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The factors of fear & anger in Germany, circa the 1980s, are here now

To The Daily Sun,

What eras are Donald Trump thinking of when he says, "Make America great again"? Was he thinking of our response to World War II? The Reagan years? Some things were better then, some now. How would he make us great again? By making better deals? By building a wall on the Mexican border? I remember when Ronald Reagan said, "Tear down this wall," referring to the Berlin wall.

He thinks that global warming is a hoax. What if all those scientists are right? Maybe we should stop using fossil fuels.

Mike Pence is Trump's running mate. Mike Pence's role model is Dick Cheney. Remember the war in Iraq?

Donald Trump has accused Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton of lying. But he lies more than they do. In the final debate, he accused the State Department of losing $6 billion. He said to Hillary, "Just like when you ran the State Department, $6 billion was missing. How do you miss $6 billion? You ran the State Department, $6 billion was either stolen. (Sic) They don't know. It's gone, $6 billion." One of many examples, a fact check by the Washington Post revealed:

"Trump misunderstands a $6 billion figure that appeared in a 2014 management alert from the State Department Inspector General. The alert summarized a variety of recent audits that indicated paperwork deficiencies in closing out contracts that were issued in Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa. But no money is missing or lost, a point that the IG emphasized in a letter to The Washington Post in 2014. Instead, the alert highlighted missing paperwork, not dollars."

The factors of fear and anger in Germany in the 1930s are present here now, although to a lesser degree. I hope the result is different.

Dick Devens
Center Sandwich

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Gilford hasn't reviewed its elderly tax exemption limit in 10 years

To The Daily Sun,

It recently came to my attention that the Town of Gilford has not had a review of the elderly tax exemption amount in more than 10 years. Gilford currently has an amount of $25,000 which is the same amount for the Town of Meredith. Laconia has a current amount of $23,000 and a vote was passed to review this amount every two years with the next review due in 2017.

I'm sure we all know senior citizens that have had increases in their monthly expenses even though their COLA may not reflect that. Additionally, the loss of a spouse is detrimental in and of itself, but to have the added challenge of a changed and often decreased monthly household budget is a difficult reality for some of our community's seniors.

Hopefully, this can be addressed and possibly updated prior to the end of this year. Gilford's selectmen meet this coming Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. We thank them for their time and commitment to the residents of the town of Gilford.

D. Chandronnait


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