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Think! Voting for a 3rd party is essentially a vote for Donald Trump

To The Daily Sun,

Bernie Sanders has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president and so has many progressive politicians in Congress such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). Hillary Clinton has won the nomination for the Democratic Party, and Bernie agreed stating, "Secretary Clinton has won the Democratic nominating process, and I congratulate her for that." She'll, of course, be officially nominated next Thursday at the DNC Convention in Philadelphia.

This election has too much at stake for us to be divided as a party. For one, we have a great shot at taking back the Senate. For two, the next president will also nominate the next Supreme Court Justice (since the current senators failed to do their jobs) — which will tilt the political scale to one side or the other. What's at stake is the women's right to choose, overturning critical Supreme Court cases like Citizens United, raising the minimum wage, gun control, and so much more progressive ideas that we share as Democrats.

Sanders has run a great, hard-fought campaign, a campaign that went further than anyone expected, and has brought many young people into the political process. But, he's not going to the be nominee, nor is he furthering his campaign for the White House.

In the recent Pew Poll, 85 percent of Sanders backers said that they're planning to vote for Clinton this November. To those 15 percent, it's imperative that we elect the person who has the best shot — keywords, best shot — at advancing the progressive agenda that Bernie stands for, and voting for a third party candidate like Jill Stein or write-in candidate is essentially a vote for Donald Trump.

Bernie Sanders knows how critical this election is, and that's why he has endorsed Hillary Clinton and will do anything to stop Trump. Donald Trump goes against most of what Sanders' revolution stands for. Sanders, himself, even said that the Democratic platform which Clinton and Sanders campaigns both agreed on, is "the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party."

Hate her or like her, this election isn't about Clinton/Trump or Democrats/Republicans — it's about the future of our nation. As a young Democrat, I want to make sure that I can live the American Dream, and those after my generation can, too. I want to make sure that when I go to college, that I can focus on my academics, and not fear how I'll pay off my towering student debt. I want to make sure I can use my degree after college, and get a good-paying job. And I want to make sure I can provide for my future family. I just do not see this vision under President Trump. I see hatred and division under his administration.

Not only do we need to pick a president, we also need to elect down-ballot candidates, like our senators and representatives, and other local positions. I believe Maggie Hassan will actually do her job in the Senate, and I also believe Carol Shea-Porter and incumbent Annie Kuster will do their jobs in the House. Colin Van Ostern will also make a great governor, making our state's economy stronger, and standing up for us Granite Staters. Democrats, on Nov. 8, we cannot be complacent. Go out and vote for the future of America.

Nick Crosby
Groton

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Just how far will pesticide companies go to protect their profits?

To The Daily Sun,

Last month, Friends of the Earth released a report showing how far Bayer, Monsanto, and other pesticide companies will go to protect their profits.

"In total, the companies we looked at spent more than $32 million on lobbying in 2015 alone — in part to block the EPA, state agencies, and lawmakers from taking action on their bee-killing products!"

Will we ever be free of having to pay to prevent giant corporations from destroying the environment? Profits over environment, business as usual, bodes ill for our future.

Dick Devens
Center Sandwich

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