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What this country needs is more honest, legal immigrants

To The Daily Sun,
As A Wise Friend Says -- and as I teach to my children -- “There is an ounce of truth in every pound of story.”
This applies to stereotypes, and particularly in my long and wide experience in the world, to stereotypes about immigrants.
Scare stories about immigrants to USA and New Hampshire abound: Exploiters, thieves, drug dealers, no-accounts, what next ... Will they sneak into my home, wicked witch style, and eat my children?
I do not advocate stereotyping at all, and I advise everyone to relate to each person as an individual human being. Sure some immigrants are all that stereotypes say; exploiters, criminals, drug dealers, etc. But if you are tempted to apply stereotypes to all members of a group, what will you judge about all Lakes Region teenagers and young adults after reading daily criminal mischief and mayhem articles in the Sun? Should we stereotype all local white people, because of the actions of a few?
Of course, you wouldn’t judge all by the actions of the few. I am active in our communities, and each day’s outings brings me in contact with people of all ages, local and yes, different origins and races, who are friendly, polite, courteous – just sharing the love.
This letter came to mind on a recent visit to a favorite community store. The manager on duty obviously was of south Asian descent, and he was as polite, helpful and quickly efficient as anyone could ask. The very neat and pretty young woman at the cash register, clearly also an Asian immigrant, was so patient and helpful with an Elder who was having a bit of trouble with her transaction. When it was my turn, it was: “Did you find everything that you wanted, sir? Was everything all right, sir? Two bags? Of course, sir. Thank you very much, sir. Good day, sir.”
Stereotypes: I worry about our locally born slackers with attitudes like: “Ya Man. Whatever. That’s your problem, figure it out.”
Come to think of it, now, maybe you local slackers SHOULD fear honest, earnest immigrants, because they WILL take your jobs and eat your lunch. It’s not for nothing that so many well paying jobs that require performance and responsibility go unfilled in NH and USA.
A proud descendant of hard-working, up-by-the-bootstraps, legal immigrants,
Michael Harris

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Let’s stand up for Laconia; congrats to Aldricha and schoolsTo The Daily Sun, Wow! Positive news from Laconia Schools! As you know the bad penny always returns, but there is no way I am running for anything. I am comfortable being an armchair quarterback.

To The Daily Sun,
Wow! Positive news from Laconia Schools!
As you know the bad penny always returns, but there is no way I am running for anything. I am comfortable being an armchair quarterback.
But I needed to send a letter to congratulate the Laconia schools on two recent GREAT achievements. First, a week or so ago I saw a photo of Tate Aldrich in the Oval Office being recognized by the president for being Teacher of the Year for New Hampshire. This is extra special because Tate is a Laconia kid that came back and is doing great things. Tate, I congratulate you and your family for such a great accomplishment! I know who your mentor is and you are doing a great job following in his tracks.
Then, last Saturday I read that our Pleasant Street School was named School of the Year for New Hampshire. A big Congratulations to Dave Levesque and his entire staff. I am sure it took a total team effort from the principal to custodian and all in between to earn this great recognition. I think these two items are big accomplishment for the entire district. It reassured me that every employee in the district always did the best they could for the children, no matter how the political winds were blowing.
So, I think as a community we should STAND UP FOR LACONIA to make a difference!
Yes, I understand that maybe the Council and School Board do not always see eye to eye. So I would like to remind the council of something I said to them a few years back when I became board chairman and we were just starting on the Huot Project. I said that there is no animosity towards you and we understand that you have the responsibility of looking out for the entire city when making a decision. The School Board’s responsibility was to forward all the needs to help every child in the city. With that being said, we had to respect each other’s responsibilities and yes, we did not always agree on decisions made, but we could respect the decision. I hope you remember that we accomplished many great things after that.
So PLEASE work together to do the best you can for the children of Laconia! As an AAU basketball coach, my team name was Laconia Pride. I was proud to tell the teams I coach how lucky they were to live in Laconia. It’s been my experience if there was a tragedy or need in the community, everyone would come together, no matter the political beliefs, and console or fix the problem. I knew Neil Young and I did not see eye to eye on many things, but I knew we both cared about the community especially to help children.
Again let STAND UP for LACONIA to cure our problems together!
Robert Dassatti

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