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Editor of the Reformer,

I very much enjoyed T. Abbotts' letter to the editor (Feb. 5, "What I am as a Republican voter"). By the end of it I felt like saying "sign me up."

But that is the problem with manifestos: based on emotion, rather than careful analysis, they are a blunt instrument.

For example, the Republican principle that parents should have complete rights over their children sounds good, but only until the issue of child abuse is considered.

Again, favoring a strong military and a robust Veterans Affairs seems sensible, but are these not socialistic institutions, not to mention roads, Social Security, schools, etc.?

And there is the issue of gun rights. While I am a gun owner, I have also experienced being under fire from people who have no business owning guns.

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My point is that the truth is in the middle. Emotional attachment to principles tends to be unhelpful. We need reason in its purest form to determine the best way forward.

That being said, it was good to read a description of Republicanism that differs from Trumpism.

Sadly, the new party of Trump, with its whiff of fascism, is anything but conservative, in the true sense of the word.

Tom Reish

Westmoreland, N.H., Feb. 10