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My Democratic Party has lost its way but there are signs . . .

To The Daily Sun,

I am proud to have been a Democrat for many years. But the label Democrat does not mean as much as it used to. In the years before and after WW II it meant standing up for the middle class, the working man, those on welfare and the needy in general.

This was done by legislation supporting unions, budgeting grants for low cost housing, and other social needs. While this was not perfect, the WPA kept many employed during the Great Depression. At that time federal tax laws did not favor the rich with the obscenely low taxes they pay now.

I lay all this history out now because of my concern that the present Democratic Party has lost it's way, lost a reason to be supported, and deserved to lose to Trump. While I supported Hillary as the lesser of two evils I think she ran a terrible campaign. And now I see the party wandering around without any message except how bad Trump is. And the hope the Dems have is that he will be big failure, which may not happen.

There are signs in the grass roots of recognition of this problem. I am getting numerous requests to support small local and national efforts to recruit candidates who will run campaigns which are not built on negatives. They are working on local elections for town, county, state, school board and congress. The Republicans have been doing this for years and now control many states. Controlling states gives tremendous leverage in federal elections.

It is fun for liberals to criticize and laugh at Trump's tweets and the mess he has in his administration. BUT THIS DOES NOT CHANGE ANYTHING! LET'S START PROMOTING LEGISLATION THAT WILL BE POSITIVE FOR ALL OUR CITIZENS! The following organizations are working for all of us even though the memberships are mainly Democrats at this time. I support them both.

One local organization is: https://actionnetwork.org/groups/lakes-region-huddle

A national one is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Kent Warner

Center Harbor

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No summer break for Congress but I am going to go fishing

To The Daily Sun,

There will be no summer break for the Congress. The pressure is on and they will be sweating it out. It won't be from the July heat and humidity. Maybe the leaders could all take a four-day weekend in New York City. They could meet secretly in a non-Trump hotel with Shummer and a select group of leading liberals. Call them Democrats, if you must!

Now, whatever could they talk about? Might I be so bold as to suggest a few agenda items? How about the relationship between what they do or
not do in the next few months and the solvency of some of the states? Is it relevant to consider how the states of New Jersey and Illinois are going to be financially if Medicaid is scaled back radically?

Once the discussion of all things medical is completed, they could move on to discussing what the infrastructure needs are. I'm sure that the states have a long list in that regard. Maybe some of those at the meeting could suggest an approach to immigration that would finally give us a guide as to how people can get into the U.S. legally.

After they had gotten to end of the list of pending problems and agreed upon a timeline for implementation of the solutions, they could call the president and warn him that legislation will soon arrive on his desk for signature. That should be worthy of a tweet! But he will sign it without checking to see if it helps drain the swamp?

Of course it will never play out that way, but we can dream, can't we? As for me, I am taking the rest of the summer off. You can find me on a trout stream up north!

Bill Dawson


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