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Perhaps a 'radical' wouldn't want to honor the Magna Carta

To The Daily Sun,

Cathy Merwin's September 14 letter to the editor left me puzzled as to her intent. Did she write to bury or to praise the late Honorable Robert Kingsbury?

One sentence read: "he sponsored a failed effort to tie future state legislatures to the Magna Carta". I thought that the document in question limited arbitrary authority which at the time was held by the king. Many of us would like to curb the arbitrary powers of our government which become ever more encompassing and expensive.

If Ms. Merwin thinks honoring the Magna Carta, a fount of individual liberty, a bad thing then it is she who is radical and not the late honorable representative.
Rep. Dick Burchell
Belknap 5


Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 10:23

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Due process requires a charge, a trial, a verdict & an appeal

To The Daily Sun,

In response to Cathy Merwin's letter to the editor (http://laconiadailysun.com/index.php/opinion/letters/71502-cathy-merwin-9-13-216):

Cathy, you should really review your 3rd grade civics books. The attorney general doesn't determine guilt. They are a division of the executive branch of government and are entitled to their opinions as much as you are. You may recall, due process requires a charge, a trial, jury at demand, a verdict, and appeal at demand. All that said, no charge was ever brought against me by the attorney general because NO VIOLATION OCCURRED. If they thought they had a case, they would have invested the resources in a charge – but they did NOT!

This is rudimentary civics and your sarcastic, arrogant, and ill-informed letter is the case-in-point that you are a naive and uninformed American (with an opinion) — one who could probably contribute meaningfully to the political process if you actually read the and understood the state and federal constitutions. E-mail me if you would like me to provide you with a copy of them! My personal email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Josh Youssef


Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 10:20

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Republicans really started the 'war' on a $800 million deficit

To The Daily Sun,

I read with some skepticism Senator Andrew Hosmer's article in The Laconia Daily Sun this summer about cooperation and progress and how glad he was "to help get Concord back to working together on solving problems and moving the state forward again."

It was in stark contrast to just one week prior when he made comments that the Democrats returned "civility to the Statehouse and ended the war on education, the war on hospitals, the war on women, and the war on the disabled."

I would like to remind Sen. Hosmer of the facts and offer a suggestion to him. There never was a "war" in New Hampshire on education, hospitals, women, or the disabled. However, there was a "war" on an $800 million deficit that the Republicans faced after years of Democrats borrowing, over-estimating revenues, and spending. The Republicans ended "that war" in the last session by balancing the budget.

Republicans have put us back on course in New Hampshire with a Republican-led Senate budget that fought against Democrats' efforts to repeal business-friendly legislation, to impose tax and fee increases, and to offer inflated revenue estimates. The Republicans have demonstrated by actions, not rhetoric!

Republicans have held firmly to the principal of spending only what we could afford and still were able to fund bi-partisan priorities.

Senator Hosmer, I suggest that you replace your bi-partisan rhetoric with bi-partisan action. Your rhetoric does nothing to advance collaboration in Concord, but instead causes further division.

Alan Glassman, Chairman

Belknap County Republican Committee
Center Barnstead

Last Updated on Monday, 16 September 2013 10:16

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Problem with right-wing nuts is they think soldiers are expendable

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to inform Mr. Schwotzer that his assertion of my math was incorrect was true. I feel that his opinion that the increase in the national debt of two wars that were in full force when Pres. Obama took office was also incorrect. While I agree that it make no sense to bicker back and forth, re-read my last letter Mr. Schwotzer and answer, why is a civilian death more important than a military death, both in harms way,war or not?

Yes, I remember Sept. 11, 2001. I also know that 3,000+ died that day. I also know that thousands of American military personnel were killed, many thousands more wounded — some very seriously, with total disability. I read a little on the Beruit bombing in 1983, when 241 military were killed on a peace-keeping mission, no investigation. Pres. Reagan removed the rest four months later. We were not at war in Lebanon. Where was the scandal then,  Mr. Schwotzer?

The problem the right wing nuts have is they feel the military are expendable, hardly ever will they be mentioned in a letter in The Sun. Your comment at the end of your letter was cute. I realize that I don't write with big words — cute statements — but I will say you talk the talk but you don't walk the walk.

In reference to Steve Earle's letter today, I will not indulge in any more comments to his letters.

Henry Osmer


Last Updated on Saturday, 14 September 2013 12:20

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If you can't say anything good, do not say anything at all

To The Daily Sun,

What a shame to see the comments from Mr. Huot in Tuesday's Sun stating "Although some of us did not think it wise that a person with his views should serve in public office", as well as Mr.Huot's statement "I can't remember anything on which Bob Kingsbury and I ever agreed on".

Mr. Huot is entitled to his opinion of course, but being added like it was to a tribute to a true PATRIOT is way out of line and disrespectful.

I am sure Bob's family is disappointed in those remarks and Mr. Huot should be ashamed. An apology is definitely in order.

Bob was all that Mr. Huot described in the rest of the tribute and without those two sentences would have kept the tribute well done. He should have taken a page from Mr. Kitch"s article also in Tuesday's Sun, being more positive. I would think in a tribute to some one it would be in better taste to keep in mind that if you can't say something good do not say anything at all.

May Bob Rest in Peace he was a TRUE PATRIOT. He will be missed.

Hal Graham


Last Updated on Saturday, 14 September 2013 12:17

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