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Trump is a minority winner; absurd to think there's a mandate

To The Daily Sun,

While the newspaper columnists and TV pundits are having a field day scape-goating Hillary Clinton for their own miscalculations, I am thinking that she will go down in history as having run a hard-fought, clean campaign, whereas Trump will go down as having fought the dirtiest, meanest campaign in modern (if not all) history.

Moreover, since she won the popular vote by a considerable margin, Trump is in fact a minority winner — and the idea that he got a "mandate" is absurd and ludicrous. George W. Bush was a minority winner also, and (he) got us Iraq, Afghanistan, and a serious recession. It remains to be seen what Trump will get us.

Richard B. Davis


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I will never allow my beloved country to be diminished by fear

To The Daily Sun,

Sure, go ahead and call me a naive, optimistic, grass-is-always-greener, smell-the-roses, the sun will come up tomorrow, always hopeful sap. Yes. I am. But I will not give up on the basic tenets that this country of ours was born from. No religious tests. All men (and women) are created equal. Innocent until proven guilty. Secular federal and local governments. The great melting pot. No official language. A right to choice.

I believe in what is engraved on the Statue of Liberty — the Mother of Exiles. It isn't just a statue or a place to visit. It is the raison d'etre of the United States. To whit:

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
"Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries she
With silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

That is who we as a country are. That is why ISIS and communists and all manner of extremists hate us. Because we offer the promise of a life that those others can't. We are the United States of America and if you offer anything less than that entire promise, then you do not grasp what it means to be American. And anyone who seeks to diminish that is not fit to be president. I love my friends and people in general, but I love my country more and will never allow it to be diminished by anyone's fear. Especially not by frightened old white people like Steve and Don and Jim and Tony and Linda and Rosemary. You all stink of fear, which is why you voted for President-elect Trump.

So for those of you who stand in direct contradiction to the meaning of "American," then I will call you out every single day. I will counter your every move. I will shout from the mountaintops. And I will do everything in my power to maintain New Hampshire as not a red or blue state, but an American one.

Alan Vervaeke


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