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'Teaching Tolerance' dispels the myths concerning immigrants

To The Daily Sun,
In his most recent Letter to the Editor of The Laconia Daily Sun, Mr. Ewing queries me about the Southern Poverty Law Center. This organization was founded and incorporated in 1971 by Alabama lawyer and businessman Morris Dees. He joined forces with Montgomery lawyer Joe Levin. It's first president was civil rights activist Julian Bond. The SPLC has brought many lawsuits and been party to many others aimed at protecting low-wage immigrant workers from exploitation.

I submitted a letter to the Editor on August 28. This particular letter gave factual information concerning illegal immigrants and their ability to collect or receive welfare benefits and a supposed increase in crime rates as a result of illegal immigration.
One of my sources was from the webpage: Teaching Tolerance — A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center. The information published is based on in depth research covering the period from 1990 to 2010. The Southern Poverty Law Center dispels the myths concerning the following:
1. "Undocumented immigrants don't pay taxes but still get benefits"

2. "Undocumented immigrants bring crime"

What is important for us to keep in mind is the statement(s) contained in this report from the Southern Poverty Law Center: "While originally published in 2011, this webpage was updated in 2015 to reflect current statistics, policies and conditions in the United States."**

(**For further in depth information from this report, please Google: Teaching Tolerance-A Project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.)

Ewing also states the following: "the average illegal alien household receives $24,721 in government benefits while paying only $10,334 in taxes...." This particular statement is a quote that was originally published by Robert Rector, MA, senior research fellow in Domestic Policy at the Heritage Foundation and Jason Richwine, PhD, senior policy analyst for the Center (Data Analysis) at the Heritage Foundation in a Special Report #133 on immigration titled: "The Fiscal Cost of Unlawful Immigrants & Amnesty to the U.S. Taxpayer" - Published May 6, 2013. One has to wonder why this particular source wasn't fully disclosed. This particular information can be found at www.ProCong.org.

I then took it one step further. With a little more searching (on this site) I was able to find many references (facts and figures) counter to what Ewing tries mightily to refute. www.ProCon.org cites newspaper articles, testimony and research which discusses and debunks his claim(s). The initial question that was asked: "Is Illegal Immigration an Economic Burden to America?".

It would take the skill of a world renowned surgeon to parse each one of Ewing's sentences, then counter with the correct quote(s). May I urge your readers to access the above-mentioned references for more detailed information. We will continue to search for and bring you the truth. We should always have a high expectation that our newspapers and media outlets continue to print the truth.

Bernadette Loesch

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Peace is hard to do, but it's also well worth the effort

To The Daily Sun,

On Thursday evening the 10th, same day as the heated vote in D.C. on the "Iran Deal", a dozen or more of us vigiled on Plymouth Common in support of diplomacy. The vigil was planned well ahead of time, with MoveOn.org promoting it. I hung my banner with Pope John Paul II sentiment: "The practice of peace leads to peace". Vigilers were from Plymouth, Thornton, Ashland, Holderness, Sanbornton, Rumney. A couple of hours prior, we heard the word: that afternoon the vote for diplomacy won.

We thank our Sen. Jeanne Shaheen for her vote and her wisdom. She said, "I believe the choice is clear. Either we recognize that this agreement is the best available option, or we chase a fantasy agreement on our own as international sanctions collapse, Iran's nuclear program continues unchecked, and our options for stopping it narrow."

Vigiler Bruce Callahan, Thornton, said, "Alternatives should our peace efforts fail could lead to another destructive, multi-trillion-dollar war that goes on for years, solves nothing and leaves that part of the world in even greater shambles. This is not something to be preferred." He warned of a "hundred years war." Cathy Bentwood pointed out that modern-day Iran has never attacked anyone.

Peace is hard to do, but well worth it. I've thought I should make a new banner: "Let's skip the war and get to the peace". Every war at last is about making peace. Douglas MacArthur famously said, "​The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war."

Lynn Rudmin Chong


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