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Steve Earle’s letters are, at times, a bit hard to swallow

To The Daily Sun,
I do not know you, Steve Earle, so I will not pass judgment on you, but I find your letters at times a bit to hard to swallow. You cannot simply put an entire race or religion in one lump sum. It is not political correct, morally right, or just simply kind.
I grew up in the city and I had many friends who were of all different colors and religions. They were my friends and I cherished them as such. I understand some of what you are expressing; sadly I do. I have seen it before growing up, but I never got the full picture of that “hate and fear” until I got older.
I, too, fell into that belief and fear on a few occasions and it was wrong. I was wrong. Not all Muslims are terrorists, not all African Americans are murderers, not all Hispanics are lazy, not all Chinese want our jobs, and the list could go on. But, you get my point, I am sure. Sadly, it takes a few bad apples to ruin the bunch, remember that old saying?! Well, your mother was right. You, sir, are wrong in my book. Please don’t try to label me as a bleeding heart liberal, because I can assure you I am not.
I believe in right and wrong. I believe in fairness and equality. I also believe in swift hard punishment for justice. Some may not like that belief; I do not care. I feel the punishment should fit the crime. I hope in my next life to come back as a Texas judge. How’s that for a bleeding heart syndrome?
I, too, am sick of the free rides and whining by many, including a lot of whites. Yes, the whites (that would be us) are just as bad as any group you many toss under the bus.
You like statics and quotes. Look up our past history. We are not so squeaky clean throughout it. We to have done some pretty awful stuff to each other and many, many others for the past few centuries. And it will continue if people such as yourself and others continue to do, say, and believe it to be so. I cannot believe, nor understand, all the hate that is out in this world right now. It is saddening and fearful. So much poverty, sickness, sadness, and yet we hate each other more and more as the years go by.
And global warming is happening. Look out your window. I believe the Earth is changing as it has done many times before. I think it is part of nature, but I also believe it is happening at a faster rate due to our own misuse of this planet. We are a greedy, needy bunch globally and now we are seeing what we have caused and some do not care or want to believe it. But, it is happening and hopefully we can all help slow it down for future generations. The damage will never just go away.
I know you love Trump. I do not. But he is the next president and none of this nonsense others are trying will stop that fact. I never cared which party won. I just wanted a good honest person in office. I hope he will not make a fool of this country or cause us to go to war. I hope he helps the economy and keeps more jobs here for us all. And not just for his rich buddies and himself to get richer.
The presidency is not a joke. Being a president is not a “whim” thing. I hope he lives up to all your exceptions and I pray he does not live up to my doubts, fears, and concerns.
I guess that is all from me. I hope you have a peaceful 2017 Mr. Earle.
Denise C. Burke

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I was upset to see my brother’s name on list of homeless people

To The Daily Sun,

I was very upset to read the name of my brother included in the list of homeless people remembered in the Dec. 21 vigil in Veterans Square.

Steven Jacques was not homeless. He had lived in a two bedroom apartment on Union Avenue since October 2014. It was furnished by me and family members. All of his expenses for the full two years were also covered by the family. He was far from homeless.

"Lists" provided by charitable organizations should be verified accurate before being used.

Janet Stitt

Center Harbor

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