Let's keep N.H. 'Drug Czar' position funded past next 6 months

To The Daily Sun,

I was extremely pleased to see that the New Hampshire Legislative Fiscal Committee moved to accept funding from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to fund "Drug Czar" Jack Wozmak for the next six months. This position of senior director of Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health is crucial given the current heroin crisis.

I have known Jack Wozmak for over 10 years. He is more than capable of spearheading the statewide effort to combat the massive heroin epidemic.

The most recent statistics out of Manchester, New Hampshire reported 52 deaths due to heroin overdose with the possible trajectory of one hundred deaths in this city alone for the year. However, this is not only a citywide problem but also an issue in small towns all across the state.

During the 10 years that I was executive director of Headrest, Inc., eight years on the New England Drug Court Professionals Board, and now in my eighteenth year as Grafton County commissioner, I have witnessed firsthand that education, prevention and substance abuse counseling are crucial in this war against one of the state's greatest crises of our time.

Please encourage your legislators to keep this vital position funded beyond the next six months.

Michael J. Cryans
Grafton County Commissioner - District One

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First area-school Class of 1960 reunion to be held on August 12

To The Daily Sun,

Attention all local high school graduates from the Class of 1960. There are many of you out that have seen "See You at The Fair" Art Hariman.

Art has been the master of ceremony at the Sandwich Fair for more than 30 years. Art plays at the Common Man in Ashland every other Wednesday night. Art and I have been friends our whole lives. He is a lot older than I am. He was born in January and I was born in May. I try to attend every time he plays. His first date was July 15.

A lot of the Class of "60" from Concord, where Art graduated from always show up. Also that night friends he started school with in Ashland had some Class of "60" present. I was the lone Class of "60" from Meredith (Inter-Lakes).

On Art's next date at the Common Man Aug. 12th I am trying to organize a Class of "60" night. Everyone is invited, classes from Concord, Ashland, Meredith, Plymouth, Bristol, Belmont and any other class that would like to come.

Don't worry about looking old, I invited a couple of friends from the Class of "55" to use as decoys.

A lot of you played sports against each other. Just remember don't get bitter, only one team could win. Of course I always suspected the other team cheated when we lost ... and that would have taken a lot of cheating.

This should be a lot of fun, 55 years of memories and hopefully seeing old friends from yesteryear. See how many classmates you can round up and attend the first annual area class of "60" reunion. Maybe we can make this a yearly event.

I will round up some name tags with names and high school. As Art would say, "see you at the good old Common Man."

Give me a call 603-279-4930.

L. Michael Hatch

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Don't like socialism? Okay, give up Social Security & Medicare

To The Daily Sun,

I remember in the 1980s, I still had a TV antenna, and no Internet service. I wrote columns in the Suncook Valley Sun called "Ramblin On". Today that seems to be the format of the Tea Party parrots. Their letters say the same thing every day, only signed by a different parrot.

I would like to congratulate Steve Earle for again winning the center of absurdity tomfoolery award for continuing his birther and Muslim obsession fame. Those in Hill who read his letters are proud of his writing skills and as he travels by horse pastures searching for news for his next letter. I suggest he has the janitor of the parrot cage to come up with a different line.

The letter in the Aug. 1 Daily Sun signed by Mr. Earle challenged a liberal to provide a example of successful socialism. Think socialist programs are un-American? That's fine. Just give up Social Security, Medicare, stop driving on public roads and highways, never call police and fire departments, don't use Postal Service, don't flush toilet into sewer system — and oh — and get off the Internet, cuz the U.S. government created that, too.

As for Mr. Trump, I give him credit for telling you how he fells, not what someone wants him to say. While he puts the candidates running for president where he wants them, the Democratic Party hopes he wins the GOP nomination for president. Awk, Awk. Just "Ramblin On".

Henry Osmer


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We see callous, irresonsible & immoral things happen every day

To The Daily Sun,

We regret the killing of Cecil, a majestic lion. The law-breakers should be prosecuted. But the outrage and viciousness of the attacks on those involved is puzzling.

Some of the outrage is simply because the pictures show Cecil as a benign and magnificent animal, not as the bully and killer that he was. But mostly we react because, as civilized humans, we believe in the rule of law, have a sense of morality, and respect for majestic animals.

Seeing the outrage over a lion's killing, one has to wonder, where is the outrage at much worse offenses against American citizens?

Americans should be outraged at Republican and Democrat politicians who, for their own benefit, allow and even encourage the illegal alien invasion which harms (including more than 25,000 killings) millions of Americans. We should be outraged at the officials of more than 250 "sanctuary" cities that refuse to cooperate with federal officials attempting to enforce our immigration laws. We should be outraged at President Obama who promises to veto any law that tries to make sanctuary cities cooperate with federal officials enforcing our immigration laws.

We should be outraged at the irresponsible behavior that results in more than 1 million abortions a year. The Clintons said, "Abortions should be safe, legal, and rare." The current rate of abortions makes them common, not rare, and unacceptable.

Have we become so callous that we ignore harm to humans? Or have we become so cowed by political correctness that we are afraid to complain about the millions of crimes done by illegal aliens against American citizens, the annual slaughter of more than 1 million American babies, and the butchering of babies to sell baby parts?

Perhaps protesting the killing of a lion is the only way people have to express their outrage at the callous, irresponsible, and immoral things they see every day without being ridiculed and criticized by the politically correct crowd which tries to control our thoughts and speech.

It's time for Americans to ignore political correctness and demand protection for what really matters, human life.

Don Ewing

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Naturalized citizen no longer have to say they'll defend USA

To The Daily Sun,

Just a (few days) ago, UNH removed the Bias Free Language Guide it had on the website. Good!

I am sick of all the politically correct talk. I think that is why Donald Trump is doing so well in the polls. He tells you exactly what he feels. No spinning.

The guide had me upset. There were words that it said one should not use. For example rich, motherly, poor. And the most upsetting of all was American. Yes, American should not be said as it fails to recognize South America ... and probably Central America, too.

When you say America, you know exactly what you are talking about and so does everyone else. America is the United States of America.

More and more, people are ashamed to be American. Well, I am not.

In 1999, my son went on a hockey trip to the Czech Republic, and Italy. He was in the middle school. There was a hockey tournament in Milan.

As a doting mother, I was on the opposite side of the rink taking videos. About a half dozen men came by and asked "Italian?" I said, "No, American." Then they started saying, "Clinton bomb no good," and I kept replying, "Hockey boys."

I was proud to be an American then and am still proud to be an American.

Our country is exceptional. There is no other country like America. Unfortunately it is not as good as when I was growing up. There is too much political correctness. There is too much concern for people's feelings and not enough for Americans striving to excel.

When I was a kid there was common sense. I do not know where it went. Not everything was perfect, but now things just do not make sense.

Pizza shop employees can carry a gun, but soldiers in the recruiting office next door cannot.

Illegals can break traffic laws and nothing happens, because the police do not want to write a ticket as they will lose time going to court and the illegals will not be there.

Everyone wanted their children to be immunized. No more polio, TB, small pox, diphtheria and other horrible diseases. No there is no evidence between vaccinations and autism. Yes they were gone but coming back. Some of these diseases are not cured by regular medicine. The diseases are more potent. Some parents do not immunize and some are illegals coming into this country who have the diseases.

We used to be tops in education and now are at Third World levels. How can that be with all the money we spend on education? Some kids who did poorly repeated a grade when I was a kid. Not now. Schools will lose funding if they have a child repeat a grade. If the child cannot read, he will quit school and cannot get a decent job. (Not that there are many decent jobs as most have gone overseas) Who cares if the kid cannot read? Let's get our federal funding.

Effective July 21, 2015, candidates for naturalization, do not have to say they will defend the USA. So let me get this straight. My son and I have to defend the USA, which I am happy to do, but newly naturalized citizens do not have to. You and your families will have to join the military and go off to war, and the new naturalized citizens get to stay at home. Tell me the common sense of that.

If you do not want to defend the USA with all your might in times of need, I do not want you here. You should not be here. You should not have the right to vote or anything. Go back to where you came from, if you are not willing to protect our great country.

Illegal criminals are let go to commit other crimes. In 2013, 36,000 illegal criminals were released by the Department of Homeland Security. DHS did not even tell the police in the communities where they were released, that they released criminals. Of those released, the illegals went on to commit new crimes: 193 homicides, 426 sexual assaults, 303 kidnappings and 16,070 convictions under the influence of drugs or alcohol. These are the numbers of those caught again. What about those not caught?

The state of New Hampshire has a drug problem. Heroin. Where does heroin come from? Not here in the U.S. It comes from over the border and we as yet do not have secure borders. So let's put more money in the states to help with drug abuse, but not secure our borders.

Yes, common sense is gone. I want it back, and the America I grew up in.

Linda Riley

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