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If Judge Gorsuch can't gain bipartisan support he shouldn't be confirmed

To The Daily Sun,

Hon. Judge Neil Gorsuch shouldn't be confirmed by the Senate, and most importantly, become a justice of the Supreme Court.

Neil Gorsuch is a charismatic, outgoing, and charming nominee, but you're going to need more than just character — a record. When you look at the previous cases he has presided over, some of his decisions were egregious. For instance, the Frozen Trucker case.

Alphonse Madin used to work as a truck driver for TransAm, that's until he was fired. It was a cold winter day, and his trailer's brakes were locked and rendered useless. After sitting there for 3 1/2 hours for backup, he called dispatch and the dispatcher told him to wait, he had three options: 1. Drive the semi-truck with the dangerous load, 2. Stay there in the truck (heat was broken and his limbs were numb) until someone came to help, or 3. Unhitch the load and drive the semi to a safe spot and go inside and keep warm. The most logical choice for anyone would be option three, and he did, so he was then fired by TransAm for "insubordination." He later appealed to the same circuit Gorsuch was part of, and out of all seven circuit judges, Gorsuch was the only judge who ruled in favor of the trucking company. If he had stayed in the semi, he would've had hyperthermia, and possibly froze to death.

His confirmation hearing was as useful as watching static on your TV. When pressed on simple questions such as his ruling against a disabled autistic child, he repeatedly replies that he didn't want to respond on a case he might preside over. However, it's unprecedented for a Supreme Court nominee to avoid discussing his record. As Sen. Schumer said, he "avoided questions 'like the plague'."

It is true that two wrongs don't make a right, however, this is two different situation. Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell from the get-go decided to not hold a hearing or an up-or-down vote on then-nominee Merrick Garland. This time, Judge Neil Gorsuch had a chance to present himself and his record to both Democrats and Republicans to meet the 60 required votes to invoke a cloture — but failed. It's unfortunate that Supreme Court justices nominees (which they serve until death, impeachment, retirement) only need a simple-majority vote, as McConnell will invoke the nuclear option.

Neil Gorsuch has sided with companies and corporations multiple times, such as the Frozen Trucker case, and has shown that he won't be an independent check to the president or political organizations like the NRA. If he can't get enough bipartisan support from both side of the aisles, he shouldn't be confirmed, nor should rules be stretched for him. We need a justice who will speak on his/her record, serve as an independent check on the Trump (and future) administration, and one that will uphold the Supreme Law of the Land, without direct influence of dark money and political organizations.

Neil Gorsuch should not be confirmed.

Nick Crosby


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Year-Round Library thanks voters for support of partial town funding

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of the Gilmanton Year-Round Library Association Board of Directors, I wish to sincerely thank the community for supporting our request for partial town funding. We are grateful that we will be able to move forward with plans for the coming year. Our librarians are excited to continue providing excellent programs for children, teens, and adults. We encourage you to take advantage of all the GYRL has to offer.

The board is also strongly committed to continuing our fundraising efforts. We have plans under way for our annual Mother's Day Hanging Basket Sale and the Summer Sizzle Event. Several other events are being scheduled for the coming months. Our events committee meets throughout the year to help bring in additional funding to the library. We are always seeking new ideas.

Our board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the GYRL. There is an opportunity for public input at the beginning of each meeting and we encourage everyone to come and join us. We welcome your input at those meetings or by contacting any of the GYRLA Board members. We appreciate your feedback and suggestions for our programming.

We would also like to extend our thanks to the town officials and employees as well as community members who did such an outstanding job on a very challenging Election Day. We are grateful to those who made the effort to get to the polls that day. Despite differing political opinions, the most important concern that day was for the safety of all in the community. That spirit of community is appreciated most of all.

Chris Schlegel

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