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February 13, 2014

Letters to the editor

Libraries help maintain freedom

To the editor:

I am seeking the position of trustee for Londonderry’s Leach Library in the forthcoming election. My purpose in running is that I most assuredly believe that public libraries are fundamental to sustaining a strong community of freedom, as did James Madison and Benjamin Franklin.

My hope is to assist in sustaining the extant strong presentation programs, increasing online services and interaction with other public libraries, and coordinating cordially with the town’s administration -- which by the state RSAs is a somewhat complex circumstance, seldom fully understood.

My home has been Londonderry for over 20 years. And I have been a coach of more youth sports than I can possibly recount and a member of two town temporary study committees -- one concerning the high school, the other police and fire departments. Both my wife Susan and elder daughter Emily are degreed MLS librarians, so perhaps I have accrued a certain library understanding by osmosis. I have developed a maintenance plan and accomplished a security study for a public library.

I also have experience as a trustee, having been on the board of directors of a nonprofit publisher in New York City for over 15 years. In addition, I have been an author, correspondent, columnist, and book reviewer for seven different magazines and a contributor to the Smithsonian’s “One Day in History” encyclopedia series.

Lastly, I do know the definition of trustee. It is rather akin to what I would state to taxpayer citizens visiting my ships when I was on active duty as a U.S. Coast Guard officer: “You folks own the ship. We just take care of it for you for a few years.”

I do know what it means to serve. And I hope for the votes of my fellow citizens.

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