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So why purposely avoid mentioning Select Committee report?

To The Daily Sun,

Steve Earle, the twister of facts, is under the mistaken impression that only the State Department found no wrongdoing in the Benghazi tragedy. He cleverly omitted the GOP-led bipartisan Select Committee (which was given the following charge):

"On May 8, 2014, the House of Representatives adopted H. Res. 567, Providing for the Establishment of the Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, Libya. The "House Select Committee on the Events Surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi" will have special investigatory tools not available to every standing committee of the House. It will have clear goals designed to force accountability, get the full truth, and help provide justice. The four Americans killed in service to the country and the American people deserve no less."

That quote is directly from http://www.gop.gov/solution_content/benghazi/.

On Nov. 21, 2014, the final report was released: In an article in The Blaze (http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/11/21/now-thats-what-i-call-a-friday-news-dump-final-report-released-after-two-year-investigation-into-benghazi/):

"A two-year investigation by the Republican-controlled House Intelligence Committee has found that the CIA and the military acted properly in responding to the 2012 attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, and asserted no wrongdoing by Obama administration appointees.

Debunking a series of persistent allegations hinting at dark conspiracies, the investigation of the politically charged incident determined that there was no intelligence failure, no delay in sending a CIA rescue team, no missed opportunity for a military rescue, and no evidence the CIA was covertly shipping arms from Libya to Syria."

Now to quote Steve's letter, "How it works is each department or agency suspected of wrongdoing decides beforehand what the investigation findings should be then announces an investigation then shortly after announces that they cleared themselves."

Wow, Steve. You must have known this report was out. Why did you purposely avoid mentioning it? Oh wait, I know. It's because you are smarter than anyone else (after all, you do watch Fox News) and think that whatever you write is believed by all readers without question. Mr. Osmer was spot on in his factual comments. You, sir, are disingenuous and as usual dead wrong and your purposeful misrepresentation of the facts does a grave disservice to the brave lives lost that tragic day. Who would ever believe anything you write? Shame on you Mr. Earle.

Carol Stappi


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Big community effort got Batchelder family back in their home

To The Daily Sun,

On Dec. 8 there was a fire at 115 Kelley Pond Road that left a home uninhabitable and 12 people homeless, including six children and one adult with autism. They had no insurance and did not have the funds to rebuild. I met with the Batchelders on Dec. 12, offering my time to try to help them get back into their home before Christmas. The reason for this was that I believe that every child deserves a place to call home.

I was not there to judge what had happened in their past nor was I going to question why they did not have insurance. All I knew was that they needed their home back to raise their grandchildren. They were living out of a hotel room with no immediate resolutions to their problem, however, Scott Batchelder was determined to rebuild on his own no matter how long it took. Scott and Diana were committed to providing their grandchildren a home and I was committed to helping them.

We started on Monday, Dec. 15, with very little money, but many of my brothers and sisters from Laconia Professional Fire Fighters believing in me and my goal. As the days progressed, volunteers kept stepping up and businesses continued to donate. What happened over the next two weeks is a true testament to the good in people. We had many obstacles along the way, but were able to do what many called impossible. On the 14th day of working we were able to move the Batchelders back into their home.

Many people volunteered their time to accomplish this very fulfilling dream I had. They never asked for any recognition and were just there to help the family. I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for what all of you did for me and the family. You know who you are and if there is anything I can do for you in the future, you know my number.

To the businesses that helped, I also thank you. Without you we could not have accomplished what we did.

Laconia Professional Fire Fighters Local 1153, The New Hampton Fire Fighters Association, Alex Ray and the Common Man Chain of Restaurants, Dumpster Depot, Rowell's Sewer and Drain, Lakes Region Chimney Pros, Superior Insulation, Metro Walls Inc., TNT Electrical, Stove Barn, Cerutti Construction, Home Beautiful, Plymouth Sherwin Williams, DZN Remodeling, A&B Locksmith, J&M Plumbing and Heating, Creative Counters LLC, Tilton Lowe's Home Improvements, Tilton Home Depot, Pinard waste removal, Rockingham Electric, Nutter Enterprises, CruCon, DaSilva Motorsports, Northeast Tire, Middleton Lumber, Conneston Construction Incorporated. If I forgot to include you, I truly apologize. You did not go unnoticed.

To the Batchelder family, thank you for allowing me to help you. You may not know this, but this has helped me as much as it has helped you. Welcome home.

Stephen Hanser


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