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Nothing can change truth that only God can judge these matters

To The Daily Sun,

As he has done in the past, Mr. McCoy, in his most recent letter, invokes scripture to attack the president and those with different beliefs and lifestyles. While I support Mr. McCoy's right to hold these views, I would like to interject a scripture reading of my own, which encapsulates my feelings on the issues: Do not revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord (Romans 12:19). Judge not, that ye be not judged (Matthew 7:1).

Mr. McCoy is welcome to judge, but he must also be willing to be judged. Jesus Christ rejected the personal judging of others, their lifestyles and beliefs. Jesus clearly sees a pure love of God and for our fellow human beings as the bottom line for being a Christian. He commanded us to love the poor (I believe McCoy refers to them as "bums") and serve the needy without condition.

McCoy continues by stating that the "unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God," and while this may be true, God will be the judge, and mankind can run around and have all the debates they like concerning abortion, homosexuals, adulterers, etc., but that will never change the truth that only God can judge these matters. If we believe that God is a God of justice, He will make sure that these issues are made right.

All too often, we have a tendency to condemn people who are different from us, hold different beliefs, and define their "sins" as paramount and our own sinfulness as being insignificant. I do not expect to change anyone's views on these most controversial topics, I seek only to give those who will hear, the choice to allow God to determine what is right and wrong in each individual case, and not a soul who God may find innocent by his own reasoning and perhaps ... forgiven.

While I'm certainly not a biblical scholar and not comfortable in quoting the Bible, the line spoken by Jesus when he was asked to condemn a woman accused of adultery seems appropriate in an age where morality is often like instant coffee — Jesus asked those without sin to cast the first stone; who will it be? When God looks upon a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person as one of his children with love, or reject and condemn them? Our greatest moral failing is to condemn something as a moral failing: no vice is worse than being judgmental.

Lazy, knee-jerk morality is far too often replacing sober debate, which usually requires people to actually read and think before they react.

McCoy continues in his letter, accusing the president of "standing up for abortion". While this statement may fit into McCoy's political agenda, it falls short of telling the whole truth. President Obama has been a consistent champion of reproductive choice and makes preserving a woman's right to choose under Roe v. Wade a priority as president. He also supports expanding access to contraception and health information and preventive services to reduce unintended pregnancies.

I would like to assure Mr. McCoy that we will always remember the painful, tragic events of 9/11. We will also have to live with the knowledge of the thousands of lives lost in a furtive campaign to uncover "weapons of mass destruction".

L.J. Siden

Gilmanton

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I am prepared to serve as a selectman for Town of Meredith

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Rosemary Landry and I am running for a position on the Meredith Selectboard. I have learned a lot about town government by attending the Selectboard and Planning Board meetings. I will concern myself with town issues and the citizens of Meredith. I will focus on bringing more residents into the decision-making issues that relate to our town.

During the summer of 2014, Ralph Pisapia and I started a petition to fix Meredith Neck Road. We obtained over 100 signatures and invited Joe Kenney, our Executive Council representative, to view the road structure, which he did. Joe Kenney said he would look into the last time the road was paved and we are presently waiting on his response.

I like to travel to the different towns of New Hampshire, where I attend meetings, meet new people, and listen to their concerns. I have attended Northern Pass meetings, Wind Watch, Care Group that meets in Bristol, and listened to their Wind Resource RBO [Rights Based Ordinance]. Recently I attended the New Hampton Selectboard meeting, per request of a board member. I have even traveled as far north as Lancaster. I also attend the Statehouse hearings and listen to the bills being presented, and if there is a citizen's rights issue, I sometimes rise to speak.

My parents were Irish immigrants, who came to this country, fell in love, married and had eight children. I now have dual citizenship in USA and Ireland. I still have family in Ireland and I visit as often as I can. I am a mother of three and I have 11 grandchildren. I am a registered nurse and I have worked in every aspect of nursing, but my love has always been pediatric nursing. I worked for years on a pediatric unit as a clinical coordinator. Communication skills and multi-tasking were essential, but the main focus was always for the protection of patient and family, and teaching was essential. Actually, the nurses were the advocates in front of the physicians.

When my son was in law school, I developed a keen interest in legal ethics. I am a certified paralegal, and thanks to my son I had numerous books to read, in addition to the course books. I also developed a keen interest in writing, so I took a creative writing course and now I love to write Poetry in Motion.

I will be an advocate for the residents of Meredith. It has always been my nature. Please cast a vote for me on March 10.

Rosemary Landry
Meredith

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