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Take a good look at Sen. Ayotte's record of fighting for women

To The Daily Sun,

A recent letter to the editor in this paper attacked Senator Kelly Ayotte for her vote last week to avoid a government shutdown. While deploying the same, tired talking points that Democrats usually turn to, the letter writer seemed to miss what's actually going on in Washington.

The truth of Kelly Ayotte's record is this: she's constantly crossed party lines and even stood up to her own party to get things done for New Hampshire. She was widely credited with helping end the last government shutdown and she has always been a strong, effective crusader for women's health.

Kelly is a different kind of leader. I'm proud that she stands for limited, more efficient government and lower taxes and spending. But she's also willing to compromise and work with people she sometimes disagrees with to deliver results for us. From her over-the-counter contraceptives bill, to her work to expand access to mammograms, to her many efforts to support working women and families, Kelly just doesn't fall into the bogeyman mold Democrats are fabricating.

So yes, Granite Staters should take a good look at Kelly's record fighting for women and common sense solutions in the Senate. It's pretty impressive.

Hillary Seeger

Last Updated on Friday, 02 October 2015 10:18

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I expect this letter to be published as a rebutal to Mr. Cracraft

To The Daily Sun,

So Scott Cracraft "tries to be a man of faith, charity and hope." After reading his anti-Tea Party diatribe in your publication (Sept. 29) it appears that honesty is not a quality he embraces. In its broadest meaning, "charity" equals, "love" or "empathy" or "tolerance".

But what he claimed in his article smacked not only of intolerance but much of it was totally untrue. Like so many on the extreme left, Mr. Cracraft would have us believe that that "Tea Party" people are all Christian fundamentalists with medieval attitudes. He could not be further from the truth.

First of all, the TEA in Tea Party stands for "Taxed Enough Already." It has nothing to do with religious beliefs. The "Tea Party" is not an organization (like a political party), but just an association of people of a variety of faiths and backgrounds who believe in the Constitution, particularly the idea that the government is "of the people, for the people, by the people". What they don't want is to have an all-powerful government that tells them how to live every aspect of their lives. We don't quite have that yet, but we are getting close.

Of all the people I know who claim to be Tea Party supporters I have never once heard any of them claim that a 12-year-old rape victim should be forced to bear her attacker's offspring, or anything remotely like that.

Most troubling about Mr. Cracraft's article is that it is eerily familiar of the lies that have been told by past despotic governments in order to persuade the populace of their own agenda. It is widely accepted that if a lie is told often enough that people eventually accept it as truth, and was in this way that Hitler managed to persuade the German people that all their problems were caused by the Jews. So he had little opposition when he instituted the Holocaust.

Prior to Hitler, the Bolsheviks of Russia convinced the common people that if they destroyed the aristocratic and merchant class, they would all be better off.

As history proves, that was not the case. Even earlier, extremists in France continually told the population that their queen (Marie Antoinette) was an adulteress and an Austrian spy and that she and her husband, Louis XVI, were responsible for the four years of famine that had devastated France, causing widespread hunger and starvation. What followed (The Reign of Terror) was far worse than anyone anticipated.

If Mr. Cracraft had written an article claiming that all African Americans were "gang-bangers" and criminals, or that all Muslims are terrorists, or that all women are helpless and need men to direct them, it would not have been considered for publication. Yet apparently he can claim with impunity the accusations he makes against Tea Party supporters.

I believe in free speech, even that which I detest, and I hope your publication feels the same. Therefore I expect this letter to be published as a rebuttal to the claims made by Mr. Cracraft. And I would encourage him and those who think his claims are true to seek out and discuss with Tea Partiers what it is they believe in. I think they will find that they have more in common with the Tea Partiers than with Mr. Cracraft.

D.M. Williamson

Last Updated on Friday, 02 October 2015 09:55

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It was a great reunion for Class of '65 & we are all thankful

To The Daily Sun,

The class of "65" held its 50th reunion on September 19 and 20, with a great turnout of classmates. We enjoyed many events during the weekend, including a tour of Laconia High School on Saturday morning.

The class would like to express its appreciation to Coach Kozens, who took time from his busy schedule to open the doors and take us down memory lane. Many of our classmates had not seen the school since graduation, so they were surprised with the many changes that have occurred over the years. Everyone walked away with renewed memories and pride in LHS (GO SACHEMS!).

With folks coming from as far away as Washington State and all areas in between, it was a great reunion and we were all thankful for the get-together.

John Leahy

Laconia High School Class of 1965


Last Updated on Friday, 02 October 2015 09:51

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We should, can & must accept 100,000 refugees from Syria

EDITOR'S NOTE: This letter is being rerun to correct an error in the headline and a typographical error in the text when it originally appeared on Oct. 2.

To The Daily Sun,

To date the U.S has agreed to accept 10,000 refugees escaping war and ISIS brutality. This is far too few considering that our decision to not intervene in the Syrian conflict has, to a considerable degree led to the current humanitarian crisis.

Therefore I believe we have an obligation, if not a moral imperative to act now.

We are a nation of 320 million. We can easily accommodate 100,000 refugees. If you think that number is too large, let me put in perspective. Imagine a sports stadium filled with 32,000 people. Our accepting 100,000 refugees would be the equivalent of making room for 10 more in the stadium.

We should, we can and we must do this.

Jack Landow


Last Updated on Monday, 05 October 2015 09:31

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Our solicalizing time at the Sanbornton dump has disappeared

To The Daily Sun,

Sanbornton is a quaint, small community of rural people. It always has been and if the populace continues as it is, it always will be. However, things are changing in our little town.

The planners are afraid of being sued by contractors who want us to have more workforce housing. But we have sufficient housing, so they won't be suing us anytime soon. Why bring in federal government grants to pay for things we don't need? Nothing the government does is free. We will have to pay back in loss of freedoms eventually, as the federal government wants more and more power. Look at it. When we moved here almost 40 years ago, certain permits were needed for various enterprises, of course. We can't have unplanned growth, or uncontrolled sprawl. But the rules are getting tighter and tighter.

Even the state government is getting involved in our little town. Water rights are being squeezed. Under a little-known program instituted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), communities and even an entire state have formally ceded a major portion of their economic development and planning rights to the federal government. Our state has a regional water authority, instituted by Gov. John Lynch in 2011.

The program names are different, but the situation is the same in every state: Un-elected regional councils are usurping local control over property rights, and educational rights too. Learn about the takeover of all water in the U.S., or the WOTUS:

Twenty-nine states have filed lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for redefining the "Waters of the United State"," or WOTUS, erasing "navigable" and usurping states' rights by including local seasonal streams, farm irrigation ponds, roadside ditches, and even "connective" dry lands placed under authority of the Clean Water Act:
http://www.cfact.org/2015/07/22/environmental-protection-agency-flooded-with-lawsuits-over-controversial-water-rule/ For more information regarding the above, check out GraniteStateFutures.com.

And now, it is our recycling center. What's happening to Sanbornton? Saturdays are social days at the recycling center (dump). People bring in objects that are good, and take other things, and there's a great exchange all around, including clothes, books, children's toys, and kitchen and household items. And we see residents we haven't seen in a while. Now in one fell swoop, the insurance company comes in and wipes it all away. Someone may sue the town for (what?). So all of our social draw has suddenly disappeared. I was told if it were reinstated, it wouldn't be done until next March. What? One day to destroy it all, and six months to revive it? Rachel Paige is working on a petition to the selectboard for townspeople to sign. Sanbornton residents, sign it. It's part of who we are.

Peggy Graham

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 October 2015 09:37

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