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Fortunately, Born-Alive Infants Protection Act passed the House

To The Daily Sun,

Congresswoman Ann Kuster recently voted against HR-421, a bill that essentially strengthens the bipartisan and popular Born-Alive Infants Protection Act. That bill was passed to protect individuals who are born, despite efforts made to end its live in utero.

Americans are clearly conflicted on the morality of abortion. However, in the case of the child who survives attempts to end its life it is a moral absolute for the world to care for him or her. Sadly, there are numerous stories of this law being blatantly ignored, and so this new law seeks to strengthen attempts to protect the innocent child from being erased from existence, taking away its potential for a good and happy life. As a criminal justice major at Saint Anselm College, I recently learned the importance that law plays in ensuring that we are required to protect the life of an adult, why are you were unwilling to extend such protections to the children of this state and nation?

"Children are our greatest treasure. they are our future" — Nelson Mandela

Fortunately, the bill passed without Congressman Kuster's support, and heads on to the Senate. I only hope our senators can do a better job at protecting our children, as this bill heads there.

Ryan Smith

Northfield

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Let's challenge our biases; don't stigmatize addicts as criminals

To The Daily Sun,

I'm writing as the sister of the "homeless" "transient" who was "living in the woods" who was so poorly profiled in this Saturday's paper. I am writing to fill in the gaps of what was left out in that article.

Though a catchy title, I thought that "Homeless Man Facing All Kinds of Charges in Gilford" didn't quite cover the situation. A more apt title may have been "Young Man, Living in Woods After Life is Destroyed by Addiction, is Brought in on Several Charges." It's a bit bulky, but I'm sure you see the point.

Christian St. Cyr was a beautiful, kind, and charming boy. He was stubborn as all get out and quite rebellious. When, after high school he started work as an apprentice plumber and showed an aptitude for it, we all breathed a sigh of relief. Slowly, ever so slowly, our family lost Christian to addiction. We tried to control his money, his hours, his friends, we tried getting him into counseling, we tried praying, we tried everything that we knew to try. And yet, he was lost to us. He is only recently homeless, my parents fought hard to protect their son and keep him off the street, but in the end the addiction won out.

Jack Wozmak recently said that "the heroin epidemic that's gripping the state is so big it almost defies logic." We have such a state of addiction that most heroin addicts are likely to have an inner circle of 10 to 12 people who share the addiction. This is not an isolated issue; over 300 people died of drug overdoses in NH in 2014, and the 2015 numbers are likely to top that. My brother and his charges are a part of these statistics, and I cannot tolerate the separation of the two pieces of the puzzle as cleanly as you have done in your article.

Separating the crimes from the addiction only serves to further stigmatize those affected. Families all over our country are being ripped apart by drug addiction. These same families are slowly realizing that without means there is very little support for their loved ones outside of the criminal system, an obviously less than preferable option. We all need to be actively reevaluating and challenging our own biases about addicts in an effort to create community and healing, not stigmatizing addicts as criminals.

Paige St. Cyr
Gilford

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