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Fortunate to have Chandler & Cryans on the Democratic ticket

To The Daily Sun,

Area Democrats are happy to announce that they have an outstanding slate of candidates for the coming State Primary on September 13. You'll have a chance to meet the candidates as they describe their goals to move N.H. forward. I'd like to focus on two such candidates, both N.H. natives, whose voting districts include areas covered by this publication.
Charlie Chandler of Warren is running for State Senate — for the seat now held by Jeannie Forrester . Senate District 2 covers 15 towns from Haverhill to Sanbornton. He has over 45 years of experience in state and local government. He currently serves as chairman of the board at Franklin Savings Bank and as a selectman in Warren. Charlie brings a spring in his step. His experience in various state positions (see his bio at www.charliechandler.com) means that on his first day as our senator he'll be ready to tackle the tough issues face N.H.
Mike Cryans (www.mikecryans.org) is running for the N.H. Executive Council District 1 in the image of Ray Burton, who served the district for so long. This is a very large district serving one fifth of the population of the state from Pittsburg to Tilton. Unlike the present District 1 councilor, Mike wants to be seen and heard throughout the area. He wants to know your concerns and to be there for you when crucial issues come before the Governor and Council. This is the office that votes on all major contracts for projects in state departments and agencies. The Executive Council also accepts federal grants to fund important programs like the N.H. Health Protection that has made health care available to so many in the North Country. Mike is presently Grafton County District 1 commissioner. His 18 years in this office, working alongside Ray, have given him an insight into the needs and concerns of those in the North Country.
Both these men have deep roots here and are looking forward to serving the people in their districts and all residents of N.H. They will be there for us when we need them to make the choices to make our state a better place in which to live and prosper!
Fran Taylor

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Free speech rights do not cover our bodies or our nipples

To The Daily Sun,

An open letter in response to July 9 authored by Fred Van Nest:

You, sir, should read the Constitution. Nowhere in that document are you guaranteed "freedom of expression" as you perceive it — namely nudity. Certainly, everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and the expression of that opinion; namely an act of seeking, receiving and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used. A breast is not a medium.

The First Amendment to the Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble, or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.

Free speech does not include one's body — or nipples. Even the court judgment you cited from New York had more to do with the decriminalization of nudity — not the legalization of nudity. This has nothing to do with tolerance whatsoever. This has far more to do with the ability of parents and others to be able to raise their children how they choose; to be able to be at ease and comfort in a public place. And we do indeed have a right to that.

Now, no one may legally enter a topless lounge under the age of 18 in any state in this country. And it isn't because of the alcohol. It is because there is an inherent adult dimension to nudity. The law recognizes that. But as a nudist, you clearly know this.

Yes, Mr. Van Nest, you left that part out. You are a nudism advocate. And for the most part, nudists are restricted to specific beaches, and private enclaves where they can go about their business as they choose. Nudism is a lifestyle choice. Period. And most reasonable nudists (or naturists as some call themselves) do not go about demanding the ability to strut their stuff in public. If this woman wants to go out and about, there are nudist parks in New Hampshire where she can do so.

This country is not better served by Ms. Burke having to tolerate bare-chested exhibitionists. I was at the beach that day, and I promise you that any and all of the photos taken with cell phones that day may not be put on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, in this newspaper, or any news broadcast earlier than 10 p.m. It does not serve us to. It does not advance this country forward. It does not advance this state. But you demean the cause of racial equality, gender equality, and marriage equality by your attempt to equate it to Free The Nipple.

Alan Vervaeke

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