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We need lawmakers committed to fighting our addication problem

To The Daily Sun,

Laconia set a shining example last week as its leaders — Police Chief Chris Adams, Officer Eric Adams, Horizons Counseling's Jacqui Abikoff, Stand Up Laconia's many representatives, and state Sen. Andrew Hosmer — described the city's innovative leadership in combating addiction to presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin. The city is a model that others follow in reforming policing, offering peer mentoring and providing a supportive recovery community.

Those assembled at the Boys and Girls Club also heard two stories of a system that has failed, resulting in heartbreaking loss for two families. All of us in the room were moved by these parents' bravery and huge losses.

Hillary Clinton described to those in attendance her plan to combat drug and alcohol addiction and meet mental health needs, a plan developed in response to the needs she heard outlined in her first visits to New Hampshire on the campaign trail. All the speakers outlined the same needs: recovery centers, mental health beds, school partnerships.

The requirement that all these proposals have in common is one thing: adequate funding. We must keep in mind that our legislature's Republican leadership routinely rejects federal funding — even when it is free as in the case of Medicaid expansion — or presents budgets that cut the very services every single speaker cited as critical in the fight against addiction. When school budgets are cut, drug counselors get cut. When the state budget stalemate was on hold, 10 mental health beds at New Hampshire Hospital were on hold.

Hillary Clinton's laudable plan to fight addiction in New Hampshire and beyond will not get far here unless we elect legislators all the way down the ticket who want to fight this problem where it starts: in our schools, on our streets and through our health care delivery system. In a presidential election year, please remember that your candidate cannot get her agenda implemented without support from your representatives in Congress, at the statehouse and at the county level. It is up to New Hampshire voters to make sure her plan has a chance to succeed.

Kate Miller

Laconia

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Maybe we need to take a look at our country & fix from within

To The Daily Sun,

I cannot believe the letters I've been reading in The Sun over the last few months. It is shocking that so many who live in this amazing state with the motto "Live Free or Die" can be so narrow-minded. How have people become so ignorant?

We are so quick to throw the blame on everyone else and to label whole groups of people because of the actions of a few. A foreigner with a different color skin commits an act of terrorism. Now all non-white foreigners are terrorists. I have a friend who is a doctor. He's from Pakistan. I don't think he's going to blow me up.

An illegal immigrant is arrested for smuggling drugs across the border. Now every Hispanic person is a drug dealer. Many of my friends are Spanish, but I don't do drugs and nor do they.

A black person is black so he must be bad in some way. My co-worker is black but I can't find one bad thing about him.

Racism remains everywhere in this country. We may of abolished slavery but now it comes in the form of inequality. If I was a black person I would imagine I'd be pretty upset, too.

When I get pulled over by the police I don't ever think that I'm going to get shot. How about you? Do we really think that everyone in this country gets the same chance as everyone else?

Why is Donald Trump leading in the polls? He is a form of racism. What he says out loud is obviously stirring in the guts of many of us. We blame everyone else for the positions we're in because it's the easiest way.

Don't get me wrong, America is still the best country in the world, but maybe we need to take a look at ourselves and fix what is wrong from within. Then, and only then will we be able to speak up. Hopefully what we have to say is that we're all equal. no one is better than anyone else. It's us against the world. We should all have each others backs instead of constantly trying to stab each other in the back. I don't think we want our state motto to say "live free or die, if you're white".

Todd Welch

Tilton

 

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