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U.S. had 3,000 people killed on 9/11 & there was no martial law

To The Daily Sun,

Last Thursday there was a ceremony in Manchester where a group of immigrants became Americans. Now this may not seem much to most of you, but one of these people is a friend of mine. He was telling me about the things he had to go through to get to this point. I knew all of this because I went through this 35 years ago with my first wife, who was French. I was thinking about all the bureaucratic machinations that he had to go through. Some were easy and some not so. Then I thought the most difficult decision he had to make was to take the first step. To consciously make the decision to pack your bags, leave the country of you birth, the life you had there, all in search of a better life in America.

I was in the military for a while and I was stationed in Europe a couple of times. Fortunately for me I was not a barracks rat, I traveled extensively throughout Europe while I was there, both as a single guy and later as a married man. I met some wonderful people and saw some amazing things, none of which I would trade for all the gold on Wall Street. What I saw first hand was the freedoms that we as Americans have as compared to the rest of the world.

My new American friend and I have talked about this many, many times. We are in agreement that the average American does not have the slightest idea what real freedoms Americans actually have. The tragedy in France is a perfect example. More that a 120 people were massacred by eight radical Islamic terrorist thugs. France's answer was to declare martial law and suspend certain rights for the average French citizen. We fought a revolution 240 years ago over this same issue, the British army forcing their way into colonial homes.

We had over 3,000 people massacred during 9/11 by another group of radical Islamic thugs and the U.S. did not declare martial law and suspend any rights. Reagan was right! We live in a shinning city on a hill and this is the reason people from all over the world come here seeking freedom.

So to my friend, congratulations — American!

Martin Kearney


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Let's all work the remove the stigma of this disease — addiction

To The Daily Sun,

My holiday wish would be to remove the word "stigma" from our discussion of alcoholism and addiction. Family members who live with an addicted son or daughter are reluctant to seek help because of the "stigma!" No one wants to admit that there is addiction in their family.

No one wants to admit that their son or daughter is sticking a needle into their arm.

I talk with family members who try to find a reason, not a cure. They tell me that the reason their son is addicted is because his grandfather was a heavy drinker. Or they tell me that their daughter is using heroin because her boyfriend got her started. Or they try to convince me that the reason their husband is drinking is because he was abused as a child.

None of those excuses will remove the problem. The problem is a disease! If the disease is here now, today, we need to look at solutions, here, now, today. We need to come to terms with the fact that "addiction is a disease."

It doesn't matter what someone is drinking or using.

It doesn't matter how much someone is drinking or using.

It doesn't matter how often someone is drinking or using.

The question is "How do we stop them from going back to this thing that will kill them."

And, the disease of addiction kills.

When communities host townwide forums to discuss options for addicts, the people who show up are teachers, police, and clergy. There are representatives from recovery centers, and there are members from support groups. But very few parents or family members show up.

They don't show up because of the "stigma" of addiction.

Let's work together to remove the "stigma" of this disease. I would encourage people to put their pride aside. Go out and talk to other family members. Talk to neighbors who have been there, to teachers, to police, and to folks in the recovery community. I would encourage people to say: "There is a problem in my family! The problem is addiction! What can I do, to help the addict or alcoholic in my family? Now!"

Doug Smith


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