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Perhaps an apology is in order from all those birthers & naysayers

To The Daily Sun,

"The candidate is a natural born citizen by virtue of being born in Canada to his mother, who was an American citizen at the time of his birth." So declared Pennsylvania Senior Judge Dan Pellegrini concerning the citizenship of one of this year's Republican presidential candidates. The judge also referred to an article in the Harvard Law Review to support his decision.

Rafael Theodore Cruz (for some reason, he dropped his birth name) was born in Calgary, Canada, to an American mother and a Cuban father. He had dual citizenship until May 2014, when he decided (for some reason) to renounce his Canadian citizenship. He graduated cum laude from Princeton University, and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review.

In 2013, he was elected to his first national office as a senator from Texas. Barack Hussein Obama was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, to an American mother and an African father. According to "birthers," he apparently was not an American citizen. He graduated magna cum laude (better than cum laude, but naysayers clamored for his transcripts) from Columbia University, and was also editor of the Harvard Law Review.

In 2005, he was elected to his first national office as a senator from Illinois. According to those naysayers, he did not have adequate experience by 2008 for the presidency, although now Mr. Cruz does (?).

Side note: from 1847 until 1849, Abraham Lincoln served in the U.S. House, and then was out of national office until being elected president in 1860 (probably a lack of adequate experience, according to the naysayers). Apparently the judge's ruling that being born to an American mother is a qualification for U.S. citizenship, and should settle any doubts concerning president Obama's citizenship. Of course, racial biases were never a factor!

Perhaps an apology to President Obama is in order from all those birthers and naysayers.

Frank M. Weeks

Gilmanton Iron Works

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Petition circulating to call a special town meeting in Moultonborough

To The Daily Sun,

There is a petition in Moultonborough for a special Town Meeting. This is not a "communications" meeting, as has been held in years past. This is a formal Town Meeting, just like the annual meeting, except no appropriations or budget, which would require Superior Court approval. The annual March meeting will handle appropriations and budget.

Article 1 is to rehabilitate and update the property bought by the town in 2007 from the Lions Club, for $495,000, with a user-agreement. It is used as a Community Center, and is still used by the Lions, as well. This is not to be confused with the $6.4 million Community Center fiasco, overwhelmingly defeated at the 2016 annual Town meeting.

Article 2 is to create a "green" Town Common — or park — with the town-owned property known as the Taylor property. It is presently sitting idle. The town paid $275,000 for it, and is located, village-centered, to attract new businesses and residents, as well as current businesses and young and not-so-young residents.

A summer meeting will allow "snow birds," and other residents, to vote who cannot be at the annual March Town meeting, to otherwise, vote on articles. They could, if Moultonborough was an SB-2 town, which it is not. The absentee ballots cannot, statutorily, include the articles.

Here is a link to the petition:

Moultonborough residents, please download, print, fill out, and slow-mail the petition to the address at the bottom of the petition. Or, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and a PDF or Word attachment of the petition, will be sent to you.

Joe Cormier


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