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Jim McCoole is a nice guy but his military coup stance should scare us

To The Daily Sun,

I do not live in Laconia so I do not have the right to vote there but I know my friend Jim McCoole is running for state representative in that district.

I like Mr. McCoole and he is a very nice guy. He is a man of faith, a pastor, and can carry on an interesting and intelligent conversation. I never agree with him, but we have had very civil and interesting conversations in person and via email. And, even though I do not agree, he makes me think about my own positions. In short, I like the man.

But, I would never vote for him. Nor do I think that anyone, including those in his own GOP, should vote for him. It is not so much a matter of disagreement on various issues as something he recently wrote to The Sun which, frankly, scares the hell out of me. It should also scare others.

He seems to have wanted Obama to have been overthrown by a military coup. Since Obama is soon to be out of office, will he be in favor of a military coup if Hillary wins? That idea is very frightening to me since I have friends and family who have suffered the effects of such coups in other countries.

Perhaps I am too optimistic, but I believe the men and women who serve in our military will do what they have done (except for the Civil War) since the time of George Washington: Obey the civilian commander-In-chief, whether they agree with him or not. I do not think they would actually overthrow a constitutionally-elected government, but perhaps I am wrong. The idea is scary anyway and the fact that such a nice guy as Mr. McCoole seems to favor it makes it even scarier.

Many extreme conservatives favor the use of guns if the election does not go their way. He does not say so, but does Mr. McCool also favor a "Second Amendment solution" should Hillary or anyone else with whom he disagrees win the election?

I have enjoyed my conversations with Mr. McCoole about the U.S. Constitution. Doesn't he (and others) recognize the sheer irony of advocating coups and armed revolts and at the same time daring to call Obama or Hillary "traitors?" Don't they realize that what they are advocating fits perfectly the Constitution's definition of "treason?"

E. Scott Cracraft


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I'm not a politician, just an ordinary citizen trying to do what's right

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to thank the people of Belknap County District 8 — from Alton Barnstead and Gilmanton — for your support during my first term as your state representative. It has been gratifying to help some of you with issues related to the state or county government; some issues with resolution and some I'm still working on.

Yes, I have been attacked by the liberal Democrats on my voting record but, I'm a conservative Republican and my votes are in line with the Republican platform. That is why I have been endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business, New Hampshire Job Creation Alliance, American Conservative Union Foundation, New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, Nation Rifle Association, and I have a 97.4 percent score with the House Republican Alliance.

It's easy to attack some one through a letter to the editor, like Ruth Larson's recent letter attacking me for my votes.

Did you know, as a member of the Gunstock Area Commissioners, Ruth voted to not reimburse the county taxpayers the millions of tax dollars that were used in 2001 to bail out Gunstock when it was insolvent? I promise to negotiate for the taxpayers to get a share of the annual profits of Gunstock, which is owned by the residents of Belknap County.

In government I've learned that some tax dollars are well spent and some are not. For example, look at the war on drugs. Did you know that even with the increased spending, New Hampshire is on track to set a new record for overdose deaths this year? Is this money well spent? You decide.

I'm not a politician, just a citizen like you trying to do what is right for everyone. I ask for your support on November 8th, for a second term to represent you in our citizen Legislature. Thank you for your support and please call me if you have any concerns on county or state related issues.

Raymond Howard, Jr.



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