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Establishment Democrat & Republican officials are out of control

To The Daily Sun,

On September 11, 2015, Americans remembered the attacks of 14 years ago and mourned the nearly 3000 Americans who died that day and the thousands of others who died or otherwise sacrificed as a result of the terrorist attacks. I thank the American Legion Post 33, Senator Forrester, other participants, and the attendees for the moving memorial ceremony in Meredith.
All the pain from 9/11/01 and related activities should have taught, really re-taught, Americans some reality lessons. While we want and pursue peace, others may war against us, even if we deny it. Failure to respond to terrorism is seen as weakness. Appeasement is seen as weakness. Weakness (whether military, leadership, financial, or lack of will, etc.) invites aggression. And, yes, there really are people who want to kill Americans.
Fourteen years later, we are ignoring these lessons. Enemies of freedom, e.g., Russian, China, radical Islam, and Iran, are building their militaries and becoming more aggressive. President Obama's agreement with Iran, eliminating sanctions and providing $100 billion, just strengthens and emboldens this enemy that cries, "Death to America" and promises the elimination of Israel within 25 years. Even the Obama administration admits that Iran violates agreements and will probably violate this one.
Many 9/11/2001 hijackers violated their visas. Yet, we have done nothing to protect ourselves from visa violators or people entering our country illegally. We accept hundreds of thousands of immigrants, students, refugees, and others from countries that hate us, and many believe in an ideology that is incompatible with our Constitution, laws, customs, freedoms, and tolerant way of life. The FBI acknowledges that it's impossible to vet these people (although ISIS promises to infiltrate terrorists among them), that there are terrorist investigations in all 50 states, and that some of these people have already committed terrorist acts against us.
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen indicated that "The most significant threat to our national security is our (national) debt." (http://goo.gl/9e5Afs) Yet our national debt is increasing by $500 to $600 Billion annually for the foreseeable future. (http://goo.gl/8Ab621)
The interest on our national debt is approximately $400 billion annually at today's (temporarily) extremely low interest rate (https://goo.gl/2Pm0Da). A return to more normal interest rates will "break" our federal budget, causing tremendous cuts, enormous tax increases (causing significant investment, job, and future tax collection cuts, and making Americans poorer), inflation, and/or dramatically increase our budget deficits which further threaten our national security.
Since 2001 both the Republican and Democrat establishment politicians have controlled our government, neither party addressed our problems; in fact in their quests for power and wealth both parties have exacerbated our nation's problems. Today we are even weaker (financially, militarily, leadership, acknowledgement of reality) than we were then.
Democrat and Republican Washington politicians are out of control, they don't fix our problems, they don't listen to the people, they don't keep their promises, and they govern against the wishes of most Americans.
Until the voters replace the politicians who have compounded our problems with people who reject the party establishments and address our nation's problems, the loss of the American peoples' freedoms, opportunities, and prosperity will accelerate.
In a nuclear age if our nation continues to ignore the lessons of history, the American people may suffer a disaster that makes 9/11/2001 look like a minor event.
Don Ewing
Meredith

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Thanks for helping to make church's silent auction a success

To The Daily Sun,

The Gilford Community Church would like to take this opportunity to thank the following businesses, individuals and volunteers for making our Silent Auction on Gilford Old Home Day a success:

Gunstock Ski Area, Ippolito's, Rice Law Office, Law Firm of Lawson, Persson and Weldon-Francke, Normandin, Cheney & O'Neil PLLC, Mill Falls at the Lake, Uno's, Pizza Hut in Tilton, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Wineing Butcher, Stonybrook Farm, Major Brands, Townhouse Marriott, Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, Petal Pushers, Nails by Shelly, Prayerful Touch Massage Therapy, Pizza Express, The Hair Factory Salon, Chili's, Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant.

Also: Patrick's Pub & Eatery, WLNH/Binnie Media, Waterville Valley Ski Area, Snowy Owl Inn, Sports & Marina Parafunalia, Owl's Nest Golf Course, Gilford Lowe's, Gilford True Value, Gilford Home Center, Heaven Scent Florist, Gilford Village Store, Funspot, Claudia's Belvidere Beauty, Clark's Trading Post, Sanitary Cleaners, Winnisquam Dental, Children's Dentistry , Dr. Alan F. Kennell Orthodontics, Squam Lake Science Center, Stewart Associates, Belknap Landscape Company, Common Man, Plum Crazy Pizza, The McDonald Family, Pheasant Ridge Country Club, Budget Blinds, Manchester Monarchs, Fisher Cats.

Also: Kathleen Arenstam and Associates, Robin Baron Photography, Boulia-Gorrell, T-Bones/Cactus Jack's, Holy Grail, Beans & Greens, Baron's Major Brands Appliances, Belknap Tire, Lyon's Den, El Jimador, ReFresh, North Country Deli & Pizza, Nu-Do's, Judy Buswell, Judy Cook, Gail Engle, Kathy Dahll, Bill and Kathy McNamara, David and Janet Haley, Jim and Anne Colburn, Jack and Lisa Drouin, Bette Helfrich, Leslie Berghahn, Chris Matthews, Alan Beard, Marilyn Goodwin, Mark Richardson, Ginny Babcock, Muriel Middleton, Jeremy Dale, Steve Bauer, Christine Huntoon, Stacey Pate, Lisa Berghahn, Joe Fleck, Jessica Fleck, Michael Bryant, Katie Bryant, Joe Wernig, Peter Sawyer, and especially all our bidders!

My sincere apologies to anyone that I have missed.

Our Summer Fair at the church is our largest annual fundraiser and with everyone's support, we are able to make a difference in the lives of many through our outreach efforts from this event.

Sue Allen

Silent Auction Chair

Gilford Community Church

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