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It's not time to give him the benefit of the doubt; it's time to wake up

To The Daily Sun,

I've heard people many say, "He'll (Trump) rise to the position, give him the benefit of the doubt." I've been waiting for our new president to demonstrate that he is interested and capable of rising to the demands of the most important position in the Free World. To say that I am sadly disappointed is an understatement, but frankly I am not at all surprised.

Trump has demonstrated his inability to:

1. Show any humility over the fact that the majority of Americans did not vote for him,

2. Admit that his election is tainted by foreign interference and therefore pledge to do something about it.

3. Understand that his incessant manner of putting people down is disrespectful, dangerous and counterproductive.

4. Demonstrate respect for the role of a government that is established to serve the people by nominating people with experience and passion in the cabinet post with those who are willing to operate within and enforce current law, rather he is nominating people in his image who would dismantle and disregard with impunity.

5. Step away from his business affairs and provide full transparency to his finances to put the nation's needs over his own.

6. Stop his cavalier and insolent manner of speaking about critical world issues (disarmament, trade, empire expansion, the list goes on) that put us all at serious risk.

To all those who said to give him the benefit of the doubt it is time to wake up and join the ranks of those of us who understand our role as citizens is to vigilantly oversee government at all levels. This election has emboldened those aligned with the Republican Party to new levels of disregard and backwardness. We must ensure that government serves all the people rather than a government that benefits the few. We must come around the common values of respect, honesty, fairness and equality. This is our duty as citizens.

Rick DeMark

Meredith

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We could pity leftists if they weren't so dangerous to society

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing to respond to the letter by Russ Wiles that appeared in the Jan. 19 edition of The Laconia Sun.

I agree with him that leftism is a destructive force that denies evil, fails to ascertain right from wrong and foolishly believes that mankind is basically benign. I am also a regular listener of the Dennis Prager show.
However, I think Russ, as well as Dennis Prager, stops his analysis of leftism before he reaches the true conclusion.

I believe leftism is a satanic system that seeks to elevate man to the place of God. That's why they deny that evils exists and blur the line between right and wrong. Because truth is of God and the truth is not in them. As Jesus said when he described Satan, "When he speaketh a lie, he speakest of his own; for he is a liar and the father of it." John 8:44

They deny the sinful state of man and seek to alter reality by promoting transgenderism, gay marriage, abortion and anything else that will replace the natural God-given order of things. They want man to be in charge, not God.

Dennis Prager makes a very good point that leftism always has to find new causes and new things to protest because that's how they fill the empty space caused by evicting God from their souls. We could pity them if they were not so dangerous to society.

And now a word to Denise C. Burke. Denise, The Sun should not be ashamed of itself for printing Bishop Blake's letter about the cross on the restaurant roof because the last time I checked Americans still had the right to free speech, even when their views don't match yours.

Hillarie Goldstein
Franklin

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