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Opinion, yours or mine, should not require vetting by anyone

To The Daily Sun,

To quote you Mr. Osmer: "I have a suggestion for Mr. Eddy: If you don't like what's written in this paper, stop with the whining, just don't read it."

Have I once ever stated in writing that I don't like what's written in this paper? Why are you putting words in my mouth, Mr. Osmer? In my previous letter I stated that Mr. Hoyt's suggestion that letters to the editor be vetted by an "impartial" panel for truth and accuracy, particularly when it comes to political opinions, would be in violation of the First Amendment. While his main point was aimed at political ads, he did make the suggestion that letters to the editor should also be reviewed. I also suggested that he not confuse opinions for articles, something with which he appears to having problems. Opinion, his, mine, and yours, should not require vetting by anyone. (I do think that if something is libelous that it is within the power of the Sun's editor to remove it as it could also leave the paper liable should it be printed.) Articles should be at least fact-checked because they are, after all, supposed to be news. If they are not accurate, then they are opinion, or worse, outright prevarication and opinion posing as news. (I believe at that point it's called propaganda.)

There are time when I have found many of the "facts" put forth by Mr. Hoyt and others of the same ideological bent to be questionable.

Here I am going to do something I had promised myself I wouldn't do, but this one time I'm going to break that promise: I do not consider The New York Times, The New Republic, Salon, the Washington Post, numerous other mainstream media outlets, or anything coming from Congress or the White House to be accurate or unbiased. (It doesn't matter who's in office.) I do not use sources such as Fox News, National Review, Rush Limbaugh, or any of the other conservative sources Mr. Hoyt et. al. despise as the basis of my opinions. I base my opinions on years of travel, exposure to numerous cultures all over the world — good and bad — the study of history (not just American history, but history in general), and decades of personal experience in numerous fields of endeavor that have shown me what works, and more importantly, what doesn't work.

That I may respond to someone's opinion that proposes something that I know won't work or requires the dismantling of yet another freedom as delineated in the Constitution "for the common good" is my right. I have never proposed that those with whom I disagree should be censored, much as Mr. Hoyt proposed in a backhanded manner in his earlier letter. I do enjoy reading his letters, as well as those of the usual suspects if for no other reason that to see just how off the mark they are. At times they are outrageous, but mostly they are amusing.

Oh, and in regards to your line about "the normal letters written by the parrots", it applies equally to Mr. Hoyt and the others as I rarely see anything original from any of them either.

Dale Channing Eddy

Gilford

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Join us at library on Saturday for 'Thank you Gilmanton' open house

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of the Gilmanton Year-Round Library Association (GYRLA) I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Gilmanton community for supporting our warrant article on the town ballot. Your affirmative votes will allow the library to continue providing valued services to all residents.

We encourage everyone to visit the GYRL and take advantage of the many programs and services it provides, such as children's story time and craft programs, weekly adult craft program, occasional lectures and the new e-books program. We also would appreciate your suggestions for future programming. The professional and enthusiastic librarians truly welcome the opportunity to assist patrons. Please visit the website at www.gyrla.org for a full calendar of events and further information.

Join us at the GYRL on Saturday, March 28, from 1-3 for an open house to say "Thank You" to the community. Light refreshments will be served. Bring along a book if you would like to participate in the "book swap" with your neighbors.

We look forward to working with every resident and with the other libraries in Gilmanton as we strive to fulfill our mission of providing full library services to everyone in our town. We plan to have a continuing conversation with residents and town officials to assure that the GYRL will remain a viable resource for many years to come.

Chris Schlegel, President

GYRLA Board of Directors

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