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Citizens must have confidence that our elections are fair

To The Daily Sun,

Listening and reading the news the past couple of weeks it seems the Democrats are having quite a problem with North Carolina passing a voter ID law. Now if I believed their position that such a law is designed to prevent or reduce the minority vote, I too would be against; I just don't.

The left's mantra that every vote should be counted is a sound position but so is the position of the rights that every vote must be a legal vote. I can see nothing wrong with either position but when, in the last election, some districts reported 115% of the votes for one candidate, something is wrong. It has long been taken as a given that in some strongly Democratic areas, the voter lists are less then current and contain the names of dead or former residents who are no longer in the districts. Often research after an election will show that many of these folks voted. Citizens must have the confidence that our elections are fair and above board and given the strong indications that things are not as they should be I feel that voter ID laws are a good thing, just as I feel every legitimate vote should be counted. I have not heard one reasonable argument so far against these laws.
Steve Earle

Hill

Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 07:43

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Here’s some other things Shaheen & Shea-Porter have done for us

To The Daily Sun,

Senator Shaheen and Rep. Shea-Porter love to tell us everything they are doing for us. Here is a list of tax hikes that they did not tell us about. Both of them voted for all of these taxes:

— Surtax (3.8 percent) on investment income
— Hike in Medicare Payroll Tax
— Individual Mandate Excise Tax
— Tax on health insurers
— Excise tax on comprehensive health insurance plans
— "Black liquor" tax hike (bio-fuel)
— Tax on drug companies
— Tax on medical device manufacturers
— High medical bills tax deduction
— Flexible spending account cap - aka "Special Needs Kids Tax"
— Medicine cabinet tax
— Elimination of tax deduction for employer-provided retirement Rx drug coverage (Medicare Part D)
— Change the 'economic substance doctrine' (allows IRS to disallow legal tax deductions)
— Tax on indoor tanning services
— Health Savings Account (HAS) withdrawal tax hike
— Blue Cross/Blue Shield tax hike
— Excise tax on charitable hospitals
— Employer reporting of insurance on W-2 – allows IRS to tax you if you do not have insurance

Call Rep.Shea-Porter or Senator Shaheen and ask them if I am wrong. Ask them to explain why they voted for all these taxes? Ask them if Obamacare applies to Congress or their congressional staff? The answer is no. Obamacare is the solution to the health care crisis but not for Congress. In 2014, we need to vote out Senator Shaheen, Reps Shea-Porter and Kuster.

Jim Mayotte
Sanbornton

Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 07:35

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Seen any bears around? You likely won’t after September 1

To the Daily Sun,

It's getting to be that time of year again, what the department of F&G calls hunting season. It will not be long before thousands of bait sites for bear and deer around the state are gearing up, if not already. Bait season for bear starts September 1 and runs through September 28. Bait season for deer starts September 1 and runs to the last day of the season, December 15.

The pre-baiting I'm sure is already at full throttle. If you have been seeing any bear this year, rest assured your probability of seeing them after August 1 will be nil. As a recap of the 2012 season 909 bears were killed, 432 were over bait. In addition to the 6 cubs killed over bait, 54 cubs were killed by other methods along with 34 lactating females. Oh yeah, one of these bear cubs was just 18lbs.

In 2012 Ben Kilham our bear rehabilitator from Lyme, N.H., had 29 cubs dumped in his lap to raise up to be reintroduced back into the wild. So what happened to the 29 cubs? Five went back to Vermont where their is no baiting. The rest were dumped by the F&G at bait sites around the states. With thousands of bait sites for bear and deer in NH it would be impossible not to. This is a slap in their face.

I'll finish up with this. Out of the 423 bears killed over bait in 2012, 309 were three and a half years old or younger. The life expectancy for bears in N.H. is 3.5 years for males and 4.5 for females.

What do you get for killing a baby bear? A big pat on the back with a "congratulation shooter". Maybe next year you can get to kill something bigger.

Eric Rottenecker

Bristol

Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 07:32

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I’m disgusted, furious and outraged over coverage of rape case

To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in reference to an article printed on August 15 about a recent sexual assault arrest out of Laconia, written by Gail Ober. The suspect was Michael Sulloway of Laconia. I will not re-mention the victims initials as your reporter did. I am a citizen of Laconia and am disgusted, furious and outraged that a reporter in our community would print a story such as this. Victims initials were used and explicit details about abuse that they endured were published.

Can you please inform why as a community we have the right to know who these victims are? I can appreciate that media in our day in age are always looking for the "big," story and at times compromise basic human compassion and understanding, but as a human-being to print what Gail Ober and ultimately The Daily Sun did is disgusting. These are not only victims, but CHILD victims. Anyone in the community who knows the suspect as well as the victims, can piece together who these young ladies are. Gail, you should be absolutely ashamed of yourself-there are no excuses for what you did! These young ladies deserve a public apology as well as the community at large.
Thank you for your time and I hope you take the time to publish this letter. The Laconia Daily Sun does many wonderful things for the community and I hope will continue to do so, in light of this article that was printed.
Liz Haynes
Laconia

Last Updated on Friday, 16 August 2013 07:28

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Those on the left are guilty of very crime they accuse of the right

To The Daily Sun,

In response to L.J Siden's letter in the August 10th edition of The Sun:

I had to read your letter more than once in order to determine whether it was a piece of carefully crafted sarcasm or if you actually meant what you wrote. In the end I realized you were serious. With that realization it became quite apparent you suffer from a malady common to many on the left: projection.

You make a number of accusations that are ludicrous at best, going on and on about what supposedly motivates the right. But after the second or third reading of your letter I realized that the very thing you attribute to the right is what you and many on the left do on a regular basis — you are resistant to facts that do not meet the left's narrative. What's worse is the left will outright ignore them or try very hard to discredit them even when they come from many of the same sources upon which they usually rely.

While some of the talking points you bring up are valid, you attribute them to everyone on the right when nothing could be further from the truth. If I were to do the same thing as you I could easily claim that the left believes in government control over every aspect of our lives, telling us where we must live, how often and with whom we must have sexual relations, how many children we can have (assuming it approves of us reproducing at all), how we have to raise them, where our children must go to school and what classes they must take, what cars we must drive if we're allowed to drive at all, and when we must die. While there are some on the left who believe all of those things, I do not attribute them to everyone on the left. That would be foolish and close-minded.

Do those on the right fear a dictatorship by Obama and his minions? Yes, some do and they have history on their side to justify their concerns. Many dictatorships were not achieved by coups but by the dictators fooling the electorate and, once in power, obliterating the rights and freedoms of their citizens one step at a time until they were all gone. Has Obama made any such moves? From my personal observations, I'd have to say yes. He's already shown that he has no respect for the Constitution, going around Congress when he doesn't get his way and stepping in on matters that are, quite frankly, not within the purview of his office. Does that automatically mean he will become a dictator? No, but it should concern everyone including you and your brethren on the left that he has little respect for the law.

Do I deny facts that "complicate" my views? No, I do not. For one thing I know life is complicated and that one-size-fit-all solutions rarely work. Will I question facts that go against things I have learned through experience? Absolutely. I do not accept facts willy-nilly. I wait until I can verify them from someplace other than from where I originally came across them. (Too often those facts come from less than reliable sources. You know, the "I heard it from a friend who knows a guy who's the personal assistant to someone whose brother-in-law's cousin works for a guy that knows these things" shtick, or worse, from some of the less reliable media.) If the facts prove to be correct, will I change my viewpoint? Yes, of course. To quote John Maynard Keynes, "When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do?"

And that begs the question, what do YOU do? If I had to guess from what you've written, I'd say that facts aren't really all that important to you unless they confirm what you know to be "true", If they disagree with your beliefs, will you change your viewpoint? Or do you dismiss them out of hand as being false or part of some Vast Right Wing Conspiracy and cling to your absolute belief that you're right and that the facts MUST be wrong or false? If you do, then who's being "resistant to facts that complicate their views?"

'Tis not I.

Chan Eddy
Gilford

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 August 2013 12:25

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