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I tried to list all of my dependents. Who could I have missed?

To The Daily Sun,

Well, it's tax time again. I hope that I fair better this year than last.
I was audited on my tax return for 2013. It puzzled me.
I guess it was because of my response to the question: "List all dependents?"
So, I listed myself plus:
— 12 million illegal immigrants.
— 3 million crackheads.
— 42 million unemployed people on food stamps.
— 2 million people in over 243 prisons.
— Half of Mexico.
— 535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate. Plus 1 useless president.
Evidently, this was not an acceptable answer.
I keep asking myself, "Who the hell did I miss?"

Ken Knowlton
Belmont

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I have watched this country become a land full of greedy sheep

To The Daily Sun,

This country, that I am proud to call my own, has over the span of my 70 years, become a land of greedy sheep. There are some of us who support the food pantries, and a lot of people out there who abuse the pantries. If you live in a town, like Laconia, and you are in the need of assistance from the pantry, you need to show proof that you are from that town and not receiving food stamps.

If you are getting assistance from the local pantry, you should not be going to another town begging from their pantry. If you are on the welfare system, you are already getting more than people who are working and supporting the system through the taxes. How nice it must be to get a raise when you add a child to your house and J.Q. Public must live on no raises every time they have a child. When I take people to the pantry, I see people who definitely have too much money as they stand around smoking cigarettes from a $9.50 pack. Hey governor, get someone in charge to oversee the welfare system as this one is failing in a big way.

I am not a Republican or a Democrat. When I vote, I try and decide who will be the lesser of two evils and not put us in debt any further than we already are. I do not advertise for one candidate or the other. I do not vote for "friends" in hopes of receiving any favors, we already know what that brings, for example our roads, enough said on that subject.

While I am on the bandwagon, the municipalities are complaining about the infrastructure of the roads and not having money to fix them. I ask you, why do the roads (the same ones) have to be street swept so often, unless someone is thinking of eating from the gutter? Save that money and put it where it is more needed.

I must have been sleeping when people decided that they needed the government to run their homes, and all that got us was a young citizenry full of bipolar kids when a good swift kick in the butt would have settled that issue. If you are older then 40 and received corporal punishment from your parents, it made you a person who knew right from wrong, and strengthened your character to be able to stand on your own two feet. Do not get me wrong on this. Not all kids are bad apples, and you all know, it only takes one bad apple to spoil it for the rest of the barrel.

In closing, I implore you to become shepherds and get out of your sheep's clothing.

Bev Buker
Gilford

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