Letter Submission

To submit a letter to the editor, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Letters must contain the author's name, hometown (state as well, if not in New Hampshire) and phone number, but the number will not be published. We do not run anonymous letters. Local issues get priority, as do local writers. We encourage writers to keep letters to no more than 400 words, but will accept longer letters to be run on a space-available basis. Editors reserve the right to edit letters for spelling, grammar, punctuation, excessive length and unsuitable content.

 

Better to resettle refugees in safe places that share language & culture

To The Daily Sun,

Our refugee policies seem more intended to provide Americans with good feelings and reward special interests than to help the world's threatened/struggling people.

If an American warship finds a sinking cruise ship, we expect the warship to help as many passengers as possible even if they have to share cramped, primitive quarters and limited food.

But that's not what our nation's refugee program does. It greatly benefits a few while leaving millions more threatened and/or struggling.

It costs about $70,000 to re-settle each refugee in our country. That same $70,000 could re-settle 12 to 13 refugees in safe spaces in their own or nearby countries with people who share their language and culture. Or, for $70,000 we could feed about 200 starving people for a year. (On March 19, 2017, 60 Minutes reported that South Sudan has millions of starving people.)

Some pressure to bring refugees here comes from the organizations that help the refugees; the more refugees, the more funding. Other Americans feel good seeing or knowing about the refugees we bring here.

But, out of sight and therefore out of mind are the millions more suffering people who could be, but aren't being helped with the same amount of money. We should maximize the number of people we help with the available resources.

And, while many refugees who come here may feel they won the lottery, many encounter hardships living where few people speak their language or share their culture, where their skills aren't useful in generating a prosperous life, where assimilation is difficult, etc. Refugees would more quickly assimilate if they re-settled with people who share their language, culture, and means of life; and it would be easier to return home or visit friends or family members when possible.

After a refugee is re-settled here, there are continuing costs to Americans: various forms of welfare, and impact on American workers and American children's education, etc. Many refugees have low level skills and compete for jobs with Americans who have the most difficult time making a living. Non-English speaking and often uneducated refugee children increase education costs and/or take resources needed by American children.

It's long past time to change our policies related to refugees. We need to give up what makes us feel good, i.e., saving the few refugees who come here, and use our limited resources to maximize the number of struggling/threatened people that can be fed and/or moved to safe areas among people who share their language and culture. That's better for us and better for them.

Don Ewing
Meredith

  • Category: Letters
  • Hits: 579

Please replace those tattered, faded American flags with new ones

To The Daily Sun,

As I drive through the Lakes Region I am overwhelmed at the patriotism displayed by our residents. I am also made aware of the condition of some of the American flags that are displayed. Some are tattered and torn from the high winds. Others are very badly faded. If yours falls into this category I implore you to replace it with a new one, hopefully made in the U.S.A. It keeps people employed and no other country should be allowed to manufacture our flag just to save a few bucks. The old flag should be destroyed by burning, according to the U.S. flag code. The American Legion disposes of flags by burning on several occasions each year and will do so again on June 14, which is Flag Day.

Incidentally, nowhere in the U.S. flag code is cutting up the flag for any purpose covered. When retired, it should be disposed of intact. Someone came up with the bright idea of cutting out the stars and presenting them to service members. Although they graciously accept the stars, many feel uncomfortable about "Old Glory" being cut up.
My last observation is the raising and lowering of the American flag. The president of the United States and the governor of each state have the power through executive order to lower the flag on occasions other than holidays. He or she sets the dates and times that the flag will remain lowered. Mayors and other city/ town officials do not have the right or privilege to make this order. Please pay attention to flag etiquette and to the condition of your flag. Display it properly and replace it when it is worn out.
Earl Beale

Adjutant, Post 1, American Legion
Laconia

  • Category: Letters
  • Hits: 525