I, as a resident of town for 54 years, have never experienced anything like this. I happily attended Lincoln Akerman 4 years, then HAJH 2 and Winnacunnet 2, graduating early. I received a wonderful education and loved and was loved by my teachers, principal and other parents. My mother used to be an ‘at home mom’ who would come get sick kids if their parents were working and they were too sick to stay in the principal’s office, I don’t remember a school nurse, certainly we did not have one full time. My mother, a doctor, pitched in to help when needed! My mother used to come pick us up after school and would pack her station wagon as full as possible with other kids who needed a ride home.
That is what a small town is all about. One of my biggest regrets was not having kids in Lincoln Akerman so I could stay part of that community. The school has become an island in itself with only certain residents allowed. Being against a large school expansion does not mean I am against repairing and upgrading the present school. Shame on whomever was responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the school since the last addition. You should know better than letting a building deteriorate as LAS has. Ask for and you would have received the money to keep the school in ‘good working repair’. Now look at the mess. Well you don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater, if your child misbehaves you don’t send them packing. Our school and our children are an asset to the town but instead of providing them with a safe, efficient environment to learn you have now deprived 5 graduating classes as you continue to insist on a project which has been voted down 5 times. We are very willing to meet you somewhere in the middle but not for $10 million! And for you to imply that your option would be cheaper than Article 2 only shows that you are proposing to let the new additions fall apart as you have the rest of the school. Shame.
And then to imply that our current town employees and elected officials are somehow corrupt and are not working in the best interest of the whole town is ludicrous! I have donated my time to the Planning Board for 26 years, following my mother’s 10+ years on the board! I volunteer at the library gardens, I donated most of the flowers around the town hall and library. AND was paid to be Conservation Commission Secretary and I am Deputy Tax Collector. If you think I do all of this for the money, you are wrong. I paid more for my mother’s caretaker so I could come in and work at town. That is all for the love of this town. I am sickened and saddened by the division that has occurred. I know first hand that we, the town paid staff and volunteers are working as quickly and efficiently as possible. We do not do it for any other reason than our love of town.
We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done
so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing.
– Mother Teresa of Calcutta
Mother Teresa, the biggest proponent of peace and harmony would request that we all take a step back and find a way to get along. I, for one, would be very
happy to sit down with anyone who has any ideas how we can get the two sides together, perhaps over a drink and a handshake? What do you say?
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