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Our solicalizing time at the Sanbornton dump has disappeared

To The Daily Sun,

Sanbornton is a quaint, small community of rural people. It always has been and if the populace continues as it is, it always will be. However, things are changing in our little town.

The planners are afraid of being sued by contractors who want us to have more workforce housing. But we have sufficient housing, so they won't be suing us anytime soon. Why bring in federal government grants to pay for things we don't need? Nothing the government does is free. We will have to pay back in loss of freedoms eventually, as the federal government wants more and more power. Look at it. When we moved here almost 40 years ago, certain permits were needed for various enterprises, of course. We can't have unplanned growth, or uncontrolled sprawl. But the rules are getting tighter and tighter.

Even the state government is getting involved in our little town. Water rights are being squeezed. Under a little-known program instituted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development called Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH), communities and even an entire state have formally ceded a major portion of their economic development and planning rights to the federal government. Our state has a regional water authority, instituted by Gov. John Lynch in 2011.

The program names are different, but the situation is the same in every state: Un-elected regional councils are usurping local control over property rights, and educational rights too. Learn about the takeover of all water in the U.S., or the WOTUS:
http://www.cfact.org/2015/08/20/wotus-who-do-you-trust-with-your-water-after-epas-toxic-spill/

Twenty-nine states have filed lawsuits against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for redefining the "Waters of the United State"," or WOTUS, erasing "navigable" and usurping states' rights by including local seasonal streams, farm irrigation ponds, roadside ditches, and even "connective" dry lands placed under authority of the Clean Water Act:
http://www.cfact.org/2015/07/22/environmental-protection-agency-flooded-with-lawsuits-over-controversial-water-rule/ For more information regarding the above, check out GraniteStateFutures.com.

And now, it is our recycling center. What's happening to Sanbornton? Saturdays are social days at the recycling center (dump). People bring in objects that are good, and take other things, and there's a great exchange all around, including clothes, books, children's toys, and kitchen and household items. And we see residents we haven't seen in a while. Now in one fell swoop, the insurance company comes in and wipes it all away. Someone may sue the town for (what?). So all of our social draw has suddenly disappeared. I was told if it were reinstated, it wouldn't be done until next March. What? One day to destroy it all, and six months to revive it? Rachel Paige is working on a petition to the selectboard for townspeople to sign. Sanbornton residents, sign it. It's part of who we are.

Peggy Graham
Sanbornton

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Mr. Cracraft has done injustice to trust placed in him by Sun

To The Daily Sun,

As I sit in the local Dunkin' Donuts reading E. Scott Cracraft's recent column posing the question "What Would Jesus Do?" I find myself compelled to answer Mr. Cracraft with some simple truth according to Jesus in some instances, and according to accepted interpretations of Jesus's actions. I agree with Mr. Cracraft that Jesus was a man of integrity, compassion, love and mercy but disagree with some of the assumptions that Mr. Cracraft has managed to graft into the purpose of Jesus's mission. Jesus was not, I would argue, on a mission of "social justice", as Mr. Cracraft seems to imply. The temporary ruthless and oppressive rule of the Roman Empire was not the primary issue.

Throughout the Gospels, Jesus dealt with the issue of reconciliation between God and mankind and even instructed His followers to "give to Caesar what is Caesars". . . .you know the rest. Mr. Cracraft has incorporated a plethora of social issues in his column ranging from immigration to abortion and somehow tied in the so-called "Tea Party" Christians as the self righteous antagonists. Let's all remind ourselves that Jesus also instructed all of us to be careful with "bearing false witness" against one another. It seems that in today's political climate anyone who takes an opposing view is something other than a "worthy opponent" but now is to be vilified for their "hateful and mean-spirited" view. We know who the accuser is, and he is in our midst today.

On the issue of abortion Mr. Cracraft takes the favorite weapon of the pro-abortion clan, the rape victim, in this case a 12-year-old rape victim and insinuates, later in his collective misrepresentations, that there is no room for compassion in the hearts of Evangelical Christians. I am wondering, Mr. Cracraft, what percentage of the thousands of abortions performed here in the U.S., in just the last 12 months, have been the result of rape versus the percentage performed "on demand" under the guise of women's health. Rape is a criminal matter, Mr. Cracraft, and if there are as many rapists running around as there are human beings being aborted, then the prisons need to be severely enlarged.

Legal immigration among nations has always meant to be an orderly process whereby the host nation gets to decide who is eligible to immigrate into their midst. Today's massive immigration challenge here in the U.S. is not the sole responsibility of misguided U.S. policy, but rather the result of decades of unrepentant corruption in the various Latin American governments who have refused to provide the necessary climate for prosperity for their citizens. All that being said, it is clear that the only way to meet the illegal immigration problems that face us must include compassion and wisdom. Today there is an overabundance of our population on food stamps and other subsistence programs and Jesus would definitely instruct us to meet the needs of those in need as He said "the poor will always be with you". But He never implied that we should support such a large segment of the general population with programs that drain our treasury at both the national and state levels. Somehow, we are caught up in a whirlwind of "free stuff" and anyone who offers an opposing view is shouted down as "mean-spirited."

Mr. Cracraft has, in my opinion, done an injustice to the trust given to him by The Laconia Daily Sun and especially the citizens who read the columns, in his failure to write a well thought-out article, in this case, that could lead to productive discourse among persons who express deep concern for the problems confronting us today. Instead he has chosen, apparently with editorial approval, to continue the business of inflammatory rhetoric that only furthers the divide among the citizenry.

I am not writing this letter in defense of the Christian worldview but merely to point out that the type of misleading rhetoric that Mr. Cracraft is dispensing in his column is inaccurate and unproductive. Hopefully someone at The Daily Sun will instruct Mr. Cracraft on the merits of insightful editorializing. Or maybe he can take a course at the community college up the street and get a better grade than "F," which he earned with his latest column.

Joe Higgins
Laconia

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