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These Bristol candidates will maintain our wonderful quality of life

To The Daily Sun,

The time for local elections is drawing near. With all the turmoil in the national government this is our opportunity to elect officials that will represent the residents of Bristol fairly and work to keep our taxes reasonable while providing the services necessary to maintain our quality of life in this wonderful little town. I am supporting the following candidates and hope that you will, too:

For Selectboard, Rick Alpers and Don Milbrand; for Budget Committee, Janet Cavanagh, Joseph Caristi and Walter Waring; for Bristol's School Board representative, Jason Roberts. I would also request that you write in Nancy Spears for library trustee and Tom Keegan for cemetery trustee.

There is a petitioned article to change Bristol's form of government to SB-2. This would eliminate the Town Meeting and replace it with a deliberative session with voting on all of the warrant at the polls. I am opposed to this petition and believe we should maintain our Town Meeting form of government.

At this election we will also be voting on the school warrant. Please support our schools by voting for the teacher contract and the budget. Our teachers, administrators, school board and school budget committee have an enormous responsibility to assure that our children have available the best possible education to become productive and informed citizens. As the population of our state becomes increasingly older we will depend on these young people in many ways.

I encourage all registered voters in Bristol to exercise your right to vote at the Old Town Hall on March 14.

Lucille Keegan


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Our science-denier-in-chief just reversed an Obama safety regulation

To The Daily Sun,

Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame weighed in on the so-called president's bizarre war with the media, noting that his attacks are "more treacherous" than Nixon's. Herr Trumpenfuhrer's tweet claiming the media "is the enemy of the American People!" has been met with widespread mockery and scorn, like most of his puffed up demagogic buffoonery. Bernstein added, "Trump's words play to his base and are "further dividing the country. We've never seen in an American president such open authoritarian moves and rhetoric. This is a terrible time we're living in." John McCain didn't mince words on Chuck Todd's show. "That's how dictators get started. They get started by suppressing free press, in other words, a consolidation of power." Lindsay Graham's comment on Face the Nation speaks to the little man's constitutional ignorance. Graham was unequivocal. "The backbone of democracy is a free press and independent judiciary" and "worth fighting and dying for." Defense secretary James Mattis has once again distanced himself from the manic mouth. Mattis stated, "the press, as far as I'm concerned, are a constituency that we deal with, and I don't have any issues with the press myself."

Fox News' Chris Wallace also took issue with the attack. "Look, we're big boys. We criticize presidents. They want to criticize us back, that's fine . . . But when he said that the fake news media is not my enemy, it's the enemy of the American people, I believe that crosses an important line." Face the Nation's John Dickerson asked Reince Priebus, "He recently tweeted that the press was the enemy of the American people. Should we take that seriously from him?" Priebus replied, "Well, I think you should take it seriously." Really? You want a war with the press? Taking him seriously is not a majority view. So far, Herr Trumpenfuhrer has declared war on the intelligence community, the free press, and the constitutionally-mandated independent judiciary. Only a fool could think he could take on those and win. After the Trumpenstein monster went after the courts, District Judge Dan Polster questioned his legitimacy. Judge Polster noted of the founders, "they were fearful of a president who might want to be a king or dictator." Well, as Lindsay Graham noted during the campaign, he is a "jackass" so expect more of the same any minute.

According to Crooks and Liars, "former NSA intelligence analyst John Schindler provided some insight into the reaction of national security officials. "Now we go nuclear," he wrote on Twitter. "[Intelligence community] war going to new levels. Just got an [email from] senior [intelligence community] friend, it began: 'He will die in jail.' U.S. intelligence is not the problem here," Schindler added in another tweet. "The president's collusion with Russian intelligence is. Many details, but the essence is simple." Trumpenfuhrer's attacks on judges, the media, and U.S. intelligence community stinks of a dictator wannabe and will only make things worse for him. He will be worn down to a whiny little knob if he doesn't grow up soon.

Oh Look! Our science-denier-in-chief just reversed an Obama safety regulation. Coal mines can now release coal sludge into streams and rivers! Isn't that wonderful? Have a drink! Of course its all a lie, as usual. Coal jobs are not coming back. The market forces won't let them. His argument that green energy isn't good for the economy is born of his total ignorance. Solar alone employs more people than oil, gas, and coal combined. In fact, according to the Department of Energy findings, solar employs 43 percent of the workers in the electric power generation sector while oil, gas and coal employ 22 percent. That is 374,000 versus 187,000. Wind employs 50,000 and the DOE expects up to 600,000 by 2050.

James Veverka

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