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'For you and I exist in the same space & time, separated only by chance'

To The Daily Sun,

The Universal Man

It is not my pain I feel, but yours
a spirit crushed by violence and death.

It is not my weariness I bear, but yours
hungry and wounded you stumble on.

It is not my soul that is troubled, but yours
reaching out for help; you grasp the empty air.

I am not abandoned, but you are, friendless
in a hostile land — your family scattered.

You are the universal man ... despised and
forsaken. However you came to be you came
thru me —

For you and I exist in the same space and time
separated only by chance!

Leon R. Albushies
Gilford

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:58

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Citizen's Equality Act is Professor Lessign's one & only priority

To The Daily Sun,

Money has corrupted our politicians and 83 percent of the nation agrees. Our elected representatives have been compromised by the consistent need to raise funds for the next election, so much so that they spend the majority of their time courting campaign donors instead of doing the job they were elected to do.

Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump, and Martin O'Malley have all spoken out about the corruption involved in the system, but no one has prioritized fixing it, until now. Professor Lawrence Lessig has announced a unique presidential campaign and has started to raise money, money from individual citizens, in order to fix it, first.

Professor Lessig's plan calls for a national referendum, a massive uprising of popular support from the people to elect him as president with one goal, to enact the Citizens Equality Act. The CEA is a series of revolutionary campaign finance and election reforms designed to take the power back out of the few who have the money to finance elections and back to where it belongs, with the people.

And he plans to fix it, first. The Citizen's Equality Act is his No. 1 priority, in fact, it's his only priority. We can't expect a politician to risk their political career by making this leap, which is why we need a statesman like Professor Lessig to enact such a vital change. Once in office, he will work hard to get the reforms into law, and then step aside.

Professor Lessig needs your support, which is why I am writing to the readers of this newspaper. New Hampshire knows representative democracy. We pride ourselves at being first to choose the next president, and it is not a job we take lightly. I urge you to check out Professor Lessig's plan on his website at Lessig2016.org. If you agree, as I do, that eliminating the corruption of money in politics is so important that it needs to be the first priority of the next president, please consider supporting him.

Brian Shields
Ashland

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:52

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Social issues will lose elections faster than failing grade for Congress

To The Daily Sun,

In a recent e-mail discussion I had with Senator Kelly Ayotte, I asked why she voted down federal funding of Planned Parenthood. This was the Senators reply.

"Like many Americans, I was appalled by recent videos that show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting of organs from aborted babies."

This is what I sent back.

Dear Kelly,
The video you are referring to has more splices than the Nixon tapes. I agree that a full investigation into those tapes should be made, I'm sure it came from some wacko-doodle far-right group who have failed to push their agenda in the past. We need to keep the Church separated from the State. If you feel so strongly about defunding Planned Parenthood then you should also agree that the taxpayers in this state/nation should not be footing the bill for Narcan. Drug addiction is not a disease, it's a choice or a weakness, if you prefer. Why are we not footing the bill for chemotherapy. If lawmakers are on a guilt trip because the money they spend on drug interdiction has proven futile at best, then they should stop dropping it on the taxpayer. In other words don't load your pack on the other guy's shoulders. As a secular Republican I would rather see a woman get an abortion than to be forced into having a baby who will be not only a burden on the woman, unloved and perhaps despised, but also a burden on the state. If I sound a bit Trumpish, I'm not the only one. The last thing I want to see is going back to the coat hanger, in some dark room, down some back alley. Remember that social issues will lose re-elections faster then a F on the Congress report card.

Eric

On a follow-up thought, I keep reading over and over again about the one constituent who was a friend of one of our state senators, who lost her 21-year-old to a drug overdose. That one loss is grounds enough to increase the state's drug interdiction from $28 million to $59 million so it will ease the pain of a guilty conscience (not to mention all of the state jobs with all of those future votes it will bring in). Perhaps spending this kind of money on the 20 percent of the state's population who go to bed hungry or the for real diseases that taxpayers have to pay out of pocket or with high insurance rates would be much more beneficial to the majority of the senator's constituents. Get your priorities straight, senators, and keep your personal beliefs out of politics and out of our pockets and off our backs.

Eric T. Rottenecker
Bristol

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:35

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Thanks for help introducing new Laconia teachers to their community

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of the Laconia School District, I would like to thank the following local businesses for welcoming our new Laconia School District professional staff on Monday, Aug. 24.

These businesses include: All My Life Jewelers, Art Escape, Bank of NH, Bead Devine, Belknap Mill, Bootleggers, Burrito Me, Happy Cow Ice Cream, Laconia Fire Department, MC Cycle, Polished and Proper, Daubs Shoe Repair, Frates Art Studio, Laconia Athletic and Swim Club, Laconia Chamber of Commerce, Laconia City Hall, Laconia Police Department, Laconia Public Library, My Coffee House, Prescott's Florist, Soda Shoppe, SunDay's Salon, Sunflower Health Foods, The Studio, Village Bakery, Vintage Row, Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, and Whittemore's Florist.

Many of our new teachers are new to the area and it was helpful to introduce them to local merchants and services as well as learn about our amazing and supportive community.

Regina Theberge

Administrative Assistant

Laconia School District

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:29

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He used to make his points without resorting to name-calling

To The Daily Sun,

Well, I know Scott Cracraft was recently on vacation, but boy oh boy, have his last couple letters been snarkey. Maybe someone dropped something in his Coca-Cola or the water was bad where he stayed but geeze, he's sounding just like James Veverka's nonsense. I know Scott's a liberal, but previously he has always been able to make his points without resorting to name-calling and smears.

I don't know, maybe it's the reflected pressure building on Hillary and her server problems, or perhaps Planned Parenthood's scandals. Maybe even the Obama/Iran nuke deal that the head, head case over there just announced today that Iran was going to purchase any weapons from anybody and would ask no one's permission. So much for any agreements or measures of trust. A really bad deal keeps getting worse as the days go by.

Poor Bernadette Loesch got all worked up last week about the growing drug problems all across the country. Why can't we put all these drug dealers in jail, she wanted to know? Well perhaps she should address that question to her hero Obama, who just ordered the release from jails of hundreds of them as they were described as "non-violent criminals." Guess all the druggies overdosing and dying must be from bad spring waters. Thing about Bernadette is she just doesn't pay attention to world events and only listen or watches extreme left wing sources then never checks the truth of them.

I don't believe she's a bad person, I was even given to understand that she attends church every Sunday, but then on Mondays she writes letters to the editor bearing false witness against people only because they hold different political views then she does. Anyone who didn't vote for Obama or questions his policies are, according to her, racist. Her praise of a couple of the progressive writers to the paper well known by their radical anti-Christian rants is unbridled. How do we account for that except that Bernadette lets herself be unduly influenced by unscrupulous left leaning, supposed news organizations that do more distortion then news.

While I've been writing this I hear a commentator on TV saying that the investigation into Hillary's servers has found that many of her staff have had their e-mails hacked by the Chinese and if the FBI finds that her's also were hacked she could be in really, really big trouble. Isn't this getting exciting?

Steve Earle

Hill

Last Updated on Thursday, 27 August 2015 09:21

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