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‘Almost Heaven’ folks again celebrating West Virginia’s statehood

To The Daily Sun,

Oh, the West Virginia hills! How majestic and how grand,
With their summits bathed in glory, Like our Prince Immanuel's Land!
Is it any wonder then, that my heart with rapture thrills,
As I stand once more with loved ones on those West Virginia hills?

Oh, the hills, beautiful hills, how I love those West Virginia hills!
If by sea o'er land I roam, still I'll think of happy home,
And my friends among those West Virginia hills.

Oh, the West Virginia hills! Where my childhood hours were passed,
Where I often wandered lonely, And the future tried to cast;
Many are our visions bright, Which the future ne'er fulfills;
But how sunny were my daydreams on those West Virginia hills!

Oh, the hills, beautiful hills, how I love those West Virginia hills!
If by sea o'er land I roam, still I'll think of happy home,
And my friends among those West Virginia hills.

Oh, the West Virginia hills! How unchang'd they seem to stand,
With their summits pointed skyward to the Great Almighty's Land!
Many changes I can see, which my heart with sadness fills;
But no changes can be noticed in those West Virginia hills.

Oh, the hills, beautiful hills, how I love those West Virginia hills!
If by sea o'er land I roam, still I'll think of happy home,
And my friends among the West Virginia hills.

Oh, the West Virginia hills! I must bid you now adieu.
In my home beyond the mountains I shall ever dream of you;
In the evening time of life, If my Father only wills,
I shall still behold the vision of those West Virginia hills.
Oh, the hills, beautiful hills, how I love those West Virginia hills!
If by sea o'er land I roam, still I'll think of happy home,
And my friends among the West Virginia hills.

— by Mrs. Ellen King

These are the words which tug at the heartstrings of transplanted West Virginians up here among the granite of New Hampshire. They fill us with a warmth of nostalgia and pride for our birth state. And, while we are forever loyal Mountaineers, we are equally grateful and proud of our adopted home here in New Hampshire.

So, if you're now living in New Hampshire with roots running through those West Virginia hills, you are cordially invited to celebrate the 153rd anniversary of our statehood on Monday, June 20. We'd love to have you. Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Montani Semper Liberi,
Catherine Reitz Tokarz

Laconia

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Even conservatives see Center for Immigration Studies as extreme

To The Daily Sun,

Russ Wiles' recent source on immigration, The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), is a right-wing extremist, anti-immigration group. Anti-Fascist News asked last October, "Is it a surprise that the Center for Immigration Studies, an openly anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant group, is associating with the fringe of the white nationalist movement?" Well, Nope. German fascists had Jews, Slavs, and Poles to dehumanize while the American fascists have Muslims, immigrants, and refugees.

Anti-Fascist News notes that CIS is "dominated by far-right ideas, with publications like VDare standing directly with the white separatist camp that simply uses Republican talking points to broaden the support for blocking foreign immigrants." (1)

Conservative RedState.com's Neil Stevens wrote last month, "I've been warning for a while now that the John Tanton universe of Malthusian, anti-immigration groups — FAIR, NumbersUSA, and the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) — are not our friends. They don't promote conservatives ideas, and we should stay away from them." (2)
Even sane conservatives find an enemy in the CIS.

Libertarian think tank CATO, not exactly leftist, was highly critical of the CIS study that Russ relied upon with an article titled "Center for Immigration Studies Report Exaggerates Immigrant Welfare Use." (3)

Another CATO article is titled, "CIS Exaggerates the Cost of Immigrant Welfare Use." (4)

So all of the figures Russ used in his recent letter are fascist anti-immigrant rubbish. The prestigious and widely respected Southern Poverty Law Center which watches hate groups such as CIS notes, "CIS studies have been regularly debunked by mainstream academics and think tanks including the Immigration Policy Center, the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities and America's Voice." (6) and CATO.

Right Wing Watch revealed that in a secret memo that was leaked, CIS founder "Tanton fretted about "less intelligent" people having children: "Do we leave it to individuals to decide that they are the intelligent ones who should have more kids? And more troublesome, what about the less intelligent, who logically should have less? Who is going to break the bad news [to less intelligent individuals], and how will it be implemented?" At one point, Tanton founded his own pro-eugenics organization, the Society for Genetic Education. He also authored a paper titled "The Case for Passive Eugenics."(7) CIS fits all the definitions of Fascist.

Regarding The Southern Poverty Law Center's hate list, Mr. Wiles also claims, "Pamela Geller made the list for pointing out and protesting the attacks on Jews by Islamists." This is another convenient-sounding falsehood from the fascist bubble. Geller and Greenfield made the list because they hate Muslims. Period. Radical Islamists may hate Jewish people and their religion but they hate and actually kill far more Muslims than they do Christians and Jews.

I think Republican Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina has done us a great service by condemning Trump for his hate speech. Vox's latest on her is perfect and speaks to the evil of Trump's rhetoric and that of writers such as Steve Earle. The article is titled, "S.C. Governor Nikki Haley Holds Nothing Back as She Compares Trump to Shooter Dylann Roof."(8)

Gov. Haley told reporters that she wished nominee Donald Trump would communicate differently, and slammed his rhetoric. "I know what that rhetoric can do. I saw it happen," she said.

This rhetoric is the kind of hateful rhetoric we see from CIS, Greenfield, Geller and of course, our very own seething, clueless Steve Earle. They want us to hate and hurt. It's that simple. They hope for violence and dehumanization.

One has to wonder why Russ posts fascist material.

(1) https://antifascistnews.net/2015/10/19/center-for-immigration-studies-associating-with-open-white-nationalists/
(2) http://www.redstate.com/neil_stevens/2016/05/10/center-immigration-studies-publishing-alt-right-racist/
(3) http://www.cato.org/blog/center-immigration-studies-exaggerates-immigrant-welfare-use
(4) http://www.cato.org/blog/cis-exaggerates-cost-immigrant-welfare-use
(5) http://www.cato.org/blog/cis-exaggerates-cost-immigrant-welfare-use
(6) https://www.splcenter.org/fighting-hate/intelligence-report/2009/center-immigration-studies-reports
(7) http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/trumps-anti-immigrant-campaign-rooted-white-nationalist-sentiment
(8) http://www.mediaite.com/online/s-c-governor-nikki-haley-holds-nothing-back-as-she-compares-trump-to-shooter-dylann-roof/

James Veverka

Tilton

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