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Trump channeled Tsongas's 1992 message: 'Call to Economic Arms'

To The Daily Sun,

This letter is in response to Mr. James Vevereka's letter to the editor in your fine newspaper, this Saturday, Nov. 19. Please Mr. Vevereka, back away from the cliff because four years is a lot of time to be living on the edge. Donald Trump won the election fair and square. I won't debate the electoral college, but our forefathers were certainly smart people.

Although he did not win New Hampshire, this was the state that started the locomotive of the "Trump Train." Mr. Trump spoke to the citizens of our state, and the rest of the nation, in terms that resonated with the populace. The main theme was jobs.

Now, I am not a stalwart conservative or Republican and I actually campaigned for Paul Tsonagas in 1992. I remember a group of us taking his wife, Nikki, out on Meredith Bay during the Rotary Fishing Derby. He had a pamphlet called a "Call to Economic Arms" which spoke about the loss of manufacturing jobs in the United States and the fact that this was the "engine" that drove the economy.

President-elect Donald J. Trump resonated this message and, I believe, that won him the election. The United States of America is the greatest country in the world. The reasons are obvious. Mr. Vevereka will have to get used to the next president and his cabinet's vision for America. If things don't work out, then see you in 2020.

Sean Kenneally


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To Jay with all my love, my friend, my brother, God bless

To The Daily Sun,

My one memory of Christmas ...

My buddy/brother-in-arms and I were over in Korea at Christmastime. It was cold, windy and too quiet. We came upon an old shack that was hit by mortar and fire. It kept us from the windy enough.

There wasn't much left to it, but we lit a fire in the broken-down fireplace. We got warm, then looked around. The wind was really howling outside. We found an old bottle of wine. It was half-gone. We took out our tin cups we had, and we poured ourselves some wine.

"Merry Christmas, Jay," I said.

"Merry Christmas, Ed," he said back.

Not much of a Christmas, but we had each other. But Christmas really exploded for us. More mortar fire and gunfire exploded all around us. We managed to keep alive, somehow.

We stayed inside till nightfall. You could hear the war going on outside. Nightfall came. I checked around outside and saw it was safe to move out. I said to Jay, "We better get out of here, Jay. Let's go."

But Jay didn't move. He was smiling.

"Merry Christmas, Ed. I'm going home."

I went over to Jay and saw he was hit.

"Don't leave me, Jay. I'm scared."

But Jay smiled and his mouth dropped open to say something, then he died.

I cried for hours. Jay on my lap. I heard more explosions and woke up in a M.A.S.H. unit. I was hit also. I though about Jay, I cried again.

I looked around. 'Merry Christmas Jay, I love you. Till we meet again."

My Christmas memory. To Jay, with all my love, my friend, my brother. God bless.

Remember our veterans.

E.J. Michael



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