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Courtesy is not the aim of the 'Looney Left", as shown in Henniker

To The Daily Sun,

This is my 13th report to the voters of Hill and Franklin on what is happening in Concord. I did not write a report last week because it was very slow with no committee hearings or House sessions.

I took advantage of the free time to visit New England College, this past Wednesday with my wife. We attended a town hall meeting to listen to Commissioner of Education Frank Edelblut. Unfortunately — or fortunately — The Looney Left was out in force. At the beginning of the meeting, the president of the college emphasized the regularity of such meetings and in fact had all the presidential candidates in 2016 conducted similar town hall gatherings. She stressed it was her intent to allow all positions to be heard and she expected the audience to be courteous.

Courtesy is not the aim of the Lefty Loonies. Kimberly Morin, a political activist said it best in NHPoliticalbuzz.com. "Zandra Rice Hawkins, who was paid to be there by an out-of-state organization, Progress Now, behaved like a petulant child and kept yelling out things at Edelblut. She was asked to stop by organizers several times or she would be asked to leave. The only purpose progressives served in being there was to interfere with Edelblut interacting with parents and educators who actually care about education in the state."

Fortunately Commissioner Eldelblut kept his cool and we learned of his vision for the department and his opinions on what N.H. education should encompass. He also made the point that he made the choice to home-school his seven children because he believed this was too important a task to be left to strangers. Given the Lefty Loonies ... many who were probably teachers, he made the right choice. On the way out of the meeting hall I noticed the Lefty Loonies formed a circle on the patio, deep in meaningful dialog. No doubt their example of a circular firing squad.

An interesting point is that New England College was formed after World War II to provide education opportunities for the military veterans returning from the war. It is far different now. The college administration is trying to offer the public and the students a diverse education. You might want to take a drive up to Henniker to see.

Your voice and your opinion on bills before the Legislature are important. You can view the House Calendar every Friday to see what bills will be presented at www.gencourt.state.nh.us to find out when bills are scheduled for hearings. Please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 320-9524 if you have any questions.

Dave Testerman
N.H. State Representative
Franklin and Hill

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Writer's anti-Muslim statements are both outlandish and false

To the Daily Sun,
I have never written in before, but I was reading a letter in your newspaper entitled "Muslim Beliefs and Values are Incompatible with Our Freedoms" and had to shake my head at the ignorance that is apparent in some people, while also setting the record straight.

To answer the writer's question blatantly, yes, Muslim beliefs, values, goals, and behaviors ARE compatible with American society. For someone to take the actions of a few outliers, find some clips on YouTube and then generalize an entire population, is very scary and disheartening to me. It shows a lack of knowledge, research, and empathy. Millions of Muslim refugees are hardworking, kind, generous, and extremely grateful to be out of their war-torn homelands and in a place where they can find peace and try to rebuild their lives. Some of the tragedies they have gone through, terrors they've experienced, death and destruction they have seen, and family and friends they have lost is something that some of us will never have to go through in our entire lives and cannot even begin to imagine. Their goal is NOT to transform the countries they immigrate to. Their goal is to survive, thrive, be accepted, create new homes, build new lives, and live peacefully. They pursue these goals by working hard, keeping a low profile, finding support in friends and family, and maybe even religion, as millions of others around the world, Muslim or not, do as well.

The writer goes on, bashing Muslims in every way he can, stating that they are against homosexuality, practice slavery, support harsh punishments, and consider women as lesser beings. His statements are outlandish and false, and this writer would benefit from looking a little closer to home, as all the issues he thinks are "Muslim" have actually been apparent in America for hundreds of years. However, I will take the high road. I will not bash a whole population of people based on snippets of negative media or stories I have heard, for there will always be negative things to say about all kinds of people all over the world if that's what you're looking for, regardless of their race, religion, gender, ethnicity, and whatever else. If we focus only on the negative, we will never grow as a people. We would all do better to learn to be a little more open-minded, empathetic, and caring, especially to those that need our help. I can only hope the writer of that letter will try a little harder.

Lorna D. Truth


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