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People, remember, we all bleed the same color

To The Daily Sun,

All people remember that we bleed the same color

Only love can unite like blue Stars and Stripes.

For a land torn by rhetoric from those who want power

Than arms wrapped around our sisters and brother

People remember we still bleed the same color

And want home, love and family

A good job and safe life.

Lay down arms for some peace and get off of the streets

People remember we all bleed the same color.

Black lives matter for sure and Native and White, for Latin and East — and all refugees free

People remember that we All bleed the same color.

But those who have privilege from years of of acceptance

Must know to reach toward those often rejected

And freed long ago in in times just like these.

But history repeats often in tears

When we forget once again to remember that people ALL bleed the same color.

Sandra Ringelstein

Moultonborough

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The case of Hillary & her email, the truth must yield to politics

To The Daily Sun,

FBI Director James Comey has recommended that the Department of Justice not pursue any criminal charges against Hillary Clinton in regard to her handling of highly sensitive and classified material while serving as Secretary of State under President Obama. Attorney General Loretta Lynch quickly affirmed that no prosecution would be forthcoming.

Now Hillary supporters are more than eager to move on claiming that this action proves that there was nothing to all this fuss in the first place. This is a totally false assumption. This is not what the more than year-long intense FBI investigation revealed. And this is not what FBI Director Comey clearly related in his briefing to the public. What becomes transparently clear is that Hillary Clinton gets the privilege of a political pass.

According to the FBI report, Hillary Rodham Clinton will not be held accountable for her repeated violations of Federal Code 18 US Code Sec 793 (f). Because of the seriousness of protecting our nation's sensitive and classified material, the statute's subsection (f) criminalizes "gross negligence" in the gathering, transmitting or losing sensitive defense information, and is punishable by fine or imprisonment of not more than 10 years, or both. The term used by Director Comey was "extreme carelessness," a substitute for the term "gross negligence."

This substitution of equally incriminating words transparently attempts to circumvent the exact wording that criminalizes such handling of classified materials. In any case, Secretary Clinton displayed a complete lack of judgment in using several personal servers in the course of transmitting and receiving classified and sensitive material.

Considering the evidence gathered but still failing to indict, the Justice Department must disregard the statute as to content and intent. In order to give Hillary a pass, the statute must be set aside on the grounds that Hillary did not intend to do anything wrong, but this concept is not a concept that is written into the statue. We must all be held accountable for actions of carelessness and negligence regardless of intent. Particularly when the security of our nation is involved.

Former Secretary of State Clinton insisted repeatedly over time that there was never any classified information passed via the personal email system she used while in office. This is an incredibly blatant impossibility to assume that as Secretary of State over several years that she handled zero classified communications via her email. The FBI investigation indeed found to the contrary that there were eight email chains that were handled by Secretary Clinton that were classified as top secret when sent and received via her private server(s). Also found were 36 chains containing secret communications and eight classified as confidential. Hillary and the government functionaries involved should have known that an unsecure personal email system was no place for such communications.

Also, given a pass by Clinton supporters are Hillary's many repeated prevarications of the truth over time concerning this matter. But it is obvious that she was able to convince the liberal press and many others that she was telling the truth when she was not. But in this case truth must yield to political expediency. There was never any chance that the FBI would recommend an indictment or that the Department of Justice under Attorney General Lynch would ever prosecute Hillary Clinton under any circumstance. Under the watchful eye of the Obama Administration, Hillary gets a political pass.

George Brunstad
Meredith

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