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Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Sept. 10

Letters to the Editor for Thursday, Sept. 10

A message for rioters and looters

Can you see and hear what you are doing to the United States of America? Have you read what the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights are saying about this great country?

Why are you undisciplined rioters and burners of our cities trying to do to make our country better? The good citizenry is ashamed of this unruly behavior and is crying out that it be stopped. You are likely supported by the wealthy evil companies or individuals who really aren’t looking out for the best for you.

You are a burden to everyone around you to include good people and businesses attempting to succeed in life but yet you are killers, thugs, and hateful people who are hypocrites for supposedly a cause now rarely mentioned. Democrats adore your actions as they believe will win elections, but they are wrong. You need to stop this violence and get reconciled, change your lives for the good. Your hands are bloodied, your faces are covered to prevent anyone from knowing your true identify, and your clothes (likely stolen) are covered with the soot of burned-out cars or burned-down buildings.

If you continue to refuse and rebel, your journey will most likely get you killed or locked up for a long time. I suggest you go back in history, pick up a Bible and read Isaiah 1:10-20.

THOMAS NELSON JR.

Roseland

America, avoid civil war the sequel

A recent study from Vanderbilt concluded that 50 percent of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents believe “the traditional American way of life is disappearing so fast that we may have to use force to save it.” Nearly as many believe, “A time will come when patriotic Americans have to take the law into their own hands.”

Is this what it has come to, that there will be a new civil war if Trump loses? And what exactly is this “American way of life” that citizens will be compelled to take up arms to defend?

Funny thing, it’s some of the same reasons the first Civil War was fought. Most Americans are not prejudice and they don’t hate black and brown people, but they do support the power and economic structure that exists to put them on top, and they would like to keep that way. Plus, there is this strange notion that we are an exclusively a Christian country and then we nominate Bob Good, a religious zealot, for Congress instead of somebody who might do some good for the 5th district.

Although it didn’t start with Trump it has certainly intensified with him and that is that all our choices are binary: wear a mask, don’t wear a mask, love America or hate America, Republicans are capitalists, Democrats are socialists, support the police, defund the police. The farther we go down this road the harder it will be to solve our problems. So, if you really want to really think for yourself then stop thinking in terms of us or them and reject anybody who does.

LOUIS HARPSTER

Shipman

Far more than ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’

Donald Trump’s words and attitude towards the military and the men and women who now serve or have previously served really bothers me. Whether they were captured, missing, wounded, dead or came home safely, in my book they’re all heroes and worthy of our respect. They put their lives on the line for their country, not for themselves.

This president by calling them ‘losers’ and ‘suckers’ disrespects a long line of my family members who served. These include my father, a 2nd Lieutenant Marine, who was awarded the Navy Cross for continuing to lead his men while wounded on Okinawa in WWII and my second cousin who was captured and died in a Chinese POW camp in Korea.

Too many independent sources have verified these despicable words were said to call this fake news. Now is the time to stand up for decency and all the good things this country stands for and vote this man out of office.

CHARLIE HICKOX

Afton

Now is the time to step forward

“We the people” have failed to reign in the unintended power of the federal government. Political parties have gone so far against the concept of government created by our founders that we find ourselves at an election that could proclaim the end of a government, “of, by and for the people”.

In 1913, with the ratification of the 16th and 17th Amendments, and the creation of the Federal Reserve System, the Democratic Party removed the representation of the sovereign states from the legislative body of the federal government, removed the funding relationship between federal taxation and state representation in the Congress and, created a federal entity to establish national monetary policy which allows unchained federal borrowing. These amendments and the creation of a national monetary policy, were followed by the 1937 Supreme Court Opinion on social security that allowed here-to-fore state governing responsibilities to be usurped in 1964 by the “Great Society” programs.

Today, prolific use of federal “Grants” force recipient states and communities to do as they are told or not get the grant. Today, the Democratic Party is advocating for nationwide “mail-in voting” that will eventually place a Federal institution in control of your vote. Why do Democrat governors and mayors fail to stop riots, stop destruction of monuments to our heritage or stop personal condemnation of our founders? The answer is easy: destroy the ancestry of the nation so that a centralized authoritarian government in Washington can rule.

Let us deal with the real issues. Repeal the 16th and 17th Amendments. Enforce the federal government limitations imposed by the “Enumerated Powers” expressed in the Constitution. Prohibit “Grants” on matters that are the responsibility of the state. Now is the time to step forward or we condemn our grandchildren to a life serfdom.

BOB DEWEY

Wintergreen

Listen to Sully

The words of the week go to Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III, pilot of the “Miracle on the Hudson”. In speaking about our president he said, “He cannot understand selflessness because he is selfish. He cannot conceive of courage because he is a coward. He cannot feel duty because he is disloyal,” The question that the reader has to answer before voting is “Is that me? Am I a selfish, disloyal, coward? If your answer is “No.” why would you want someone who is to represent you throughout the world?

In addition, Trump is a shyster who refuses to show where he has gotten his millions. For over 4 years he has refused to honor his pledge to release his tax forms for perusal and has spent thousands (maybe millions) to keep them hidden. The only reason for doing that is because he has cheated and lied for his wealth. Trump has overvalued his possessions when he wants to use them as collateral and undervalued them when he has to repay those loans or pay taxes on those possessions. He’s a cheat and a liar. Reader, are you a cheat and a liar? Is that your way of doing business? If not, why vote for someone who will present you to the world as a cheat and a liar?

This election is not about Republicans and Democrats, though some would have you think so. In 2020 the American voter has to look himself in the eye and ask, “Do I want to be represented by a lying coward or a decent and honest person?” It’s about that simple and the answer should be pretty simple also. We can do a lot better; let’s do it.

MIKE TABONY,

Gladstone

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