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The United States is a nation of immigrants, legal immigrants

To The Daily Sun,

Over the weekend, we were subjected to a barge of left-wing news reports that our new president and commander-in-chief just tore up the U.S. Constitution! I strongly suspect that even this publication (The Laconia Daily Sun) will not have one article presenting the entire story truthfully or fairly.

It has been said, for example, that the president should have given these overseas travelers, and even our Border Patrol and Customs people some warning.

President Trump has been saying for a long time that if you really want to win in the war on terror, you don't reveal your plans ahead of time; you don't tell the enemy what you are going to do, but rather, you act with the advantage of surprise.

A total 109 people were detained at airports who did not have all the proper "extreme vetting" done, out of a total of over 300,000 travelers from those seven countries who came here in just the past few days. If this plan to limit foreigners from predominately Muslim countries had been announced ahead of time, every "would-be" terrorist would have attempted to get here before the ban would take effect.

Get use to this important fact of life, "children" from the "hard-left!" The U.S. is a nation of immigrants, legal immigrants. Immigrants to this country have no constitutional rights to come here until they become U.S. citizens. This is simply another example of grown men and women acting like "children," spoiled brats, who have not matured to full adulthood yet.

All the "hand-wringing" on the left has nothing to do with the so-called "rights" of illegal immigrants. It is totally about politics. And about who won the election.

Wake up America.

Jim McCoole

Laconia

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I've not heard rhetoric that makes me fear losing 'rights' as a woman

To The Daily Sun,

Mr. Vervaeke's brief description of the Mexico City Rule left out a key element. The policy requires non-governmental organizations to "agree as a condition of their receipt of (U.S.) federal funds" that they would "neither perform nor actively promote abortion as a method of family planning in other nations." The policy has exceptions for abortions done in response to rape, incest, or life-threatening conditions. Key words "as a method of family planning."

This policy was introduced by President Reagan in 1984 and has been in place/not in place depending on the political views of each president following Reagan. As America tries to conserve its dollars and spend more wisely to counter our growing debt, we have too long suffered under the thought of "oh well, it's such a small portion of what we spend." We have to start somewhere and why not with a small portion that could in turn be used to help the many American citizens without sufficient clothing, housing or nutrition?

And to his other point, in America we do not have "policies" of racial segregation or political and economic segregation, and while there may be individuals with such viewpoints, I believe Americans are quick to rout them out.

As a white woman of America in 2017, I am not under the impression that there are "rights" in this country that I, or any other woman regardless of race, color, or creed, do not have, nor have I heard rhetoric that would make me fearful of losing them. If there is a man alive in this country today who does not believe all women would unite to retain their rights, they are sadly mistaken. While I don't question the Women's March, I struggle to find unity in a cause and I was quite embarrassed at some of the signs and language of the participants especially in light of the fact that many children were present. We place far too much value in the rhetoric of celebrities, while forgetting that they are entertainers, not wise, all-knowing sages.

We would all be better served with rhetoric that strives to heal and unite rather than ideological rhetoric that seeks to divide. There is one word I am hoping to see more of — compromise — for with our considerable differences of opinion, there seems no other way to move forward.

Althea Dunscombe
Center Harbor

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