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Were you also interested in embassy attacks during Bush years?

To The Daily Sun,

Mr. Earle, maybe all the info your looking for are inside that machine you use to type out all those interesting, factual letters to the editor. Amazing the stuff that is in there but what to or not to believe is the hard part. I'll try my best just for you this time and then, with some help, you might be able to find out the answers to your questions.

"Fast and Furious" was a tough one but the machine had lots of articles about it. Back in 2006 under G.W. Bush there was a program called "Operation Wide Receiver", which ran for a year. Under Obama it was called "Fast and Furious" and the general idea was to create mayhem within the drug cartels. This was according to Rush.

Obama wanted to enforce the existing gun laws, restore the existing bans on certain gun. This was started by Clinton but Bush let it lapse. Obama tried to restart it but was unable to. It was also meant to curb border violence. Obama was working with Mexican President Filipe Calderon. They sold about 2,000 guns of which around 700 were recovered, killed around 300 Mexicans but unfortunately this also included a border agent named Terry. Nobody was ever arrested.

Benghazi is a problem that may never be solved to anyone's satisfaction. I went to Google it and only by some luck was able to read any article posted. Then the ads would appear and that ended that. But from what I saw was enough to tell me that the ambassador didn't have to die and should have been saved. I didn't find out why he was there to begin with.

Were you also interested in all the embassy attacks and people killed while Bush was in office? There were 13 attacks on us and 60 of our people killed while Bush was in charge. On Aug. 6, 2001, he was handed a note concerning an impending attack by Bin Laden but the note was ignored. We lost 2,996 on 9/11 which was followed by 2,201 in Afghanistan and 4,491 in Iraq. But Bush will be well remembered for his comments of Mission Accomplished and Treated as Liberators. Most of this information was from the web site of Mark Maynard.

You can do the fact-checking.

Jon Hoyt

Plymouth

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Funny how money became available when public became alarmed

To The Daily Sun,

Tuesday's Laconia Daily Sun inadvertently contained a great lesson on how individual citizens can influence the legislative process. On Page 5 was a letter from me explaining some disastrous actions taken by the House Finance Committee last week. It included the e-mail address of the Laconia representative who sits on House Finance.

On Page 4 of the same paper was a very brief letter from Johan Anderson, of Gilford, giving a spot-on description of a term much bandied about in the budget process: "We can't afford it". In Tuesday's Concord Monitor, Casey McDermott wrote about how, on Monday, Finance Division III, abruptly backed off the disastrous cuts I wrote about. The reasoning reported by Mr. McDermott: the revenue projections are "a moving target" and when the target "shifted", miraculously money became more available so the cuts were reversed. Don't count on this being the last word on the subject.

It's clear the real reason the cuts were reversed was the reaction of ordinary sensible citizens communicated to the Finance leadership. Want proof? In the same article, Mr. McDermott reported that both Division III Chairman Dick Barry and Committee Chairman Neal Kurk admitted that they had heard directly from citizens concerned about the impact, and that this decision was "the one we were most reluctant to make". Funny how money suddenly became available as soon as the people found out about the cuts.

So if you hear about some legislation you like, or some you don't, don't be afraid to go the state website, nh.gov, and, on the House of Representatives click on "Find a Legislator", and then on "Who's my legislator?" You don't have to wait for an election to influence legislative action.

David O. Huot

Laconia

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