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I have watched this country become a land full of greedy sheep

To The Daily Sun,

This country, that I am proud to call my own, has over the span of my 70 years, become a land of greedy sheep. There are some of us who support the food pantries, and a lot of people out there who abuse the pantries. If you live in a town, like Laconia, and you are in the need of assistance from the pantry, you need to show proof that you are from that town and not receiving food stamps.

If you are getting assistance from the local pantry, you should not be going to another town begging from their pantry. If you are on the welfare system, you are already getting more than people who are working and supporting the system through the taxes. How nice it must be to get a raise when you add a child to your house and J.Q. Public must live on no raises every time they have a child. When I take people to the pantry, I see people who definitely have too much money as they stand around smoking cigarettes from a $9.50 pack. Hey governor, get someone in charge to oversee the welfare system as this one is failing in a big way.

I am not a Republican or a Democrat. When I vote, I try and decide who will be the lesser of two evils and not put us in debt any further than we already are. I do not advertise for one candidate or the other. I do not vote for "friends" in hopes of receiving any favors, we already know what that brings, for example our roads, enough said on that subject.

While I am on the bandwagon, the municipalities are complaining about the infrastructure of the roads and not having money to fix them. I ask you, why do the roads (the same ones) have to be street swept so often, unless someone is thinking of eating from the gutter? Save that money and put it where it is more needed.

I must have been sleeping when people decided that they needed the government to run their homes, and all that got us was a young citizenry full of bipolar kids when a good swift kick in the butt would have settled that issue. If you are older then 40 and received corporal punishment from your parents, it made you a person who knew right from wrong, and strengthened your character to be able to stand on your own two feet. Do not get me wrong on this. Not all kids are bad apples, and you all know, it only takes one bad apple to spoil it for the rest of the barrel.

In closing, I implore you to become shepherds and get out of your sheep's clothing.

Bev Buker
Gilford

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Guatemalan children are more likely to be vaccinated than Texans

To The Daily Sun,

Have the children who crossed into the U..S over the southern border brought with them infectious diseases, putting our children at risk as some letter writers have alleged? According to the CDC, which monitored those children, the answer is "no".

Interestingly, it seems that children from south of the border are at least as likely as U.S. children to have been vaccinated. For example, the World Health Organization has indicated that Mexico has a similar childhood vaccination rate to ours. And, according to UNICEF, children from Guatemala are more likely to be vaccinated than Texans. Guatemala has universal health care that covers vaccines. In Texas, according to the Texas Medical Association, around 16 percent of children (estimates vary from 852,000 to 1.2 million) were uninsured in 2012.

There is plenty wrong with a wave of unaccompanied children migrating northward. It is a sad story. We handled it by examining the causes, developing a measured response, and stopping the flow. There is no need to repeat fake scare stories.

Dave Pollak

Laconia

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