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Doesn't a published columnist have obligation to get facts right?

To The Daily Sun,

In his response to my letter calling attention to his bogus assertion that the Dearborn City Council instituted Sharia Law, Mr. Meade asks whether I believe "that students don't read the opinions their teachers write in the newspapers and are therefore not academically or politically influenced by them." I think he is suggesting that I should not be offering my opinions in public.

That is exactly why there is academic freedom and tenure, Bob. So, people like you, who don't like a particular teacher's opinions, don't get to decide whether they get to keep their jobs. Do you know anything about the teaching of those whose livelihoods you've threatened? Do you know that I celebrate every student who expresses an opinion whether they agree with me or not?

Do I challenge them? Of course. I challenge them all to make their points more effectively using logic and evidence and by doing the hard work necessary, like checking their facts, to win their arguments. My job, which I take very seriously, is to develop their critical faculties, not to convince them that I'm right about this issue or that. Diversity of opinion is, in fact, a great teaching tool.

Bob also said that his reference to the Dearborn City Council and Sharia Law wasn't about anyone breaching the church/state barrier. That's a head-scratcher, since that's exactly what it is when elected officials vote to follow religious law — a violation of the First Amendment prohibition regarding the separation of church and state.

Finally, Bob says he stands by what he wrote even though it was factually incorrect because it seemed consistent with his other research. So I guess he is saying that facts and the truth don't matter as long as they sound good. What is that if not motivated reasoning? Don't you have an obligation, Bob, as a published columnist, to get your facts right?

By the way, Bob, some of my students do read my letters. Some of them agree with me and some don't, but they all see me modeling a form of civic engagement. I encourage them to write about what they believe in — using logic and evidence.

Dave Pollak

Laconia

Last Updated on Monday, 20 July 2015 10:14

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I was overwhelmed with Donald Trump's knowledge & impact

To The Daily Sun,

I attended the Donald Trump rally at the Weirs Beach Community Center in Laconia (Thursday) evening. The hall was full, 350 people and another 650 stood in the parking lot. Listening to Mr. Trump speak in person is the most enlightening and positive experience that I have ever had.

I was overwhelmed with his knowledge and his positive impact on myself and the audience. He let everyone know that he has $10 billion and will not be bought by any donors. His speech was truthful and all about making America great again. I believe that he can put our country together and bring our jobs back home.

I was unsure if I would support him before the rally, I will now support him 100 percent.

If you have a chance to attend one of his rallies please do so.

Douglas Isleib
Gilmanton Iron Works

Last Updated on Monday, 20 July 2015 09:57

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Note to Donald Trump supporters: be careful what you wish for

To The Daily Sun,

Recently I wrote a letter paraphrasing the song "Oh What a Night" by the Four Seasons. I apologize for using this theme again but "Oh What a Night" happened for me again last Thursday night when Donald Trump spoke at the Weirs Community Center.

I do not know shorthand, but I will give you my best recollection of what he said about himself and the answers he gave to questions from the audience:

— He knocked the Republican Party (to which he belongs), saying they the other Republican candidates, at least most of them, are stupid. And Hillary and Obama are, too.

— He knocked Jeb Bush by saying, "So he can speak five words in Spanish." I know Gov. Bush speaks Spanish fluently.

— "I'm rich." Again, he said; "I'm rich, again, "I'm rich." Just wait till you see my FEC filing and see what my worth really is, it's more than $9 billion.".....blah, blah, blah.

— "I went to Wharton, I am so smart."

— One question from a veteran was what will you do for the veterans? His reply, I love veterans, I am big on the military and will take care of the military and veterans. No specifics stated at all.

— Knocked American companies for doing business in China, Japan. I guess he forgot, he too, does

business with China, they make his ties. BTW, they are sold at Macy's who has since dropped him for

his inflammatory remarks about Mexican immigrants.

— Regarding business, one question from the audience was what will you do for small business owners? Mr. Trump's answer, "I know small business; when I bought the Doral Country Club in Miami I upgraded that and it is now the world's best resort." I didn't know that a business worth upward of $250 million is considered a "small business." Of course that name has been changed to: Trump National Doral Miami.

— He repeated his constant refrain: "I will make America great again."

I went to this event in hopes of asking him the following question: "Mr. Trump, for full disclosure I won't be voting for you but I hope you will answer my question and that is: "You have stated that you will be the greatest President God ever created and that you are rich." I have to ask you why do you brag about yourself? Let others do that for you so you are not considered either boastful or arrogant."

As I was typing this letter Saturday afternoon July 18th I heard on CNN Donald Trump's most recent comment where he was speaking at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, where he said: "John McCain is no war hero because he was captured. OK, I hate to tell you I like people that weren't captured." And then he said "I tell the truth and the truth is that John McCain graduated last in his class at Annapolis. Nobody else will tell you this." 

Folks, we have free speech in this country, all of us can speak our minds (as I am doing with the letter,) and we can vote for whomever we choose, but remember these two quotes: "Be careful what you wish for," and, "We get the government we deserve."

Paula Trombi

Meredith

Last Updated on Monday, 20 July 2015 09:53

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Emergency Pantry receives donations in honor of Paul J. Rowley

To The Daily Sun,

The Meredith Emergency Food Pantry would like to thank you for all of your generous donations in honor of former volunteer director Paul J. Rowley. Promoting the Food Pantry and assisting the community with food needs was Paul's pride and joy.

Please be advised that the Meredith Emergency Food Pantry will continue to operate at 147 Main Street, Meredith. Phone 279-1115.

Barbara Rayno

Meredith

Last Updated on Wednesday, 31 December 1969 07:00

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We should be outraged 4 Americans were not part of Iran deal

To The Daily Sun,

President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry made a deal with Iran. Not a good one for the U.S. or Israel, especially with our porous borders to the south.

Major Garrett asked the president, "Why are you so content to leave four Americans behind, unaided by American diplomacy?" Fair question, but not so according to some of the media.

We should be outraged. The release of four American citizens should have been first on the list in the deal with Iran. Apparently our current president and secretary of state do not care about American citizens, or the military as was shown when an ex-serviceman was being detained in Mexico.

We should all contact our representatives to stop this deal.

This is a sad day for America.

Linda Riley
Meredith

Last Updated on Friday, 17 July 2015 09:13

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