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Veterans fought and died for your right to vote. Do you do use it?

To The Daily Sun,

"The time has come the Walrus said, to speak of many things: of shoes and ships and sealing wax and cabbages and kings." — Lewis Carroll.

Veterans Day is fast approaching. As an Army veteran of some 15-plus years it always gives me pause to think. Last night I was talking to another vet, a retired Navy vet, and I said its a little unnerving having someone come up to you and say, "Thank you for your service." I said I never know what to say to that. You see we came from a time when dirty looks, open hostility and sometimes even getting spit at was the norm. It's a new world, so I will be thankful for the change in how we treat our vets.

What I was thinking is that if you really want to honor a vet, how about honoring what we all served for, what some of us fought and died for: our country. We died, fought and served so that you would have your God-given, inalienable rights. One of these rights is to vote. You are a citizen of the greatest nation in the history of the world, start acting like one. As a citizen it is not only your right to vote, it is you duty to vote.

Yes, it takes some time. Yes, you have to do your homework. You have to know who is running, what they stand for and do they have your ideals AND you have to get off your duff, go out in the weather and cast your vote. This, fellow citizen, is your duty. Like the Nike ad says, "Just do it."

It always saddens me that people can tell me how many passes Tom Brady threw in his last game, or how many home runs Big Papi had last season, but these same people couldn't tell me who their congressman, senator, state rep, or even who the mayor of their town is. Pretty sad, isn't it.

I read the letters in The Laconia Daily Sun, and I see all the vitriol that is thrown back and forth between the right and left. I have come to the conclusion that we are a microcosm of what is going on in Washington. Sadly the only answer that I came to is that we have to throw them all out and start over again. Like the founding fathers envisioned them to be, citizen legislatures.

We are a nation of the people, by the people and for the people. Not of the rich by the rich and for the rich, or of the corporations, by the corporations and for the corporations. It has always been the people.

You know the politicians still don't get it. Take the Republicans. They still don't understand how two non-politicians are at the top of their presidential candidate list. We, the people are angry and fed up at the status quo and are tired of the same old rhetoric. Enough.

And speaking of Republicans, Article 2, section 1 of the U.S. Constitution clearly states, "No person except a natural born citizen or a citizen of the United States, at the time of adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of president." So why is Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada, running for president, an office he knows he is ineligible for. Exactly what is his agenda? I know the Republicans went to great lengths to say that President Obama was not a citizen, but now that one of theirs is doing it. It's okay, really?

I think it is high time that we the people take back our country. Democrats, Republicans et. al., be damned. It is time Americans, take hold of our country and throw the partisan politicians out on their collective ears.

Martin P. Kearney


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And I thank Warren Clement for his 16 years of service on LPC

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to express my sincere and heartfelt thanks to the voters of Laconia who put their trust and support in me by re-electing me to one of the two vacant positions of Police Commissioner. My congratulations go to Mr. Tom Tarr who was elected to fill the other vacant position on the commission. He brings with him a vast amount of experience in several areas related to the mission of the Laconia Police Department.

The election process provided the community to select from four very viable candidates, each with distinct qualifications. The willingness of Jonathan Muller and Michael Gagnon to step forward and commit to this task is very admirable.

My congratulations go also to Commissioner Armand Maheux for his continued involvement as a Laconia Police Commissioner, having served 20 years!!

I would be remiss in not thanking Warren Clement for his 16-year commitment to the Laconia Police Commission and for the extraordinary amount of time he has devoted to meeting with city officials, negotiations with Police Association and other commission business.

Again thank you for your support.

Doug Whittum

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