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Volunteering for CASA isn’t easy, but can be soul-satisfying

To The Daily Sun,

For the last seven years it has been my privilege to act as a voice for abused and neglected children in our state's court system. As a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer it is my responsibility to meet, at least monthly, with every child that I am assigned, to speak with their relevant service providers, teachers, caregivers etc. and to report to the court what is in the best interest of each child. In all honesty, it is not the easiest volunteer job in the world. However, the rewards when you see a child that now finds themselves in a safe and stable home is an incredible, soul-satisfying event.

As a CASA volunteer you would be provided both initial and on-going training, have access to an experienced and knowledgeable staff and get to work with some of the most dedicated professionals in the world, including family court judges, State DCYF workers, and family law attorneys just to name a few.

A training is scheduled to begin in Moultonborough on Oct. 12, and I sincerely hope that you will consider joining our ranks and making a difference in the lives of our abused and neglected children. Please go online to www.casanh.org or call (603) 626-4600 to learn more or to fill out an online application.

I look forward to working with you.

Martin J. (Marty) Cloran
CASA Peer Coordinator/ GAL
North Conway

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Republican support of Trump isn’t unity, it’s moral bankruptcy

To The Daily Sun,

Poor Kelly Ayotte! I feel sorry for her. No, really! I mean it!

The senator is running for re-election with Donald Trump as the head of her Republican ticket. Somehow she has to campaign without incurring his wrath when she disagrees with him as she has recently done.

Surely Ayotte doesn't embrace Trump's anti-Muslim, anti-Mexican rhetoric. Does she, a fiscal conservative, agree with his proposed tax cuts for the wealthy that greatly increase the deficit? Can she tolerate his personal attacks on fellow Republicans (McCain and Romney) and his insults of women and people with disabilities? Can she condone his criticism of the judge who is hearing the case against Trump University and hid contempt for the rule of law? One week he disregards the constitutional separation of powers, the next he appears to incite violence against his opponent.

Okay, I know Ayotte did criticize Trump's attacks on the Muslim parents of a fallen U.S. soldier. His delayed endorsement of her candidacy just emphasizes her problem, however — he is the head of the GOP and leads her ticket.

If Kelly Ayotte and Republican leaders continue to endorse Trump in the name of party unity, the Grand Old Party is not grand at all, but is morally bankrupt.

Poor Kelly! But don't worry. I won't vote for her out of pity — or for Donald Trump either. I will vote for Maggie Hassan and Hillary Clinton.

Anne Rogers

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