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I;m going to vote for my dog for president; he's happy & he doesn't judge

To The Daily Sun,

I am as I have stated before, (I'm) not political. Passionate about my beliefs/views, as many (others are). I cannot believe every morning I get up to this papers letter section. Over the past few months it has been filled with such negative, spiteful, cruel, arrogant, and mocking letters. It is enough to make you want to weep. Some days it is getting harder to ignore.

I read/see the news around the globe daily and I worry. I worry about myself, my kids, family, neighbors, our futures. We live in such a cold, resentful, angry, entitled society. It is nice to read some happy news when/where you can find it. Sadly, the bad news always makes the headlines and the blood boil, and the words/actions spill out so carelessly. What has happened to simple respect, decency, and kindness? I know ... the internet. The faceless ruler.

I don't care about statics, laws, or numerous quotes you know. I don't care who is right, left, or wrong. I don't care if you like Hillary or Trump. Obama is not the devil either. No one is perfect, including you and the person you want most to win. Even our own local politics were vicious. It's enough, please.

Does anyone else have something to share? Anything. There is so much more going on in our lives and around us. Yet this is what seems to be the major concern: Who is the most politically correct know-it-all of the day, and a list waiting to get the Laconia Sun's gold star stuck on their forehead. People have the ability to read, yet most read only what they want to hear, see, and believe. And that seems to be the majority. Yeah, I know freedom of speech.

Honestly, I am going to write in my dog's name, Gozer, for next president. He is always happy. He doesn't judge or label. He knows nothing about religion or color. He does not care if you're gay or rich. If you give him bone, he is busy for hours. And best of all no matter what he is loyal and true. He has all the best qualities for a candidate I want. So that is who will get my vote.

Please tone it down. We are suppose to be adults. The example for our kids and generations to follow. (Monkey see, monkey do) Think of that the next time you write in for yourself or against someone. I know I have been lately. Your name is out there. The internet can be a blessing and a curse. How I miss human contact, faces, voices, laughter ... how I miss people.

Is it November yet?

Denise C. Burke

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Van Ostern has Planned Parenthood's back; he's a champion

To The Daily Sun,

One of the many reasons I am proud to live in New Hampshire is our state's long-standing tradition of supporting women's health care access. Some 73 percent of Granite Staters support abortion access and a woman's right to make her own health decisions. That's the highest rate in the country. At the same time, 66 percent of Granite Staters believe Planned Parenthood health centers should be fully funded.

As a young woman embarking on a career and building a life in New Hampshire, I want to know our state is headed in a direction that supports women's health. The candidates for governor, Colin Van Ostern and Chris Sununu, are both executive councilors. They both had an opportunity to demonstrate if they would support women's health in the face of political attacks. Colin Van Ostern proved he would stand strong with the 12,000 women and low-income families served by Planned Parenthood health centers, while Chris Sununu was weak under political pressure and voted to strip funding for thousands of women to receive birth control and cancer screenings. Chris Sununu left women's health on the chopping block and made our state weaker.

Since his election to the Executive Council, three proposals have come before the council to defund Planned Parenthood health centers. Colin Van Ostern was a reliable and unwavering vote of support.

With so many women and low-income families relying on Planned Parenthood for health care, we need a governor who is a proven champion for women's health. That's why Colin Van Ostern has my vote for governor on Nov. 8.

Eliza Phinney

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