engage in educational opportunities tailored and targeted to each boy’s and girl’s identified instructional needs. Teachers, specialists, and paraprofessionals collaborate to share their skills, knowledge, and lesson plans to strengthen and support each other, the students, and the curriculum.

In addition to WIN, Bakie offers students many other opportunities for growth, including after school activities such as The Bakie Battle of the Books, an adult and child reading club, Computer Club, movie making, Destination Imagination, the Light Bulb Fair, Invention Convention, Math Club, Homework Club, Cooking Club, Card Making Club, Beading Club, Intramural Sports, CHAMPS and more.

Please vote to support education.

Sarah Wisecarver

on behalf of the Educational Professionals

Daniel J. Bakie School


Do as I say…

To the Editor:

Auto executives were excoriated for flying corporate jets to Washington to ask for money. Financial executives were blasted when they planned offsite sales meetings. Bank executives who take federal aid will have their salaries limited to $500,000.

Then when Democratic poobahs want to meet they go to Williamsburg Virginia, apparently because they can’t find room in Washington. How about that big building with the dome, if everything else is booked? But then the rescuer in chief couldn’t take his highly symbolic first trip in Air Force One by trying to set a Guinness record for highest cost per mile to get to a dinner by using 747 to take one person the 150 miles from DC to Williamsburg.

Americans are beginning to suspect their elected leaders don’t worry about increasing taxes because the leaders don’t seem have to pay what they owe until they get appointed to the cabinet. Maybe they could do some damage control by limiting pay for former members of congress and presidents to $500.000 per year when they turn to peddling favors and pork in retirement.

Whatever happened to leadership by example?

Mark Sykas


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