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Letters to the Editor - October 1, 2013
Submitted by West Valley View on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 12:00am
Nullifying the nullifiers 2.0
Mr. Nelson contradicted himself. First, he claimed to oppose abuse of power by the police and prosecutors (August 13th), but then tells us he opposed creation of Civilian Review Boards (August 30th) — which are designed to protect our freedom against such abuse! As usual, he’s a “channel” of misinformation!
I don’t care what he “thinks” or “believes”. I care about facts. He can believe the moon is made of green cheese, but that won’t make it a dairy product. Neither will “thinking” turn his nonsense about Nullification into truth.
That concept isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Constitution (neither expressly nor implied). As I’ve already noted, it has been rejected everytime it was raised: most spectacularly during the Civil War, and then (last century) during the fight over Integration. This isn’t a matter of belief, but of history! Nullification has never been part of the Constitution; after more than 200 years, it’s a little late to claim otherwise.
As for our legal rights, they most certainly come from the government — since in this nation “We, the People” are the government. We “ordained and established” both the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the 14th Amendment. (The latter prevents States from violating our rights, or can Arizona “nullify” that?) There can be as much “freedom” as we wish, but it must be established by the legal and constitutional process, not simply because he wishes it. Those are the facts, no matter what he “thinks”.
Finally, Ms. Maccree, the above applies to your nonsensical letter too. But (in addition) I must ask for some proof of the religious “muzzling” you mentioned. I know of none. (And I know of no Rabbi’s who ever provide “Christian guidance” on anything. There’s more than just one faith in this country, you know.)
Gordon P.R. Posner
Tax rates burden working class
Well, thank you Mr. Tomaiko, for either completely not understanding my letter of September 16th, or not reading it, or for forgetting what it actually said during your anticipated response. My reference to your millionaire and billionaire leaders (I repeat — Limbaugh, Beck, Koch....) was to admonish you for using the aforementioned as heroes leading your Republican politicians on the course of constantly refusing to make the richest people in America pay the same tax rates as working class Americans, who can never get ahead because they have to absorb the burden of taxes for those silly government programs we need to remain a world leader. Those being, Social Security, Medicare, repairing or replacing crumbling infrastructures, disaster relief, health care comparable to the rest of the free world, National Parks, etc. etc. etc. I can’t help but throw in the Tea Party stuff right here. The Boston Tea Party was a protest of the Monopoly on American tea importation granted by Parliament to the East India Company (the richest tea company in the world).You know, like the monopoly the richest companies in this country have over tax incentives and deductions favored by your Republican politicians. I am glad that you have taken the responsibility to do some fact checking. The two republican legislation’s you refer to, however, favor international business in one instance and big business in the other, which is why they haven’t become law as of yet. Regarding your polls, remember they are the same polls that had you believing that both John McCain and Mitt Romney were your next Presidents!
Spread the kindness
In reference to letters from previous papers I thank those with a loving kind heart to remind us all that we are special. Each and every one of us. Letters from Roy Azzarello (Government is not the answer). (The answer is God) from Larry Cox and (The answer is Love) from Erin K.Y. Estes is a chain we must keep going. I do believe that many of us are relying on Government way too much to solve the problems in our nation. Each and ever one of us, one person at a time, can change the overall depression and fear that we are all feeling. Rich or poor, it doesn’t matter. If each of us reaches out and does something special for anyone we choose, even a stranger, our hearts will open up to what is really important in life. I’m sure many of you are doing this already but let’s take more time to do kind things. Spread the kindness everywhere you go. Tell the clerk at CVS her hair looks great today, help a woman at the gas pump, help your neighbor fix his fence, help someone carry their groceries, bake some cookies just because. The list can go on and on. As we do this, optimism will increase for all of us, to look forward to a brighter future.
Fraud is target, not food stamps
I am writing in regards to the “Sack’s Opinion” cartoon on page 8 of the September 24, 2013 newspaper. I do not normally respond to Cartoons, but you had to go all the way to The Minneapolis Star Tribune to get this. The major problem is that it is obviously one sided.
Politicians to the right and center are not trying to stop the poor from getting the food and medical care they need. What they are trying to stop are the people committing fraud and those who can work but have no incentive.
There are many examples of people selling food stamps at half price and using the money to buy something unnecessary. This abuse was recently shown on a Channel 5 news report. The cartoon also doesn’t show the news footage of the woman who had the nerve to drive up to get the free turkey for the poor in her Cadillac SUV.
Most of the political arguments today are not about the law or constitution. They are about social issues. Most social issues were managed inside of the family or church. Things began to get out of control when the government started making life decisions with the use of money (of which some would call handouts). You can tell how valuable the family is when the government wants to run every part of life.
Lawyer’s spin on Tea Party
How do you know when a lawyer is lying? When his mouth is open. LOL.
Of course, that is not true of all lawyers. It is just one example of how every group has some bad elements.
However, when a lawyer starts pointing the finger at another group of people as being bad, doesn’t it make you want to laugh?
Such was the case recently in the Sept 24th letter by Mr.Posner where he baited the racism issue within the Tea Party again by saying, “...racists make up an unhealthy part of that [Tea Party] movement. Witness all the signs at their rallies depicting the President as a half-naked Witch Doctor.”
He failed to mention however, Tea Party organizers stressed that those who carry the signs are a few “bad apples,” according to the CNN article 9/18/2009.
He has also failed to mention the Tea Party has actually booted people found to be racist within their ranks.
Gotta love lawyers after all...they do make up an “unhealthy part” of our Congress, the Presidency, and the Judicial branch of our government.
If they would spend just half the time doing their jobs as they do spinning their opposition into being racists, this country would be a lot better off.
Perhaps it is time to get rid of the lawyers and replace them with teachers and merchants and doctors like Dr. Ben Carson.
Spending cuts will hurt U.S.
First, Mr. Nelson’s diatribe against “Obamacare.” His negative comparison of Congresswoman Pelosi to Fidel Castro is odious. The Affordable Care Act, that the Republican and Tea Parties have dubbed “Obamacare” is not unconstitutional as it was passed by the Congress, signed by the President and approved by the Supreme Court. It will not ruin the economy if enacted, as witnessed by the fact that hundreds of thousands of people will now be provided health coverage previously denied to them. Providing coverage to these hundreds of thousands of people will indeed increase the need for additional employees in the healthcare industry. The sequestration and the continued effort to reduce government spending will harm the economy and increase unemployment. Nor will seniors be killed due to the act, indeed, seniors are not even covered under the act, as they (and I) are covered by Medicare not “Obamacare.” Mr. Nelson’s opinions in his letter are completely without basis when one considers the facts.
Mr. Azzarello’s letter claiming that “opinions don’t need facts” is amazing. His attack on Mr. Posner for stating that facts are important is unbelievable. A high school freshman knows that you should not state an opinion unless you have facts to base your opinion upon. The trouble with much of the commentary we hear on the radio, television and internet today is that they are unsubstantiated opinions that completely without basis and yet people take them as facts without question.
U.S. being subverted
When very young, my family moved to Connecticut from Maine. I was enrolled in Catholic School and one of my many lessons from mom was that I show respect for all other Religions different from mine. Her logic was that we all have to find the road to God our own way. But until that time I should question the truth taught to me, she was law! So under this respect taught me is how all of us in America lived and as a child we all played together, stood together and loved together.
So why now is everything becoming subverted? Subverted it is!
It was on the news recently that our History books are being used to indoctrinate our children to Islam or Muslim as a very peaceful religion and how peaceful they are to those under their rule?
I question those words?? I haven’t seen or heard one ounce of peace in those people towards others who’s beliefs differ from their in over 55 years or more in my lifetime. Christian’s are being attacked everywhere on this planet. They come to America I assume to live in peace and there are no peace with them only a few.
Our President protects these murderers and murderers they are. The Boston bombers, the Texas base shooter. In Pakistan recently a human bomber went in a Christian church during mass and set himself off killing 81 people or more. His philosophy is (The Bomber) that he will receive seven virgins in heaven. What a shock for him when he stands before God and see’s the 81 murdered witnesses standing beside God looking upon the murderer sadly. The Bomber screamed as the darkness settled over him.
Killing in war is one thing. Killing indiscriminately is another.
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