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All totalitarians have the same goals & speak the same language

To The Daily Sun,

J. Edgar Hoover spoke often of the Communist threat to this country. His book "J. Edgar Hoover on Communism," printed in 1970, gives us an accountable warning of the communists within this country.

On Page 12 he calls to mind the leader of the CPUSA, Gus Hall, who asks, "What is to be done?"

"... in order to survive, had to achieve an updating, a new image-quickly and in great depth. Moreover, this new image must be designed to make the Party more relevant to American society, to the burgeoning changes of the 1960s. In this process the Party had to be made more palatable to the great mass of American people, especially to the youth, labor, and the intellectual community."

In 1950 Internal Security Act was implemented which required all party members to register with the Attorney General. But in 1960 the party came up with the answer, the Marxist Youth Group. Soon they were speaking at college campuses. Under the false pretenses of being the protectors of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, they gathered a following. Using many fronts we saw the decade of chaos and riots.

Hoover offers this insight: "... where communism promises abundance, the disillusioned see hunger. They see tyranny, although communism promises freedom. They see brutality, thought control, oppression and human degradation where communism promised liberation, justice, and the development of a new communist man in a better society. They see inhuman exploitation, not only of men, but entire nations by a movement which pledges to end the exploitation of man by his fellow man." Why would Hoover in many of his writings, and speeches alarm Americans concerning the communist plans to overthrow the government of the United States and then attack an organization that was and is doing that very same thing?

In 1938 Hoover wrote "Persons in Hiding." In 1958 J. Edgar came out with "Masters of Deceit." In the foreword he exclaims, "In writing this book I have been guided by many years of study and observation of the communist conspiracy in action in the United States." In 1962 he printed "A Study of Communism." These books are not indicative of someone who thought that communism was and is nothing to worry about. He testified often to Congress how they were infiltrating our universities and Marxist professors were corrupting our youth.

Lawrence Reed wrote, " ... those who think of themselves these days as 'progressives' are firmly in the camp of collectivism."

Historian Isaiah Berlin wrote, "But to manipulate men, to propel them toward goals which you-the social reformers-see, but they may not, is to deny their human essence, to treat them as objects without wills of their own, and to degrade them."

All totalitarians have the same goals and speak the same language. Hitler had this to say, "It also gives us a very special, secret pleasure to see how unaware the people around us are of what is really happening to them."

There are volumes of numerous proportions that have been warning Americans of the seriousness of the enmity that lurks around us. Many who have lived under such repressive ideology and repugnant to all our founding principles have stood for have given warnings. One such person who lived in America and spent his energy and time attempting to educate those who would listen is Alexander Solzhenitsyn. In his essays he even named a few of those who walk among us that preach and live the Marxist principles. Angela Davis visited Czechoslovakia and was asked if she could speak up for those in jail for political reasons. Her answer: "They deserve what they get. Let them remain in prison." Davis had forgotten her crimes and the leniency of our government. That is Marxism's way.

In the Soviet Union, Solzhenitsyn says, "Marxism has fallen to such low point that it has become a joke, an object of contempt. No serious person in our country today, not even university and high-school students, can talk about Marxism without a smile or a sneer." Meanwhile, here in America it is praised and glorified in misleading phrases and terms.

The signs of the times are not secret. They were foretold in ancient times. They were given us in order to understand the peril that would befall us. The apostle Paul compiled an Epistle that serves as a warning and council to those who search diligently. In Ephesians 6:12 he nails today on the head, "for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places"

Gene F. Danforth

Danbury

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We'll likely lose Ashland police officers if we don't OK this contract

To The Daily Sun,

Now that the Ashland Board of Selectman and the SEIU Local 1984 Union have been able to reach a negotiated contract agreement, it is time for the voters to vote "yes" on Warrant Article 19 to finish what both sides have worked hard on accomplishing. Article 19 is important not only for the union employees but to the town as well. The last union contract was ratified in 2012.

One might ask, what is the importance of the contract to the Town of Ashland? Cost. Cost. And cost. It is more cost-effective to keep employees than it is to spend money on hiring and training employees, especially when you have employees that have been with you a long time.

I am not one for using scare tactics but do like pointing out the facts. In 2016 I did a wage study for police departments in our area to find out how competitive Ashland is with other departments around us. As I did my comparisons, I was totally astonished to find that Ashland was at the bottom of the wage scale. I currently have two officers in the union, one with eight years of employment with the town and another with 13 years. I feel that if Article 19 does not pass I might possibly lose both of them to higher-paying departments in the area, which would be a major disruption to the Police Department and would certainly affect our police coverage.

The way things are currently, I have little to offer in the way of pay and benefits to attract certified, experienced and knowledgeable help to fill those positions. With the way the union contract is currently, the best I could hope for at this point would be hiring an uncertified person and putting them through a 16-week State of New Hampshire Police Academy, followed up with 14 more weeks of departmental field training.

This would be 30 weeks of training costs with no benefit to the town for shift coverage. During the training of the new recruit, the vacancies for shift coverage would have to be filled at an overtime rate by the full-time officers. Keep in mind that this is just from the Police Department's prospective and that the union is comprised of other employees from other departments as well.

We need to be mindful that this union contract is not just all a "plus" for the union employees. It is important to know that they gave up current benefits that they had with the old contract in order to get this agreement done. I think one of the biggest concessions the union employees made was to start contributing to the health insurance costs, something that the existing contract does not require them to do.

So please join me in voting "yes" on Article 19 on March 14, as I hope you will show your support to me, the selectmen and town employees.

Anthony L. Randall
Chief of Police

Ashland

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