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In 2015 alone, 130 U.S. police officers were killed in the line of duty

To The Daily Sun,

After reading your Sept. 2, issue, I thought I might pen a lengthy response to the political cartoon on page 4.

After a great deal of thought, I would like to offer the following instead: In 2015, 130 police officers in the United States were killed in the line of duty. In addition, 27 police K9s also died in the line of duty.

Concerning the cartoon, to quote Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), "Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please."

David B. Goldstein, Ph.D.
Chief of Police
City of Franklin

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Even Republican & Republican-leaning voters can't stomach Trump

To The Daily Sun,

Donald Trump gave an immigration "policy" speech Wednesday. It did not go down well in conservative Latino circles. According to Politico, "Jacob Monty, a member of Trump's National Hispanic Advisory Council has resigned", and Alfonso Aguilar, president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, "is inclined to pull his support." Mr. Monty lamented, "What I heard today was not realistic and not compassionate." Mr Aquilar agreed; "did you hear anything in that speech that was compassionate and humane? No."

On Wednesday, another Republican chose country over party. Richard W. Painter, George W. Bush's former chief White House ethics lawyer wrote in a New York Times op-ed that Hillary Clinton is the "only qualified candidate in the race and she should become president." According to Politico, Painter advised "the Democratic nominee to do more to assuage the fears and suspicions about the looming presence of the Clinton Foundation as an influence on policy". Now a University of Minnesota law professor, he was also clear on the Clionton Foundation, writing, "There is little if any evidence that federal ethics laws were broken by Mrs. Clinton or anyone working for her at the State Department in their dealings with the foundation. Unfortunately, the foundation is still fuel for Mrs. Clinton's persistent critics."

Former top aide to retired General David Petraeus, retired Army Colonel Peter Mansour, is voting for Hillary Clinton because, "Donald Trump is not fit to be president". Mansour has said previously, "he would be a dangerous person in that office" where he would be a "foreign policy disaster for the United States." In fact, one recent headline was "Officials Worry About Briefing Trump, Fearing Spilled Secrets". Also on Wednesday, James Clad, the former deputy assistant secretary of Defense under President George W. Bush endorsed Clinton, saying, "For Republicans and Democrats alike, everything in national security requires clarity and steadiness, whether managing nuclear weapons or balancing great power rivalries. Never losing sight of the national interest is key — a discipline which Secretary Clinton possesses in full measure." According to Mr Clad, Trump is "incompetent" and an "incoherent amateur" whose presidency "will doom us to second or third class status."

According to a HuffPost/YouGov survey just released, "Republican and Republican-leaning voters say by a 19-point margin, 54 to 35 percent, that Donald Trump wasn't the best option in this year's pool of candidates". Really?

James Veverka

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