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Republican intelligentsia can’t bring themselves to vote Trump

To The Daily Sun,

Hillary Clinton is now ahead by nine in New Hampshire and six in Florida. She has opened up a six-point lead in Ohio and John Kasich is MIA. GOP Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will not back Trump and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson rightly calls him a fascist.

GOP Senator Susan Collins penned an op-ed in the Washington Post on why she cannot support Trump. "My conclusion about Mr. Trump's unsuitability for office is based on his disregard for the precept of treating others with respect, an idea that should transcend politics. Instead, he opts to mock the vulnerable and inflame prejudices by attacking ethnic and religious minorities ... Mr. Trump lacks the temperament, self-discipline and judgment required to be president."

Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson endorsed Clinton in a Washington Post op-ed. "The GOP, in putting Trump at the top of the ticket, is endorsing a brand of populism rooted in ignorance, prejudice, fear and isolationism... I will not vote for Donald Trump. I will not cast a write-in vote. I'll be voting for Hillary Clinton."

In an op-ed in newyorkupstate.com, House Republican Richard Hanna wrote, "I found him profoundly offensive and narcissistic but as much as anything, a world-class panderer, anything but a leader ... Secretary Clinton has issues ... But she stands and has stood for causes bigger than herself for a lifetime. That matters ... I will vote for Mrs. Clinton ... I find Trump deeply flawed in endless ways."

This week, Bush's Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and founding director of the George W. Bush Institute endorsed Hillary Clinton. James Glassman stated Hillary is "by far the superior candidate. She has the experience. She's got the character. She has the values. She is the kind of candidate I support and that, as I say, millions of republicans are supporting."

Retired Naval officer, Deputy Secretary of State under Bush, and assistant secretary of defense under Reagan, Richard Armitage is voting for Clinton. Armitage told Politico Trump "doesn't appear to be a Republican, he doesn't appear to want to learn about issues. So, I'm going to vote for Mrs. Clinton."

Brent Scowcroft, National Security Adviser to Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush endorsed Clinton. "Secretary Clinton shares my belief that America must remain the world's indispensable leader. She understands that our leadership and engagement beyond our borders makes the world, and therefore the United States, more secure and prosperous. She appreciates that it is essential to maintain our strong military advantage, but that force must only be used as a last resort." Clinton "brings deep expertise in international affairs, and a sophisticated understanding of the world," qualities, "essential for the Commander-in-Chief."

Mark Salter, John McCain's longtime chief of staff, is voting for Clinton. He described her as, "an adult who understands the responsibilities of an American President." On the other hand, Trump, "possesses the emotional maturity of a 6-year-old."

We knew that.

James Veverka

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Throughout his career, Moyer has treated people with respect

To The Daily Sun,

We have an opportunity this year to elect a man to the office of Sheriff of Belknap County who is truly unique.

Mike Moyer has been involved in law enforcement in Laconia for 27 years, starting out as a patrolman, then going through the ranks as corporal, detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain, all the way to chief of the Laconia PD.

Along the way, Mike always treated everyone that he encountered with respect, and as an appreciated human being first. Whether as a patrolman stopping a car, or as a detective investigating a crime, each person was treated with respect; as a person that counted. As an officer in command, he treated his fellow officers as valued men and women, whom he appreciated and depended upon.

When Mike Moyer speaks to you, he will look you in the eye, and you will have his full attention, and he will listen to you and hear what you are saying. These qualities of appreciating people as people first, and understanding that one particular situation doesn't need to define this particular human being for the rest of their life, is what makes Mike Moyer a very special person, and a very special law enforcement officer. It is why someone that Mike had arrested in the past, felt that it was necessary to let Mike know that they would support him in his campaign for Sheriff of Belknap County. This person respected Mike, and understood that Mike did what was necessary at that time, and appreciated that Mike had treated them respectfully.

I believe Mike Moyer will be a sheriff in the style of Dan Collis. I doubt you could find anyone that would find fault with Dan. He was a man that all respected, and a man that respected others. He had an ever-present smile and a desire to be the very best he could be for the people of Belknap County. I see Mike as the same opportunity to have a man that will take this very important job and give it his all, and give the people of Belknap County a Sheriff that will uphold the law, respect the people, respect his officers, and do his utmost to defend and protect the Constitution.

I thank Mike and his wife Robin for taking on this campaign, and I hope I have the opportunity to soon call him Sheriff Mike Moyer.

Jean Ferreira

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