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Join a Tea Party group today and make sure your voice is heard

To The Daily Sun,

What a delight to read in the Letters to the Editor in The Daily Sun on Jan. 6, from five thoughtful, well-researched writers on politics in America. If there are that many who write, there must be hundreds more in this area that think the same way. Why, then, is there no improvement in our great country?

Some would say we don't want to go back to the 1950s because women and blacks had no rights. But women were expected to stay home with their children and teach them proper ways of civilized people: Courtesy, morals, good use of their time, care for others, and frugality. Now we leave our children in the care of others who are not allowed to discipline them or teach them any belief system, or that there might be a power greater than the state.

Now the middle class has to have both parents working just to feed and clothe and house their families. And it's easier today to have splintered families and only one parent working, while the other disappears or isn't working. Then Romney's 48 percent becomes more apparent.

According to Gene Danforth's research, the middle class in the Roman Empire vanished under high taxes and loss of currency valuation. With everyone receiving the government handouts, there was no one left to pay the taxes. Rome fell.

We see this happening here. I've read letters to The Sun complaining about road conditions, schools, and city governments. Where is all our money going? Our federal taxes go to Washington and we are doled-out certain pork amounts, but only if we request them through grants, then government strings are attached, growing the federal government even more. Our money goes to the deep-pocketed politicians and the poor recipients who vote for them.
We have wonderful local help for the poor in Laconia: food pantries, church soup kitchens, Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul, etc., not reliant on federal funds.

How can we stop this abyss? What happens to our beloved representatives who promise us the world, then disappear into Washington, D.C., or Concord? To be sure, there are many good reps, but not enough to support a great America.

Join a Tea Party group today and make sure your voice is heard. Go to and sign up.

Peggy Graham

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Come to the Legion Post & tell us to our face we aren't really vets

To The Daily Sun,

On Thursday, Jan. 14, I read one of the most insulting letters I have ever seen. Eric Rottencker, USN, wrote, "... to have veteran status you need to have served in a war zone.

He is completely wrong. In order to have veteran status you had to serve in the armed forces during war or a conflict. The USA Congress sets the dates that for eligibility that is for those that served during that period. The dates are as are the following:
— World War I: April, 6, 1917 - Nov. 11, 1918.
— Word War II: Dec. 7, 1941 - Dec. 31, 1946.
— Korean War: June 25, 1950 - Jan. 31, 1955.
— Vietnam War: Feb. 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975.
— Lebanon/Grenada: Aug. 24, 1982 - July 31, 1984.
— Panama: Dec. 20, 1989 - Jan. 31, 1990.
— Gulf War/War on Terrorism: Aug. 2 1990 - present.

The only thing that I am aware of that you have to have been in a war zone is to join the Veteran of Foreign Wars.

We all owe a lot to those who served their country on foreign soil, but we also owe a lot to who served wherever they were told to go. I personally was a Navy hospital corpsman and served at Chelsea Naval Hospital and Brunswick Naval Air Station.

Except the writer of the letter, I am sure everyone knows that without those back home the ones overseas could not complete their mission without supplies, taking care of our wounded warriors, and the many other things it takes to do the job.

I am not proud of someone that acts like he is a big hero and with his knowledge of our veterans makes you wonder if he even served. I would love for you to come up to Post 33, American Legion, in Meredith and tell us to our face that we don't have veteran status. I am sure I am not the only veteran that feels how ignorant one person can be.

Look for us on Plymouth Street.

L. Michael Hatch

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