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Give you father your love and devotion throughout the year

To The Daily Sun,

Why do we seem incapable of celebrating Father's Day without the need to show our appreciation by buying yet another gift? Why does almost every father have the expectation of a gift as a true indication of someone's appreciation?

Like most of our holidays, Father's Day is no longer an occasion for reflection about the valuable role fathers play in the family and society. It's become just one more reason for merchants to be able to sell something and ramp up another frenzy of consumer spending.

Since its origin in the early 1900s, a then more well-meaning Congress resisted the pressure to make it a national holiday for fear that this most worthy celebration would become commercialized. It wasn't until 1972 that Richard Nixon bowed down to business pressure and opened the floodgates. Every year, it becomes less and less a time of reflection and devotion, and ever more about meaningless consumption.

Let's pass along a little wisdom to our children and break the consumer stranglehold this and other holidays have on our culture. Commit to giving your father your love and devotion throughout the year, and when he's least expecting it, maybe even a little gift.

Jon Godfrey
Gilmanton

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People who live in this country lucky to enjoy freedom of speech

To The Daily Sun,

This letter has been a long time coming because it's taken me some time to find the words to use to send (regular Daily Sun Letter to the Editor writer James Veverka) the well-deserved praise you and others are due.

A lot of people read The Daily Sun each day. We are lucky to have an Editor Ed Engler, who prints letters without editing. And your letters (Mr. Veverka) are very much appreciated and respected for their factual and honest content, presented without hysteria.

The research and depth are obvious. We highly value the knowledge you impart. While it is sad that there are some readers who don't care about basic facts (Their motto could be: "Don't try to confuse me with facts; my mind is already made up.") and don't appreciate what you write, please know there are many more who support you. The majority is thankful that you expose and counter the insanities and untruths that the "bubble boys" are peddling.
We cheer each time you discuss the obvious drastic changes to our climate due to human actions.

You remind us that one doesn't have to worship God to show goodness toward or care about our fellow human beings.

You and others continue to point out the inconsistencies, contradictions and outright lies we find printed almost every single day. Sometimes I wonder if those few people just willfully ignore reality and don't care if they're telling the truth or not as long as they can push their agenda.

I've said it before, and it bears repeating, that people who are fortunate enough to live in this country have an unalienable right to Freedom of Speech, to print and verbalize their opinions. But that does not excuse or justify the way they continually change or alter the facts, or ignore them altogether, no matter what they are writing about.

Thanks again James, George, Paula, Kay, all of the Huots, Ed Allard and all the other writers who submit letters which inform, educate and keep us up to date. Part of the never-ending learning process is keeping up with the latest facts and figures. Please know that you are much appreciated.

Many times your protagonists reach so far back into the past, but then (willfully?) neglect mention that their information is outdated, unproven, or comes from suspect or fraudulent sources.

Bernadette Loesch
Laconia

(Editor's note: As hard as it is for some readers to believe, The Daily Sun does edit the letters that are submitted for content. Some of the words used do not get printed.)

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