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Valerie Fraser is accessible & attentive to all of her constituents

To The Daily Sun,

I wish to express my sincere appreciation to Valerie Fraser, District 1 state representative, for the work she has done and for the work she will continue to do for the residents of Center Harbor and New Hampton.

Valerie has been a wonderful representative for the towns of Center Harbor and New Hampton and her constituents. She has been a bipartisan legislator working on issues in the state House of Representatives that affect all of her constituents whether they are Republican, Democrat or independent.

She is fiscally conservative and has been working on ways to reduce property taxes and the financial burdens that face New Hampshire residents. She is socially responsible. As a member of the Governor's Drug Task Force she has worked to find ways to combat the opioid crisis that has befallen our state.

Valerie has a 100 percent voting record in Concord. She has not missed a vote representing her constituents 100 percent of the time.

On a local level, she is accessible and attentive to all of her constituents. The latest example of this was the extensive work she did to help citizens in the towns of Center Harbor and New Hampton preserve a local bridge from destruction by NHDOT.

In today's political climate where many Democrats and Republicans dig in and only vote party, I urge all Center Harbor and New Hampton voters to vote for the best person to represent our towns. The person with the proven record to represent all of us in the state House of Representatives is Valerie Fraser.

Please cast your vote for Valerie Fraser on Nov. 8.

Peter Tallman
New Hampton

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Hillary's potential court picks are a calamity in the making

To The Daily Sun,

It is usually very hard to make predictions, especially about the future. But I am going to take my chances about the U.S. Supreme Court, about which I know quite a bit.

Many voters, including me, are so disgusted with the presidential candidates at the top of the two major parties that they have expressed their intention either (a) not to vote for the top of the ticket, or (b) simply to stay home and not vote at all. Either choice could spell disaster for the future of our country.

The nine-member Supreme Court, now at eight justices because of the untimely death of Justice Scalia, will likely afford the next president the opportunity to nominate at least four new members to the court. Since the average length of time a justice serves on the court is 16 years, the new justices almost certainly will change the direction of the court and the country for long after the next president has retired and even after their successor has been elected, served and retired as well. In other words, the new court will have a multi-generational effect on our country.

Trump has issued two lists of prospective individuals from which he would nominate justices, all of whom have been vetted by The Federalist Society, of which I am a member. The Federalist Society, founded in 1982, is a group of conservatives and libertarians interested in the current state of the legal order. It was founded on the principles that the state exists to preserve freedom, that the separation of governmental powers is central to our Constitution, and that it is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be. The society seeks both to promote an awareness of these principles and to further their application through its activities. This entails reordering priorities within the legal system to place a premium on individual liberty, traditional values, and the rule of law.

Keep in mind that the Constitution does not require that a justice be a lawyer. While Trump has told us the pool from which he would prick new justices, Clinton has not. But you can use your imagination. So if you like Hillary (whether intending to vote for her or not voting in the presidential race at all), you will absolutely love her possible picks for the U.S. Supreme Court, none of which are that farfetched:

— Loretta Lynch, current attorney general.

— Eric Holder, former attorney general.

— Huma Abadin- close confident and possibly the first Muslim to ascend to the court; U.S.-born daughter of Syed Zainul and Saleha Mahmood Abedin, who moved to Saudi Arabia at age two and lived there until she returned to the U.S. for college. Married to disgraced former congressman and serial sexter Anthony Weiner.

— William Jefferson Clinton — that well known disbarred lawyer.

— Barack Hussein Obama — that distinguished former constitutional law professor.

— Sidney Blumenthal — so bad that Obama barred him from being hired by the State Department.

— Cheryl Mills — close confidante and defender of Bill in his impeachment proceedings.

The list can go on and on, but you get my drift. It's a calamity in the making.

So, if you do not vote for president or do not vote at all, this is likely what we can expect. Mark my words.

Norman Silber

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