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Here are some real facts about the 8 years of Obama's presidency

To The Daily Sun,

In response to Tony Boutin's letter of Dec. 17, I have to wonder if he actually ever tries to be factual. Of course, facts never get in the way of the members of the old white men club that regularly write to this paper, trying to convince everyone that up is really down and stupid is really smart.

Here are some real facts about the Obama years:

In 2009, the economy was losing 800,000 jobs per month. Today, 15.6 million jobs have been created in the last 81 months.

The budget deficit as a percentage of GDP was a whopping 10 percent when Bush left office. At the end of 2015, it was 2.4 percent, lower than the average for the past 40 years.

In 2009 the unemployment rate peaked at a staggering 10 percent. Today, it is at 4.6 percent.

The rate of health care uninsured in 2009 was 15.4 percent. Today, it is 8.9 percent.

In 2009, there were 180,000 troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. Today there are 15,000.
And yes, the stock market has done quite well under the Obama administration.

Boutin's claim that it has nothing to do with a strong economy is nothing more than ignorant right-wing pabulum meant to continue to feed the masses of those that look and think just like him.

One more fact: In 2009, there were only four states with marriage equality. Today there are 50.

When I read letters like Boutin's that ignore real facts and rely only on rather ignorant statements about Democrats and the left, and many other things, I automatically discount it because of the source. I suspect many others do as well.

Carol Stappi

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Piper Mountain conservation effort needs to raise $20k right now

To The Daily Sun,

The Lakes Region Conservation Trust (LRCT) and the Gilford Conservation Commission would like to extend a huge thank you to all who have donated to purchase and conserve Piper Mountain in Gilford that includes the summit and 273 acres. Visitors from every New England state, New York, and as far away as Ohio and California as well as many locals have contributed, understanding the importance and value of this exceptional property. Unfortunately, we are still approximately $40,000 shy and we are literally down to the wire and must raise that amount hopefully by the end of the year.

Fortunately, the Lakes Region Conservation Trust was able to procure a challenge grant last week of $20,000 from the Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation. That means that the Foundation will match every dollar raised up to $20,000! We are appealing to all hikers, nature lovers, Belknap residents and visitors to our beautiful Belknaps to please consider giving whatever you can. If you consider this to be a worthy cause, please donate now. We are pleading for your help. Saving Piper would be the best Christmas gift for hundreds of people and a gift that would last forever. You may send a check for your tax deductible donation made out to the Town of Gilford Conservation Fund, 47 Cherry Valley Road, Gilford, NH 03249 with a notation in the memo section of the check for Piper Mountain. You may also donate online to LRCT at www.lrct.org, click on Donate Now. Under special purpose for your donation, and select Piper Mountain Project.

Everett McLaughlin, Chair

Gilford Land Conservation Task Force

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