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Isn't it ironic? Trump has made name-calling the base of his campaign

To The Daily Sun,

In a letter published on Sept. 15, Jim Mayotte declared himself and his wife to be "deplorables." As Secretary Clinton was incorrectly "grossly generalistic" in her statement, perhaps Mr. Mayotte and other letter submitters are also doing the same in inferring that she called anyone who supports Mr. Trump a deplorable.

Her quote was, "You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump's supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophopic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you name it. And unfortunately there are people like that. And he has lifted them up."

She did not call every supporter of Mr. Trump a deplorable. Perhaps Mr. Mayotte wishes to self-identify as a racist, or a sexist, or a homophopic, or a xenophobic or an Islamaphobic, but that is his choice.

Many people supporting Mr. Trump are very forthright in self-identifying as proudly having one or more of these biases and say they support him because he verbalizes these biases and will act to minimalize the groups of people they have these biases against. Yet there are also Trump supporters who do not share these biases and they do not feel that Secretary Clinton's comment reflects on them. It is not being a supporter of Mr. Trump that she considers deplorable but rather it is acting against and demonizing groups of people based on one or more of these biases that she considers deplorable.

Mr. Trump has made name-calling a cornerstone of his campaign, both in the primary process against his challengers and their supporters and now against Secretary Clinton and her supporters. So I find it ironic that Trump supporters, who delight at his name-calling toward others, now are surprised that someone might direct name-calling their way. Perhaps it will give his supporters some appreciation for and understanding of the way so many feel degraded by Mr. Trump's unrelenting name-calling being directed at them day after day.

And Mr. Mayotte, many of them are veterans as well.

Denise Doyle


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Lots of ways, big & small, you can help the Clinton/Kaine campaign

To The Daily Sun,

This is an invitation.

"It takes a village to raise a child" is an old African proverb and the title of a book written by Hillary Rodham Clinton. These words should speak volumes to all of us.

Are you among the many of us who support Secretary Clinton in her run for president of the United States? Are you among those who find Donald Trump a very scary candidate for that office? Are you even one of those who are not sure about supporting Hillary but definitely find Donald to be totally non-presidential in his personal behavior and lack of knowledge of what's involved in running this country?

It's going to take this village and those all over this country all working toward a safer, healthier, more secure country in which to raise our children and grandchildren ... not just a few people ... the whole village.

So here's an invitation to everyone in the village. You can each play a part in seeing that Hillary Rodham Clinton is elected to the office of president of the United States this November. Or, if you prefer, that Donald Trump is not elected.

Most of us become very squeamish when asked to help in this grassroots efforts. Here's the good news. There are plenty of things you can do to help that does not involve making phone calls. Nor do they involve hours and hours and hours of volunteer work.

Some of the ways in which you can help are:

— Stop in at your local Democratic Campaign office ... here in Laconia that's on Beacon Street West ... a few doors down from Hector's Restaurant.

— Display a CLINTON/KAINE yard sign where those passing by will be reminded of the importance of this year's elections.

— Place a CLINTON/KAINE bumper sticker on your car.

— Make an effort to attend one of the upcoming events to support our candidates.

— Call the Campaign office ... locally at 1-502-417-1591 to speak with Chris McKenna our local organizer. Chris will gladly help you find the best fit in how you can help.

— Take our phone calls ... we know they are sometimes annoying, but sometimes they are to invite you to an upcoming event such as the recent visit to our area by Tim Kaine and his wife, Anne Holton. They are, however, important.

— Let us know if you could possibly house out-of-town campaigners for a night or for a longer period.

There are many small ways in which you, too, can help elect Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine. Or, as I said earlier, help defeat Donald Trump. Just drop in or call us.

On a personal level, the part I like about participating in this campaign is knowing that I don't have to argue with the opposition. I don't have to resort to the kind of language Trump himself uses. I only need to know my own story, to know why it's important to me that we have an experienced and devoted president. If asked, I'll gladly share my story. But I don't argue.

What is your story? Is it important enough to you for you to be part of the village? Share it with others or just know it for yourself. We all have a stake in this election. Opting out by not voting is not an option ... that only helps the opposition. Please join us. We would love to have you.

Linda A. Boucher


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