Wednesday, August 04, 2021

Guilford Letters

Letters • Published Aug. 04, 2021 08 a.m.

A Very Poor Example

I watched the Board of Education meeting on July 12; first I was surprised, then I was shocked, and last, I became angry at the loud and abusive language being used toward Board Chair Katie...

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Letters • Published July 28, 2021 08 a.m.

Culturally Responsive Teaching

When I think about how important it is for the youth of our town to get a well-rounded education, it’s gratifying to know that Guilford Public Schools (GPS), Superintendent of Schools Dr....

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Letters • Published July 28, 2021 08 a.m.

What Can Be Done?

For decades, Philip and Eunice Demond have lived on Old Whitfield Street, and in harmony with their neighbors. Eunice has been rescuing and saving wild animals for years. She herself is admired;...

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Letters • Published July 28, 2021 08 a.m.

A Pleasant Surprise

What a pleasant surprise to see the new “Welcome to Guilford” sign as I recently exited I-95 at 57 North. I understand a similar sign also is now in place at Exit 58 North, and...

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Letters • Published July 28, 2021 08 a.m.

How to Diversify?

Having followed the recent discourse across our town it is clear that there is a strong desire, amongst many in our community, for greater racial equity.It is obvious that changing...

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Letters • Published July 28, 2021 08 a.m.

As Momentum Builds

I was saddened to see yet another yellow pesticide sign posted, this time at the entrance to Guilford Lakes School. I was told by Director of Operations Cliff Gurnham that Termidor had been...

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Letters • Published July 28, 2021 08 a.m.

A Caring Town

Wildlife rehabilitator Eunice DeMond is a person who makes Guilford a town that cares. In just two examples, she took in an injured baby rabbit from my neighbor’s yard, and she carefully...

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Letters • Published July 28, 2021 08 a.m.

Interesting Objections

The July 15 letter to the editor “The First Amendment Party” [by Helena Santiago] raises interesting objections about the recent informational forum held at the Community Center on...

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Letters • Published July 28, 2021 08 a.m.

Ask the Tough Questions

In correspondence with Board of Education (BOE) Chair Katie Balestracci and all of its members, I voiced my concern about their Equity and Social Justice Initiative, which is code for Critical...

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Letters • Published July 28, 2021 08 a.m.

Connect the Dots

As a Guilford parent of two Caucasian boys, a licensed psychotherapist for children and adults, and an assistant clinical professor, I’m dismayed that some are calling culturally responsive ...

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Letters • Published July 21, 2021 08 a.m.

The Honest Education

A group has recently formed in Guilford to oppose efforts in our schools to create an inclusive atmosphere, celebrate diversity, and provide an equitable educational experience for all our...

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Letters • Published July 21, 2021 08 a.m.

Courier Mischaracterized CRT Forum

The Courier’s July 1 report of the Truth in Education CRT Forum [“Session to Critique Guilford Race Education Draws Supporters, Protesters”] didn’t...

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Letters • Published July 21, 2021 08 a.m.

An Amazing Cultural Shift

Guilford Special Education Parent Teacher Organization (SEPTO) was formed five years ago with a mission in part to create a more inclusive environment for all students through positive...

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Letters • Published July 14, 2021 08 a.m.

A Biased Op-Ed

The July 1 article “Session to Critique Guilford Race Education Draws Supporters, Protesters” almost certainly set the record for the longest article to appear in the Guilford...

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Letters • Published July 14, 2021 08 a.m.

The First Amendment Party

I need to share my experience on what I’m lovingly referring to as the First Amendment party (freedom of speech inside, freedom of assembly outside) that took place at the Community Center. ...

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Letters • Published July 07, 2021 08 a.m.

Corrosive Teaching

The recent forum on Critical Race Theory (CRT) at the Guilford Community Center was a welcome exposé of this corrosive teaching worming its way into Guilford Public Schools. Having studied...

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Letters • Published July 07, 2021 08 a.m.

Learning the Truth

The Board of Directors of the Guilford Preservation Alliance (GPA) has voted, without dissent, to support the Board of Education’s initiative on equity and social justice. The GPA is...

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Letters • Published July 07, 2021 08 a.m.

Uninformed and Misplaced

In recent weeks there have been suggestions in the national news, and locally here in Guilford, that public school teachers have been indoctrinating their students in a progressive and racist...

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Letters • Published July 07, 2021 08 a.m.

Seeing Disparity

I would like to share my support for the district’s initiatives to support culturally responsive teaching. I have been disappointed to read letters to the editor indicating that this is...

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Letters • Published July 07, 2021 08 a.m.

Brave Discussions

There are individuals who have waged a misinformation campaign against Guilford Public Schools regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. They insist that our children should not be...

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Letters • Published July 07, 2021 08 a.m.

Necessary but Uncomfortable

Guilford public schools are confronting structural racism as we navigate changing times. This is important work and deserves our support.Growing up in Guilford during the Civil Rights Era,...

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Letters • Published June 30, 2021 08 a.m.

A Great Place to Learn

Guilford is an incredible community with valuable assets for all types of people. We have a gorgeous coastline and pristine freshwater lakes. We have world-class hiking trails, delicious dining,...

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Letters • Published June 30, 2021 08 a.m.

Taking on this Challenge

I support the actions taken by Guilford’s selectmen and Board of Education to make our schools’ curricula more inclusive. Regardless of whether Guilford endorses Critical Race Theory,...

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Letters • Published June 30, 2021 08 a.m.

Important and Wonderful Work

I am writing to express my gratitude to state representatives Vincent Candelora (R-86) and Sean Scanlon (D-98) and State Senator Christine Cohen (D-12) for their support of expanding voting rights ...

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Letters • Published June 30, 2021 08 a.m.

The Fundamental Principles

This July 4 marks the 245th anniversary of America’s founding. Towns all over America, including Guilford, will celebrate in their own special ways. Parades, barbeques with family,...

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