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The Daily Sun is helping to fan the fires of racial animosity

To The Daily Sun,

I felt it necessary to express my disgust over the publishing of a distasteful cartoon in The Daily Sun on Thursday, July 14.

The cartoon portrayed an African-American man telling his young son to "keep hands visible on the steering wheel and cooperate." The child was sitting in a toy car. If this was an attempt at humor or social commentary, it failed miserably.

Furthermore, it simply served to perpetuate the myth that police officers are unilaterally attacking young black men. It is unfortunate that much of the news media continues to push many falsehoods surrounding a very small number of incidents and helps breathe life into hate groups such as Black Lives Matter.

The media continues to allow false information and conclusions not based on facts to be widely disseminated and simply helps fan the fires of racial animosity. Apparently The Daily Sun has jumped on that bandwagon. Given that as I write this, the City of Dallas has yet to finish burying two of its five police officers assassinated last week simply because they wore a police uniform, I am especially repulsed by the timing here.

Of course, the First Amendment provides that the artist can create this kind of drivel and The Sun is free to publish it. But, please remember that police officers have died defending that right, as five of them did in Dallas last week.

Craig Wiggin
Belknap County Sheriff

Meredith

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I don't have constitutional right to 'feel comfortable' in public

To The Daily Sun,

An open response to the letter written by Fred Van Nest:

Mr. Van Nest, there is tolerate and tolerance. Please do not ever assume to confuse mine. You must be a huge supporter of Free the Nipple by the letter you wrote, I am not and nor will ever be. And that has nothing to do with tolerance, but more with what I will tolerate.

This FTN is not about the color, sexual preference, or religion. You left that one out. I could care less about any of those factors, as you should not try to "throw" them out there for sympathy and support.

This is about what I am not willing to just "look" the other way at, or leave a beach, or feel uncomfortable with, period. And I can assure you, Fred, I am not alone on this. You can quote every law from here to Canada and it will not move me to change my mind. As a matter of fact I am sick to death of people like yourself "twisting" the Constitution and the moral rights of many to uphold your selfish views.

And Fred, I am sure that when our forefathers wrote the Constitution, the "freedom of expression" was not about nudity. Maybe you should reread a few history books and see just what/why they wrote that document and how if they were alive today they would be appalled at how it is so abused by people such as yourself and the FTN movement.

Sadly, it may never be in my constitutional right to have a law for not "feeling comfortable" in public, but how sad it is that I don't have that personal "right" at all when I should not, according to you, have to sit here and defend it.

And a little FYI, if you don't read the papers, other than local one, you should. Because if this is what you call intolerance you're missing the point of many gays and African Americans who are truly battling on a daily basis and can call you out for what real intolerance is.

And again, I am not offended or talking about a male hairy chest being exposed on a beach. I am talking about a set a breasts which are only being shown for a useless reason other than they feel they can because of their mixed-up feminist views and their misuse of the Constitution and what it really stood for, not for what they think it should stand for them.

Have a lovely summer, and please keep your pants on as I will be keeping my top on.

Denise C. Burke
Gilford

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