Forum, July 17: Trustees should work with Thetford librarian, not fire him

Published: 7/16/2019 10:00:18 PM
Trustees should work with Thetford librarian, not fire him

I attended the Latham Memorial Library board of trustees meeting on July 3 and thank the board for allowing many people to speak and for extending the schedule to accommodate all who wanted to speak (“Book closing on librarian?” July 7).

Every person who spoke disagreed with the decision to fire Thetford town librarian Peter Blodgett, and not one of the 75 or so attendees spoke in support of the board’s actions. A number of erudite lawyers defended Blodgett and suggested that board members could be in legal jeopardy for how they carried out their rather secretive decision. My suggestion is that the board keep Blodgett as librarian and move forward to work collaboratively with him. If they cannot do that, rescind the decision to fire him and resign from the board.

SARAH T. STABLEFORD

East Thetford

Councilor Cryans stood up for reproductive rights

I would like to thank District 1 Executive Councilor Mike Cryans for his vote against the nomination of Attorney General Gordon MacDonald to be chief justice of the New Hampshire Supreme Court. Cryans has demonstrated to the people of this district that he is willing to stand up for reproductive rights.

MacDonald’s extensive background in partisan politics seriously called into question his ability to make unbiased rulings, especially in cases involving reproductive rights. His role for years as legislative director and then chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Gordon Humphrey, R-N.H., the most anti-abortion senator at the time, had me extremely worried. More recently, MacDonald was a delegate for anti-abortion extremist U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., at the Republican National Convention in 2016. With no judicial or voting record, all we had to assess is MacDonald’s past work. In these challenging times for reproductive rights, a history like this is very alarming.

Cryans’ concerns about MacDonald’s record on abortion were legitimate, and his vote against MacDonald’s nomination should make proud every Granite Stater who believes in upholding reproductive rights.

KATHLEEN BELL

Enfield

Kamala Harris is committed to progressive values

Over the last few months I’ve had the opportunity to meet and listen to several of the top-polling Democratic candidates for president. My first question is, will the candidate support public education in a time when the emphasis has been on vouchers and charter schools while draining the public system? Then, I look for a candidate who has a record of inclusion and fighting for all minorities.

I want a candidate that knows and can empathize with the injustices and discrimination that women, the LGBTQI community and people of color have endured. I want someone to represent me who has the dedication, spirit and spunk to fight for equality and access to education, universal health care, address climate issues and bring integrity and dignity back to our political system.

As a state legislator, I know the most important skill for a leader in our political system is the ability to be pragmatic but remain true to one’s core progressive values. That is why I am endorsing U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., for president. She is a fighter for LGBTQI rights, social justice, the climate, women’s rights, affordable health care and public education. Her life’s work and record in the Senate demonstrate her commitment to progressive values, fighting for the people while being able to negotiate for workable solutions. She has demonstrated her ability to seek the truth as well as her competitive spirit and fierce determination that will win our party’s nomination and the presidential election. She will be a strong, honest and joyful warrior for the people.

Please join me in supporting Kamala Harris for president.

LINDA TANNER

Georges Mills

The writer represents New Hampshire’s Sullivan 9 district.

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