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Our right of conscience not derived from 'the people' but from God

To The Daily Sun,

G. Maloof states, "The U.S. government derives from people (not God) as it clearly states in the preamble..."We the people." No question about that, but ask yourself from where do the people (little people such as myself or you — so educated) so obtain the authority or right to so declare the establishment of government and to confer to it power.

Originally it didn't reference the United States when it was inserted in the last days of the convention but did list the states. Further, due to its limited nature, the Preamble has never been used in case adjudication, other than some frivolous litigation. That the "People" were those of the various states and New Hampshire was one of them it is quite safe to say that at least those representing our state absolutely believed in God. Article 5 of the New Hampshire Constitution, as it states a natural and unalienable right to worship God.

(Art.) 6. (Morality and Piety). As morality and piety, rightly grounded on high principles, will give the best and greatest security to government, and will lay, in the hearts of men, the strongest obligations to due subjection; and as the knowledge of these is most likely to be propagated through a society — piety — the quality of being religious or reverent. Blessings and Ordain are not words used by atheist but by the religious. Our unalienable right of conscience is not derived from "the people" or granted to us by government. Thomas Jefferson held John Locke in high esteem, John Locke held that the people's common refuge was provided by God.

Mr. Maloof must feel like one of the lions in the Roman Coliseum being one of "we atheist" licking his chops knowing another God-fearing person has been put in their place.

G.W. Brooks

Meredith

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People could buy a lot of food with their beer & cigarette money

To The Daily Sun,

Stop the smoking and drinking! The government would have a lot more money if they would stop buying booze and cigarettes for people who live in low income housing. Don't they realize that people who don't smoke have to smell that awful cigarette smell in their hallways everyday, plus if they fall asleep with a cigarette not only will they burn, several other places will too! Because they are all connected. Second hand smoke is bad for people as much as first hand is.

The cost for both cigarettes and beer are very high now. People could buy a lot more good food with that money, and everyone would be much safer. It should not be allowed on government property in the first place.

Diana Fields

Franklin

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