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Judge for yourself if you are receiving 'good fruit' from a writer

To The Daily Sun,

As a reader of this paper I have often read letters by a certain writer who is constantly trying to prove that Christianity is the greatest evil around. In his latest burning of Christians at the stake, on Sept. 30, he attempts to show that Christianity is so violent, so dangerous, that the Founding Fathers of this country had to institute the separation of church and state.

As a Catholic, my faith requires me to give others the benefit of the doubt and pray for them, not retaliate in kind when someone attacks us. But sometimes we need to answer the charges leveled against us, so that our neighbors are not scandalized into rejecting God. I am not a scholar of history, or a slave of Google and the internet, so I will not attempt to argue with doubtful "facts" or mountains of obscure references meant to befuddle readers into submission.

All I ask is for readers to remember that Christians are human beings, like you are, with faults and failings like all people. We are trying to follow our faith in Jesus Christ as lord and savior, to make sense of life, and to make the world around us a little better. When we fall short, it doesn't mean Jesus doesn't exist, or his words aren't true. When our faith calls us to speak out when we see injustices or things that need changing for the good of all, we are not your enemies. If we speak up in defense of faith in Christ, not all of us are denouncing other faiths as evil.

I challenge readers to do their own research and judge for themselves, if Christianity has really helped or hindered society since its founding by Jesus two millennia ago. If there was a major disaster, a terrorist attack, or a famine here in Laconia tomorrow, who would you want to help you? Would it be Christians who try to live by the commandment to love God and neighbor, or those whose god is oneself, or the state?

Some writers have bewailed the state of society today, with its selfishness, apathy and violence, but in the same breath denounce the very simple path to peace; coming to faith in Jesus Christ and in his words of love and reconciliation to the world. If some cannot accept that, then get out of the way and let others come to believe in him, and act on his teachings.

Jesus once said about the teachers and leaders of his day, "by their fruits you will know them." Read and judge for yourselves if you are receiving good fruit or not from a writer. Does he or she lift your outlook on life, or do they simply add to the bruised apples of despair we are given every day? What does your heart say to you, what does it long for? In this world that has too little love, so much disorder, and so, so much potential for goodness and peace, will you dare to find the way to it?

Doris Morrissette

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I hope you will reject perfidious nonsense that Punterieri spews

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to respond to a recent letter to The Granite State News (Wolfeboro) sent by candidate Paul Punterieri, who is running to represent the towns of Moultonborough, Tuftonboro and Sandwich in the N.H. state House. He sounded very confused about what he supports and opposes, and especially since he mentioned Carroll County incumbent Glenn Cordelli in a misleading way.

First of all, not everything is "the Koch Bros fault." Cordelli is merely responding to the concerns of parents and teachers like me, who see that outside interference is destroying real education, and people who feel their education tax dollars are not being spent the way they would wish. That is "local control," and that is what Cordelli currently is, and has been fighting for, all along.

What is not "local control"? Currently, public education is not under "local control" because federal and state government and many outside groups such as foundations and other NGOs have unconstitutionally interfered. For example, Common Core, with its blatant social justice political agenda, with its convoluted academics, or worse yet, the philosophy that less academics is more, like every other similar "fad" in education that came before it, was never the choice of the taxpayers. So how ironic is it when a New York City transplant such as Mr. Puntertieri, who himself had the benefit of a private education, says he "...will oppose any effort to dismantle our public education system. I will reject outside groups that try to inject their ideology into our local government and school systems. I will fully support our locally-controlled public schools"? I would have to say he is either confused about his facts, or just not being quite honest with you.

To support the current state of education, a system which is being completely run by outsiders, is to completely and utterly reject any sort of "local control."

Don't listen to the doublespeak. All one needs to do is look up "World Core Curriculum" and read the first four links that appear, and one can educate himself or herself on the origins of Common Core. After reading about it, I hope all would reject any more perfidious nonsense that candidate Punterieri spews about his "defense" of local control and his attack on incumbent Glenn Cordelli, who has been fighting to keep "outside groups" out of our educational system.

Finally, according to Punterieri's latest blog posts to "Moultonborough Speaks," this candidate doesn't think people should be allowed to file legal 91-A (Right to Know) requests. Is this the kind of person Moultonborough, Tuftonboro and Sandwich wants in the state House, watching out for the "people" in the spirit of transparency of government? We think not.

Jane Aitken

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