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I'll be happy to accept your challenge to attend Tea Party meeting

To The Daily Sun,

In recent letters to The Sun, at least three people challenged me to attend a Tea Party meeting. I am flattered that these people want me to attend. I thank you all for the invitation and I intend to take you up on it.

One such writer, my friend Steve Earle, actually bet me "a coffee and a doughnut" that I would not attend such a meeting. He will lose this bet. I told him the other day that I would attend and in the near future I will be attending one with him. I am holding him to the coffee and doughnut, though.

Actually, I do not mind attending any event I have time for, even those whose organizers I disagree with. In fact, I have been present at a couple of Tea Party events. But, alas, at none of the meetings in the Lakes Region mentioned by one writer to The Sun. I have attended conservative Christian church services (including those that did not have a coffee and doughnut hour after services) and have gone to creation science lectures. I have even attended meetings of the conservative John Birch Society, including one in Laconia.

So, to any of the others who invited me to Tea Party meetings, remember I am in the phone directory. Feel free to invite me any time. Will you also extend Mr. Earle's offer of coffee and doughnuts?

E. Scott Cracraft

Gilford

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United we stand; We must make our country USA Strong

To The Daily Sun,

Democratic and Republican parties grossly misuse the words liberal and conservative. First, liberal comes from the Latin word, libre "to be free." A liberal is a free thinker. Neither party fits this description in that they do not embrace liberalism. Both parties are narrow-minded, rigidly maintaining their respective platforms. Conservative has its base from the word, conserve. This means conserve our rights, Constitution, country, way of life, as well as the greater public good. A true conservative should focus on the preservation of our overall health, safety and welfare.

The U.S. Constitution protects our right to the pursuit of life, liberty, happiness, and the right to property. The Bill of Rights, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution extends this protection in multiple situations, all of which are appropriate today. Therefore, neither Republicans nor Democrats are either liberal or conservative.

One can be a free thinker if he/she takes all the perspectives and evidence, of a given issue and weighs these fairly and objectively. None of the parties in this country does this. For the most part, it is felt most parties are bigots, in that they do not recognize and understand, the dimensions and scope of this country's demographics. They also fail to realize the positive attributes of other parties. One is a conservative when they conserve the principles of our Constitution, our way of life, promoting the health, safety, welfare, and the rights accorded by this document.

Recent Ferguson events appear to be racial. However, reviewing these events indicate something far deeper and dangerous confronting our country today. Democrats need to recognize that some nearly 60 percent of this country is supporting the other 40 percent. This cannot continue. We simply are taxed out to support more people right now. Yet, the Republicans want to take away our rights to safety, health, and welfare, destroying an institution that was commenced by the American Revolution. Ferguson demonstrates this significant weakness developing in our country today. The "Hug" picture shows there is hope for our country, for all Americans, be they born here, immigrants (legal and illegal), or adopted.

Large companies need to realize the heart and soul of our economy are our people. If we do not work, we cannot buy their products. With monies in our hands, the economy will grow. This would improve the quality of life for everyone. Outsourcing jobs does not make our economy grow, people here in this country do. With job growth in towns like Ferguson, events that occurred can be either reduced or prevented. This concept applies to every geographical area, business, and industry in this country. An increase in minimum wage is essential to improving the lot of the employment picture.

Consider something else. The United States is the only country in the entire world that has significant populations trying to enter for freedom, hope, and life. There is something right about our country.

All parties must realize two things. First, each of us is a heartbeat from death. Death is the equalizer of all human life, and life on this planet. We are created, born, live, and die. Secondly, no matter what the color of skin, creed or religion, sexual orientation, rich or poor our blood is red. The movie, "To Sir with Love" points this out. The black teacher in England sustained a cut and bled. A student said, "His blood is red." Another student said, "Did you expect it to be, purple?" We must understand we are all human beings on this planet.

A sobering note must be considered. Should an asteroid, meteor, or even the Moon demolish our planet, there is no discrimination. Everyone will be impacted. Climate change impacts Everyone. Free thinkers know this, and must seek and develop ways to improve and conserve our existence.

Ferguson is an eye-opener in this age of electronics and high tech age. These protests are genuine. Peaceful protests are legal and must be protected at all costs. It is of mutual benefit to all U.S. citizens and our guests. Violent protest is unacceptable. However, this demonstrates frustrations of peoples held back and denied their rights. Please consider the French Revolution, the American Revolution, the Civil War, the World Wars (I and II), and the wars of all mankind. The NFL football players in St. Louis had the right to protest. They supported a fragile and desperate community. Demonstrations across the US focused on all rights, not just a single group. The high tech age has exposed more government intervention and invasion of our privacy than ever before. These are further threatened by the divisiveness in this country. We must learn from Ferguson to recover and strengthen our country.

Liberal, free-thinking people must focus on what is needed to conserve our Constitution. Democrats, Libertarians, Tea Party People, Republicans, etc. need to come together to preserving our union. (Please remember, this is what Abraham Lincoln was trying to do with the Civil War.) But we also need to know, the "Price of freedom is not free." There is sacrifice, but there is hope. Ferguson offers an opportunity of hope for all of us. All of us must come together to promote all our welfare, health, and safety, as well as quality of life. This long division must not continue. Ferguson points this out. When our country becomes unified, we can grow strong again.

High tech has created the potential for our country to fall. Our electrical power grids are at risk that will devastate our economy. Our lives, quality of life are at risk. The rights to privacy, protection under our Constitution are at risk. Computer hacking is just as serious to the welfare of our country as the events of Ferguson. Ferguson is opening our eyes to all of these issues that trouble our country. Racial unity, religious unity is a benefit for all peoples and creeds. High tech needs to be constrained within the dimensions of our Constitution, without sacrificing all our rights.

The U.S. Constitution is the greatest document created in the history of mankind. Religious books are great documents. The Constitution protects the rights of religions. The Constitution is designed to protect all of us regardless of race, creed, age, or sexual orientation. We are all human beings.

The expression, "In unity we are strong, divided we crumble" applies to our country's existence today. We had "Boston Strong" in the past. Now we must make our country, "USA Strong"! USA Strong can provide the hope by learning from the events of Ferguson. Please, let us all open our eyes to those who are USA Strong today. We cannot do this separately, individually or divided. We must do this all together, (united we stand).

John F. Kennedy said these words. "Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what YOU can do for YOUR country." Let's see what we can do for our country, to make it strong again. Let's see how we can learn about our differences, ourselves, our neighbors, our peoples who make this country. Most important, we must merge these differences, then work together to make our country USA Strong.

Robert T. Joseph, Jr.

RN, ASN, BA, EMT-I

New Hampton

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