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If we want to fight drug addiction we need to buy more cruisers?

To The Daily Sun,

Last July, Gov. Hassan had tried to appoint two mainstream politicians to the SEC (site evaluation committee) to elevate her political position. The two seats, both of which shall be residents of the state with expertise or experience in one or more of the following areas: public deliberative or adjudicative proceedings, business management, environmental protection, natural resource protection, energy facility design, construction, operation or management, community and regional planning or economical development. These qualifications were meant to be a stopgap to avoid a conflict of interest in determining where industrial power resources will be placed in the state. The two mainstream politician's names were withdrawn.

Now here come the Concord moon bats forming another committee to avoid finger pointing for doing nothing or spending without results. The committee called the Joint Legislative Task Force, made up of senators and representatives has proven once more that appointments to these committees stack the decks to cater to departments, state and private agencies. The Task Force is divided into three divisions: Judicial, Health and Finance. Why did the Speaker of the House appoint a retired State Police sergeant as chair of one of these divisions? I'll give you three guesses. There is clearly a conflict of interest when certain departments testify in front of appointed committees looking for increases in funds for their departments and before they walk in the door, the fix is in.

What to watch out for in the upcoming session, increases to, but not limited to, tobacco tax, booze tax, luxury item tax, road use tax (if you drive an economical car), a state tax, property tax, view tax, gas tax, meals and rooms tax. Our lawmakers are going to make us pay for the "epidemic" one way or another, (like it's all of society). They can't go on raiding dedicated funds forever. I can't help but wonder how the money tree in Concord is going to bleed enough to fund the additional 27 new State Police cruisers and the personnel to man them. If you are going to fight drug addiction you need more cruisers on the road. Call Senator Forrester who seems to be the big ramrod behind all of this spending and ask her if at least 10 percent of the $80 million spending spree will actually be going into patient care and treatment?

If you are driving through Bristol be sure you stop into the Community Center for your "free" daily dose of Narcan. It only cost the taxpayer $1,000 a dose. You cant make any of this crap up for a movie.

Eric T. Rottenecker

Bristol

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Political correctness prevents an honest discussion of issues

To The Daily Sun,

Whatever beneficent sounding name the Marxist-leftists now want to be called (e.g., liberals, progressives, Democratic Socialists) to hide their real intentions, they are getting lots of people killed. (And, I am not referring to the murders (Democide) of more than 100 million untried and unconvicted citizens in the last century by the "utopian" governments they want for us, as in the Soviet Union, China (PRC) and Cuba.)

I refer to the Marxist-leftist policies that jeopardize law-abiding people while increasing the danger from criminals and terrorists. If being a "gun free zone" has prevented a single act of violence, the evidence would be repeated endlessly. "Gun free zones" only provide safe spaces for criminals, terrorists, and crazy people to kill, rape, and/or rob defenseless people.

As demonstrated in Paris, Chicago, and all over the world, terrorists, criminals, and even insane people can get the weapons they want. No gun laws will stop them. Gun laws are only obeyed by law-abiding people.

Overly restrictive gun laws have cost many Americans, and others, their lives by making them defenseless in the face of danger. Battered and threatened women are killed waiting for gun permit approvals; their restraining orders didn't protect them. The high cost of gun permits make many people defenseless victims in high crime areas. And, since armed police were apparently absent, only armed civilians could have reduced the carnage in Paris or San Bernardino.

Anti-gun propaganda makes guns the problem rather than people with evil intent. This leads many responsible people to be unprotected or under-protected. Unarmed people are at the mercy of merciless people. Under-armed people are also in trouble. Unlike the movies attackers aren't often stopped with a single bullet, many hits are often needed. In stressful situations most shots (even by police) miss the target. To survive a dedicated attack people need "enough," maybe dozens of, bullets.

Marxist-leftists promote a casual attitude toward life. Forcing religion and morality out of education, equating cultures that approve of "honor killings" and executing homosexuals with our culture, promoting abortion and assisted suicide, making it difficult for innocent people to protect themselves from criminals, making excuses for criminals, and refusing to control gangs, drug dealers, and other criminals that prey on people, all demonstrate, and promote, a lack of respect for life.

The Marxist-leftists have increased our exposures to attacks by not protecting our borders, by encouraging illegal aliens, by releasing rather than deporting criminal (including violent) illegal aliens (17,000 in 2014 alone) into our population, by providing early releases to thousands of felons, by a revolving door justice system, and by allowing hundreds of thousands of refugees, immigrants, and students to come here from countries that inspire radical Islamic terrorists. The FBI director reports that there are terrorist investigations under way in all 50 states. More than 25,000 Americans have already been murdered by illegal aliens.

Political correctness prevents honest discussion, accurate identification of facts and problems, and optimal solutions. How can we defeat ISIS, al-Qaida, Boko Haram, or similar terrorist group if we refuse to recognize that their beliefs about Islam — regardless of whether they are correct — inspire their actions? How can we expect people to speak up and warn authorities about suspicious behavior if they fear being called racist, sexist, Islamophobic, homophobic, or some other vile term? Had the terrorists' neighbor not feared being politically incorrect, some intervention might have turned the terrorists from their radicalization and saved not just fourteen, but sixteen, lives.

I always want to believe that every American wants others to be happy, healthy, and safe. But it's impossible to believe that Marxist-leftists have these motives when their policies have, for decades, consistently led to harm for innocent people.

When tragedies like San Bernardino occur, President Obama doesn't take actions like closing the border, keeping terrorists and potential terrorists from our country, or cracking down on criminals or terrorist suspects to reduce the threats and make Americans safer. He won't even say we are threatened by radical Islamists. He doubles down on the policies that increase government power over law abiding citizens like those discussed above; policies that clearly get people killed.

The priority of Marxist-leftists like President Obama is not people's happiness, health, or safety, it is to grow government and increase their own power.

Don Ewing
Meredith

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