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Issue that divides us today is not slavery but rapid desire for power

To The Daily Sun,

Party before country . . .

Each day seems to bring more calls from Democrat leaders for another investigation. Each day seems to bring more stalling and more obstruction by Democrat leaders in their efforts to delay the installation of the presidential appointments necessary to effectively manage the country. Each day seems to bring more exploitation of unfounded rumors, treating them as fact for political gain. Each day seems to show that professional politicians care more for retaining and growing their political power than they care for the good of the republic. Each day seems to show a Democrat willingness to impede and obstruct every effort to govern by Republican leadership.

In June of 1858, in accepting the Republican Party's nomination as candidate for the Senate from Illinois, Abraham Lincoln gave his famous speech: "A house divided cannot stand". In that speech he said: "A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward till it shall become alike lawful in all the states, old as well as new, North as well as South."
Lincoln was addressing the nation's division over slavery and that there could be no middle ground. The nation would either remain united or it would fail.

The issue that divides us today is not slavery, it is the rabid desire for, and effort to, retain political power. Some are willing to put the nation at risk to achieve that end.

We continue hear some self-righteous Democrat politicians continue droning on about the Russians interfering with the election. While most people experts acknowledge that whatever interference the Russians had did not affect the outcome of the election, the left seems to want to use that involvement to tar President Trump. Lost in their carping is the fact that whatever was done by Russia, was done during the administration of President Obama,and whatever happened can be attributed to that administration's malfeasance.
It has been shown that the Republican National Committee took the steps necessary to thwart efforts of the Russians to "hack" into their email systems. But, the Democratic National Committee did not take similar precautions and their systems were "hacked." Those hacks revealed significant underhanded actions by the Democrat Party leadership, some in collusion with press. Rather than step up and acknowledge their malfeasance and wrong-doings, the Democrats continue to deflect the public from their actions by attacking the incoming administration.

President Trump gave an excellent address to the joint session of Congress. He called for unity and cooperation to address the issues facing our nation. Democrats seem to be unwilling to do so. As Abraham Lincoln said, "A house divided against itself cannot stand."

Bob Meade

Laconia

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Year-Round Library lovers need to heal this division, not make it worse

To The Daily Sun,

Recently, two letter writers, supporters of Gilmanton Year-Round Library town funding, both suggested to me that it's "better to light a candle, than to curse the darkness." Meaning, that I should help find solutions to problems, rather than just complain about them. It took me a few minutes, but I began to realize that these two individuals have no idea what the problem is. They believe the problem is how to fund a library. However, I see the problem differently. I thought then, a candle-lighting demonstration, as they suggested, would be the perfect way to demonstrate what, in fact, the problem really is.

So let's begin. Let's light that candle. With that candle, we'll enter a dark room. As we enter that room, we'll step closer to the walls. We'll hold the candle high, and examine the walls carefully. Understand that what we see on these walls, we have not brought into the room with us. We are simply holding a light to them, and describing what we see.

On the nearest wall, we see a document. I move the light across it. It's familiar to me. It's drawn up almost as a contract would be. I hold the candle closer, and begin reading. The meaning of the words are clear: "give us your money, and we will build you a library and run it on an endowment." It's a fundraising brochure.

I move the candle to the right. Another document comes into view. It's a transcript from a PBS broadcast. The host is reading from the same brochure, "raise an endowment to support the operation of the library." A guest on the broadcast speaks up, suggesting that, in fact, a contract has been broken, that people who gave money, and time, were misled.

We step further to our right. We move back. I hold the candle above my head, moving it slowly from left to right. Newspaper clippings. Everywhere. I move closer. The light from the candle is just enough to see that they all seem to say the same thing: "No cost to the town — no taxpayer's money." There are many.

On the next wall, letters, and what appear to be minutes from public meetings. There are quotes from local papers. One person apologizes to her friends for involving them. She feels cheated. Lied to, even. Another person shares that he and his whole family were involved, giving money and time — and now they regret it. Another, a major contributor, writes, "I was assured the taxpayers would never be burdened, they are breaking their word." Another stands at a selectmen's meeting, "we could have raised that endowment; could have found a benefactor; they stopped us — they should be held accountable." Another, speaking at town meeting, shares, "the only reason my wife and I gave and helped out, was that we were told that no taxes would ever be involved." Another, a selectman: "You're going to have a hard time convincing people you didn't make a promise." And then others, so many others, all seeming to say the same thing: "I was there. In the beginning. They told us that no taxes would ever be involved ... ever ... I was there!"

We've seen enough. Let's leave this room. It's time to blow out the candle. Let's see the problem, as it truly is: that it isn't a library, or any institution, for that matter, that holds a community together. It is values. The values of trust and integrity. That it's okay to make mistakes, but when we do, we must be accountable for them. The problem for Gilmanton is not funding the GYRL — that was accomplished last year, easily, without taxes. The problem is, that when a trust is broken, it causes a division. A division in Gilmanton, not contrived or imagined, as these letter-writers suggest, but very real.

Gilmanton taxpayers: Vote "No" on Article 23. Allow the GYRL board an opportunity to return to serious fundraising, and heal that division ... not make it worse.

Al Blake
Gilmanton

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