anonymous letter

I got one today! Eight years of blogging on Community issues and this is the first. My address typed on a piece of paper taped to the envelope. It wasn’t perfumed, there was some other type barely visible that perhaps the FBI could read.

Funny.

A long letter, all about the letters writers views on GBKC the YMCA and the million dollar appropriation. The million that no one is talking about and really in the scheme of things not a great deal of money. Gregg’s tenure was marked by lots of these million dollar earmarks, not enough to really do something, but  still makes a splash at home.

The anonymous letter writer was urging me onward, as if I am investigating something. I assure you all I hold lots of things “in the vault”

The newspaper does it too, making decisions on what is for public consumption, it’s not at all about libel or slander. That  protection enjoyed by newspapers now extends to blogs.

I am just a resident and sometimes I ask questions. I feel we are not discussing this GBKC proposal honestly.

It  has been ginned up purely as a feint. Most reading and watching are scratching their heads wondering why this is blowing up.

Most know  the first question asked after hearing  someone is pregnant.

“How many waiting lists are you on for day care?”

Mike Favreau, our Director of Parks&Recreation is in my view our top department director and he knows everything about his department and where it should and can go as a Community asset. I trust his judgement implicitly.That patch behind the pool is a perfect place for Great Bay Kids and their new center must be purpose built. There is a continuing and never ending need for quality infant and child care. That’s a really good thing for us, that local need, if you follow at all the graying of New England trends.

A bubble for the pool? That’s a positive dream  and what I expect of  a top manager like Mike Favreau, looking ahead  for us , the Community.

So to make that work it would be indeed a very good thing to allow Great Bay Kids to secure a lease on a piece of land no one gave a whit about for 35 years.

If we were smart we would  let the YMCA do their thing (good luck! really) and we as a Community will do ours. Anyone out for the YMCA should not be troubling the GBKC effort with blocking maneuvers  unless they show their full hand.

When the YMCA comes knocking on your door how large a donation are you contemplating? Just throwing that out after we were unable to get the IOKA on it’s feet. My feeling is that these large fundraising efforts often turn out to be significant Community stressors.

Failure is an option and it stings.

Empathy, how deep is your reserve?  Who doesn’t get a tug driving past the “Church to be built here” sign, for 8 years.

Everyone  should vote yes for the Great Bay Kids Company and also for  Dam removal. Both these issues are vitally important to the Community’s future. In the case  of the dam  you have no choice. Really you don’t, it is wrong  for the Dam in or out to be positioned as a choice. Why can I see perfectly in my mind the restored  Exeter River and it’s beautiful natural waterfall?

I want young families in our Community, they are critical to our growth and must be supported, to not support this lease is a vote against Community.

The anonymous letter will not get scanned and posted, so feel free to sign your name and send it to the paper or comment here using your name.

Stand up.

My blog is open to comments from those that will sign their name, there is no back door.

There is a real vacuum in Town and I have discussed same with  the media. This lag, between editions of the ENL, the Town blogs( one is anonymous and should be called out for that)  and this void gets  filled with whispers and erroneous information and at least one person resorting to the US mail.

Mike

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