'Teaching Tolerance' dispels the myths concerning immigrants

To The Daily Sun,
In his most recent Letter to the Editor of The Laconia Daily Sun, Mr. Ewing queries me about the Southern Poverty Law Center. This organization was founded and incorporated in 1971 by Alabama lawyer and businessman Morris Dees. He joined forces with Montgomery lawyer Joe Levin. It's first president was civil rights activist Julian Bond. The SPLC has brought many lawsuits and been party to many others aimed at protecting low-wage immigrant workers from exploitation.

I submitted a letter to the Editor on August 28. This particular letter gave factual information concerning illegal immigrants and their ability to collect or receive welfare benefits and a supposed increase in crime rates as a result of illegal immigration.
One of my sources was from the webpage: Teaching Tolerance — A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The information published is based on in depth research covering the period from 1990 to 2010. The Southern Poverty Law Center dispels the myths concerning the following:
1. "Undocumented immigrants don't pay taxes but still get benefits"

2. "Undocumented immigrants bring crime"

What is important for us to keep in mind is the statement(s) contained in this report from the Southern Poverty Law Center: "While originally published in 2011, this webpage was updated in 2015 to reflect current statistics, policies and conditions in the United States."**

(**For further in depth information from this report, please Google: Teaching Tolerance-A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.)

Ewing also states the following: "the average illegal alien household receives $24,721 in government benefits while paying only $10,334 in taxes...." This particular statement is a quote that was originally published by Robert Rector, MA, senior research fellow in Domestic Policy at the Heritage Foundation and Jason Richwine, PhD, senior policy analyst for the Center (Data Analysis) at the Heritage Foundation in a Special Report #133 on immigration titled: "The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants & Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer" - Published May 6, 2013. One has to wonder why this particular source wasn't fully disclosed. This particular information can be found at www.ProCong.org.

I then took it one step further. With a little more searching (on this site) I was able to find many references (facts and figures) counter to what Ewing tries mightily to refute. www.ProCon.org cites newspaper articles, testimony and research which discusses and debunks his claim(s). The initial question that was asked: "Is Illegal Immigration an Economic Burden to America?".

It would take the skill of a world renowned surgeon to parse each one of Ewing's sentences, then counter with the correct quote(s). May I urge your readers to access the above-mentioned references for more detailed information. We will continue to search for and bring you the truth. We should always have a high expectation that our newspapers and media outlets continue to print the truth.

Bernadette Loesch

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Peace is hard to do, but it's also well worth the effort

To The Daily Sun,

On Thursday evening the 10th, same day as the heated vote in D.C. on the "Iran Deal", a dozen or more of us vigiled on Plymouth Common in support of diplomacy. The vigil was planned well ahead of time, with MoveOn.org promoting it. I hung my banner with Pope John Paul II sentiment: "The practice of peace leads to peace". Vigilers were from Plymouth, Thornton, Ashland, Holderness, Sanbornton, Rumney. A couple of hours prior, we heard the word: that afternoon the vote for diplomacy won.

We thank our Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for her vote and her wisdom. She said, "I believe the choice is clear. Either we recognize that this agreement is the best available option, or we chase a fantasy agreement on our own as international sanctions collapse, Iran's nuclear program continues unchecked, and our options for stopping it narrow."

Vigiler Bruce Callahan, Thornton, said, "Alternatives should our peace efforts fail could lead to another destructive, multi-trillion-dollar war that goes on for years, solves nothing and leaves that part of the world in even greater shambles. This is not something to be preferred." He warned of a "hundred years war." Cathy Bentwood pointed out that modern-day Iran has never attacked anyone.

Peace is hard to do, but well worth it. I've thought I should make a new banner: "Let's skip the war and get to the peace". Every war at last is about making peace. Douglas MacArthur famously said, "​The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war."

Lynn Rudmin Chong


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Help us save bobcats; Fish & Game proposing hunting & trapping

To The Daily Sun,

We recently learned that at the upcoming October N.H. Fish and Game Commission meeting, the eleven-man commission of hunters, trappers, and anglers will decide whether to go to rulemaking with a proposal to hunt, hound, bait and trap N.H.'s much-loved and reclusive bobcat. The Fish and
Game Director said they would open a bobcat season to provide recreational opportunities to hunters and trappers. The bobcat's fur would be sold to the Russian and Chinese markets and turned into trophy coats and hats for the rich to wear. Some hunters and trappers like to keep the bobcat skull as a trophy.

Is New Hampshire going to let a small minority turn our bobcat into another "Cecil", to be killed for no other reason than pleasure trophy hunting?

Help us stop this barbaric and unnecessary destruction of our bobcat from happening! We can save "NH's Cecil" if we all make our voices heard to save our bobcat. Please come to the October 14 meeting at 1 p.m. at Fish and Game Headquarters in Concord. Call and write the N.H. Fish and Game Department (Wildlife Division is 271-2461, Chief of Division This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and let your wildlife agency know you are opposed to this proposal to open a season on our bobcat. Please also sign our petition that can easily be found on our Facebook page by googling
Save the Bobcat in NH. Click the beautiful bobcat picture and the petition will open.
Linda Dionne, coordinator
Voices of Wildlife in N.H.

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I want to publicly thank animal control officer for her help

To The Daily Sun,

Over the years many cats have passed through my yard — most kept going, several have stayed. Being a lifelong cat lover and cat-owner, it's easy to become attached to the special ones.
Most of my own cats have been abandoned by former owners who just left town and left them behind. My latest cat was locked in a basement for perhaps several weeks until the apartment management company discovered and released him- right into my yard. At that time we wanted another cat, so I took him in — after going to the vet for his shots, etc.

About three weeks ago a shadow of a young kitten settled in my backyard — very thin, hungry and apparently without a home of her own. After a few days I fed her, and she plumped out and her true personality shone through. No one came looking for her, and she never left the yard. Several
times over the years I've brought such cats to the Humane Society myself. It's hard to do, but it's what's best for them, and myself. I already have several cats who are content as things are among themselves.

After reading about the new animal control officer, Michelle King, I called LPD and arranged for her to come by. She brought me a cat carrier, but the first time the kitten wouldn't cooperate. The next time Officer Michelle brought a humane trap and I put tuna fish inside. The next day the food was gone but the kitten was meowing for her breakfast, at the door. Smart cat!

This morning I finally captured her and called Officer Michelle. She came by and brought the sweet- natured kitten to the Humane Society where I know she'll get wonderful care and attention, and hopefully, a great forever home.

I thanked Michelle personally for her professional help. Now I want to do so publicly; she's a much needed asset for this area and its four footed friends.

Diane Lewis

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Establishment Democrat & Republican officials are out of control

To The Daily Sun,

On September 11, 2015, Americans remembered the attacks of 14 years ago and mourned the nearly 3000 Americans who died that day and the thousands of others who died or otherwise sacrificed as a result of the terrorist attacks. I thank the American Legion Post 33, Senator Forrester, other participants, and the attendees for the moving memorial ceremony in Meredith.
All the pain from 9/11/01 and related activities should have taught, really re-taught, Americans some reality lessons. While we want and pursue peace, others may war against us, even if we deny it. Failure to respond to terrorism is seen as weakness. Appeasement is seen as weakness. Weakness (whether military, leadership, financial, or lack of will, etc.) invites aggression. And, yes, there really are people who want to kill Americans.
Fourteen years later, we are ignoring these lessons. Enemies of freedom, e.g., Russian, China, radical Islam, and Iran, are building their militaries and becoming more aggressive. President Obama's agreement with Iran, eliminating sanctions and providing $100 billion, just strengthens and emboldens this enemy that cries, "Death to America" and promises the elimination of Israel within 25 years. Even the Obama administration admits that Iran violates agreements and will probably violate this one.
Many 9/11/2001 hijackers violated their visas. Yet, we have done nothing to protect ourselves from visa violators or people entering our country illegally. We accept hundreds of thousands of immigrants, students, refugees, and others from countries that hate us, and many believe in an ideology that is incompatible with our Constitution, laws, customs, freedoms, and tolerant way of life. The FBI acknowledges that it's impossible to vet these people (although ISIS promises to infiltrate terrorists among them), that there are terrorist investigations in all 50 states, and that some of these people have already committed terrorist acts against us.
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen indicated that "The most significant threat to our national security is our (national) debt." (http://goo.gl/9e5Afs) Yet our national debt is increasing by $500 to $600 Billion annually for the foreseeable future. (http://goo.gl/8Ab621)
The interest on our national debt is approximately $400 billion annually at today's (temporarily) extremely low interest rate (https://goo.gl/2Pm0Da). A return to more normal interest rates will "break" our federal budget, causing tremendous cuts, enormous tax increases (causing significant investment, job, and future tax collection cuts, and making Americans poorer), inflation, and/or dramatically increase our budget deficits which further threaten our national security.
Since 2001 both the Republican and Democrat establishment politicians have controlled our government, neither party addressed our problems; in fact in their quests for power and wealth both parties have exacerbated our nation's problems. Today we are even weaker (financially, militarily, leadership, acknowledgement of reality) than we were then.
Democrat and Republican Washington politicians are out of control, they don't fix our problems, they don't listen to the people, they don't keep their promises, and they govern against the wishes of most Americans.
Until the voters replace the politicians who have compounded our problems with people who reject the party establishments and address our nation's problems, the loss of the American peoples' freedoms, opportunities, and prosperity will accelerate.
In a nuclear age if our nation continues to ignore the lessons of history, the American people may suffer a disaster that makes 9/11/2001 look like a minor event.
Don Ewing

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