I wouldn't be free college, it would be taxpayer funded college

To The Daily Sun,

Okay, I'm getting a little long of tooth and grey of hair. Denial is futile; I am losing the battle with age.

Anyway, these thoughts prompted me to think of Bernie Sanders, an old guy pushing an old idea: Promise monstrous giveaways, bribe the low-information, greedy people among us to vote your way. Take from the rich give to the poor. Yep, that's the ticket! Hmmm, wait a sec; some say if you confiscated 100 percent of all rich people's assets you'd pay the nation's bills for a paltry three months or less. What then?

Where I come from, when we seek improvements we don't ready, fire, aim, but we first agree that improvements are necessary. We identify and prioritize our improvement tasks and then go and look for people or organizations that've made significant gains in these same areas. We analyze, understand, create a plan, seek approval and move forward. What are Bernie's benchmarks? Which country will he emulate? Who would we become? What are the costs?

Worse, both Hillary and Bernie are on the same path. Both want to eliminate college tuition, among other socialistic steal-from-the-rich schemes. Great ideas. Supporters, like the pundits who dominate the supposedly neutral public radio, call this the plan for free college tuition, not the plan for taxpayer-funded education. Big difference. As the federal government (according to Rand Paul) continues to borrow $1 million a minute against a gargantuan debt of over $18 trillion, who are we kidding? We can't afford any of this.

In my opinion, the reason Hillary and Bernie don't hold up another country as their perfect ideal, the one country they would find who've embraced the same siren song of socialism is Greece. Compare our national debt to our GNP, and then do the same comparison for Greece; a very similar trend line.

Nope they'll never mention this will they? The liberal media and the low-information voters will buy it, hook, line and sinker. Once swallowed there's no going back, not for at least a generation or so. Couple these plans with open borders, sanctuary cities, unchecked government growth, union-run, government-controlled public education; we don't have a prayer. Or perhaps better said: we all better start praying. Praying that the conservatives we see appealing for your support on the debate stage soon coalesce and get their act together.

Let's face it, all the bickering and battling we see on the debate stage doesn't generate the notion that someone on that stage should be handed the reins of power. Not by anyone's standards. My opinion: Take the entire group of conservative presidential candidates, put them in a secure room (octagon cage?), lock the door and give them a day to figure it out. In a perfect world, when the doors opened we would see in sequence, all marching to "Hail to the Chief" the nominee for president and vice president followed by the remaining cabinet positions. Kinda like the start of an NFL football game. Spectacular! Just the fact that the conservatives could agree on something would be a huge attention grabber.

But fielding a full bench and presenting the entire proposed leadership team; unprecedented! It's this kind of out-of-the-box thinking that would I think put this election into the hands of the adults in the room. More importantly this might prompt a win for conservatives. Conservative policies will put America back on the tracks of success; for everyone.

A free lunch is a nice to have. A good job is a must-have.

Yep, growing old isn't fun, but with age comes wisdom. Let's see more of this from the people who would lead us.

Dave Rivers

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Dr. Carson never applied to West Point & they don't offer scholarships

To The Daily Sun,

Just a correction to Mr. Earle's letter from the Friday, Nov. 13 newspaper.

Dr. Ben Carson was not offered either a scholarship or an appointment to West Point. He wrote he was told he could "probably" attend if he so chose.

You have to actually apply to get in and must also have congressional nomination in order to attend West Point.

Also, there are no scholarships to West Point as attendance is free for those appointed.

Dr. Carson never applied to go there.

How is this "liberal media bias?"  He was never offered a scholarship or appointment to West Point so writing he was offered either was an untruth. He is running on his truthfulness and so this a a legitimate question for the media to ask and to follow-up on.

Karen Tays


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'Agri-tourism' is part of 'agri-industry' and should not be banned

The The Daily Sun,

Farm-to-table food is the choice of some families here in New Hampshire's Lakes Region because of the abundance of rich farm land and the nourishing food grown here.

This local mini "agri-industry" should be protected and supported as a valuable asset, especially in the fast-changing time of the world today, and not hampered by local regulations.

"Agri-tourism" is term used to describe the preparing and serving of food to a group of people enjoying living in a country setting. It is part of "agri-industry" and should not be banned.

Don Onofrio


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National anthem is not supposed to be pre-game entertainment

To The Daily Sun,

Whenever Veterans Day approaches, I get into my usual mood of wondering how the time will get celebrated around the country.

At sporting events especially, at the professional level, we will be graced by a performer singing our national anthem, while thousands of fans with stand mute. Of course, this is not unusual, for it is done all the time at sports venues. The thing that makes it really difficult is that we probably will not know the tune anyway. Being a special day makes no difference anymore in terms of our anthem.

I was at Fenway Park on Armed Forces Day one year and looked forward to our national anthem. Disappointment came quickly, however, when a member of the military sang it in a tune no one else could sing.

On July 4, 2013, 15 people sang in 15 baseball parks while hundreds of thousands stood quietly, not having the opportunity to honor our country.

For anyone who would like to learn the background of this phenomenon, you could log on to the New York Times, July 3, 2013, a four-page article by James C. McKinley Jr. It is titled "O say can you sing at the ball park?" You hear people say, "It's too hard to sing" which is a misnomer. The performers didn't like to sing it the way it is, because it is too dull, so over the years they created their own renditions which brought applause and more recognition, all of which has nothing to do with patriotism. In fact, these presentations dishonor our anthem and our flag, because they go together.

Dishonor one, dishonor the other. The anthem is marketed all over the country. People have auditions, send in tapes, and politic to have the "honor."

The anthem became pre-game entertainment years ago, and really has become a spectator sport. This is not what it's supposed to be.

I heard so much complaining about this, that three and a half years ago I started a project to try to alter this. I do have a lot of material, but not being adept on the internet it is difficult.

On Monday night football several years ago, I heard a 12-year-old girl, well-known around the country, sing the anthem. The crowd yelled and clapped the whole time, right to the end. Patriotism?

I realize this letter is quite disjointed. I'm just picking out segments of what I've collected.

I was at Fenway Park another time when the Red Sox were playing Toronto. A choral group from there sang "O Canada" beautifully and were invited to sing our anthem. In the center field area, I found myself the only one singing. They received a well-deserved applause. While I was singing, I received looks from young kids whose eyes seemed to ask, "What are you doing?" How sad! I talked to a father after the game and asked why everyone sings "Take me out to the ballgame" and "Sweet Caroline," but nobody sings the anthem. He thought for a moment and said, "We are too programmed." He mentioned that he and his dad are veterans, called his daughter over, and told her from then on, they sing.

I sent Fox & Friends three overnight letters one Saturday. No reply. On Fox News in the middle of one day, the commentator said, "Stand by for an incredible rendition of the national anthem by a 15-year-old boy. Of course, I did, and was stunned by what I heard. It was butchered as badly as I've ever heard. I don't blame the boy, but do those who exploited him, and they, by allowing this, dishonored greatly our national anthem, our flag, and the 400,000 who gave their lives and were wounded in World War II and all the other wars and still do today. That episode went all over the country. I have written numerous times to the Red Sox. Three years ago I received a note from the Fenway Ambassador saying, "Bill, many people feel as you do!"

The Super Bowl 2015 anthem rendition was a disgrace. Millions of Americans, plus over 200,000 military personnel overseas stood in silence as the lone performer furthered her career. The opera singer at the Super Bowl a few years ago was magnificent. Just think if she had invited everyone watching to sing, what an impact there would have been! Those who performed at the last Rose Bowl did not do one thing for patriotism.

In the Louisiana/Lafayette Women's NCAA regional softball tournament, an announcement was made that the anthem was not going to be played, so the people sang it. The explanation: it was played before the first game. (However, the spectators would be different at each game.)

A Marine colonel in Afghanistan, after a tirade to those who dishonor the anthem, ended his message by saying, "Sing the 'Star Spangled Banner' with courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about America, not you."

In Shelburne, Vt., a youth baseball tournament was being played and they couldn't get the recorder going. The crowd got impatient and sang it themselves. The comment heard mostly was, "Why don't we do this all the time?"

Our country is fragmented for a plethora of reasons. Military events are ongoing around the country. Patriotism is felt at those places.

As a nation, however, I think our nation is at its lowest ebb since I can remember. Two things that could help. One is that we, the people, sing our anthem, or have the opportunity to do so, and secondly the original tune is always used. Every time we do this, we will be standing together, male and female, young and old, people of all colors, races, and religions. For about 50 seconds.

It's beyond the time when the professional sports teams should have closed the doors to their talent agencies, and reopened the door to patriotism.

Bill Atkinson



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National delegates should vote at convention for who won primary

To The Daily Sun,

I am responding to the column in Saturday, Nov. 14's, Daily Sun that reminded me that super delegates can support the candidate of their choice regardless of who the voters choose.

We definitely need election reform big time. Delegate votes should reflect who the voters choose. If the delegates are biased toward a particular candidate. then cast their vote in the primary and general election. But when it comes time to cast their votes at the convention they should reflect the choice of the voters in their state. Otherwise their votes will be fraudulent and they should be released from that responsibility.

Donna Lawler

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