We shouldn't select candidates because of party's view of 1 issue

To The Daily Sun,

I just wonder how many of you reading this, know and believe that there are people out there who want to kill us. They want to kill us just because we are Americans. They don't care if you are Christian or Jewish or atheist. They don't care if you are a peaceful Muslim. They just want to kill us because we are not part of their sect. And what do we do? We sit here with our internal warring factions arguing with each other about who can and cannot get married (Frankly Mr. and Mrs. Doe, it's really not going to affect you if Mr. A and Mr. B get married, get over it).

We actually argue about closing our borders (did I mention that there are people who want to kill us?) We take away from our military (they want to keep us from getting killed) and promote an entitlement society, all the while calling each other "doody heads" while we tell our children not to bully each other. I don't know about you, but I see a lot wrong with this picture.

It's time for us to move away from all of this divisiveness and find our common ground. It's time for us to unite under strong leadership rather than running after the leader who gives us the most unearned stuff. It's time to unite under leadership who knows how important it is to protect our constitutional rights. It's time to unite under strong and principled leadership, because if we don't the results could really and truly be catastrophic.

I can understand that we all have our hot-button issues, and maybe some of them are on the Democratic platform and some of them are on the Republican platform. But to select a candidate simply because of their or their party's position on one issue seems a bit extreme to me. So, because of their positions on several issues including, national defense, Second Amendment rights, border security, economy, I'm supporting the candidates who have been there.

I urge you to do the same and cast your votes for Walt Havenstein (Col. USMC, Ret.) for governor, Scott Brown (Col., USA, Ret.) for U.S. Senate and Joe Kenney (Lt. Col., USMC, Ret.) for Executive Council. I hope you will do the same and take advantage of the great opportunity we have to employ these exemplary men.

Hillary Seeger


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Please do some homework before next attempt to correct others

To The Daily Sun,

Here, on Wednesday, the very sensitive side of the left makes itself known. Michael Jones objects to my use of the word "stupid." Well Michael, let me say that over the years left-wingers here have called me a racist, a redneck and a knuckle-dragging neanderthal and anything else the paper allowed. So, when I say the letter written by someone was stupid, I consider that pretty mild, thank you.

The particular letter I referred to, once again as the left frequently does, accuses President Bush (43) once again of lying to Congress in order to go to war with Iraq. So let me say again, that is a lie. It has been debunked over and over. But the same writers every few weeks just cannot help pulling that up out of their bag of tricks and restating it. It's the old "tell a lie often enough and people will believe it" tactic.

Just in case you missed it Michael, every prominent Democrat in the months and year before Bush was even elected were on the 6 p.m. news every night telling America "Saddam had weapons of mass destruction." Check on Snoops. So yes, Michael, I said the letter was stupid because telling the same old worn out lie over and over is stupid. If you choose to infer I was referring to the writer of the letter that's your choice.

Maybe you might want to do some homework before your next attempt to correct others, check the facts and history around the subject you choose to take offense about. Perhaps you might even try urging writers on the left to actually use real facts instead of lies?

Steve Earle


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Dave Pollak will focus on what's best for all Belknap County residents

To The Daily Sun,

I have known Dave Pollak for more than five years, both as a friend and fellow educator. Dave's style is to listen to other peoples' ideas, learn from those ideas then develop an opinion.

When solving problems, Dave looks for an evidence-based solution, one that is cost-effective. He has an open mind, listens well and seeks to understand others' ideas.

I believe that Dave will use these approaches when he works with the Belknap County Commission to identify, evaluate and solve issues such as the county jail. Dave will work in a civil manner to improve the relationships between the commission and delegation. I know Dave will work to move the two groups toward a more-productive working relationship, one that focuses on what is best for the residents of Belknap County. I urge voters to select Dave Pollak.

Dean Anson II


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We will accomplish what attracts the most right-wing venom

To The Daily Sun,

It's past time to end the constant bickering and work toward some common ground. How awful to read so many half truths and out-and-out false statements, which are often no more than opinions extrapolated as fact. Niel Young continually wages a war against our president with the outrageous claim that his "agenda is to destroy this nation" and calling him a "madman." Seriously Niel? President Obama and his advisers have a planned agenda with the sole purpose of destroying the nation? Probably best if you stick to your radio show where you can do the least harm.

It is equally troubling when some writers pigeon-hole all Democrats/liberals in the same box. Unlike many on the extreme right, we actually look for real facts to support our arguments. It seems to me that those on the right all watch the same news channels and websites because you all use the same catchphrases thinking it will convert those on the left. It doesn't. Not even close.

I read often about Obama's trillion-dollar bailout. Not often does anyone balance that with President George W. Bush's Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 to bail out banks and mortgage companies and cost taxpayers $700 billion. Bush's Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson was a former CEO of Goldman Sachs, which stood to benefit from the bailout and he even hired former Goldman Sachs execs as "advisers." Then New Hampshire's U.S. Sen. Judd Gregg was the leading Republican author of the TARP program while he had a multimillion-dollar investment in the Bank of America.

So continue to call us the "liberal, lunatic fringe," or "with Democrats it is always a 'war' on someone," and as for President Obama "the political equivalent of the Second Coming of Christ." Keep it coming. We will continue to fight for what we believe, and in the end we will accomplish what seems to bring out the most venom from the far-right letter writers: getting our Democratic candidates re-elected.

God Bless America and our brave troops, and let us all pray for peaceful answers to our world problems.

Carol Stappi


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I ran for commission in first place because they weren't following law

To The Daily Sun,

Mr. Pollak, in his letter to The Laconia Daily Sun, suggests that if anyone wishes to challenge the way that the current commissioners are running Belknap County then they should become a candidate for said office. He references my name as an example for this course of action.

I do not know Mr. Pollak but he has missed an important point, viz., that I ran for the office of commissioner precisely because those currently in office were not following the law. The first order of business for anyone who offers their name as a candidate for any office is to pledge to follow the law.

We may not like a particular law, but it is of no moment that we do or do not like it. The statute giving the convention the power of the purse is an important part of the checks and balances on which our system of government is based. To suggest that our system should be based on something as ephemeral as politics strikes me as shallow and irresponsible.

Dick Burchell

Belknap 5


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