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Exploded, 1,000 nuclear warheads would make planet uninhabitable

To The Daily Sun,

On a recent Diane Rehm Show (NPR/NHPR), a guest recounted that when he was a young white Southerner, he thought it was his due to be served his ice cream cone before a black customer ahead of him in line, that customer also a child. The lament was we lead our children to follow our practices, no questions asked. Not until the guest was a college student in the North did he review his attitudes and see his racism.

Following up, we are akin to unquestioningly obedient children to believe that military choices are good and deserve funding. Period.

The current catalyst, magazine of Union of Concerned Scientists, points out that under President George W. Bush a homeland missile defense system costing billions of dollars was put into "rush" mode and exempted from the usual oversight procedures. "Shielded from Oversight" by Elliott Negin can be read online. In 17 tests of this ground-based-midcourse-defense system, nine have failed. Of "nine intercept tests, only three succeeded in destroying their targets."

In the same issue Laura Gregg, "rocket scientist," judges that the GMD described above "could prompt decision makers to act more aggressively than they might otherwise, which could actually increase the risk of an adversary launching nuclear missiles at the United States."

Long ago, 1983, the TV movie, "The Day After," caught the public's attention that we are always risking nuclear war, armed as we are with missiles — and ours that target other missiles also condemn us to being targeted.

Between the U.S. and Russia we have 14,000 nuclear warheads. One thousand of them used would make our planet uninhabitable. Folks, this is about the end of culture, families, nature, everything. Time to tell our decision makers (and presidential/congressional candidates) to take our missiles off hair-trigger alert, and time to question a new trillion-dollar nuclear buildup. Oversight needed with that destabilizing GMD? Appropriate questioning and common sense needed altogether.

Lynn Rudmin Chong

Sanbornton

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How long will it take for someone to deface my new Trump sign?

To The Daily Sun,

With some trepidation, my wife and I put our Trump sign out in front of our home the other day. Like other Trump signs in New Hampshire, it probably won't be long before someone either steals it, spray-paints it, or defaces it in some other way.

I even saw on the news that one person's Trump sign was set on fire right in front of their house in the middle of the night. I would love to catch someone in my yard pulling one of those stunts. I assure you that every day the judge gave me in the pokey would be justified. And since I'm retired now, it would also give me a little break from all the quality time I've been spending with the wife lately. What ever happened to people being entitled to their own opinion?

Where's the respect and tolerance? Please spare me and don't say things like that don't happen up here in the Lakes Region. Have you read the news lately? If it wasn't for The Daily Sun we wouldn't know about half the crimes and drug problems plaguing our towns. It should be obvious that when some of the Boston TV stations are reporting on crimes being committed around the Lakes Region that we are losing the very soul of our community.

It's sad to see things falling apart around us. Nothing shocks me more. I'm sure it won't be long before the brain-washed worshipers of the lying goddess of the pantsuit fashion world and presidential candidate will be slowing down when they drive by our house, point to our Trump sign, and tell their kids in the back seat to "stay away from that house ... they must be misogynistic racists."

Tom Sellew

Lochmere (Tilton)

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