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Trump has named the 'climate denier in chief' to head the EPA

To The Daily Sun,

After years of denying climate science and calling it a "hoax," Donald Trump now tells the New York Times that he has an "open mind" about climate change. Don't be fooled.

Trump is a walking contradiction and a human conflict of interest. He says he denounces white supremacists but defends Steve Bannon, an alt-right hero he has named to his White House staff. He says his business is in a "blind trust" operated by his children and yet his children are sitting in on high-level government meetings.

Most telling: Trump has named noted climate denier Myron Ebell to run his transition team for the Environmental Protection Agency. Ebell is notorious for not having an open mind when it comes to climate science. Ebell is the "climate denier in
chief" and he has the power to rig the system for polluters by filling key climate positions in the government with deniers, including the EPA administrator. Trump's actions speak much louder than the words he sputters.

With Ebell in charge there is no "open mind" on climate change. It's just more business as usual in Washington.

Beth Arsenault

Laconia

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The moderate view lies at the heart of necessary compromise

To The Daily Sun,

In response to a recent letter, there is a case for the moderate voice in any political party. It has been said by many that a political party without valued, moderate participation cannot function fully. Former senator, congressman, and governor Judd Gregg has, in the past, warned that "without compromise democracy cannot survive". For compromise to happen both sides need to be able to see through the ideology and how it impacts both sides of an issue. Therein lies the moderate view.

A CNN/ORC poll, conducted between November 17-20 of this year, reported, "a sizeable minority personally agree with both parties on at least some issues, and, however, 8 in 10 say the Republicans should make an effort to include Democratic policies in any legislation they pass rather than sticking to a GOP-driven agenda."

When lawmakers become narrowly bound to an ideology that is representative of only one side, or part of one side, of an issue there is not a fair airing of the intent or the consequences of a potential law. There needs to be room for robust discussion. Compromise is not a bad word. In that way, there is a reasoned chance that controversial legislation will be crafted to meet the greatest need in the best way or viewed inexpedient to legislate after a fair hearing.

As for "go along to get along," is concerned, when a person has aspirations for party leadership that is the way it is done. To get a leadership job, one has to heed the tenets of the existing leadership. The primary problem with the current Republican Party "go along" is that there is not much flexibility in the stated platform, leaving little latitude for discussion. The current Republican platform is too rigid and detailed. It is good for choosing items to score a legislator's voting record, but does not leave much room for debate to progress. It so happens that some legislators feel they only represent the people who voted for them. The reality is that they are elected by a simple majority to represent all the people. The parties exist to make it easier to understand the position of each legislator. The two party system works as long as there is latitude allowed in the approach to legislation. At the same time, it is prudent to remember that one third of the electorate are undeclared of any party.

New Hampshire has a long reputation of hearing every bill entertained, being fiscally prudent, avoiding graft and corruption, making every effort to limit waste, and taking a practical approach to the value of any bill.

All of this is an argument for retaining the moderate voice on the political scene.

Alida Millham

Laconia

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