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If you don't like the elections results, there's always another vote

To The Daily Sun,

I am saddened to read the letter by Marshall Bishop (Aug. 15) in The Laconia Daily Sun. This is a guy who has worked incredibly hard over the years to build a good business in Gilmanton that serves folks in the region — one of the few new and expanding businesses in this town, which desperately needs a better economic base. He has made a real attraction out of a local historic property. He is a great neighbor and citizen. If you need help, he's one of those people who will turn on a dime to give you help. As I know from experience, he'll literally dig you out of a ditch.

He's now trying to make a good citizenship contribution by serving as a selectman for a limited period of time to make some necessary improvements in our town government.

And what does he get? A personal campaign against him and his business and nastiness in the local press by a small determined group of people, presumably because he ran for office, as one is allowed to do in a democracy, and won. And meanwhile, town employees are being required to spend an enormous amount of time filling requests for information and documents that might be used to get at Mr. Bishop, making it difficult for them to get other things done, which has a negative impact on the whole community.

It's just not the right way to deal with people, or to deal with being unhappy about election results. We can all raise our voices, but we should do so constructively. And if we don't like the results of an election, there's always another coming up.

I'm a neighbor of Marshall and Sunny Bishop and proud of it. Mr. Bishop and I don't agree on everything about political matters, but that's neither here nor there. I felt compelled to write to express my admiration for him and my disappointment at the way he is being treated. I wasn't going to write because the tone of the attacks is just not attractive, but I've heard enough people around Gilmanton concerned about both how Marshall Bishop is being treated, and the impact on staff time in Gilmanton, that I had to speak up.

Virginia Sapiro

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Obama and Hillary didn't found ISIS but they enabled it

To The Daily Sun,

President Obama and Hillary Clinton founded ISIS in the sense that their policies, neglect, and assistance enabled ISIS to become a well-armed, well-trained, wealthy, and effective fighting force. Without Obama's and Hillary's help, ISIS would still be the weak, ineffective terrorist group that President Obama declared to be the "JV" team.

No rational person believes that Trump was saying that Obama and Hillary were in the room when Muslims decided to try to establish the 1,400-year Muslim goal of a Caliphate. The people suggesting that this is what Trump meant (the media, other Democrats, and others in the political establishment) are intentionally trying to deceive people.

Despite the advice of American military leaders who knew that Iraq would destabilize without our strong presence and influence, President Obama pulled American forces out of a stable Iraq. We know Iraq was stable because President Obama, Vice President Biden, and other leaders told us so.

Unfortunately our military leaders were correct. Iraq quickly destabilized, creating an environment in which ISIS could succeed. Then Obama and Hillary funded, armed and trained Syrian opposition forces most of whom quickly joined ISIS taking their weapons and training with them. With better arms and more trained forces ISIS successfully conquered major areas in Iraq. ISIS's success enabled more successful recruiting efforts, the capture of thousands of major American weapons, and greatly increased ISIS's wealth from looted banks, homes, businesses, etc., and control of the oil fields.

After the world watched ISIS commit many atrocities, President Obama felt compelled to appear to oppose ISIS. But President Obama only allowed token efforts. The relatively few "airstrikes" that were allowed often weren't allowed to attack ISIS forces. The lives of American men and women were put in jeopardy, but they weren't allowed to significantly damage ISIS which continued to grow more powerful.

No, President Obama and Hillary weren't in the room when ISIS's plans were made, but they essentially "founded" the current version of ISIS. Driven by domestic political considerations and a naïve worldview, President Obama and Hillary Clinton helped ISIS become the cruel, powerful killing and enslaving force that threatens the lives of people around the world.

Don Ewing

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