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I'll take position of Tilton-Northfield Fire Commissioner seriously

To The Daily Sun,

I would like to introduce myself to the residents of Tilton and Northfield and ask for their votes on March 10 for the position of Fire Commissioner. To avoid any confusion though, I am not the guy with the pallet shop on Sargent Street. That would be my father and he has not been responsible for my opinions and/or actions for quite some time.

I do, however, hope to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather, Raymond Manning, by serving the residents as he did. Love the man or not, he was the best road agent Tilton ever had, and his 25 years in the elected position is testament to the fact. My point is not to ride his coattails but rather let you all know you can count on me as much as you did him.

I would like to emphasize that my interest in running stems from a fiscally responsible mindset whereby I aim to balance the public safety mission with being a good steward of taxpayer monies. It is my belief that my background gives the voters a sound choice for this position.

I am a long-time resident of the community of Tilton and graduated from the local school district in 1986. From that point I pursued a career in the Army, retiring as a master sergeant in 2010 after 23-plus years. Since my retirement I have been attending college as a full-time student, graduating from Plymouth State this past May and currently working on my Master's degree with UMass Boston.

During my military service, I served in numerous leadership positions managing personnel, equipment, and funds. As a program manager within the recruiting command, I was responsible for the obligation and disbursement of federal funds, obtaining purchase agreements, and oversight of assigned equipment. This position required training and certification which emphasized the gravity of obligating funds and the laws governing said actions. This was a position I took very seriously as I know those funds come from the community in which I reside.

You can count on me to take the position of Fire Commissioner just as seriously should you honor me with your votes.

If you would like to support me further, I have campaign signs that are looking for lawns, rather snowbanks, to adorn. If you would like to display a sign or have any specific questions of me, I may be reached at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dennis Manning


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Leftists aren't interested in facts or history; ends justify means

To The Daily Sun,

Reading the most recent unfortunate letter submitted here by James Veverka, I must wonder just what kind of Kool-Aid he's ingesting this time?

He starts out in the very first paragraph, following the stupid example of his President Obama, trying to draw a moral equivalence between today and the Thirty Years War, which started in 1618 and ended in 1648. Then he continues on, seemingly forever, paragraph after paragraph which I can only describe as a load of bull excrement. Finally he ends up telling readers that the anti-slavery abolitionist movement was inspired largely by secularists.

Real history — if James had cared to research it, he would find abolitionist movement was first started by Quakers John Greenleaf Whittier and Benjamin Lay in 1688. Wikipedia credits Quakers and Mennonites both. Puritans got into it in 1701 when Samual Jewall wrote "The Selling of Joseph." The list of clergymen, evangelists, religious scholars and devout Christians is long, but I failed to find any noted secular men among them. I give readers these names to consider: John Greenleaf Whittier, Benjamin Lay, John Woodman, Anthony Benezet, Montesquieu (French philosopher), Granville Sharp, John Wesley (father of Methodism), Benjamin Franklin, Adam Smith, James Otis, Rev. John Newton, (wrote "Amazing Grace"), William Wilberforce, Thomas Clarkson, Joseph Wedgwood, Hannah More, and Sir James Stephen.

James can check with Wikipedia or any of the other dozens of historical sites for conformation of these facts. I also will offer the nationalhumanitiescenter.org and gilderlehrman.org among the many others.

It should be clear to readers by this time that leftists like James are not interested in facts or history and will resort to any means to justify his ends. Their personal attacks, smears and slanders are aimed at those who dare to challenge their distortions and misinformation and say far about them then it does about their targets.

Also, I believe this concentrated attack on Christians is an attempt by the left to draw the attention away from the Islamic terrorists and Obama's dismal foreign policy failures which have created the environment for them to thrive in. President Bush was exactly right with his prediction of what Obama's policy's would bring.

Steve Earle


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