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At times, our societal standards just make no sense at all

To The Daily Sun,

There is some contradictions in our societal structure that make no sense to me when we talk about what is morally acceptable. Television is strictly censored, but what is really allowed, and what is not allowed?

Let's face the facts. You'll never see a naked baby or a women's breast on television. Why? Why is it censored? Is it obscene, immoral or impure? Neither of these answers are appropriate. Do we, as a society cling to our Puritan past? Do we come down on what is natural and innocent, yet allow hours of brutality, murder and crime to fill the screen, hour after hour.

Our past President George W. Bush considers torture a necessary part of warfare. We may agree with him or not. This is a moral issue and deserves condemnation. But how many speak out against its use? Isn't this where obscenity and immorality are more accurately defined? We have killed over a half-million Iraqis in an undeclared war. Does this horrendous act constitute outright condemnation, or is a women's exposed body more of an assault on our personal values.

Pornography is a huge business in this country. Do certain norms prevented us from expressing natural life in all its beauty and wonder because we hold on to false ideas letting serious crimes invade our daily lives and become acceptable? At times societal standards make no sense whatsoever. To be frank, we must learn to recognize what is dangerous and what is not. Maturity is a valuable asset in making moral decisions.

Leon R. Albushies


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:47

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It is always important to fairly tip your waitress or waiter

To The Daily Sun,

We had a Valentine's Day date at T-Bones. The food was delicious, and the service was wonderful.

There has been recent discussion in The Sun about why it is important to tip wait staff in restaurants since they are paid under minimum wage and rely on tips for their income. It is always important to fairly tip your waitress or waiter, and at T-Bones they certainly deserve it.

The staff was friendly, attentive, and really seemed as though they enjoyed what they were doing. Our thanks to the proprietor and staff of T-Bones for helping make it a great evening for us.

By the way, our dog adds his compliments for the excellent bone we brought home for him.

E. Scott Cracraft

Ellen M. McClung


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:44

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Nothing extreme about not wanting taxpayer funded abortions

To The Daily Sun,

Mike Cryans and a bunch of Democrats are disgracefully trying to extract the endorsement of Republican Ray Burton, who, unfortunately is no longer with us. They have invoked Mr. Burton's name in every single letter in the newspaper, every interview, and at every campaign appearance. They even went to the tasteless extreme of sending out emails of support for Mr. Cryans from an email address that appears as if it belonged to the late Mr. Burton. It seems that this imaginary postmortem endorsement is the cornerstone of Mike Cryans entire campaign.

Left-wing letter writers such as E. Scott Cracraft have also labeled Mr. Cryans opponent as an extremist. The examples cited by Cracraft are exactly the reasons I support Joe Kenney. There is nothing extreme about not wanting to fund abortions with tax dollars.

In the past several years or so I witnessed the late Ray Burton at several political events raising money for candidates that Cracraft and company would consider much more extreme then Joe Kenney, so Cracraft's arguments do not hold water. The Democrats and Cryans campaign have conducted themselves in the most disrespectful and disgusting manner possible, perhaps, because they have nothing positive to run on.

Who do you trust to look out for your best interest, the banker or the Marine? I'll take the Marine, he spent a lifetime defending Americans, not picking their pockets. Vote Joe Kenney.

Kevin Leandro

Marine Corps veteran


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:41

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Never tested & engineered for kids by people with no experience

To The Daily Sun,

You may have been hearing about Common Core but have not understood what it is or why it's controversial. I heard a very good analogy that might help you to understand why the concerns exist.

An older woman came up to me last Friday and said, "Young man, are you fighting the new national educational standards?" I said, "Yes ma'am I am." She said, "My great-grandchildren start public school next fall and I've read everything I could about these new standards and who wrote them and why we have them here in New Hampshire. Please tell me if you believe this analogy to be true......

Suppose when they got to school my young ones were told that Governor Hassan required them to have new replacement milk that was bio-engineered by people who had never bio-engineered any other food before. Also that this new milk substitute had never been tested with humans for side effects, and yet all New Hampshire schoolchildren were required to drink it. Suppose still the new milk substitute was going to cost us taxpayers more in the school budget, and then we learn that the governor and commissioner of education knew there was better and cheaper milk available that had been in use for years but still they want this replacement milk forced on my babies. Do I have that right?"

She had it exactly right.

Greg Hill


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:37

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I'm a Republican but Mike Cryans is ideal successor to Ray Burton

To The Daily Sun,

As a proud Republican, I must say that I am sincerely disappointed with our party's nominee for Executive Council. Joe Kenney, a Tea Partier with a record of intolerance and obstruction, will not be receiving my vote on March 11.

Kenney seems intent on making this campaign centered on issues that will never come before the Executive Council. Why does someone who approves state contracts and judicial appointments believe he can influence legislation? That's not his role, and not what I expect from an executive councilor.

Take the gas tax, for instance. This issue will surely come before the House and Senate, and be resolved in the House and Senate. If Joe Kenney is so determined to get involved in this issue, perhaps he should make a run for the state Senate rather than the Executive Council.

The Democratic nominee, Mike Cryans, has the right idea about what an executive councilor does. A moderate with a proven track record of reaching across the aisle and delivering real results to his constituents, Cryans is the ideal successor to Ray Burton. It's no surprise that Burton's own family endorsed him earlier this month.

Mike Cryans can count on my support on March 11.

Hillary Seeger


Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 February 2014 10:32

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