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I haven't made a decision yet but I'm not likely to vote for Trump

To The Daily Sun,

We all know the 2016 presidential election is an important one.

Have I decided who will get my vote on primary day? Not yet. It certainly won't be Hillary. Reports are that the FBI may ask for an indictment on her for her giving State Department favors given to those who gave to the Clinton Foundation ... a foundation which gives only 6 percent to those who the foundation was supposedly created for, as the other 94 percent go to maintain the Clinton lifestyle.

I will be voting in the Republican primary. I want a fiscal conservative. I want a balanced budget. I want to stop borrowing money and pay down the debt so my future grandchildren will not be saddled with it.

I certainly was excited when Trump entered the race and was so not politically correct. I was excited when he said he would build a wall and make Mexico pay for it. Personally, I do not care who pays for it, just keep the illegals out at the norther border as well as the southern border. I also want to know who came here on student visas and or other visas and overstayed their welcome among others here illegally. And yes ... Send them back to the countries they came from. Period. I understand they wanted a better life for themselves and their families. Just do it the legal way.

I have had enough of a president who could not or would not work with Congress. And therefore created executive orders to get what he wanted when the Congress would not go along and did not agree with the majority of Americans. Sometimes doing nothing is better than doing the wrong thing.

I do not want a president who will create executive orders to get what he wants. Our founding fathers agreed to give the president the ability to create executive orders for emergencies. When our country was founded it took weeks for the Congress to get to Washington. They did not stay there all year. They did their business and then went home.

But there are things to think about. Quite a few of the Supreme Court justices may leave the court during the next presidential term. Who do I want to choose the next Supreme Court justices?

I do not think I want Trump to do that. He himself said in an interview with Jim Russert that he was born in New York and was a New Yorker and had New York values. Do I want a Supreme Court Justice with New York values? Not likely... is there a candidate with New Hampshire values?

I want a Supreme Court justice to interpret the law as it was written not make law and rule what they think it should have said.

Choosing Supreme Court justices will be an important part of the next four years. We must choose carefully a president who will choose carefully to maintain our constitutional rights.

Our founding fathers were brilliant. They created a government that had checks and balances. Unfortunately our federal representatives did not use their power to check the president's power lately. But in all honesty, I cannot partly blame them as anyone who opposes President Obama has to be a racist.

No decision yet. But not likely to be Trump.

Linda Riley

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If every American were to share sacrifice of war we'd have fewer

To The Daily Sun,
Many people have written The Sun regarding the best way to deal with ISIS/ISIL. I have to admit I am unsure. Of course, any decision has to be made rationally, without the usual vitriol against Middle Easterners such as we often find in the pages of The Sun.
Of course, if Donald Trump gets the presidency, the chances of us going to war again in the Middle East are quite high. But, the chances of going to war are not much less if Hillary is elected. In order to win popular appeal, Hillary is now being "tough" and acting like a "hawk" regarding radical Islam.
Although generally anti-militarist, I am not a pacifist. I subscribe to the ancient doctrine of "just war." For a war to be "just," however, there are certain requirements. For one, it can only be done in true self-defense without the desire to gain territory. In addition, all other options have to be carefully considered and used before war can be used. Also, a "just war" should involve a minimum of civilian casualties. Some theologians and ethicists have pointed out that perhaps, in the Nuclear Age, "just war" is a moot point.
For this writer, another definition of "just war" also means that if a country has to go to war, everyone makes sacrifices. This includes all of us, not just the soldiers in the field.
This is true of everyone but especially of what President Eisenhower called the "Military-Industrial Complex." One recent writer said, without the usual bitterness and hysteria in most of the letters regarding Islam, that regrettably this may be a case where we have to send ground troops to war. If he is right, that is unfortunate. But if we do, every American as well as the corporations who make obscene profits from war should "take a hit." After all, the Supreme Court ruled recently that "corporations are people too!" There should be a "war profits" tax and it should be steep. After all, civilian contractors have historically always charged the military for their services and products much above the market price. So, they still will make a profit. Nor should energy companies and retailers should not feel free to raise gas prices at the very "rumor of war."
If we go to war, every corporate CEO and Congress member's son or daughter should share the burden. That may mean conscription. If we did bring back the draft or a kind of universal national service, it would have to be fair. The last draft, which lasted from 1940 until the end of the Vietnam War, was far from fair. Those that served in the enlisted ranks were largely minorities and working-class whites.
The popular image those who avoided the Vietnam-era draft is of those who burned their draft cards and fled to Canada. Actually, that was a very small minority. Most people who avoided service in Vietnam did so legally and often those loopholes were most available to those with money and political connections. Bill Clinton, for example, avoided l service by enrolling in R.O.T.C. Former Vice President Dick Cheney was able to avoid service as a divinity student. Actually, if you could stay in college for four years and maintain a C- average, you could be "deferred." Or, if you did not rely on the medical personnel at the induction center, you could get a private doctor or psychiatrist to write a letter.
Another way "out" of Vietnam was to serve in the National Guard. Unlike today, then, very few Guard units were deployed and everyone knew that. Thus, there were long waiting lists to get in. But, if you had political pull like George W. Bush and former Vice President Dan Quayle, you could "jump the line," get into the guard, and later, during a political career, say you had "served."
Perhaps if every American were to bear at least some risk of sacrifice for the wars we get into, perhaps we would have fewer of them.

E. Scott Cracraft

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