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Yellow journalism incites readers with eye-catching headlines

To The Daily Sun,

Just to confirm that the decorum (dignified propriety of behavior) of the two ladies who presented their concerns relative to the "Lucky Charms Under Attack at Gilford School Board Meeting" article was exemplary — very good and deserving to be admired and copied.

The dialogue that ensued was respectful, dignified, well-mannered, and did not exhibit the posturing and lack of politeness of a past incident. Perhaps the word "attack" should have been "discussion" as that was what it was, and that discussion will continue as the two ladies will be involved in the subsequent process in the revision of the School Wellness Policy.

Yellow journalism incites with eye-catching news headlines intended to captivate readers, and somehow the word "attack" seemed to promote the memory of that past event. These two ladies should be complimented on bringing their concerns to the School Board in such a positive and polite manner.

Frank M. Weeks
Gilmanton Iron Works

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:48

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Goal is to put Money in Politics at the forefront of the N.H. Primary

To The Daily Sun,

N.H. Rebellion's mission is to put the root problem of Money in Politics at  the forefront of the 2016 N.H. Presidential Primary.

In order to help do so, a group of us are walking from Dixville Notch to Concord on January 11th to January 21st as part of the 96 percent that believes the issue of money in politics must be addressed.

The bottom line is that as long as money plays such a dominant role within our political system, sensible policy ideas on both the left and the right will continue to be blocked.

There will be four walk routes all starting at different locations and finishing in Concord on Wednesday, January 21st. If you want to walk with us for a mile or several miles, you can find our walk itinerary information about N.H. Rebellion at nhrebellion.org.

If you want to learn more about N.H. Rebellion, Professor Lawrence Lessig, a walker and founder of N.H. Rebellion, will be at Lakes Region Community College in Laconia on January, 18th at 4:30 p.m.

Katherine Thorndike

North Sandwich

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:43

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Cartoons mocking other religions is cheap exploitation

To The Daily Sun,

Freedom of speech doesn't mean you can say anything you want. There are limits to what you can say or do to other people. We do exist in civilized and organized societies that require certain responsibilities to each other. Those responsibilities have developed over centuries of prolonged conflicts and revolutions.

Recent bloodshed in Paris exemplifies the misuse of civil liberties by men bent on using malicious and inflammatory attacks on Muslims insulting their religion and everything they hold sacred. It is an contemptible act, especially so, if they risked their very safety to print insults to people of their own communities. Common sense alone should have prevented this from happening.

Racial issues continue to dominate the news. There is never justification for murder. If we truly seek peace among all people we must take up that task and work tirelessly for it. Cartoons mocking other religions is cheap exploitation. It is always a risky enterprise — worst, it is a hateful representation of other people different from ourselves.

We have been in wars for 13 years. Our own distrust has cost us incalculable losses. Bombing targets to rid the world of racial hatred has never been the answer. We must find the answers without continued violence and prove to the world we are a nation of peace.

Leon R. Albushies


Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:39

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I'm so sick of the excuse makers for Muslim terrorists

To The Daily Sun,

Guess what, Al Sharpton is out of the spotlight for the first time in weeks. That's not a good thing because it cost the lives of 12 people in France murdered at the hands of Muslim terrorists. Their offense, drawing cartoons critical of the prophet. The "religion of peace" has struck again. Already we read and hear the usual BS that it's only a minority, and that those who think otherwise are Islamaphobes. Of course that has to be right. After all it's such a rare event for Muslim terrorist to attack and kill unarmed civilians.

"Only a minority," but millions other Muslims cheer and dance in the streets, give money to these terror gangs and then tell us the victims were partly responsible because of what they wrote. I don't know about you readers but I'm so sick of the excuse makers, the weak-kneed politicians, the spineless editors and producers who, decade after decade, have cowered before the threat of being called insensitive that they won't tell the truth, show the raw pictures of the costs of silence and political correctness that I could just puke.

These same gutless wonders show no reluctance at all to run stories demeaning Christians. After all there have been eight, yes eight cases of abortion doctors and workers killed in the past 40 years by Christians. No holds barred, no ink spared, no criticism to petty to tell the world about the evils of Christians.

Likewise they engage willingly, eagerly in the smearing of police officers, following the false narratives, giving lawless rioters and looting mobs credibility and encouragement. ISIS, Hamas, PLO and a hundred or so more gangs of homicidal psychopaths are killing in the name of their religion all over the world.

Have you had enough yet, readers? Are you going to wait until it's one of yours who gets beheaded or blown into bits before you shout "ENOUGH"? Tell your favorite politician to do something about it now or don't cry about it if it hits home sometime.

Steve Earle


Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:36

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Where will money to pay $1 billion fine come from at S&P?

To The Daily Sun,

I read that the government and Standard & Poor are near a settlement that might involve a fine of $1 billion. I'm sure my fellow letter writers here can help clear up my confusion. Where is that money coming from? It all belongs to someone.

Maybe (but I doubt it) it will come from management bonuses. Maybe it will come from customers having to pay increasing prices. Maybe it will come from shareholders losing possible dividends. Maybe it will come from you and me, if the accountants can find a way to make the fine deductible. Maybe it will come from rank-and-file employees losing wages and benefits.

Companies do not commit crimes; people do, and it is people who need to be punished, by fines or jail, not companies. For all the behavior that led to the financial crisis, no one has been sent to jail. This can't be right.

The same argument applies to corporate taxes, I think. Where does that tax money come from? Management, employees, shareholders, customers or the general public. There's no other choice. In that list, by the way, I personally think the money comes from shareholders and management last, and I'm not thrilled about that either.

Johan Andersen


Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 10:31

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