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Please stop mixing religion & politics; 2/3 of the world is not Christian

To The Daily Sun,

To John Demakowski: I refuse to have a battle of wits with one so inadequately armed. You ask for respect for the president. Well, sir, let me instruct you just a little bit. I served in the military for 12 years. I know respect and what generates it and who deserves it. Respect is given to an office; a position. I respect the office of the President of the United States. However, for individuals respect is earned, and Donald John Trump has not earned it. Not yet. He's been in office six months, has tweeted 441 times as of this writing, and has golfed for 40 days. He has not yet passed or had pass one single major piece of legislation. He has broken nearly every campaign promise he made. He has lied, supported those who lied and hired those who lied. Right now he makes Richard Nixon look like a choir boy. I've voted in every election since I was old enough. I've not always been on the winning side, and when I'm not I do my best to ensure that the winners are successful. But this "pugnacious" person that you so badly wanted does indeed single out people for their gender, race, and religion and if you don't or haven't seen that then perhaps a reading comprehension class is in order.

In the meantime, please stop mixing religion and politics. There are 7.5 BILLION humans on this planet John, and you insult over 5 billion of them each and every time you state that Jesus is the only way to "truth." As Bishop John Shelby Spong said, "The ultimate meaning of the Bible calls us to a recognition that every life is holy, every life is loved, and every life is called to be all that life is capable of being." You deny that every time you write, so please stop insulting everyone else. The Christian church encourages enormous immaturity among those people who are its primary adherents, and you prove that point with every letter you input to this paper. It is YOU sir who lacks respect, respect for women, respect for other cultures, respect for other religions, and respect for those who disagree with you. Yes John. You. Perhaps you, the bishop, and some of your other little Christian Coffee Klatch can huddle in prayer and come up with a witty response, but I highly doubt it. If you are as capable of spreading lies and innuendo about past presidents as this current one is, the perhaps placing a nicely rolled up sock between your teeth would be a far better way to spend your afternoons.

Alan Vervaeke

Gilford

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I propose lowering minimum wage to $3.25; that'll create the jobs

To The Daily Sun,

For several days now I have been contemplating the wisdom of Don Ewing's July 17 letter to The Sun regarding the dangers and downfalls of a $15/hr wage. I am not only beginning to see the wisdom of his insight, but even ways to improve the lives of low wage earners everywhere!

Don says, “The $15 minimum wage policy ... hurts poor people, especially (the) young, uneducated, unskilled...” Obviously the thing we need to do is to DECREASE the current minimum wage to help all these suffering people even more. With less money, the underemployed would not be able to afford drugs, drive cars (safer for all) or drink. They wouldn't suffer from cell phone addiction, or binge spending on Amazon. They would have to cram more people into their (un)affordable living quarters, increasing social, communication and diversity skills. A win-win for all!

Employers would benefit from decreasing wages, as they would be able to hire more part-time workers, lowering their cost of employee benefits (such as health insurance) and strengthening the corporate bottom line. Many more jobs would become available of the type “that helped/help tens of millions of America's youth and families...”

Yup, it's now obvious that New Hampshire's $7.25/hr minimum wage is actually inflicting suffering on those who receive it. I propose we lower it to $3.25.
Although I do now seriously wonder: Should Don have accepted his last raise, when he knew how much damage such a precedent could pose to society?

Bill Hemmel
Laconia 

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