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This man you are defending is not worthy of that support

To The Daily Sun,

First off, I want to thank Dave Nix of Belmont for his service. I'm unclear which branch it was, but to have retired says a lot about service and commitment. I thought 12 years was a lot.

However, in his response to Mr. Khan regarding the Democratic National Convention, I'd like Mr. Nix to review Mr. Trump's own statements regarding Muslims and immigration before he suggests that a citizen leave this country.

In December of 2015, his campaign released this statement: "Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

In January 2016, during the Fox GOP debate, moderator Maria Bartiromo asked him whether he's heard anything that's made him want to rethink his "comments about banning Muslims from entering the country." He responded "no" to laughter and applause. He went on, "Look, we have to stop with political correctness."

In May of 2016 he started to stress the "temporary nature" of his ban. "It's a temporary ban. It hasn't been called for yet, nobody's done it," he says on Fox News Radio. "This is just a suggestion until we find out what's going on."

On June 13th, Mr. Trump delivered a speech reacting to the massacre in Orlando, Florida, in which he reiterated his proposed Muslim ban. "I called for a ban after San Bernardino and was met with great scorn and anger. But now many are saying that I was right to do so. And although the pause is temporary, we must find out what is going on. We have to do it. It will be lifted, this ban, when and as a nation we're in a position to properly and perfectly screen these people coming into our country."

On June 13th in Manchester, he stated that he would use an executive order to suspend immigration Muslims.

On June 25th (in Scotland) he stated, "We must suspend immigration from regions linked with terrorism until a proven vetting method is in place."

Finally, on July 17th, Reince Priebus, the chairman of the Republican National Committee said that Donald Trump's proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States does not include a religious test, adding that the candidate had "pivoted" to a ban that is strictly geographic and focused on areas with concentrated terrorist training sites. One of those areas is Pakistan. Perhaps you can see the Khan's point?

Mr. Nix went on to say that he could not understand the Khan's not being absolutely livid at others who want to come here illegally and project their beliefs, laws, religion, violence and more on all of us. But the Khan's were not talking about simple immigration. The Khan's were speaking of a candidate for president singling out 23 percent of the human population and refusing them entry. Further, I see zero evidence anywhere in the United States (other than on some Fox programming) where Muslims have imposed their beliefs or laws or religion on the rest of us. Additionally, if you look at the largest Muslim populations in the world, Indonesia has the largest population, followed by Pakistan, India is quite close behind, and then Bangladesh, and three of those 4 countries have close ties with the United States.

Finally, you told them that if they cannot support a person who wants to "uphold and enforce the those very laws you carry in your pocket I would ask that you and your wife either take an intense refresher course in U.S. citizenship and the Constitution or move back to your beloved Pakistan." Remarkable since this country's very premise is that "all men are created equal" and that our doors are open to the world. Then Mr. Trump — a man who would "support and defend the United States from all enemies, both foreign and domestic" requested that foreign intelligence agencies spy on the United States to get dirt on his opponent.

Sir, I propose to you that this man you are defending is not worthy of that support and is a slap in the face to all of us who have defended this country and that same Constitution. Now you — as I — may not like the Democrats this year, but I've yet to see any actual documented proof that Hillary Clinton ever violated the Constitution. I respect your right to vote however you may choose, but be honest about the facts regarding him.

Alan Vervaeke


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County meetings aren't for spreading gossip & idle speculation

To The Daily Sun,

At a Belknap Commissioners' meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 3, Commissioner DeVoy stated that people who allegedly made
inaccurate comments about Commissioner Taylor's advocacy for a new tax were associated with the "Burchell/Smolin" campaign.

I support Mr. Smolin, but our campaigns are in no way linked. By his willingness to smear me with no evidence, Mr. DeVoy does precisely what he accuses others of doing, viz., making a statement with no facts to support it.

Commission meetings should be a public forum for deciding public policy and not an opportunity to pursue gossip or for idle speculation.

Dick Burchell
Belknap Commissioner, District 2



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