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Those you disagree with still deserve kindneess and courtesy

To The Daily Sun,

Your front page (on Wednesday, Aug. 24) could not have featured a nicer man than Lou Farkas. He and his wife are simply wonderful. We bought two unique pieces of furniture from them. They held them for us until we were in our new home and then delivered them to us (we had no truck). Their store is amazing. If you have not visited it yet, make sure you do today. His tables and use of wood is perfection.

Also, I wanted to say kudos to that beautiful little girl who spent the summer washing the police cruisers. What a joy to read that. It was refreshing and hats off to her parents. She will go far in life. To Mr. Bishop, I love your winery and had a wonderful time the day I went. It was a pleasure to speak with you and your wife. Your wines are divine, love the peach. I enjoy reading the Clinton and Trump debates. The local politics are just as interesting, and I am not political at all.

The article about finding the "killed in action" medal victim's family, was inspiring. Thank you for your sacrifice and condolences for your loss. To the Onion's restaurant and Pub, what a lovely gesture to your bookkeepers family, friends, and staff. And what a nice tribute to close for the day in honor of her memory. I can go on about many wonderful things I have read, seen and written in about this community and people.

I could go on about the many charities I donate to locally and globally. I can't tell you how many books I have donated and clothes. Or the times I have helped people I have met in stores, parking lots, in line. The numerous times I have bought food for people I knew had none. I can not count how many times I have made someone laugh, smile, held a door, helped with car trouble, gave a stranger a hug, stuck up for someone who was being bullied, payed it forward for a coffee or burger.

It is amazing to read so many wonderful articles in this paper everyday. It's too bad that some readers only seem to focus on the negative "spewing" of others. I fear they are missing out on the rest of your paper. It is too bad they consider all of those people and their opinions as "whining and pointless." It is funny how they judge and label them, and yet know nothing about them, their life, their families, or what they do in their time, other than "fault finding and preaching."

I find it sad when they say, "Writing in will do no good or make no difference." I am grateful that the men and women that fought and died for our freedoms never felt like that, "give it up" attitude. I am no saint, I am human. And just like you I am entitled to my views and topics I chose, and freedom to express them. It is your choice to read them. So the next time someone holds the door for you, gives you a smile, possible helps you out, it could be me.

Thank you for your time and the opinions of "us." It was really eye-opening. Thank you for judging "us," without ever knowing "us." Kind of goes against your own practice/beliefs about kindness, peace, and love your neighbor attitude you talk so much about. Even the "ones" I disagree (passionately) with, I would still hold that door for them, help them, and still give them the same friendly smile and courtesy I would to you.

Denise C. Burke

Gilford

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I’ve found the governor I want to ‘hire’ in Jeanie Forrester

To The Daily Sun,

I really believe that an endorsement of a political candidate should be more like a hiring process than just saying, "Well, I like that one better." Because of that, I rarely endorse any candidate, although I do vote and participate in the political process. During this primary, I very much believe that it's important to have a conservative, principled candidate ready to go into the general election. Because that is so very important, I would like to "hire" Jeanie Forrester and I encourage you to do the same.

As a real estate appraiser with well over 30 years in the industry, I understand the concerns of the property owners who will be impacted if the Northern Pass goes through. It's not just about views. It's about fall zones and increasing insurance rates. It's about refinancing options. It's about property tax rates and a shrinking tax base, or having to increase the property tax rate to cover for these shortfalls. It's about personal property rights versus the rights of the government and eminent domain.

For 13 years I was the chief appraiser at the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, so I do understand the occasional need to use eminent domain for the public good. However, when this happens, it should only be done as a last resort and the people affected should be made whole again. There is no need, pressing or otherwise, for this project to go through New Hampshire. There is no way to make these people whole again after impinging on their rights, their lands and their way of life. Jeanie is against the Northern Pass for all of the right reasons. Interview point one, passed.

As a former selectman, I understand the budgeting process and the importance of maintaining services while not overburdening taxpayers. Jeanie has worked tirelessly in the New Hampshire Senate to do just this. She has incurred the wrath of liberal factions who would like to see the welfare state expanded, school choice eliminated and our First and Second Amendment rights restricted. This, in and of itself, tells me she is doing everything right. Interview point two, passed.

As a citizen of New Hampshire, the husband, son and father of veterans, a supporter of our police and an active member of the community, I appreciate Jeanie's accessibility. She is truly an empathetic person and when it comes to reaching out to help her constituents, party lines go away and her true, caring personality comes forth. Whether it's reaching out to the parents affected so tragically by the current drug crisis and working with the local communities to try and find solutions she is personally present. She understands that a solution that might work in one community might not work in another and she's willing to roll up her sleeves and do the work for each and every one of us, rather than offering a "one size fits all" solution. Interview point three, passed.

I've found the governor I'm going to hire in Jeanie Forrester and in that, I offer my endorsement for this intelligent, self-disciplined, conservative woman and look forward to having Governor Forrester in the Concord corner office.

Timothy Seeger

Meredith

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