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Not one point of moral connection between liberals & Muslims

To The Daily Sun,

Another terror attack in Europe, this time Berlin, with 12 dead and dying, 40-some maimed under the wheels of a massive 18 wheeler. Guess what? Another Muslim. Who could have guessed it? And after all the make nice open door welcome of "refugees" from the Middle East into Germany and Angela Merkel's so-well-intentioned humane program. Goes to show when you invite wolves in with the sheep bad things will happen to the sheep.

Oh boy, I can hardly wait for the usual leftists to try to explain this away under the smoke screen of Islam as the "religion of peace" and "it's only a small minority." And these will be the folks who describe themselves as progressive liberals. Liberals, my foot. Either these people are so misinformed and ignorant, or are complete hypocrites.

The fact is, and there can be no denying this, that Islam is diametrically opposed to everything liberals say they value and believe in. There is not a single, not one point, of moral, ethical connect between the two. Sure, they will label me Islamophobic, and I can confess I really do fear Muslims, but it is not a phobia but a very rational fear.

Muslims do not assimilate into other cultures. They do not believe in democracy, human rights, women's rights, gay rights, freedom of speech, religion, assembly, or any of the rights we believe in, not even the "moderate Muslims."

Islam is an alien culture intent on world domination, yet liberals embrace it. Why? Does the fact that they are a minority entitle them to a pass by progressives in spite of their hostile regard of liberal values and human rights? I don't know the answer readers. Your guess is as good as mine.

Perhaps they just prefer to hate conservatives out of habit? Maybe the things they say they value are just not at the top of the priority list of importance for them? It could be they do not have the courage to stand up and lead fearing the disapproval and ridicule of other liberals? Possibly they do not want to admit that conservatives are right on this one, single point?

Steve Earle

Gilford

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BudCom members bend over backwards to be fair & even-handed

To The Daily Sun,

I am writing to object to some content of an article in the Thursday, Dec. 22, Daily Sun written by Gail Ober. That article reported on the Dec. 21 evening meeting of the Gilford Board of Selectmen, where the forthcoming warrant article to endorse the tentative Gilford teachers' union contract was on the agenda.

In the news story Ms. Ober wrote, "discussions between the School Board and the Budget Committee about the (School District) default budget issue have been nothing less than acrimonious, hostile, and personal."

I first object to this on the grounds that it is an editorial opinion being expressed in a news story. I object secondly to this being just excess baggage verbiage that in total, way overstates the nature of the discussions the Budget Committee has been having with the School Board and its representatives.

One member of the Budget Committee is in fact also a member of the School Board. The statement is therefore an oxymoron in and of itself, as "have been ... personal." It implies that somehow a board made up of 11 members can collectively have a personal bone to pick with any representative of or the School Board in general.

For the purposes of reporting the news it may have been more appropriate to cite the process of determining a proper default budget more simply as being contentious. To my knowledge no one has been ruled out of order and asked to leave or cited for disturbing the peace at any recent public meetings of the Gilford Budget Committee. No one has been ordered arrested and no one has been told at a public meeting that they cannot take an appropriate amount of the board's time to address it, as to any issue that they may be concerned over.

The members of the Gilford Budget Committee have taken an oath to be fair and impartial. As evidence of this I would point to a recent letter complaining of a request to approve a motion to have a School District administrator present budget calculations and account for some transfers, under oath. The Budget Committee voted down that motion as likely being inappropriate or "hostile." Many on the Budget Committee feel they are bending over backward to be fair and even-handed and are not seeking confrontation at all.

I intend to abide by that oath so as to support the best interests of our community's residential and commercial property taxpayers, residents who rent and pay surrogate property taxes, the increasing population of elderly taxpayers, and the children and young people who may be matriculating through our generally well respected school system. Many of that last group also being grandchildren of our elderly taxpayers.

I am loathe to write this letter, so will clarify that I am not in any way here attempting to express any opinions or consensus on any issues before the Gilford Budget Committee as those can only be appropriate for the chairman to comment on.

Timothy Sullivan, Member

Gilford Budget Committee

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