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Stop & think before you advocate violence against a fellow citizen

To The Daily Sun,

The letter in today’s (6/15) Daily Sun by Dr. Breen was very contemplative and thought provoking, especially in light of what happened yesterday in Washington. It is far too easy and comfortable to associate only with those who think and feel like we do especially on media sites where you can maintain anonymity, bolster your own ideology, find comfort with those who agree with you and/or mislead the angry and mentally unstable to think their vengeful actions are justified. Instead of dialogue and compromise, we are able to release our anger and frustrations sometimes without regard to who might see it.

I saw two new terms emerging from the news cycle yesterday: “Violent rhetorical terrorism” and “violent political terrorism”. One definition of terrorism: the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal. I’m sure that most of us don’t know or communicate with anyone we believe fits this description and I’m equally sure that if you are on any social media sites, you have seen postings you would consider to be, at least questionably, on the verge of hate speech. I have posted Dr. Breen’s message on my Facebook page because I think it’s a message that needs to be shared. Please think about the words written by Dr. Breen and if you are tempted in a moment of anger or frustration with our current political environment to write something hateful or share something hateful you have seen posted — stop. This is advocating violence against another American citizen. This is not who we are as Americans.

Althea Dunscombe

Center Harbor

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Everyone has a struggle you know nothing about; be kind

To The Daily Sun,

I wanted to write something about the panhandling issue, given that it has been in the public eye recently. Unfortunately, this problem is so complex. I’ll give you a situation:

I used to drive methadone patients to their doses in the morning, there was this couple I used to pick up. Let’s call them Steve and Wanda (not their real names).

Steve and Wanda had been on methadone to deal with their heroin addiction and had been doing well with it. They both had criminal records and as such had trouble getting job. Both had been working for a woman who owned a restaurant who was struggling with an alcohol problem and hadn’t been paying them because this restaurant's owner's business was in the process of shutting down due to mismanagement. But because of their criminal past, they couldn’t get decent jobs, so they stuck it out, only to be not paid at the end of things.

They were taken into a family member's home. Both were fairly unemployable, pretty beaten up by life. Had done their share of mistakes but were trying at least to do right as best they knew how and were able to. Homeless many times, desperate, pretty much had given up on life, judged by people, dumped on, etc...

When they were really broke they used to stand at the local on-ramp and “fly a sign.” On the sign they wrote, “Homeless, please help.” They weren’t technically homeless because they had a roof over their heads. But their lives were so wrecked and they were so unemployable that they were desperate enough to lie about their situation.

They were telling me how they felt bad about lying but just didn’t know what to do. I offered them the advice that maybe they could fly a sign that said “Very poor. Trying. Please Help” or something to that effect.

There are people panhandling that take advantage of other's kindnesses. But there are plenty of people that are just desperate, unloved, crapped on by society that just don’t know what else to do.

Everyone has a struggle that you know nothing about. Be kind, always. Sure, there are those that take advantage of others. But sometimes people are just broken, lost and hurting.

Scott Daneau

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