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Vervaeke letter was graceless; it offered nothing constructive

To The Daily Sun,

On Friday, Sept. 2, The Daily Sun saw fit to publish a letter on abortion from one Alan Vervaeke of Gilford. The Vervaeke letter was intended as a response to earlier publication of one of Henry Mitchell's periodic pleas for pregnant women to choose giving birth over termination. According to Vervaeke, Mitchell's pro-life advocacy can only be based upon "some nonsense (Mitchell) heard." Or Mitchell is "simply spouting deliberate nonsense." Whichever the case, Mitchell is denounced as "either a fool or a liar."

To begin with the obvious, abortion is a complex, emotionally-fraught issue on which Americans are in sharp disagreement. Millions, both male and female, hold fervent pro-life views. Other millions are equally strong pro-choice proponents. Resolution of abortion-related questions is therefore challenging, requiring the reconciliation of the compelling, but often mutually-exclusive, arguments advanced on both sides.

The Vervaeke letter offers nothing constructive regarding this process. It is, rather, a graceless, ad hominem attack on someone who holds an opinion that differs from his, a characteristic sadly prevalent among far too many of The Daily Sun's chronic correspondents, whose ranks Vervaeke has recently joined. The letter is also weak on substance, with its fatuous premise neatly captured in the letter's title: "Until You Grow a Womb, Sir, Leave Women's Issues Where They Belong, with Women." In a democracy, important societal issues — like employment discrimination, immigration policy, human rights, and abortion — are not decided by gender. All Americans have a say in their outcome. Nor does Vervaeke seem aware of the irony of his letter; if only the voices of women are to be heard in the abortion debate, what is he doing shooting his mouth off?

Perhaps in future, Vervaeke, whose letters have almost invariably been shrill and demeaning of others, will find the ability to express his views in a more civilized, respectful manner. But if he cannot, perhaps he will do readers a favor the next time the urge to write comes over him.

Bill Lamb
Meredith

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I will continue to vote on bills before the N.H. House based on input I get from you

To The Daily Sun,

As a state representative, I take pride in my work on behalf of the people of Tilton and Sanbornton, and I am humbled by the support and encouragement I have received from voters to seek another term in the House of Representatives.

For the last 30 years, I have enjoyed the opportunity to serve our state and its people in the New Hampshire House. We are a volunteer Legislature — we only get paid $100 per year — and I believe serving in the Legislature is a way for me to give back to the community, state and nation that I so dearly love.

Over the years, I've had the chance to work on many important pieces of legislation. This past term, I was proud to have sponsored a bill commemorating the 100th anniversary of the New Hampshire Presidential Primary, which I believe is critically important we preserve, and plays a vital role in how our country chooses its presidents.

I will continue to vote on bills based on your input, and help guide our state government in a way that works in the best interests of the people of Tilton and Sanbornton. I will always vote against increases in taxes. I will vote for policies that will attract jobs and higher wages to our area, and I will support legislation that keeps New Hampshire the best place in the nation to live and raise a family.

I ask for your vote in the Republican primary for state representative on Tuesday, Sept. 13, and in the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Rep. Dennis Fields
Sanbornton

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