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Control of the Internet should remain in hands of the U.S., not U.N.

To The Daily Sun,

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution affords us more protection for free speech than anywhere else in the world. As long as the United States government has authority to oversee the infrastructure of the Internet it has a duty to ensure that no website is denied Internet access because of the ideas it espouses. Once our government relinquishes its control our First Amendment protections on the Internet go away. The First Amendment binds our government, not private individuals.

At stake is responsibility for an organization called the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). This corporation oversees internet domain names, who gets them and what they consist of. After Sept. 30, if the U.N. assumes effective control over ICANN, it can use its position to ban pro-gun speech on the Internet or make other changes it sees fit to implement.

The transfer of control of the Internet to interests outside the U.S. imperils our right to free speech online. America's current Executive Branch of the federal government has moved to transfer of control of the Internet to interests outside America. A subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on the matter Sept. 14. http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/meetings/protecting-internet-freedom-implications-of-ending-us-oversight-of-the-internet

It is time to stand tall for free speech. America should retain control of our communications so our rights will be protected. Please reach out to your elected representatives in the U.S. House and Senate. Let them know your position on free speech. Let them know you have strong feelings about giving away our sovereignty. You can reach out to them at:

Kelly Ayotte https://www.ayotte.senate.gov/?p=contact or by tel. 202-224-3324
Jeanne Shaheen https://www.shaheen.senate.gov/contact/ or by tel. 202-224-2841
Frank Guinta https://guinta.house.gov/contact/email or by tel. 202-225-5456

Marc Abear


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I would much rather have water to drink than a beautiful lawn

To The Daily Sun,

Thank you, (Gilford Fire) Chief S. Carrier for your letter about the use of water nowadays in Gilford. It is a serious concern and should not be taken lightly. Your letter I feel should have been out front for all to see, not hidden in the back pages. Maybe an article by the Sun (with pictures) could prove how dire this situation is right now.

I know I have seen the lakes, streams and rivers, perhaps others are not as aware or, possibly, concerned. Just because you have a well or are on community water does not make your resource untouchable to run out. I know I would much rather have water to drink, wash and cook with, than have a beautiful lush lawn, colorful plants to line my driveway or a pool to keep full.

I hate to say the "S" word, but we need it. In the meantime, I hope we get some well-needed rain and soon. With it this dry I hope everyone will use extra precautions with outdoor fires, burning and cigarette disposal. Please conserve your water use for everyone's sake.

Denise C. Burke


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