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My opponent received A+ rating from this Koch brothers organization

To The Daily Sun,

Our public education system is funded by the public, and it benefits the public. In essence, it exemplifies the principles of democracy and freedom that are the cornerstones of our society.
Some people want to create a system that weakens the quality of public schooling our children receive. Students would attend private schools partly funded by tax dollars or diverted revenue and they would cut much needed resources to teach children in our public schools.

The Koch brothers funded Americans for Prosperity is leading this assault on public education. That organization has even inserted itself into local school board races around the country to advance its extreme agenda aimed at dismantling public education.

Incumbent, and seeking re-election, Glenn Cordelli is on board with the Koch brothers extreme agenda and is supported by and champions this organization's goals. He received an A-plus rating from this group and was quoted on a local blog saying, "I am very proud of the recent A-plus rating from Americans for Prosperity for 2016."

As a candidate for the New Hampshire House representing Carroll County District 04, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro and Sandwich, I will oppose any effort to dismantle our public education system. I will reject outside groups that try to inject their ideology into our local government and school systems. I will fully support our locally controlled public schools.

All three towns that comprise our House district have excellent school systems. I would urge any concerned citizen to seek out members of their school administration and local school board members, and ask them what their schools under our local control and funded by our tax dollars are doing to continually improve the quality of our children's education. The answer I am sure will be quite a lot, and that they will hold up their work to that of any private school. They deserve our full support.

Any funding diverted from our schools will impact each and every taxpayer on their tax bill. New Hampshire has had its hands in our pockets in the not too distant past, (remember donor towns?) using our hard-earned tax dollars to pay for the education of students in other parts of the state. That is wrong and I will strongly oppose any efforts to divert any of our tax dollars away from our local schools and our local control.

Paul T. Punturieri

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These sowers of violence are already in aa state of mind where all they need is a little nudge

To The Daily Sun,

The great author Robert A. Heinlein once said, "You can sway a thousand men by appealing to their prejudices quicker than you can convince one man by logic." And apparently, when you are old, you can be swayed that much quicker.

Donald Trump meet Steve Earle.

And by the way Steve, I never once said you weren't entitled to your opinion, as gaseous and toxic as they frequently are. I support your right to an opinion 100 percent. I just don't have to agree with it. You love your rhetoric, and I love my facts and data, and the two simply don't mix.

I hope that when I get to be your age, I don't cower in my bunker, afraid of change or things that are new or different. Many people are afraid of change. Many people are afraid of different. And some like you will spew and regurgitate half-baked pseudo-facts and rhetoric to spread that fear. So share your opinions far and wide in whatever medium you choose and people like my 'V Twin' and I will gladly, happily, joyfully, and intelligently counter most anything you say.

Your Donald Trump is the George Wallace of the 21st century. Remember George? "Segregation Now. Segregation Tomorrow. Segregation Forever." He also played to people's fears. He was where the Democratic Party hit rock bottom, and four years later all of those people fled to the Republican Party and they have stayed there ever since. His message of hate and intolerance reverberated with the poor, the uneducated, and with older folks. Then George got shot — perhaps by someone encouraged to exercise his Second Amendment rights (like your Donald does frequently). Donald has been encouraging Islamic violence for the past year, and then tells everyone just how right and prophetic he is when it happens.

The saddest part is that these sowers of violence are already in a state of mind where they only need a little push — a nudge — and off they go. Just like many of those Christians who grabbed guns and killed abortion doctors and nurses and police officers and innocent bystanders. I personally see little difference. Violence incited by religion is the reason why we have a separation of church and state in this country.

So whether you are truly deplorable or not really doesn't matter. Even though we know that label was applied to members of the KKK, the Aryan Nation, or spittle-spewing and xenophobic or homophobic or Islamophobic misogynists.

Now if you fall into one of those categories, by all means take on "deplorable" as an adjective. Wear it proudly, Steve! Because in the meantime, others will continue to stand for America as a whole and everyone in it and anyone that sees it as Ronald Reagan did — that "America is, and always will be, a shining city on a hill."

Alan Vervaeke


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