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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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I want to publicly thank animal control officer for her help

To The Daily Sun,

Over the years many cats have passed through my yard — most kept going, several have stayed. Being a lifelong cat lover and cat-owner, it's easy to become attached to the special ones.
Most of my own cats have been abandoned by former owners who just left town and left them behind. My latest cat was locked in a basement for perhaps several weeks until the apartment management company discovered and released him- right into my yard. At that time we wanted another cat, so I took him in — after going to the vet for his shots, etc.

About three weeks ago a shadow of a young kitten settled in my backyard — very thin, hungry and apparently without a home of her own. After a few days I fed her, and she plumped out and her true personality shone through. No one came looking for her, and she never left the yard. Several
times over the years I've brought such cats to the Humane Society myself. It's hard to do, but it's what's best for them, and myself. I already have several cats who are content as things are among themselves.

After reading about the new animal control officer, Michelle King, I called LPD and arranged for her to come by. She brought me a cat carrier, but the first time the kitten wouldn't cooperate. The next time Officer Michelle brought a humane trap and I put tuna fish inside. The next day the food was gone but the kitten was meowing for her breakfast, at the door. Smart cat!

This morning I finally captured her and called Officer Michelle. She came by and brought the sweet- natured kitten to the Humane Society where I know she'll get wonderful care and attention, and hopefully, a great forever home.

I thanked Michelle personally for her professional help. Now I want to do so publicly; she's a much needed asset for this area and its four footed friends.

Diane Lewis

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