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I was raised Republican but now I'd like to buy the world a Coke

To The Daily Sun,

Essentially, I refrain from writing letters of political nature. I am, however, compelled to do so now.

1968, Kent State, the Chicago Seven, the Berrigan brothers, Hanoi Jane. The uncertainty, division, and violence of times past I vividly remember. To say the least a tumultuous era.

A conservative, Catholic family I came from. As a very young boy I remember my father posting a massive "In Your Heart You Know He's Right, Go Goldwater '64" sign on our front lawn, by far the largest sign posted on Manchester's West Side.

The first political campaign I volunteered for was "Young Republicans For Nixon." I went door to door on my bicycle passing out campaign literature. One time going down College Road on my bike, I let go of the handlebars and let loose a double Nixon peace sign. This worked out well until I crashed into the back of a Table Talk Pies truck. This was 1968.

In subsequent years I volunteered in the Ford '76, and both Reagan campaigns in '80 and '84, without the bicycle. So I guess that qualifies me as a Republican.

Here we are in the present. I am older and much grayer, my evening nightcap is Geritol with a prune juice chaser. I am as well a former Republican. I became a Democrat in February. Sorry, Dad.

To me Donald Trump is despicable. He is a bully in every sense. I would never vote for this demagogue. I have never been a bully, however I have been bullied. Not a good feeling.

Trump reminds me of two people, Joseph McCarthy and William Loeb. Both these men strenuously devoted themselves in destroying lives. So much hatred and cruel behavior. Instead of embracing people, Mr. Trump delights in provoking people to the point of agitating a riot. This is not America. We need not build walls, we need to eliminate them altogether. I have friends who are Black, Muslim, Chinese, Christian and Jew. I would never turn on them or jeopardize their friendship.

I was proud of what Hillary Clinton recently said, "We need more love and kindness." This inspired me to the hope of volunteering for her campaign should she be the standard bearer.

I still have my Reagan campaign button from 1980, on it states, "Let's Make America Great Again." Sound familiar? I as well remember a speech given by the president in 1969, the theme was "Nixon's Silent Majority." Plagiarizing by Trump. When he says "win," I still have my 1974 "win" button from President Ford's "Whip Inflation Now" campaign.

As I finish this from my apartment at Sunrise Towers, Trump is ranting and raving on TV. Time to switch channels. Much better I turn to music choice channel 729, the 70s, my favorite. It's playing "I'd Like To Teach the World To Sing." You know what?

I think I'll go over to Walgreens and buy the world a Coke.

Matthew Tetreault


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'Shall nominate'; we all know what 'shall' means, don't we?

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to suggest that the senators, both Democrat and Republican, read again the Constitution of the U.S. where it states, "... he (the president) shall nominate, and by and with the advice and consent of the Senate shall appoint ... judges of the Supreme Court...".

I know that in the Rules of Golf, when it states "shall," the golfer has no choice but to obey the rule or suffer a penalty. So Senator Ayotte, your commercial should reflect what the Constitution demands and not what you feel like ignoring. Senators, hold your hearings and then deny confirmation of the proposed candidate for valid reasons, which I would like to hear about, and not just because you don't like some of their rulings. The Founding Fathers wrote the Constitution for a reason.

Gary Philippy


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