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No town employee should be subjected to bullying and abuse

To The Daily Sun,

I found it very disconcerting to read in this forum recently that a town employee was bullied and verbally assaulted by a town resident. Admittedly, I'm not aware of all the particulars, but the individual involved stated that he became aggressive to the employee when his demands under the Right-To-Know Law were not immediately available to him.

No town employee (or anyone for that matter) should be subject to this abuse, to the point where the resident had to be escorted from the Town Hall by the police.

By his own admission, this individual would like us to believe that he was being threatened into being more "submissive" and "less inquisitive" when the town representative, fearing for her safety, activated the police response alarm. His actions are reminiscent of a temper tantrum by an adolescent not getting their own way. As a "former selectman," I would have expected this individual to show more respect and consideration to an employee of our community.

In his letter, this resident, also implies that there is a conspiracy by the diabolical selectmen and that he is the heroic defender of denied freedom of speech (it sounds like he had plenty of free speech before being removed from town offices) and a hackneyed complaint of "lack of transparency" — apparently because he didn't get what he wanted when he wanted it.

I was pleased to read that Select Board Chair, Mr. McWhinnie, would not engage this individual in a private conversation, but on at least two occasions advised this person to address his concerns/grievances to the Select Board as a whole. This procedure would ensure this resident's "freedom of speech" and "transparency" in an open forum.

Jack Schaffnit

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Obama sure seems hell-bent on solidifying his place in history

To The Daily Sun,

The awful betrayal of Israel by the Obama administration will add yet another exclamation mark on his horrendous eight-year administration. The community organizer-in-chief has became the country's disorganizer-in-chief. He has created divisive chaos in this country and around the world. We can only hope that our president-elect is up to the enormous task ahead of him. His can-do attitude and excellent cabinet picks give me hope that he can turn this progressive ship of fools around.

Rick Moran of American Thinker reminds us that in 1979, President Carter fired U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young for meeting with a representative of the PLO (Palestinian Liberation Organization). The United States had promised Israel that it would not meet with the PLO until it acknowledged Israel's right to exist. Sadly, it has been all down hill for Jimmy Carter after that.

Have the Palestinians ever acknowledged Israel's right to exist? I do not believe they ever have, which makes a two-state solution a bit problematic, does it not? But they did decide it would be a good idea to allow the terrorist group, HAMAS, to exist within its borders. That would be the wondrous group that lusts to exterminate Israel from this planet.

And now it appears that U.S. officials have conspired with the Palestinians to pass the most anti-Israel resolution in U.N. history. According to Rick Moran, the Israel government has assured us that they have iron-glad proof of this back-stabbing, clandestine deal. Let us all pray that this did not really take place.

John Kerry, who has been a dishonest and disgraceful man ever since he returned from Vietnam and trashed his fellow soldiers, had the audacity to tell the nation that nobody has been a better friend to Israel than President Obama? Huh? Is "Liveshot Kerry" talking about the same man who has been so disrespectful of Bibi Netanyahu?

Oh yes I know, he visited the Holy Land and paid tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. And he gave Israel gobs of our taxpayer money. A big whoop, if you please. Anybody with a brain and a thimble of knowledge about the relationship between these two, clearly knows that Obama absolutely detests Netanyahu and Israel. So this final act of abandoning our only true ally in the Middle East, as our President heads for the door, is absolutely unconscionable and destabilizing, as former U.N. ambassador John Bolton warns us.

All this madness should surprise no one who understands the progressive left in this country and their takeover of college campuses and the Democratic Party itself. How many of you are aware of the necessity of a movement to "stop the Jew hatred on campus?"

Oh Wiles, you must be crazy. Universities are bastions of diversity and compassion aren't they? Ever hear of the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) movement on campuses which, for all intents and purposes, supports anti-Israel terrorism? Ever hear of the Boycott, Divest & Sanction (BDS) movement on campuses that blames the Jewish people for all sins? It is driven by the ideology of HAMAS. You know, the Sunni-Islamist, fundamentalist, terror organization that was elected by Palestinians to govern the Gaza strip. These hate-filled movements are growing across universities nationwide and include UCLA, Brooklyn College, George Mason U., University of Cal-Berkley and the University of Chicago, among many others.

Meanwhile, back in the truth-denying, fantasy land of the progressive left, the place where evil is revered and patriotism is reviled, they categorically deny there is any anti-Semitism on campuses.

Go read the writings of David Horowitz, Mark Levin, Ben Shapiro, Pamela Geller, Jonah Goldberg, Michael Savage, Charles Krauthammer, Caroline Glick, Jeff Jacoby, Bernie Goldberg and Dennis Prager and become enlightened. They are all brilliant minds who happen to be Jewish, though some are non-religious Jews. Yes, they are also conservatives. The Jewish people who vote for Democrats care more about leftism, socialism, global warming, open borders and social justice, than they do about Judaism and Israel. The worst is George Soros, but there are many others like Bernie Sanders, who just might have beaten Trump, according to Tony Boutin. That should chill you to your core!

The Democrats pretend to assure us that Obama is providing a smooth transition of power, just as President Bush afforded him. Are you kidding me? Besides the Israel fiasco, Obama, after 18 months of Russian cyber hacking, now decides to get tough with Putin. He is also letting more violent criminals out of jail, increasing the unvetted refugee influx, letting more violent jihadi soldiers of Allah out of Gitmo, and engaging in more private land grabbing for government control.

He sure seems hell-bent on solidifying his place in presidential history. He probably believes his eight years of progressive governance and circumventing of our Constitution will place him on Mount Rushmore. In reality, it should solidify his place atop the list of the worst presidents of the past century. I really have to disagree with you, Michelle Obama, who recently lamented to Oprah that all hope is now lost as a result of the Trump election. I believe it is only now that our country has real hope for prosperity and renewed greatness, after eight years of fundamental transformation by a man who so dislikes the founding principles of the country he was twice elected to lead.

Russ Wiles

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