My compassion is for homeless vets & for all people who are hungry, not for drug addicts

To The Daily Sun,
I'm told that I should open my eyes as well as develop compassion. My eyes are wide open, open to the fact that for the last five decades, this country has spent billions upon billions fighting the war on drugs and what has it produced, bigger government that will not admit that it is miserable failure. I use to think that all we have been doing is pouring money into a leaking barrel, as it turn's out, it is more like turning a glass up side down and running an open tap on it. My eyes are open to the fact that, all that will be achieved by spending $76.6 million on substance abuse, during an upcoming election year, is political manipulation for votes.

There is a simple solution to dealing with opium based drugs, Step one, slam the southern border shut; two, fire-bomb the poppy fields; third, tell the pharmaceutical companies that are making billions to stick it where the sun don't shine. But wait a minute, if we were to do that than what would happen to all of the country's cottage industry drug enforcement agencies, save my taxpayer-funded job, save my taxpayer funded retirement, will be the resulting outcry backed up by their unions.

Putting a label of "disease "on drug abuse is just too easy, if physicians and psychologists think substance abuse is a disease, then tell them not to stand to close to any one who is addicted. I live in the real world, not over the rainbow where overpaid professionals, who wasted money getting a degree, to stick labels on a person with hang ups, that have decided that the only way to turn off the noise is drugs, and then those same professionals prescribing addictive drugs to cure what ails them. Whoever is designating substance abuse as a disease has surly been lying down in a field of opium poppy's along side of the yellow brick road.

My compassion is for the homeless vets, for the 35,000 New Hampshire households who are reaching out for fuel assistance, for the volunteers who fund raise for food pantry's, for the Marines with their toys-for-tots, for the one out of every six Americans who do not have enough food to eat every day, for the elderly who survive on Social Security and foot the paychecks for police that don't ever have to pay into Social Security in this state and every bell ringer who brave the cold that aren't getting this large sum of tax payer funds thrown at them!
I do not have compassion for spending taxpayer monies to mend someones guilty conscience or anyone trying to push a guilt trip down my throat. It looks like my priority's are just a little bit different. I would prefer that we spend this kind of monies on the needy majority, not the minute minority.

Further note, it is up to the Executive Branch to manage delivery of funds and services, and in turn produce measurable results. Concord is going to spend $76.6 million and all they will hope to come up with is "Measurable Results!" I find that funny coming from a state that ranks 34th for state integrity, transparency and accountability, ranks 49th in public access to information and ranks 39th in ethics enforcement agencies.

Enjoy the new state liquor store that they are building in New Hampton; the state will need that taxable income to further fund all of the departments that will receive the $76.6 million. It will not be enough to achieve "measurable results;" two years from now they will be back for more, and they will get it from the key politicians they will keep in place. History has proven that fact, time and time again.

Eric T. Rottenecker

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Hillary is best qualified to deal with complexities of the office

To The Daily Sun,

If I ask myself, "what is the most important issue facing our country today," what measurement should I use? As a senior citizen, I am fortunate to have health care. Will my children and grandchildren have that available? Will Social Security be solvent, college affordable, gun safety a requirement, equality in all arenas a given?

I am enthusiastic that I have the opportunity to support a candidate for president who is best qualified to deal with the complexities of the office. And though it is a bonus, that fact that she is a woman is not the reason I support Hillary Clinton. She has developed relationships with foreign leaders as Secretary of State and First Lady, worked with domestic partners in the Senate, and demonstrated dignity and respect in times of difficulty. These are many of the reasons Hillary is my choice for the Democratic nominee for president.

Intelligence is a strong prerequisite for the presidency, and her skills in applying that knowledge are just as important. The way Hillary stood strong and articulate with firm resolve for eleven hours as the House Representatives questioned her demonstrates her ability to remain cool under extreme pressure.

At a time of constant exposure, first appearances count. Boisterousness is not considered a plus. We are scrutinized nationally and internationally on a daily basis. Hillary Clinton is the most able to lead us going forward. I hope you will vote for her on Primary Day.

Nancy Donahue


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Better to try for remedy & possibly fail than to do nothing at all

To The Daily Sun,

Last Wednesday, at the request of the governor, both houses of the Legislature convened for a special session in Concord to approve the establishment of a joint bi-partisan drug task force designed to address the opioid epidemic here in New Hampshire. There were those in support as well as those who questioned the efficacy of such a measure. Ultimately, both houses agreed that it was better to try and possibly fail in search of a remedy rather than to do nothing at all.

As expected, there are many different viewpoints with respect to tackling this issue head-on. Here in Laconia, police officer Eric Adams has given law enforcement statewide a template in which family interdiction and accountability has yielded positive results. Others have suggested a more confrontational approach to the users themselves, with a special emphasis on stiffening penalties for the dealers.

Whichever viewpoint we may individually embrace, there are are two absolutes going forward. First, people are dying at an alarming rate, many of whom are under 30. Second, there is no broad panacea that will single-handedly solve this problem.

Rather, the achievement of solutions will be an ongoing work in progress predicated on keeping an open mind and a tenacity of purpose to be shared by all those affected and/or involved in this crisis.

State Rep. Peter J. Spanos
District 3, Finance Committee


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This is a religious war against the 'infidels', waged for centuries

To The Daily Sun,

American citizens are presently onlookers to France's 9/11 moment. There are so many questions, viewpoints, opinions and thoughts on what is happening, why and what should America do. Of course, I too have opinions and viewpoints concerning this critical point in history; however, I would like to point out something that seems to have been missed.

Some people are very sensitive to calling what is happening a "religious war" and quickly add that "the majority of Muslims are not involved" or that they even sympathize with these terrorist actions. Others ask: "If this is true, why DON'T they speak up in opposition and denounce the so called "radical few?"

In Turkey, at a soccer game, a moment of silence was asked for — a tribute to those who died in France on Friday, the 13th. As this tribute began, thousands in attendance started booing and chanting "Allah Akbar" — the war cry of the "radicalized Muslims," shouted during terrorist massacres. Hello?

This is a religious war against the "infidels" that has been waged throughout history, and in my opinion answers the question of why "the majority of Muslims" are not ever heard from. They just spoke.

Wake up America.

Ken Knowlton

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