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Don't be swayed from your core values by the political noise

To The Daily Sun,

Like many Americans, I am very disappointed in this year's presidential election choices. For many of us we do not particularly find either candidate very likeable or with much credibility. More so, I am sure that many will say that this is probably not so different to some past presidential elections.

However, this isn't what I find most disappointing. What disturbs me most is the level of hate and evil that has been expressed from all sides. Some U.S. schools are moving the polling location or canceling classes on Election Day due to fear of violence. I have never experienced this in all my years of voting. Have we in America dropped to a new low?

It appears that many of us have forgotten that we are Americans and that we still live in a country in which we as voters all have the right and privilege to vote for those that we feel will best act as our representative. I am bothered at the amount of "noise" that is being generated, almost appearing to attack this right and privilege with strong hate and vengeance. It will be very unfortunate for this country if this is the new means for trying to sway voters; the use of hate combined with the endless search to find that magic word or phrase or video clip in an effort to turn the course of an election.

So to those of you that plan to leave the country based on who is elected, I truly wish you well. Know that many before you have also left their motherland for their principles and beliefs. For those of you that feel hate and anger because I (and many others like me) may have a different view, I accept that. I am willing to allow you to feel as you may, realizing that I have no control over your feelings whatever you choose them to be. I will choose instead to be responsible for my feelings.

For those of you that may feel intimidated by these types of individuals or tactics, I ask you to ignore them and know that you have your right to vote as you please. I appeal to all of you, decided or undecided voters, to look past this 'noise' and to vote in accordance to your values and principles. To vote proudly as it is our right as Americans.

For all elections — either local or national — I do everything I can to look beyond the noise (which can be very hard to do). I first look at myself, at who I am and what I believe. I ensure that I fully understand my values and what they mean to me. I evaluate how my values relate to the many issues we face in today's world such as, and not limited to; human dignity, religious liberty, immigration, national security, social security, climate change and constitutional integrity to name a few.

I furthermore accept two realities: that there will never be a perfect candidate and that all of my values are not equally weighted. I realize that voting is important if I want my voice heard, if I want to make a difference. I look at each candidate in regards to the policies they have supported in the past and what policies they are proposing and/or will support once elected. I then choose the candidate that I feel will best represent my strongest values; realizing that I will most likely always be compromising on some of my other values. Once I do this, I usually find that the selection is fairly straight forward. This is not new or earth shattering to many of you; just something we can too easily forget as we are bombarded by all of the 'noise' on a continual basis from all the different sources in our environment.

I hope that you will be able to ignore and not be swayed from your core values by the noise that will continue to spew until the day of the elections, and in the end will not change the core position of any of the candidates or issues.

And lastly know that I, as an American, support and accept your decision for whomever or whatever issue you choose. Please vote and may God bless this election and may God bless America.

Kelly Marchek
Meredith

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Bob Meade - Turning our great nation into a soap opera

In days past, if someone had written a play, a soap opera, a movie, depicting our country going through what we have actually experienced during this election period, the producers would have had to consider a number of issues. The first thing to ponder would be whether it would be a serious drama? Or would it be a comedy? Or, a satire? Or a "western"? Maybe a swashbuckling epic? A ghost story? A complicated mystery plot? Or would it be some of all of those combined in the great American tragedy?

To be sure, if it were to be a serious drama, the actor and actress would be hard pressed to fit their persona into the caricatures, and yes, they are caricatures, we know as The Donald and Hillary. It would take some doing for an Orson Wells to convert from his Shakespearian stature to act more like the Republican nominee. His performance would likely "elevate" Mr. Trump's stature. A rather distinguished Joan Crawford might find it somewhat easier to try and mimic Hillary's demeanor but it is doubtful she would be willing to spout the language the former first lady has a reputation for using.

Mickey Rooney was really a gifted actor who would make a great Trump. While he could make all the motions and the sounds, his smaller physical size would be a handicap. I'm sure The Donald would more prefer to put a distinguished actor such as Paul Newman in the comedy role. Rosie O'Donnell could do a fine job in a comedy as Hillary but, in all probability, her sympathetic views toward the former first lady would distort the nominee's actual character. From what I gather, Ms. Rosie would have no problem emulating the Democrat's choice language preferences.

If the play were to be a satire, Chevy Chase would be great as The Donald, as he could flip from a moment of seriousness into a childish mimic, aping those around him. Probably Joy Behar would give the best satire performance of Hillary as she would have no difficulty sneering as she emulated the secretary's treatment of basic staff members. As to the language . . . not a problem.

It would be really interesting to see the candidates in a "Western" setting. Without doubt The Donald would want someone like the John Wayne of "True Grit" to play his part. However, the producers might think that too biased and unduly favoring the candidate. Instead, they might use someone like the late Lee Marvin, a very good actor with a wide range of skills. The role of Hillary in a Western would also be difficult to fill. Would the actress be cast as a homesteader's wife who spent from dawn to dark in hard labor working their homestead and tending to her family's needs, and who looked after the neighbor's kids? Or, would she be cast as the Annie Oakley type, the rifle bearing sharp-shooter that you didn't want to get riled? Hillary would probably insist that Glenn Close, or someone of her stature, be cast in her role. Without a doubt, Ms. Hillary would insist that Ms. Close merge the Annie Oakley and homesteader's wife into one sympathetic superwoman role.

As to casting for a swashbuckling movie, Trump would try to convince the producers to let him star as himself, as he often thought he was quite like the daring Errol Flynn of yesteryear. Before he could be dissuaded, the producers had him swing from one of the masts on an old wooden ship down to the deck, just to see if he was agile enough to fill the role. The orthopedic Surgeon said The Donald's leg would be healed in about six weeks. Olivia deHaviland, who had co-starred with Errol Flynn in a number of swashbuckling movies, would be cast in the movie as Hillary. Ms. deHaviland, who turned 100 earlier this year, insists she is still a very capable actress and has as much stamina as Hillary, and will represent her very well in the part . . . but she will not cuss.

Many producers have thought that a "Ghost Story" would be a big hit, as they could apply the mystery of The Donald's taxes and Hillary's emails to ghostly interventions. That led the produce to consider combining the plot of the ghost story with the plot of the complicated mystery. That is still under consideration pending the outcome of a series of FBI investigations. If the FBI provides verifiable evidence of criminal wrongdoing, the movie will be more slanted to the "complicated mystery" plot. If the FBI is unable to find verifiable proof, the plot will be deemed a ghost story. In either event, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi will be asked to star as Ms. Clinton and Sean Hannity as The Donald.

As things would have it, the producers have frittered away their time and are unable to make a decision in time to meet the deadline for being eligible for an Oscar award for excellence. That leaves only one option and that is The Great American Tragedy, starring Hillary and The Donald as themselves.

Voting for the "Least of the Worst" Oscar will take place today, November 8, 2016. Think before you cast your vote . . . but vote! You can cry later.

((Bob Meade is a Laconia resident. He may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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