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Diversity & multiculturalism continues to win over bigotry & ignorance

To The Daily Sun,

If you have not been reading the news, you may be missing some interesting news on confirmation hearings.

Secretary of State nominee Rex Tillerson supports the Iran nukes deal, the Paris climate deal, strong membership in NATO, continuance of Russian sanctions, and agreed that Russia was trying to destabilize NATO and European democracies. He agrees with Congress that Russia's actions in the Ukraine and Syria are disturbing. He also sees no need for a Muslim registry and "did not support targeting any particular group."

Tillerson also noted, "The risk of climate change does exist and the consequences of it could be serious enough that action should be taken" although he dodged a direct question on whether he believed climate change was caused by human activity" (Reuters).

Herr Trumpengroper has confirmed Rand Paul's claim that there must be a replacement with the repeal of Obamacare. That should be entertaining. Regarding the DACA Act, (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) Lindsay Graham has co-sponsored a bill with Democrats to extend the protections for these immigrants that arrived as children.

The nominee for Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis is another troublemaker. Senate Democrats could block him, but are instead voicing strong support. Mattis aggressively supports NATO and "denounced Russia as a belligerent actor that must be confronted . . . If we did not have NATO today we would need to create it." (Politico). On the Iran deal, he said "I think it is an imperfect arms control agreement — it's not a friendship treaty, but when America gives her word, we have to live up to it and work with our allies." On gays serving openly in the military he said, "Frankly, I've never cared much about two consenting adults and who they go to bed with."

Gilford's Dunning-Kruger Mascot and rabid Muslim-hater, Steve Earle, is not going to be happy with this. The U.S. Army's regulations will allow Muslim women to wear hijabs. They are also allowing Sikh men to wear turbans. Beards up to 1 inch for religious reason will be allowed with Muslim and Sikh men.

NYPD is now doing the same, joining six other major U.S. cities. SWAT teams and special forces will not be able to take advantage of these new liberties due to wearing gas masks, etc. Other restrictions apply, too. Sikh men who wish to wear turbans, must wear department issued blue ones only.

More changes are coming as diversity and multiculturalism continues to win over the bigotry and ignorance of rabid right-wingers. Herr Trumpengroper' can't stop progress.

James Veverka

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Compare Donald Trump to Adolph Hitler? I did not such thing

To The Daily Sun,

l picked up a copy of the Weirs Times the other day on my way out the local supermarket, not for the letters or commentary, all of which are overtly far-right, but for the comics and puzzles. The paper has become the print version of Fox News, but hey, at least it is free. I was quite surprised though, to see my recent letter to the editor published in The Laconia Daily Sun, copied almost verbatim in a column by Niel Young.

I say almost verbatim, because he added words to my letter in quotes no less: "The ultimate shout-down in politics is to compare a political opponent to Adolph Hitler." That was not in my letter. Many believe that Trump and his actions are indeed fascist, but I do not think he is Adolph Hitler, and I find his addition of that sentence to my letter to be very troubling.
He went on to invite me on his radio show and promised that I would be "treated as a lady guest should be." He ended with a call for "Clarity, my good woman." My assumption is that Mr. Young is from a bygone time when it was still okay to think that women needed to be treated differently then men. And "my good woman" is an offensive expression used to show the speaker thinks that he or she is more important than the woman he or she is speaking to.

So no, I won't be going on his radio show and I am only writing this letter to ask that he apologize for misrepresenting my letter. I did not bother writing to the Weirs Times as they would no doubt not publish anything that does not bash the left and it appears Mr. Young does read this paper.

Carol Stappi

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