Bedford state and local guv reps invite public input at meeting next week

Thank you for my time on the School Board

To the Editor:

For the past six years, I have had the privilege of serving Bedford as a member of the School Board.

After careful consideration, I have decided not to run for re-election. My term will expire in March.

I want to thank my fellow school board members – Terry Wolf, Scott Earnshaw, Cindy Chagnon and Bill Foote – for their hard work and dedication. Our meetings, filled with debate and discussion, have been conducted in a respectful and thoughtful manner. I am honored to have served with such a professional group of people.

I also want to thank the leadership team of the Bedford School District – especially Superintendent Tim Mayes. Bedford is fortunate to have had such a skilled leader guiding the district through such a critical period in its history.

The filing period for School Board positions is between Jan. 22 and Jan. 31.

I would be happy to speak with anyone who might consider running for this rewarding and educational position. Feel free to contact me at dcgraff@comcast.net.

Thank you again for giving me the opportunity to serve the school district as a board member for the past six years.

DON GRAFF

Bedford

Speak your mind to those who can act

To the Editor:

You are invited to attend a meeting with a state senator, House representatives, members of the Board of Education and the Bedford Town Council.

They will be gathering together at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the MacAllaster Room on the lower level of the Bedford Public Library, 3 Meetinghouse Road.

Not only are you invited to attend, but we hope that you will actively participate by speaking if you choose. This assembly, co-moderated by Sen. Andy Sanborn and State Rep. John Graham, will have an open agenda to enable all taxpayers to speak on any and all topics that concern our community.

Can’t think of any? How about health care, the unfunded New Hampshire retirement system, property taxes, state and local roads (Route 101, as well as your street), proposed state legislation, schools, public works, police and fire? How are they doing as your elected officials? What can be done better or in a different way? What do you care about? And what should we all care about?

Your elected officials are coming together to continue to focus their efforts on your concerns, needs and wants. A democracy requires a give and take between its citizens and its government.

Please do not be the missing ingredient in the democratic process. Without your participation, there is neither democracy nor process.

Please join us.

JIM SCANLON

Bedford Town Councilor