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Lies cannot be justified by claiming they are just 'personal views'

To The Daily Sun,

Steve Earle provides us with the Lakes Region's equivalent to Al Sharpton. He is consumed with the whole of conservative politics. It doesn't matter the issue, if liberals are for it, then Earle, despite facts and reason, is against it. He doesn't care about being factual or truthful because he doesn't need to be — "I don't have to prove a thing." His primary goal is to peddle as much misinformation to the readers of this forum as possible. His intent is to make them afraid, and so full of hate, that they'll believe practically anything. He and other conservative contributors have developed a following built by the politics of hate, driven by fear, and solidified by ignorance.

In a recent letter, he stirs up white resentment, by accusing Sharpton of "hating police", "hating whites", "hating Republicans" and "anyone who doesn't see things his way," while Earle has made it painfully clear that he hates Obama, Democrats, Muslims, homosexuals, immigrants, people on welfare — pretty much anyone who isn't a straight white Christian. In other words — "anyone who doesn't see things his way."

And most recently, he claims that "the left doesn't believe in God". His hatred and fear undermine what little integrity he may have had.

Over the years, I and others, have been confronting Earle on the fabricated stories he has submitted to this forum. When asked to refute my allegations his response was, "No L.J. I don't have to prove a thing." Based on that response, we must conclude that any information provide by Earle is not true. My suspicions were substantiate recently when Earle fabricated a story in which I inquired about Obama comments referencing the ACA, which I never made.

This is another lie in an effort to cover up for his brazen, "I don't have to prove a thing" comment. He continually justifies his lies by claiming they are his "personal views", or a "difference of opinion". While I respect his "personal views" and respect his "difference of opinion", Earle doesn't seem to understand that when voicing his "views" and "opinions" as truth, without proof, they are considered fabrications. He submits these concocted "views" and "opinions" often, not knowing whether or not they are actually true — false statements made with the intent to deceive. Earle's lame defense for his misinformation is that he relies on a "blog site he trusts," his "reliable sources,"  and the "accuracy" of others. It's reassuring that he now includes another comedian, Bill Maher, as a source of "facts" (since when does Maher become the "left's most respected spokesperson?)

It would be enlightening if Earle could support his contentions with facts and appropriate sources to substantiate his claims. Lacking this information, we must conclude that his statements are manufactured falsehoods.

In his frustration and lack of moral character, he falsely accuses me of statements that I never made. Apparently Earle believes "whether or not he (Siden) used those 'precise' words or not is completely beside the point." In his inevitable and arrogant way, he responds with false attacks to demean and ridicule, but never addresses issues raised.

When I point out his falsehoods, he refers to them as "character assassinations". I firmly believe that I don't have to assassinate Earle's character — he does quite well on his own.

L.J. Siden

Gilmanton

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Proposed Heritage Commission would be Ashland advisory committee

To The Daily Sun,

The Ashland Historical Society Board of Directors urges the voters of Ashland to approve Article 16 to establish a Heritage Commission at the town election on March 10.

The Heritage Commission will serve a role for the community's historic resources similar to that served by the Conservation Commission for its natural resources. It will seek to identify and inventory Ashland's historic resources, will work with the Ashland Historical Society, the Planning Board and other local boards and committees on matters relating to historic resources, and will help with coordinating and fund-raising for cultural events.

As proposed, the Heritage Commission will be an advisory committee. (Although some towns have given their Heritage Commissions the powers of an historic district commission, no such authority is granted by this warrant article.) The new commission will take over the duties of the existing Historic Commission, formed in 1970 to oversee the Whipple House. We feel that the commission could obtain grants and other assistance not available to private organizations like ours. The Historical Society looks forward to working with the Heritage Commission on preserving and promoting Ashland's history and historic resources. So, we hope that Ashland's citizens will vote for this article on March 10.

Bob Baker, Elisabeth Allen Cody, Katie Maher, Sandy Ray, David Ruell, Jane Sawyer, Brad Wolff

Ashland Historical Society Board

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