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If you rob Peter to pay Paul you will always be able to count on Paul's vote

To The Daily Sun,

Unfortunately I cannot take credit for crafting the paragraph that follows, but I feel compelled to share it with you nonetheless. In 1887 Alexander Tyler, a Scottish history professor at the University of Edinburgh, had this to say about the fall of the Athenian Republic some 2,000 years prior:

"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse over loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by dictatorship."

In the last eight years the national debt has increased by $7.4 trillion. According to justfacts.com as of September 2016 the sum now exceeds $19.4 trillion. That's a huge amount of debt! About $60,059 for every man, woman and child now living in the U.S. — or about a $250,000 per household.

So, if you've decided to "make a statement" on Nov. 8 by casting your vote for a third-party candidate who has no hope of winning the election, or if you've decided to "sit this one out" please consider this — a government that robs from Peter to pay Paul, can always depend on Paul's vote.

Dean Ingram


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Much of our society is now only interested in the concept of, 'what's in it for me?'

To The Daily Sun,

My name is Jim McCoole, and I am pleased and honored to announce that I will be on the Belknap County District 3 Republican ballot for Laconia, for the state House of Representatives on Tuesday, Nov. 8. I will be joining three other fantastic Republican candidates on the ballot, also from Laconia, and I ask, with respect and great humility, that you vote for all four of us.

Why am I running for the New Hampshire House of Representatives? Many people I know, who have grandchildren and great-grandchildren, have told me that they think that, among other negatively trending matters, our society is engaged in a massive "culture war," with the media, academia, and other politically far-left influences, teaching that the old family values we grew up with shouldn't apply to us anymore. The values our grandparents held so dear for the future lives of their families have been drastically changed over the past 60 or so years.

But what has actually changed about it? Has the love for our parents or families changed? Have our hopes and dreams for our children and grandchildren changed? What has changed? The answer is very simple: man has changed. Many people's attitudes toward what is important in their lives has drastically changed, to the detriment of society as a whole.

Much of our society is now only interested in the concept of "what's in it for me?" It's like they're saying, "What matter's most to me is adding to my collection of 'stuff!'" What has happened to our human value of "...what can I do to help you..." What has happened to the best of humanity's sense of what was most important to past generations?

Most of our grandparents and great-grandparents demonstrated their love of their fellow man by seeking out ways they could find to help others, and not just wait to be asked. To use a biblical concept, they sought out the "dirty feet" in their midst. Just as Jesus washed the feet of all twelve of his disciples on the night before his crucifixion. He was demonstrating that the most important thing any of us can do, is to serve others in ways that benefit them, not us! And to do so without any consideration of reciprocal acts in return. Jesus even washed the feet of Judas, fully knowing that He would be betrayed by him before the night was over.

There are examples of "dirty feet" that need "washing" all around us, young people, old people, successful and unsuccessful. However, we must also be prepared, that in the process, we may get a little of that "dirt" on ourselves. In fact, we may even get more than just a "little dirty." We may also be met with resistance, even physical resistance. But that must not stop us. It didn't stop Jesus. And they killed him for it.

And that's another reason why I'm running for this public office. We need to put "servant" back into the phrase "public servant!" We must show others we're not doing this for ourselves.

And of course, many of you already know Who we're doing it for.

Jim McCoole

Republican candidate for N.H. House of Representatives

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