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With our freedom comes a duty to the community we all live in

To The Daily Sun,

I am running as a Democrat for state representative in District 2, made up of Gilford and Meredith. My fellow candidates are Lisa DiMartino, Dorothy Piquado, and Nancy Frost.

Our Republican friends are running on a broad platform of "freedom," which to them seems to mean "Leave me alone!" I believe in freedom too, but I feel that with freedom comes a duty to the community we all live in — an obligation to work for the best quality of life for all our citizens — old and young, rich and poor, gay and straight (and other), abled and disabled.

This means taking care of the need to be clothed fed, educated and cared for medically. It also means taking extra pains to preserve the natural beauty around us, not just for its own sake, but also because, frankly, it is so important in attracting new visitors, residents, businesses and, hence revenue to our state.

Last, but by no means least, it means combating our opioid epidemic. We must look at both the supply — how these drugs are getting into the wrong hands, and the demand — how we can bring people to resist the temptation to trade real life for an easy high.

I believe an agenda of thoughtlessly cutting taxes leads to making problems more expensive down the road. I am anxious to discuss ways of sharing the financial burdens of government and education fairly, and I looking for means of bringing more out-of-state dollars into New Hampshire. Thanks for your consideration.

Johan Andersen

Gilford

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When evidence against their candidate mounts; they scream 'racism'

To The Daily Sun,

"Let's be frank here folks, Wiles, Earle, Meade and Ewing have a problem with Obama being black and that Clinton is a woman." While others including Scott Cracraft and Tim Welch have inferred I am a racist, Carol Stappi just came right out and said it about me and three others in that quote from her Oct. 13 letter. She also claims that we are misogynists as well.

I would like to thank Carol from the bottom of my heart for being so honest with what seems to be in her heart. When the left or the modern-day liberal socialists among us have nothing of substance to offer, they scream racism to anyone with an opinion different from theirs.

When the evidence about the corruption of their candidate becomes overwhelming, they scream "racism." I believe Carol is defaming all that Martin Luther King Jr. stood for and died for with her baseless use of the racism label. Carol, your attempt to smear us is nothing more than despicable bullying.

Bullying and name-calling is what the left does best. I should not have to explain that I am not referring to all the people who vote for Democrats. Most of them either do not know what today's Democratic Party embodies or they have been indoctrinated by the academic elites to think that Republicans are racist. Especially all those "white older men." Right, Carol?

Most of my friends and co-workers who agree with the Democrats are really good people and I respect them. This letter is not about them. Carol's letter illuminates what the progressive leftist movement thinks about those who have opposing views and opinions.

Despite the mountain of corruption, collusion and pay-for-play that has come out via Wikileaks and the Judicial Watch, Carol proclaims that "Hillary Clinton is not crooked." Well, there you have it ladies and gentlemen. Bullying, name-calling and denying or distortion of reality are critical elements of the progressive left movement that have poisoned our political system. Thank you Carol for your letter that speaks volumes.

Russ Wiles
Tilton

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