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October 31, 2013

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When the students who were staying in the school for the afternoon were allowed to return to other parts of the building, teachers stood guard at the doors, blocking the view of anyone from outside (i.e. a gunman, etc., keeping in mind most still did not know the reason behind the lockdown). As my youngest (the one with anxiety) told me all of this, I was able to say to her, “Listen to everything you just told me.

Those teachers love you SO much they will do anything to protect you and keep you safe, including taking a bullet if it means saving YOUR life.” Not words anyone wants to say to their children, but it is the simple truth. She said in response, “Mama, they do love me. I know!” How can one thank another person for that?

These teachers are not police officers with guns and bullet-proof vests.

They are people who love what they do and love each and every one of their students. They are not there for a high-paying career. Unconditional love — that is what I see. These are only words written in an attempt to thank EACH and EVERY ONE of the St. Joseph School teachers and staff. But no words could ever truly express how proud I am to say my children attend this school.

Not only for protecting them, loving them, teaching them their faith, but for proving to my child that they are safe and they are loved.

Christine Wilson

Haverhill

Seeking votes for LePage for City Council

To the editor:

I first met Colin LePage when he came to my door to introduce himself as a candidate for re-election to the City Council in the fall of 2011.

My husband, Joel, and I invited him into our home and we discussed his passion for the city and his efforts to continue to work to improve Haverhill. For those who do not know him well, I can tell you that my first impression of him was of a very caring, likable, and well-informed young man who wants to serve the city he is so proud of.

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