Letters for Friday August 19, 2022 | Letters
I am confused
The ongoing saga of Donald Trump’s alleged victimization via the FBI’s “raid” on his Florida compound has left this reader in a state of bewilderment.
To be more specific, what has Donald Trump said or done to inspire the seemingly widespread view that he closely espouses Republican values and his overall ideology? His personal life is a well-documented outrage to conservative “family values” sensibilities; he has a surprisingly fragile understanding of his party’s principles or history and his fiscal sensitivities are crude and often run counter to the dictates of free trade and the open market, such as with his blind adherence to tariffs.
His warmongering insistence on securing our borders and building a wall is all the more hypocritical when juxtaposed with his apparent indiscretion of storing hoards of highly sensitive material essential to our nation’s security in a residence. private / country club. It would be almost hilarious if it weren’t so infuriating to reflect on candidate Trump’s fake outrage over Hillary’s emails and his optimistic take on his personal indiscretions.
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His Republican Party’s instinctive apoplexy over the actions of the FBI is just another betrayal of principle.
“Control us, please”
Letters to editors outdid themselves on August 17. It is believed that the IRS adding 87,000 employees to sue taxpayers will fight climate change (“Heaven forbid!”). Another believes that private property owners should be compelled by the government to develop, sell or pay fines on their properties if they are not currently in use (“empty horrors”).
My favorite is the one that clearly doesn’t understand the First Amendment text that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion” and thinks it applies to a reporter’s opinions (“God and the news”). Top it all off with one that calls hunting “bloodlust” and says “it can’t be considered a sport” (“Really a sport?”).
These letters have a common theme: control. If you don’t do what these writers want, you should be under more scrutiny, in most cases by the government.
freedom of religion
Regarding the letter “God and news” (August 17):
The author’s interpretation of the supposed “separation of church and state” of government (although this phrase is not mentioned anywhere in our founding documents) is different from most of us. On the contrary, the greatest document of human governance in history (the US Constitution) actually prohibits the ban to practice religion in America. Thomas Jefferson, in his letter to the Danbury Baptist Association, first mentioned this “separation” in order to reinforce the First Amendment which prohibits the establishment by government of a national religion which all must practice. You know why so many people fled Europe at that time.
It was not to prohibit the religious sentiments, statements or acts of its citizens. This, as long as these religions do not break the law or interfere with the disciplines of our relatively civil society — which, unfortunately, some “religions” do.
As they did with Roe v. Wade of 1973, our courts have too often expanded the meaning of “establishment of religion” in the First Amendment to prohibit citizens/officials (including the firefighter mentioned in his letter) from even mentioning God, etc.
Hopefully, like Dobbs v. Jackson of 2022, our Supreme Court will soon correct past decisions that restrict our religious expression and religious freedom.
big step forward
Mother Nature says YES to good news to keep our world liveable for the future!
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) that President Biden signed into law on Tuesday is America’s biggest climate investment, calling for nearly $370 billion in clean energy spending that is expected to accelerate innovative green technologies across the world. main economic sectors.
The IRA will accelerate our transition from fossil fuels with an estimated reduction of US carbon emissions to 40% below 2005 levels by 2030. We should encourage our local decision makers to easily take advantage of new federal funds to invest in more public electric vehicles and infrastructure. . From local to global, the United States is poised to take on a new credible and respected leadership role for November’s COP27 UN climate conference in Egypt.
We know what Americans are capable of when we come together to save our nation and our planet. The IRA is a great first step, but more decarbonization solutions are urgently needed. Please thank Rep. Kathy Manning for her role in getting the vote for this important piece of legislation. And don’t forget to ask candidates where they stand on climate issues and vote for effective environmental policy (like carbon pricing) mid-term.