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Social issues will lose elections faster than failing grade for Congress

To The Daily Sun,

In a recent e-mail discussion I had with Senator Kelly Ayotte, I asked why she voted down federal funding of Planned Parenthood. This was the Senators reply.

"Like many Americans, I was appalled by recent videos that show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting of organs from aborted babies."

This is what I sent back.

Dear Kelly,
The video you are referring to has more splices than the Nixon tapes. I agree that a full investigation into those tapes should be made, I'm sure it came from some wacko-doodle far-right group who have failed to push their agenda in the past. We need to keep the Church separated from the State. If you feel so strongly about defunding Planned Parenthood then you should also agree that the taxpayers in this state/nation should not be footing the bill for Narcan. Drug addiction is not a disease, it's a choice or a weakness, if you prefer. Why are we not footing the bill for chemotherapy. If lawmakers are on a guilt trip because the money they spend on drug interdiction has proven futile at best, then they should stop dropping it on the taxpayer. In other words don't load your pack on the other guy's shoulders. As a secular Republican I would rather see a woman get an abortion than to be forced into having a baby who will be not only a burden on the woman, unloved and perhaps despised, but also a burden on the state. If I sound a bit Trumpish, I'm not the only one. The last thing I want to see is going back to the coat hanger, in some dark room, down some back alley. Remember that social issues will lose re-elections faster then a F on the Congress report card.

Eric

On a follow-up thought, I keep reading over and over again about the one constituent who was a friend of one of our state senators, who lost her 21-year-old to a drug overdose. That one loss is grounds enough to increase the state's drug interdiction from $28 million to $59 million so it will ease the pain of a guilty conscience (not to mention all of the state jobs with all of those future votes it will bring in). Perhaps spending this kind of money on the 20 percent of the state's population who go to bed hungry or the for real diseases that taxpayers have to pay out of pocket or with high insurance rates would be much more beneficial to the majority of the senator's constituents. Get your priorities straight, senators, and keep your personal beliefs out of politics and out of our pockets and off our backs.

Eric T. Rottenecker
Bristol

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Thanks for help introducing new Laconia teachers to their community

To The Daily Sun,

On behalf of the Laconia School District, I would like to thank the following local businesses for welcoming our new Laconia School District professional staff on Monday, Aug. 24.

These businesses include: All My Life Jewelers, Art Escape, Bank of NH, Bead Devine, Belknap Mill, Bootleggers, Burrito Me, Happy Cow Ice Cream, Laconia Fire Department, MC Cycle, Polished and Proper, Daubs Shoe Repair, Frates Art Studio, Laconia Athletic and Swim Club, Laconia Chamber of Commerce, Laconia City Hall, Laconia Police Department, Laconia Public Library, My Coffee House, Prescott's Florist, Soda Shoppe, SunDay's Salon, Sunflower Health Foods, The Studio, Village Bakery, Vintage Row, Wayfarer Coffee Roasters, and Whittemore's Florist.

Many of our new teachers are new to the area and it was helpful to introduce them to local merchants and services as well as learn about our amazing and supportive community.

Regina Theberge

Administrative Assistant

Laconia School District

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