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Step back from assumptions and work for the greater good

To The Daily Sun,

Stereotypes. Assumptions. We all make them, and I am wary of their hazards.

Last weekend, about 20 people who have known each other almost 50 years were gathered for fun and reconnection. Ironically, we were talking about free speech and the necessity for us to learn even from those with whom we disagree, and to do so civilly and respectfully. Yet, since most of us were of a progressive, Democrat affiliation, yes, the conversation became more strident about how we fear for our country: The potential loss of health care, weakening of environmental laws, under-staffed State Department, rise of the alt-right, lack of support for public education, plight of the refugees and DACA youth, fear of inadvertent war with North Korea, etc., etc. So very much to worry about, from our point of view. But throughout this, we ourselves grew less civil about the president, and voiced some very negative assumptions about what might have motivated any who voted for him.

Then, one brave soul had the courage to admit she had voted for Trump — a woman who has a heart of gold, has worked with immigrants, has lived overseas, etc.

Yes, this gave us all pause. Who else in our very own families and communities are we writing off because of what we assume? And who is writing me off because I’ve had signs in my yard supporting Obama, Hassan or the local library?

For 18 years I worked in a high school whose staff had very differing political views, yet those did not keep us from collaborating to create the best for our students. I’ve now lived for 42 years in small town Gilmanton. Yes, we’ve had some notable controversies, but for the most part people serving on the School Board, Planning Board, or Board of Selectmen are not identified by party and truly try to solve problems for the good of our town.

Let’s try to step back from our assumptions, listen, and find out what connects us in our aspirations and concerns, and work together for the good of our towns, our state and our country.

Anne Onion

Gilmanton

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We respect the office of president, but occupant must earn it

To The Daily Sun,

Someone recently asked why those detractors of POTUS don’t show him more respect. Here is my answer:

Maybe when POTUS starts respecting all of the people he represents and has sworn to serve will we finally believe that he honestly wants to bring this country together for the common good. POTUS needs to show all Americans that he is being honest and truthful about fair and balanced. Instead POTUS continues to exhibit belligerent immature behavior on a daily basis. These negative behaviors are not the way that world leaders should govern.

We respect the office but the occupant must earn it. Much as our former president never got the respect he'd earned, so shall Trump not get our respect until it's earned.

His mannerisms, bluster, lack of knowledge or obvious lack of in-depth intellect are very, very troubling and scary. He and his administration continue to turn a blind eye and a deaf ear to those who criticize their constant ongoing very inappropriate behaviors.

Respect is earned. Respect of our fellow man must not be based on a false narrative. Respect is taught. Good behavior toward all human beings is respectful.

Bernadette Loesch

Laconia

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