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Here's a story that is really deserving of a 'God Bless America"

To The Daily Sun,

This is a story about an act of kindness.

My niece's husband, a native of the Netherlands, recently became a citizen of the United States. He, and we, and the rest of the family and friends are delighted. I thought it would be nice to get him a gift of an American flag lapel pin. Sounds easy enough, but not so.

I was in Staples getting some office supplies and asked if they carried the flag pins. They did not. I drove across to a jewelers in the Tanger outlet, but no luck there either. I stopped at a gift shop a short distance past the "Mosquito Bridge" but they didn't carry them either. Then on to another jewelers in the Belmont Mall . . . no luck. On over to JoAnn Fabrics and no luck again. Down the road to Walgreen's and they didn't carry them either.

I stopped at All My Life Jewelry store on Main Street and finally, found a store that had such a pin. I explained to the pleasant young woman that I wanted to buy it as a gift for my nephew-in-law who had just become a naturalized citizen, and that he would be coming up this weekend. She showed me the pin and it is actually much nicer than the one that I wear.

The woman then asked if I would like it gift-wrapped and I said yes. She then did a beautiful job of setting it in cotton in a gift box, wrapped it, and then made a handful of ribbon bows to adorn it.

And, when all was said and done, neither she nor Randy would accept any money ... they generously wanted to give a gift to a new citizen. Of course I thanked them for their kindness and will make sure I deal with them whenever I have a jewelry need.

Now, isn't that deserving of a God bless America?

Bob Meade


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I have never endorsed censorship in any way, shape or form

To The Daily Sun,

Trust but verify, President Reagan once said. Especially before casting your vote. I would like to trust that the comments and promised made are what the candidate will be trying to do. I realize that times change along with the conditions we have to work with. However, when they say one thing and end up doing exactly the opposite then we have a problem.

Usually the word recall comes in handy but I've never heard it used lately. That's my basic bottom line to this drawn out conversation we've been having here. Am I the only one who thinks our politicians are getting away with talking out of both sides of their mouth? I don't care who you're voting for or against I think we should feel that the things they say they will be doing are what they will be doing, or at least close to it.

I try to base my writings on the words of new shows, online blogs, websites and/or opinions of those writers who penned them. Ted Cruz says he will do XYZ, so if elected that is what he should be doing and not the opposite. The term flip-flop was used quite a bit on John Kerry and seems to be the norm now.

I have never endorsed censorship in any way, shape or form and still don't. Political opinions are fine and some of us agree and some of us don't. I'm sure that will always be the way or life will be boring while most will have nothing to complain about. I'm sure many of my "facts" are questionable to some but accurate to others. And Dale, I do not believe in censorship. I do believe in free speech and do not believe in your accusations against me.

I enjoy reading others opinions and also like to see them backed with facts, especially around election time. Do you remember Lowell Weicker who was a politician in Connecticut years ago and he was running on a "No State Income Tax" platform. He was elected and first thing he did was institute a state income tax. I think he just crossed the Iowa border running west.

So Dale, one of the reason your Social Security payments are low, remember you were complaining about them in a recent letter, and the reason is that you have to work a certain number of quarters and hours to make more than you are making now. With all the travel you brag about I assume you didn't make the cut but I'm glad you're amused with my writings.

Jon Hoyt


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