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Republican Jim Rubens debates in Bedford

Friday, April 25, 2014

Republican Jim Rubens debates in Bedford

On April 8, the Bedford Republican Committee held a debate of Republican candidates for U.S. Senate. Jim Rubens made the following statement:

“I wish to thank the Bedford GOP for hosting this event tonight allowing voters to see that my campaign is about bold ideas and real solutions. Obamacare has replaced Prohibition as the most-hated federal law and not only will I repeal Obamacare, but I will fight to replace it with solutions that harness market forces, increase consumer choice and do not require a federal takeover of healthcare.

“I have a record of not only fighting for, but winning the legislative battles that improve people’s lives. My charter school law provides choice for parents, diversity of education opportunities, higher academic performance for children, and lower costs for taxpayers. I launched debate over electricity choice and competition that has saved New Hampshire ratepayers millions. I also voted to protect law-abiding gun owners in New Hampshire.

“It’s time to replace Jeanne Shaheen and her rubber-stamp support for President Obama’s failed policies that compromise our Constitutional rights like spying on our email and phone calls. Shaheen voted for a law that dictates which doctors and hospitals you can use. Shaheen helped rack up another $7 trillion in debt that imperils our monetary system. And Shaheen voted for a Syria bombing war that would have sucked us into yet another Mideast military quagmire with no benefit to US national security.

“We can only defeat Shaheen by uniting Republicans around my energy and bold, thoughtful solutions to our nation’s pressing jobs, economy, spending, and debt challenges. My campaign is robust, fully funded and fully staffed. I enjoyed the opportunity to engage with the voters, something I have been doing across the state. These grassroots activists will decide who will be the Republican nominee in September.”

For more information about Jim Rubens for U.S. Senate, please visit www.jimrubens.com.

JIM RUBENS

U.S. Senate candidate

Customer service should be priority for all police, including Bedford

To the Editor:

Recently, my family and I have had a few encounters with the local police officials, but the officers who we have dealt with have not been as polite as I would expect them to be.

In a community like Bedford, I think it is important for everyone to be as friendly and hospitable as they can be, especially if you have a public service job such as being a police officer. Please do not misinterpret this letter as a complaint about the service that our policemen give to our community; I respect and appreciate their work so that I can feel safe in any part of our town at any time. Having said that, one can choose to either live their life with a smile on their face or they can just go through the motions without really caring too much about the details of people to people communication.

An example of the impolite behavior of police officers was when my dog recently left our yard and followed a jogger home. The jogger ended up living just one street over from us, but she did call the police. The policeman showed up, took our dog and had him in the back of his cruiser when my mom, dad and I showed up. We got our dog back, but the policeman was very impatient and frustrated for seemingly no reason. He went through the motions and did not seem to have any consideration for the way that my family and I felt.

Although the police station is not the same type of establishment as a business or restaurant, customer service should still be a priority for policemen.

AUSTIN HAMMER

Bedford

Survey’s goal is to protect our students from risky behaviors

To the Editor:

The following is a letter sent to Lurgio Middle School parents on April 11.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Over the past several days, I have spoken to a number of parents regarding the asset survey, Search Institute Profiles of Student Life: Attitudes and Behaviors, that was administered to the 7th and 8th grades last week. While many parents have shared their support for our continued efforts to better know our students, a few have expressed concern over specific survey items. Additionally, at the April 7th school board meeting, three parents and one community member questioned our administration of the survey. In light of these questions, I want to take this opportunity to further clarify some misunderstandings and the rationale for and usefulness of this survey.

We have used this anonymous survey for 16 years to assess our middle school students’ positive developmental assets as well as their possible risky behaviors. The survey is completely optional. In the March 21 and 28 issues of the Lurgio News email, parents were informed of the nature of the survey and the process for its administration. Parents were invited to review the complete survey prior to its administration if they had any questions. Students were informed that their participation was not required and that they could skip any questions they were not comfortable answering. We have received feedback that we should have been more specific in our notification letter that certain survey items on the survey concerned sex. That is good feedback, which will be incorporated into future letters of notice to parents. Additionally, we have heard a concern that some students may have made up answers. To address this, the Search Institute designed the survey in a way that they are able to reject any individual survey that indicates inconsistent responses. We have posted all the communication to parents and the surveys on the district website at www.sau25.net/curriculum.cfm?subpage=1849218.

In an ideal world, all of our students would possess the positive assets needed to decide not to engage in any risky behaviors. However, based on the past results of the survey and our own experience with adolescent children, we know that some of Bedford’s middle school-aged children have engaged in sex, used drugs, consumed alcohol, and used tobacco products. As a principal and a parent of four school-age children, I understand that information is an important tool to help us protect our students from engaging in at-risk behavior. The information from this survey helps us refine Lurgio’s health curriculum and other school programs such as Stand by Me. The information also supports community groups such as the Coalition for Bedford Youth (CBY). For example, CBY shares the aggregate survey results to the community through BCTV shows, presentations and brochures.

The administration, teachers and staff of the Ross A. Lurgio Middle School are invested in partnering with parents and the community in our efforts to raise positive and productive children. All the results of this survey will be shared with parents and the community so that we can better understand and support our students. We look forward to working with you on supporting our students’ social and emotional needs as they navigate this important period of growth and change.

Sincerely,

ED JOYCE

Principal

Hold school administration responsible for middle school survey

To the Editor:

I was impressed with the turnout of nearly a dozen parents at the recent April 21 school board meeting.

All who spoke voiced serious opposition to the invasive, sexually explicit surveys given to children without notification or consent. Many parents noted that children were required to take this so-called voluntary survey. As impressed as I was with parents, I was not impressed at all with the superintendent’s attempts to justify these surveys by holding an unscheduled lovefest for the Coalition of Bedford Youth. Before parents were even allowed to speak, an extracurricular group, not part of the school, gave a presentation to justify the data they use.

CBY was unwilling to claim these surveys were capable of showing the group contributed in any meaningful way to the community, and it appeared to some that an attempt was made to give the appearance that parents who opposed the explicit contents of the survey somehow didn’t support local community organizations. Nothing could be further from the truth. None of the explicit questions are connected in any way to the data CBY uses. In fact, every bit of data the CBY displays online can be ascertained from the benign elementary school survey. Dragging CBY into this is only a distraction.

I do not question the validity of the CBY. I do, however, question the school board’s methods in supporting them and whether they know their boundaries. The superintendent’s office failed to show any justification to pry into children’s personal lives, and additionally revealed they conduct intentional gender and racial profiling by associating every survey to a gender and ethnicity. This is very disturbing. Parents have a right to be adequately notified, our children not be manipulated, and our consent be required. The authority that Ed Joyce and Tim Mayes have assumed belongs to parents, and the school board will do well to remember that.

Lurgio’s bad faith in lying to parents about the nature of this survey and requiring children to take it are both items of serious concern that should be on the minds of every parent. I have called for disciplinary action against the Lurgio school administrators who drafted and approved this systemic failure. Three principals were either malicious with intent, or completely incompetent, as was the superintendent who went out of his way to ensure parents remained uninformed.

The school board should demonstrate good faith to parents by holding them accountable and taking swift disciplinary action for their poor decisions.

JONATHAN ZDZIARSKI

Bedford

Do your research on vaccines

To the Editor:

Vaccination. It is a growing issue. Even with 49 vaccine doses recommended for little children before they start first grade, the recommendations don’t stop there.

We all are reading about the vaccine injured and vaccine failures. There are many concerns, and review of the science and the data and public discussion of vaccine policy is long overdue.

There are some who believe that every vaccine is a good and necessary vaccine and others who understand that vaccines, like any pharmaceutical product, will have risks and benefits. Never is medicine a “one-size-fits-all” proposition, including vaccination. If vaccines are administered to everyone without medical evaluation as to need or risks, there will be those who are needlessly sickened, disabled or die from these products. The smart consumer will ask the questions, read the facts and evidence and make an informed decision.

The public should know about the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC), a national nonprofit founded in 1982. NVIC launched the vaccine safety and informed consent movement in America and is the oldest and largest consumer-led organization advocating for the institution of vaccine safety and informed consent protections in the public health system. The National Vaccine Information Center is dedicated to the prevention of vaccine injuries and deaths through public education and to defending the informed consent ethic in medicine.

You will find this clearinghouse of information and resources at www.nvic.org. Here you will be able to access information about vaccine history, ingredients, a link to the CDC, manufacturer’s information, requirements and exemptions, federal and state laws, information about vaccine injuries and more.

You may have seen recent programming on Bedford Community TV about vaccines. Kathy Benuck has interviewed two people on this topic and one of those shows recently played. Kathy has always been a stickler for balance and fairness on both sides of an issue so I’m not sure why the show she taped with me has not played. I am a New Hampshire director of Advocacy for the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) and in my volunteer role, I work to bring facts and information to the public about vaccines and vaccine policy and your rights under the law.

The show we taped is informative and worth watching. You may find it at

www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYb1BorzcY4&feature=share&list=UUWZ70tvB_j622u8gwu7C12Q.

LAURA CONDON

NH Director of Advocacy for NVIC

Bedford

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