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Kindergarten Teacher "Teaches Peace" in Sununu's Office

May 10, 2007


One of the war protestors at Sen. John Sununu's Manchester office yesterday says she did it for the children -- students past, present and yet to come to her kindergarten classroom. Sixty-year-old Harrisville kindergarten teacher Enid Rae Smith says her love for the students drove her to participate.

“I look at those young people as children that I probably had in kindergarten at one time, and it just really distresses me. I think they're too young to be dead.”

The 11 protestors want Sununu to take the lead in Congress to help end the war. During yesterday's protest, they set up American flags representing New Hampshire soldiers who have lost their lives in Iraq, and hundreds of shoes to dramatize the children killed in the war. Sununu has criticized President Bush's war policy, but has opposed legislation setting a timetable for withdrawal.

Smith notes that as a public school teacher, she had to weigh the risk to her job against her personal convictions.

“I do need to work more until I'm old enough for the retirement benefits, but this is far more important. We have got to find other ways to solve our problems.”

In addition to its price in lives, Smith adds that the war is costing tax dollars that are needed at home, including disaster recovery, health care, and education.

“When districts throughout the state are splitting towns because the towns feel that they don't have enough money to builds schools, there's so many better ways to spend this money.”

John Robinson/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NH