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Pathetic that naysayers have fanned this non-citizenship paranoia

To The Daily Sun,

"Got any good answers for these questions...? "...Leftist..." "This is fun — debunking the Kool-Aid crowd." was the diatribe from Mr. Steven Earle concerning the citizenship of President Barack Obama and other supercilious topics that I had not referenced, as I had focused on the imaginary non-citizenship conspiracy.

First of all, contrary to being "leftist," I am right-handed! In an earlier missive, I had reasoned that since Pennsylvania Senior Judge Dan Pelegrini had declared that Senator Rafael Theodore Cruz was an U.S. citizen due to his mother's U.S. citizenship, one could surmise that our president was a U.S. citizen due to his birth in Hawaii and his mother's U.S. citizenship. Deductive logic! Of course, Mr. Earle's retort was "... just because one judge says so doesn't mean it's so."

Then again, when President Obama took the "unprecedented step" of releasing his birth certificate in 2011, presidential candidate Donald Trump (tax records, anyone!) stated, "An extremely credible source has called my office and told me that Barack Obama's birth certificate is a fraud."

Naysayers (proof not needed) joined the bandwagon. The naysayers then demanded the President's Occidental College (and) Columbia University transcripts (for whatever the reason they could conjure up). Why not Donald Trump's transcripts? Occidental College is in a cooperative program with Columbia University where "exceptional" students could transfer after their sophomore year (now it's after the junior year) so as to continue their undergraduate experience in legal education/law (as did President Obama). There is also an elaborate display in Occidental's Media Resource Center concerning President's Obama's two years at the college as well as an available pamphlet "Obama at Occidental: A Self-Guided Tour."

My son recently graduated from Occidental College, so I have had the opportunity to visit the campus. And I have the informative pamphlet. Of course, naysayers may say that the college ... whatever the reason they would still conjure up.

I guess I have no "good answers" to address this citizenship conundrum, but will have to defer to presidential candidate Donald Trump's quote of Sept. 16, to provide good answers: "President Obama was born in the United States." And Jericho's walls came a'tumbling down.

Judge Pelegrini's "one judge" ruling is apparently validated by Mr. Trump, and the "extremely credible source" proved, uh, not credible. Who was this source? Hmm, memories of Watergate's Deep Throat. But, then again, to paraphrase "...just because Donald Trump says so doesn't mean it's so."

This is not "fun," Stevie. It's pathetic that the naysayers had continued to abet this non-citizenship paranoia for over five years. (Pathetic google video site: "Unfiltered voices from Donald Trump's rallies" — is this where the naysayers are at?) No apologies expected. And I don't intend to join your "bash book group" with "name-calling, smears, and slanders" as I occupy my time with more constructive worthwhile endeavors.

Frank M. Weeks

Gilmanton Iron Works.

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My opponent received A+ rating from this Koch brothers organization

To The Daily Sun,

Our public education system is funded by the public, and it benefits the public. In essence, it exemplifies the principles of democracy and freedom that are the cornerstones of our society.
Some people want to create a system that weakens the quality of public schooling our children receive. Students would attend private schools partly funded by tax dollars or diverted revenue and they would cut much needed resources to teach children in our public schools.

The Koch brothers funded Americans for Prosperity is leading this assault on public education. That organization has even inserted itself into local school board races around the country to advance its extreme agenda aimed at dismantling public education.

Incumbent, and seeking re-election, Glenn Cordelli is on board with the Koch brothers extreme agenda and is supported by and champions this organization's goals. He received an A-plus rating from this group and was quoted on a local blog saying, "I am very proud of the recent A-plus rating from Americans for Prosperity for 2016."

As a candidate for the New Hampshire House representing Carroll County District 04, Moultonborough, Tuftonboro and Sandwich, I will oppose any effort to dismantle our public education system. I will reject outside groups that try to inject their ideology into our local government and school systems. I will fully support our locally controlled public schools.

All three towns that comprise our House district have excellent school systems. I would urge any concerned citizen to seek out members of their school administration and local school board members, and ask them what their schools under our local control and funded by our tax dollars are doing to continually improve the quality of our children's education. The answer I am sure will be quite a lot, and that they will hold up their work to that of any private school. They deserve our full support.

Any funding diverted from our schools will impact each and every taxpayer on their tax bill. New Hampshire has had its hands in our pockets in the not too distant past, (remember donor towns?) using our hard-earned tax dollars to pay for the education of students in other parts of the state. That is wrong and I will strongly oppose any efforts to divert any of our tax dollars away from our local schools and our local control.

Paul T. Punturieri
Moultonborough

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