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We experienced overwhelming evidence of crematorium issue

To The Daily Sun,

We were stuck in a regular Meredith summer traffic backup when we were assailed by horrible odors and breath-taking fumes. We were stuck in traffic directly between the Mayhew Funeral Home and MacDonald's when we experienced the odors and fumes. We could see the heat emissions coming from the crematorium chimney and the wind was blowing directly toward us. We suffered from this odor for a couple of minutes until, blessedly, the traffic began moving. I would certainly hate to have to endure this obnoxious odor on a full-time basis like the poor people at the Motorcycle Museum have to. It was an odor like I have never experienced before and I don't want to again.

For anyone to try to claim that the crematorium does not emit such fumes and odors, we can only say they are living in a stinky cloud cuckooland. In fact, we are betting that the crematorium will not be used during Motorcycle Week since it will be so obvious as to its emissions.

We have absolutely no connection to either the Motorcycle Museum or Mayhew Funeral Home other than we have been to the museum once and the funeral home a couple of times. But we did get stuck in traffic and did experience the fumes and odors from the crematorium — the crematorium that is now claiming they don't exist.

Mayhew really needs to fix that chimney or shut down the crematorium. Claiming it does not emit any gasses or fumes when the overwhelming evidence shows otherwise is ridiculous.

Bill & Evelyn Firth
Gilford

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Basest side of pride is finding fault in others to feel superior

To The Daily Sun,

For a family man such as myself, pride is the feeling I get when I see the way my children and their children have taken responsibility for their lives. All of them are trying to be good citizens. They don't all agree with me or their mother or, for that matter, each other. However, when they gather together on special occasions they support rather than divide.

Pride has its ugly side as well. A person who has an excess of pride tends to lack humility. Pride growing out of feelings of superiority is usually demeaning others. To find faults in others in order to make ones self feel greater is the basest side of pride.

National pride is needed to inspire the citizens to pledge allegiance to democratic principles. Excess national pride leads to conflict. There will always be tension and friction between nations and religious philosophies. Those who lead need a set of principles that guide them. Otherwise, pride of position will cause them to lead with destructive behaviors that lead to misunderstandings.

We are about to enter the final phase of the presidential campaign. Already, we have seen some pretty serious challenges to common decency. Candidates need to make sure that they make cases with reasoned statements rather than prideful comments. Using words to demean by maligning the opponent adds nothing to any debate about solutions. Baleful comments, once loosed on an opponent in a debate, do harm to both of the debaters and the audience because they are aimed a stirring up hate and intolerance.

Bill Dawson

Northfield

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