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Defeating the GOP clown car is the First Cause for all Democrats

To The Daily Sun,

I'll be voting for Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire Primary because he speaks my language on the most important issues.

Mr. Sanders sides with the working class in a way never approached before by a candidate. Not since Teddy Roosevelt and FDR have we seen such a proper indictment and assault on our lopsided and rigged corporation-driven political system. We are no longer a nation by the people and for the people. Oxfam recently found that the top 62 richest people have the same wealth as the bottom 3.6 billion people in the world. That is obscene, unnatural and is driven by the political and financial purchasing power at the top. Make no mistake; this is not capitalism we have. Its social Darwinism run by a system trapped in "he who has the most money wins." It is the root cause of income and opportunity inequality around the globe.

I knew how difficult it would be for Bernie to win the nomination from the start and have hoped that as each state's primary came on deck, Mr Sanders' message would resonate there. We Democrats have three great candidates. So regardless of who gets the nomination, that candidate should be vigorously supported. Keeping a Democrat in the White House is the most important aspect of this critical election and far outweighs the need for one's preferred candidate to win the primaries. Note that the right wing has completely ignored its own autopsy report after the 2012 election. Defeating the GOP clown car of carnival barkers, bigots, chronic liars, religious wackjobs, and science deniers should be the First Cause for all Democrats whether they be centrist or progressive like myself.

Make no mistake, both Hillary and Bernie poll similarly against the GOP, so believe no one when they say he or she is unelectable. Polling only shows us the wind direction and speed at the present and much will change as Americans realize that this election is critical in maintaining and building on top of the successes of President Obama.

Today's GOP is likely to lose the 2016 election due to shifting demographics and the fact that they have become a feeble-minded and anachronistic party full of fearful and angry people. These are the people who think their religious and economic ideologies are more important than life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness, and equality for all. They don't even know the definition of pragmatic. Tradition is more important to them than reality so they are impossible to reason with. As Reason Magazine said after the 1998 election, "the party that hates America deserves to lose."

And remember, if Hillary does win, we will be entertained by rotten redneckers and Steve Earle burn-outs with four more years of bizarre nonsense and another round of Clinton Derangement Syndrome, for which there is no known cure. Schadenfreude! So, vote, dammit!

James Veverka

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How about selling the Year-Round Library to the town for $1?

To The Daily Sun,

I am a librarian, and given that knowledge, I imagine you would think I support the Gilmanton Year-Round Library. The truth is at this time, I do not unconditionally support it. I do however appreciate the GYRL, and the continuing search for knowledge and education beyond traditional schooling. My objection is a matter of principle: the GYRL is in the community, but not owned by the community.

The GYRL was intended to be a self-sustaining, non-profit organization within the community.

Here we have a wonderful community resource betwixt and between The Corners and The Iron Works, adjacent to our school, and serving many members of the community, but still not embraced by all.

I have personally supported the GYRL by sponsoring a lecturer educating the community about the New Hampshire coyote population and I am glad to have done that. But again I must state that my objection is a matter of principle. Shouldn't a self-sustaining, non-profit organization seeking funds resolve their financial woes via continuing fundraising and donations vs. seeking money from a community that is not directly vested in it?

I say to you, the founding members and supporters of The GYRL, you have created a wonderful resource, but as yet, you have not given ownership to the entire community. I acknowledge what you have achieved. I salute your self-directed accomplishment, but why not consider empowering the community by giving ownership to those whose taxes are being sought to support your continuing efforts.

Why not consider "selling" the GYRL to the town for a dollar? It's a win/win situation. Gilmanton taxpayers become "vested owners" thanks to your hard work and stewardship, your vision and perseverance. This action would make you Gilmanton's greatest philanthropists and that is a title to be proud of. You would not be forgotten for what you have achieved and what you will have contributed to your community.

For the good of the whole please consider this option. We would all reap the benefits of your labor and that gesture might conceivably garner greater acceptance/support from those of us whose taxes you seek toward ensuring the future of The GYRL.

With the best of intentions in mind,

Bill Tetreault

Gilmanton Iron Works

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