Among the many letters in the Laconia Daily Sun, I found two today that were diametrically opposite regarding our country's position on Syrian refugees. Since the LDS is a "paper" the "discussion" by opposing letter writers won't begin until the next issue is published on Tuesday. This is an opportunity to bring the conversation to the forefront in close to real time.
On one side is a letter from Marc Abear of Meredith , who is clearly opposed to the USA accepting Syrian refugees on the premise that many of them would likely be jihadists and pose threat to the homeland.
The second letter is from Sandra Ringelstein of Moultonboro, who takes the position against the hysteria and finding a middle ground and to treat the refugees with compassion.
Personally, I strongly agree with the second letter writer. I marvel at how this tragic humanitarian crisis has devolved into a political football with all sorts of extreme, and in my opinion, un-American responses. I have to wonder if this were not a Presidential election cycle, would the rhetoric be so loud? There is a middle ground here and it shouldn't involve violating constitutional rights or shunning the very things that make this country great. It will require common sense and avoidance of hyperbole and extremism from all sides. It will take leaders that remember that their job is not to get re-elected, but rather to govern.
This post has real people, using real names who put their position and views out there for public consumption. I will not publish any comments on this post that are anonymous.