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Ayotte's been working on stemming heroin crisis for several years

To The Daily Sun,

With important issues being overshadowed by the presidential elections and all the negative news surrounding politics these days, I wanted to write and make sure people heard some good news that recently happened — especially because it is a big deal for the residents of New Hampshire, Belknap County and Laconia.

The heroin crisis has been steadily growing for years, claiming more and more lives and impacting people from all over our state. This "Grim Reaper" does not care if you're rich or poor, young or old, or anything else — this heroin crisis does not discriminate. And unfortunately, help has been slow in coming.

But not from our US Senator Kelly Ayotte. Perhaps it is her background as attorney general, but Kelly's been in conversations and working on ways to combat the heroin crisis for several years now. She's been bringing awareness to it, and now, she's got the entire U.S. Senate to take major action. She helped introduce a bill that just recently passed – a bill that is clearly based in a lot of research and discussion, because it's got something for just about every angle of this crisis. I think this is a huge step forward in attacking this issue, and I'm so glad to see that something is finally getting done. Thank you Senator Ayotte.

Chris Cost
Laconia

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Only a bigoted mind could read a white flag as a sign of hate

To The Daily Sun,

Regarding a letter in your paper of March 11, page 7, "... Black lives matter" by Steve Earle: I could shed some color to the very black-and-white image Mr. Earle chooses to paint. If it is not safe for me to send my 15-year-old son to the market because the police may find reason to shoot, strangle or bounce to death in a van his young, unarmed self; don't even talk to me about the victim's anger.

Black lives matter is a fairly benign reaction to a documented pattern of "open season on young unarmed blacks" by police. Ironically, you mention the Panther Party which originated for precisely the same reason, to defend against mistreatment of the black community by the Oakland police. Same stuff ... different millennium?

For those comfortably situated in white rural America, safe from the worries of having to share your world with an oppressed class of multicolored people ... make whatever judgments, hate spewings, you need to salve your conscience, but understand oppressed people will scream "ouch" sometimes.

Only a very bigoted mind could transform a movement waiving a white flag saying "hey....we matter" when our children are being recklessly killed, into a ravenous, hate spewing, bunch of hooligans who have no point? This coming from a white man living in a state where if you wanted to find some "negroes" you'd have to dig for them?

All lives matter. It is just in America, we people of color must remind our pale brethren that we, too, are included in "all."

Ted Hill
Laconia

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