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How long will it take for someone to deface my new Trump sign?

To The Daily Sun,

With some trepidation, my wife and I put our Trump sign out in front of our home the other day. Like other Trump signs in New Hampshire, it probably won't be long before someone either steals it, spray-paints it, or defaces it in some other way.

I even saw on the news that one person's Trump sign was set on fire right in front of their house in the middle of the night. I would love to catch someone in my yard pulling one of those stunts. I assure you that every day the judge gave me in the pokey would be justified. And since I'm retired now, it would also give me a little break from all the quality time I've been spending with the wife lately. What ever happened to people being entitled to their own opinion?

Where's the respect and tolerance? Please spare me and don't say things like that don't happen up here in the Lakes Region. Have you read the news lately? If it wasn't for The Daily Sun we wouldn't know about half the crimes and drug problems plaguing our towns. It should be obvious that when some of the Boston TV stations are reporting on crimes being committed around the Lakes Region that we are losing the very soul of our community.

It's sad to see things falling apart around us. Nothing shocks me more. I'm sure it won't be long before the brain-washed worshipers of the lying goddess of the pantsuit fashion world and presidential candidate will be slowing down when they drive by our house, point to our Trump sign, and tell their kids in the back seat to "stay away from that house ... they must be misogynistic racists."

Tom Sellew

Lochmere (Tilton)

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Walking through the fire of complete helplessness was news to me

To The Daily Sun,

Never in my wildest nightmares would I have expected a summer evening at a friend's barbecue to hustle me off to LRGH and Genesis Rehab for 16 days. Such would be my misfortune through a freak accident.

The good news is that in time I will recover. The bad news is that I discovered way too soon what awaits me should I live a long life and be unable to take care of myself. For 25 years I sold health insurance, including disability and long-term care — just in case my clients would suffer a disruption in their wonderful life as I did. The 'Greatest Generation' holds a different perspective on aging than we "Boomers." Up close and personal, I watched my parents manage their final months in a nursing home. Their daughter wouldn't handle her setback with nearly the quiet aplomb of her folks. Selling insurance for the "what-if's" of life is one thing; walking through the fire of complete helplessness is another.

But, there is more good news to share. Help is just around the corner and right here in our beautiful city. While I'd heard of Laconia Clinic's Doctor Miller for years, I'd never met him. He was, and is, my hero — not just with his skill as a surgeon but with his gentle bedside manner when you need it the most. The nursing staff on South 3 are amazing. They pay attention and you feel like you matter as an individual. Genesis Rehab Center is integral as the bridge for a successful home reintroduction. But, who wants to go there? Over the near two weeks I spent in their care, so many outstanding nurses, aides, PT/OT therapists watched over me. I would love to name them one by one; but I will err on the side of caution in the event I might miss one of them. As stunned as I was myself by my reaction, I couldn't help but well up with tears when I said my good-byes.

To all my friends who stopped by and spoiled me or sent me get-well wishes: a big hug of thanks. And last but not least, to my husband Dean: I couldn't, and can't, make it through without your help. Love you, hon.
Claire L. Hebert-Dow

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