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The founders chose to ban the establishment of a national religion

To The Daily Sun,

I see Alan Vervaeke is bringing up the old liberal theory that the founders were not Christians. Let me first say that all Christians are deists, but not all deists are Christians. But to Alan's point, which I believe is nonsense, given that all Europe was and had been a Christian world for about 1,000 years or so.

Now all our founders were derived from that culture and were religious to various degrees and that would be Christians. Otherwise, why all the references to God, or the supreme power, etc. in their writings?

Alan wants to split some fine hairs in order to make the argument that religion should have no voice, regard or consideration in our government. Well actually, however (what) one chooses to believe regarding the deity when the Constitution was written, the founders chose to ban the government from founding a national religion. They never banned religion from having a voice or participation in government, which is what Alan is trying to say is the case, I believe.

Sorry Alan, you're not going to shut down, ban or otherwise silence the voices of Christians because they disagree with your political views. Live with it.

Steve Earle


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If you, too, care about women's rights, please vote for Hassan

To The Daily Sun,

One of the most important issues compelling my vote for Maggie Hassan for the U.S. Senate is her unwavering support of women's rights, and her opponent's apparent opposition. For example, as governor, Maggie Hassan signed New Hampshire's Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure that women receive equal pay for equal work. In the U.S. Senate, Kelly Ayotte voted against a similar bill.

Gov. Hassan has also consistently supported women's access to contraception, earning the endorsement of Planned Parenthood, a group that, in addition to upholding the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade giving women the right to decide whether or not to terminate a pregnancy, also provides thousands of New Hampshire women with critical health services, including cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment, and birth control. Sen. Ayotte has repeatedly voted to deny all federal funds to Planned Parenthood, and has called for overturning Roe v. Wade.

Kelly Ayotte plans to write-in Mike Pence for president on her ballot. Like her, Pence wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. He has fought to restrict women's reproductive rights, both in Congress and as governor of Indiana where his cut in funding for Planned Parenthood led to closure of its HIV-testing centers and a subsequent HIV outbreak.

If you, too, care about women's rights, cast your ballot on Nov. 8 for Maggie Hassan for U.S. Senate.

Nancy Starmer

Center Sandwich


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