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I'm not sure if the lies you spread are intentional or innocent?

To The Daily Sun,

One has to give Anna DeRose a lot of credit. Like the Energizer Bunny, she keeps going and going. I have read her letters for years and sometimes it even gets entertaining.

In her most recent rant in the pages of The Sun, Ms. DeRose implied that those who do not say "Merry Christmas" or who dare to call a Christmas tree a "Holiday Tree" are "communists" and should lose their jobs. Communists, Ms. DeRose?

Are you kidding? Are all the Jews who prefer to say "Happy Hanukkah" also Reds?

I think it was Hitler who associated being Jewish with being communist. Do you agree with that, Ms. DeRose? At the very least, you must be a fan of Senator Joe McCarthy.

Actually, this holiday season, as I was trimming my very pagan holiday tree, Festivas Pole (Hey, don't mess with Festivas!) and Yule log and putting up my equally pagan holly, ivy, and mistletoe, I thought about Ms. DeRose. Hey, all those winter celebrations resonate with me. The celebration of a fight for religious freedom, the story of a poor man born in the depths of winter who rises to save his people, or the darkest days of the year when it can only get brighter: it all resonates with me. 'Tis the season of light. Lighten up, Ms. DeRose.

Maybe it is the season, but I actually felt sorry for people who consistently get things wrong in the midst of mean and thoughtless diatribes. And, although I have never met her, I thank Ms. DeRose for a good chuckle every time she writes.

Maybe I am bad, but I get a certain glee when right-wing writers make accusations that are easily disproved. Remember when Ms. DeRose screamed at us to look on Page 425 of the Affordable Care Act? She alleged there were death panels there when none existed. Come on, Ms. DeRose, do you know  anyone who has faced a death panel since Obamacare was enacted?

I guess I should wish her and her family a happy Solstice! And again, I thank her for entertainment during the darkest days — literally and figuratively.

Just a piece of advice, Ms. DeRose: in the future please try to get your facts straight. Also, you seem to overuse the epithet "communist." You seem like an articulate woman so I am sure you can find other slurs to use against people in your bitter and fear-mongering diatribes.

I will give you the benefit of the doubt, Ms. DeRose. I am not sure if the lies you spread are intentional or innocent. Are they misinformation or  disinformation?

Misinformation is simply being misinformed and is completely forgivable. Disinformation is telling lies when you know they are lies. For now, I am going to put you in the first category. Read up on things before you pontificate about who is and is not a commie.

Do you even know what a communist is, Ms. DeRose? Do you know the differences between communism, socialism, progressivism, and liberalism? Did you know that each of those labels have several subtypes? My best guess is that you do not.

Just an FYI, Ms. DeRose: "I am not now nor have I ever been a member of the Communist Party!"

Happy holidays and Merry Christmas, Ms. DeRose.

"God bless us every one" — Tiny Tim in "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens

E. Scott Cracraft

Gilford

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Climate change deniers need pay attention to Colorado River

To The Daily Sun,

Here's one for those who are still denyin' that our climate is not a changin' dramatically. This is about the Colorado River. This river is not only very beautiful: it also serves a crucial purpose. What you may ask? Well I'm gonna tell ya. As a result of a years-long drought and lack of any measurable amount of rain, the Colorado River, and one of its impoundments, Lake Mead, has dropped 100 feet below normal levels. That's 100 feet folks, in the last 15 years.

The Colorado River is a source of water for many states as it makes its way to the Mexico border, but that is no longer happening. It is also part of the water supply for agriculture in many Western states. The Colorado River now stops somewhere in Arizona ... yep, there is just a dried up river bed and brush a growin' where there used to be an abundance of rushing water.

If this trend continues the result will be disastrous. It goes without sayin' that mandatory water restrictions are in effect, but if this drought is not reversed in the near future we will suffer catastrophic results — to our national supply of vegetables and fruits, to regional residents who depend on the Colorado for the water for their daily lives.

Are you listenin', deniers? Or are you still going to insist on keeping your head in the sand? The pun is intentional. Or maybe you're happy to wallow in your belief bubble and let us, our (including your) children and their children bear the consequences of your willful ignorance.

Bernadette Loesch

Laconia

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