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Alarming she found it necessary to be armed in room with children

To The Daily Sun,

This is an open letter to Republican Rep. Carolyn Halstead of Milford.

I read the article about you dropping your loaded gun in the hearing room at the Statehouse where a discussion was taking place on full-day kindergarten.

Evidently, in taking off your back pack it knocked the loaded gun that was on your hip to the floor. It was extremely lucky for the young children and others in the room that it did not go off.
Your reaction was: "I apologize; I don't normally carry a backpack. That's not a good combination. Lesson learned."

Really, that's what you think the problem was; the backpack? Representative Halstead, I think you missed the point. The problem is the gun you were carrying. I'm pretty sure no one has been seriously hurt or killed by a backpack.

I found it alarming that you felt the need to even wear the gun into that particular hearing, knowing there were little children there who would pose no threat to you. Please answer this question. "Couldn't you have, just for this particular meeting, have left the gun somewhere else?"

One of the constant refrains from those who do not want any restrictions on guns is that most gun owners are responsible and knowledgeable about gun safety. Well, you were not.

Paula Trombi
Meredith

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Nothing indicates Trump comprehends notion of public service

To The Daily Sun,

Neither Donald J. Trump, nor George W. Bush in 2000, won the popular vote. I did not vote for Mr. Bush but regarded him as my president because, as he said, "'I was not elected to serve one party, but to serve one nation." Despite my disagreement with many of his policies, I think that Mr. Bush lived up to this promise.

In contrast to Mr. Bush, nothing indicates that Mr. Trump comprehends the notion of public service or the enormous responsibilities of the presidency. He refuses to separate himself from his private business and brushes aside the possibility that Russia may have interfered in the presidential election.

In the dark vision of America that Trump presented in his inaugural address, he insulted previous presidents, dismissed hard-working government employees, and frightened the international community. He seemed totally unaware of the vibrancy and resiliency of our inner cities.

Civil rights icon Congressman John Lewis did not attend last week's inauguration ceremony saying that he did not regard Mr. Trump as a legitimate president — one that follows the rules and norms of our democracy. As Lewis said, "You cannot be at home with something that you feel is wrong."

I respect the decision of my Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter who joined Mr. Lewis and nearly 70 of their House colleagues in absenting themselves from the dystopian inaugural ceremony. Instead Shea-Porter attended religious services to pray for our nation and its leaders. We need her prayers.

Margaret Merritt
Center Sandwich

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