Cartoons mocking other religions is cheap exploitation

To The Daily Sun,

Freedom of speech doesn't mean you can say anything you want. There are limits to what you can say or do to other people. We do exist in civilized and organized societies that require certain responsibilities to each other. Those responsibilities have developed over centuries of prolonged conflicts and revolutions.

Recent bloodshed in Paris exemplifies the misuse of civil liberties by men bent on using malicious and inflammatory attacks on Muslims insulting their religion and everything they hold sacred. It is an contemptible act, especially so, if they risked their very safety to print insults to people of their own communities. Common sense alone should have prevented this from happening.

Racial issues continue to dominate the news. There is never justification for murder. If we truly seek peace among all people we must take up that task and work tirelessly for it. Cartoons mocking other religions is cheap exploitation. It is always a risky enterprise — worst, it is a hateful representation of other people different from ourselves.

We have been in wars for 13 years. Our own distrust has cost us incalculable losses. Bombing targets to rid the world of racial hatred has never been the answer. We must find the answers without continued violence and prove to the world we are a nation of peace.

Leon R. Albushies


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I'm so sick of the excuse makers for Muslim terrorists

To The Daily Sun,

Guess what, Al Sharpton is out of the spotlight for the first time in weeks. That's not a good thing because it cost the lives of 12 people in France murdered at the hands of Muslim terrorists. Their offense, drawing cartoons critical of the prophet. The "religion of peace" has struck again. Already we read and hear the usual BS that it's only a minority, and that those who think otherwise are Islamaphobes. Of course that has to be right. After all it's such a rare event for Muslim terrorist to attack and kill unarmed civilians.

"Only a minority," but millions other Muslims cheer and dance in the streets, give money to these terror gangs and then tell us the victims were partly responsible because of what they wrote. I don't know about you readers but I'm so sick of the excuse makers, the weak-kneed politicians, the spineless editors and producers who, decade after decade, have cowered before the threat of being called insensitive that they won't tell the truth, show the raw pictures of the costs of silence and political correctness that I could just puke.

These same gutless wonders show no reluctance at all to run stories demeaning Christians. After all there have been eight, yes eight cases of abortion doctors and workers killed in the past 40 years by Christians. No holds barred, no ink spared, no criticism to petty to tell the world about the evils of Christians.

Likewise they engage willingly, eagerly in the smearing of police officers, following the false narratives, giving lawless rioters and looting mobs credibility and encouragement. ISIS, Hamas, PLO and a hundred or so more gangs of homicidal psychopaths are killing in the name of their religion all over the world.

Have you had enough yet, readers? Are you going to wait until it's one of yours who gets beheaded or blown into bits before you shout "ENOUGH"? Tell your favorite politician to do something about it now or don't cry about it if it hits home sometime.

Steve Earle


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Six new companies came to New Hampshire last year. Wow! Six!

To The Daily Sun,

Recently the president has suggested that Americans spend their extra cash from low gas prices to buy a new car.

I have a car with 185,000 miles. I would love to buy a new car. Unfortunately I am unemployed. I have better things to use my "extra cash," such as food. There is no way I could afford a new or used car with less mileage.

I am a mechanical design drafter. I do not have an engineering degree, but I have experience — a great deal of experience. There are very few positions in New Hampshire but a bit more in Massachusetts. I have been applying to positions in Massachusetts and Maine. Yes, Maine. It would be an hour and a half commute each way.

I was a single mother with an ADHD son. My energy went into trying to keep him away from video games, which was his addiction. I tried everything to get him interested in anything else. Fortunately, I succeeded and he excelled in math and graduated college and has a great position and is doing well.

But I am not. I worked as a contract design drafter so that I could take my son to all his outside school activities. And I am glad I did.

For a short time, I was a substitute teacher in a town in Massachusetts. When I stopped substituting, about half dozen students were expelled. The school system could not get anyone to substitute for the middle school, which is where I was most of the time.

The students that were expelled were very smart kids. They did not have any family support and as result they got into trouble.

I am a firm believer that many students who get into trouble at school are very smart and bored — attention deficit kids. But this is another story for another time. I just want to reiterate that I am glad that I did what I did as a mother in keeping my son busy.

When I contracted, I would get laid off and would go to the next job. I would submit my resumes to many contract agencies. I worked all over Massachusetts. Companies would have a number of requirements. Not everyone filled the requirements and the company would pick the best person.

There is a change in employment now. Companies have requirements and they want all the requirements. They can be picky because there are so many unemployed that they can afford to be picky.

Companies are finding that they have gotten by without the extra person and are in no hurry to hire anyone unless they fit perfectly their requirements. Some companies are outsourcing jobs to India.

I have a friend who is an employment recruiter and sometimes she finds the perfect candidate and still the company does not hire.

I am familiar with three different types of CAD software. I have worked with all three in the past and can easily start working with them. But that is not enough. They want experience on the latest version.

When I go to a company they usually have one CAD software. And not all use the latest software package. It is impossible to be up to date on all CAD packages ... unless you purchase the packages and do work at home. The average price of CAD packages is $5,000. I don't know about you, but I do not have that kind of money to spend.

Not only do I not have a job, but the money I spent when I had a good job affects my community. I no longer can spend that extra money in the community. My community suffers.

Today Gov. Hassan is being sworn in for another term. It is a sad day for me, as I do not see anything that she has done to create good New Hampshire jobs with benefits nor keep the ones we have/had.

She went to Turkey for some sort of trade deal.

So many businesses are leaving states for right-to-work states. I wish New Hampshire was a right-to-work state. Businesses are leaving New Hampshire for right-to-work states. I think I heard or read somewhere that six new companies came to New Hampshire last year. Wow! A whole six.....

We have plenty of space and people to work in New Hampshire. We should be actively getting businesses to stay and expand in New Hampshire.

I do not want unemployment. I do not want Obamacare. I want a job. . . a decent paying job with benefits.

Today is a sad day. I am still unemployed and we still have Gov. Hassan. I wonder what the jobs prospect would be in the state if Walt Havenstein was elected?

Linda Riley


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Where will money to pay $1 billion fine come from at S&P?

To The Daily Sun,

I read that the government and Standard & Poor are near a settlement that might involve a fine of $1 billion. I'm sure my fellow letter writers here can help clear up my confusion. Where is that money coming from? It all belongs to someone.

Maybe (but I doubt it) it will come from management bonuses. Maybe it will come from customers having to pay increasing prices. Maybe it will come from shareholders losing possible dividends. Maybe it will come from you and me, if the accountants can find a way to make the fine deductible. Maybe it will come from rank-and-file employees losing wages and benefits.

Companies do not commit crimes; people do, and it is people who need to be punished, by fines or jail, not companies. For all the behavior that led to the financial crisis, no one has been sent to jail. This can't be right.

The same argument applies to corporate taxes, I think. Where does that tax money come from? Management, employees, shareholders, customers or the general public. There's no other choice. In that list, by the way, I personally think the money comes from shareholders and management last, and I'm not thrilled about that either.

Johan Andersen


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Downward slide of our middle class began under George W. Bush

To The Daily Sun,

Jan. 10 issue's letter, "Path Democrats Are On Is Fraught with Danger for Our Country" by Tony Boutin is wild with misinformation and plain old bias. How does Mr. Boutin (going after retired Prof. George Maloof) come to conclude that "in academia ... authority isn't challenged?" And, their "views (are) never questioned?"

It may be a long time since Mr. Boutin experienced formal education, but at all levels critical thinking now is taught. This is all about questioning, lest he think critical thinking is a useless fad. He should like to know it. Assumptions are examined. Questions are asked about questions. This isn't rigmarole. It plainly endorses arguing with evidence used to reach a reasoned judgment (replacing unsupported opinion).

Tony branches off from attack-on-academia to fear-mongering. It pretty much consumes the remaining many lines of his letter. The downward slide of our middle class, however, began under George W. Bush, who turned the $80 billion surplus funds left him by President Clinton into tax breaks for the wealthy. All went bad for our middle class, from there. And I will say that I'm not happy with any of our D.C. representatives who cater to corporate wants while groveling for those large campaign donations. Both parties have guilty participants on this score.

I'll wait to see if Bob Meade supplies his usual anti-Lynn-Chong letter, that he'll end with ominous tone: "...and she teaches our children." He may not. I called him up and we had a decent conversation, where I explained that in my literature and writing classes, my politics don't come up. I hope he remembers this, and that I do mind when he leaps to such a wrong conclusion and does it so confidently.

Lynn Rudmin Chong


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