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We're not voting for Mr. or Ms. Congeniality; Hillary is likeable enough

To The Daily Sun,

I hear it everywhere. People say they are having a hard time deciding which major presidential candidate they will vote for, and that they don't "like" either candidate.

I have no such problem and am frankly dismayed that so many do. Of the two major candidates only Hillary Clinton has the experience, temperament, and character to be president. Everything else is just drama. And we do not have to "like" either of the candidates. As Oprah recently said they're "not coming to your house for dinner." But if you must think in those terms, I again see no comparison.

Hillary is "likable enough" as Obama famously said, but Donald J. Trump is thoroughly despicable in ways too numerous to list in a short letter to the editor.

We are not voting for Ms or Mr. Congeniality. We are voting for the leader of our nation and of the greatest and most important nation in the world today. Not only does our future hang on this, but also the fate of our allies and of our enemies.

Let us start by asking which candidate even knows the difference between our allies and our enemies. This is reality folks, not a reality show. And it is an easy choice. Based on experience, temperament, and character, there is only on candidate qualified to be our next president, Hillary Clinton.

But voting for Hillary will not be enough. In order for her to be able to accomplish anything significant in Washington, we will also need to bring the Senate and House back into balance so that small groups of "never evers" cannot bring our prized system of government to a standstill. To help restore sanity to Washington we need to also vote for Maggie Hassan and Carol Shea Porter.

It's that simple.

Judy Ryerson



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Jim McCoole is a nice guy but his military coup stance should scare us

To The Daily Sun,

I do not live in Laconia so I do not have the right to vote there but I know my friend Jim McCoole is running for state representative in that district.

I like Mr. McCoole and he is a very nice guy. He is a man of faith, a pastor, and can carry on an interesting and intelligent conversation. I never agree with him, but we have had very civil and interesting conversations in person and via email. And, even though I do not agree, he makes me think about my own positions. In short, I like the man.

But, I would never vote for him. Nor do I think that anyone, including those in his own GOP, should vote for him. It is not so much a matter of disagreement on various issues as something he recently wrote to The Sun which, frankly, scares the hell out of me. It should also scare others.

He seems to have wanted Obama to have been overthrown by a military coup. Since Obama is soon to be out of office, will he be in favor of a military coup if Hillary wins? That idea is very frightening to me since I have friends and family who have suffered the effects of such coups in other countries.

Perhaps I am too optimistic, but I believe the men and women who serve in our military will do what they have done (except for the Civil War) since the time of George Washington: Obey the civilian commander-In-chief, whether they agree with him or not. I do not think they would actually overthrow a constitutionally-elected government, but perhaps I am wrong. The idea is scary anyway and the fact that such a nice guy as Mr. McCoole seems to favor it makes it even scarier.

Many extreme conservatives favor the use of guns if the election does not go their way. He does not say so, but does Mr. McCool also favor a "Second Amendment solution" should Hillary or anyone else with whom he disagrees win the election?

I have enjoyed my conversations with Mr. McCoole about the U.S. Constitution. Doesn't he (and others) recognize the sheer irony of advocating coups and armed revolts and at the same time daring to call Obama or Hillary "traitors?" Don't they realize that what they are advocating fits perfectly the Constitution's definition of "treason?"

E. Scott Cracraft


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