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Letters to the editor

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 12:01 am

Is faith of our fathers living still in US?

When the murdered U.S. ambassador and three Navy SEALs came back to Andrews Air Force Base, the messages by the secretary of state and the president were very moving. However, I was even more impressed by the hymns, “Nearer My God To Thee,” and “America — God Shed His Grace on Thee.”

Especially so, since it was only a few days ago when the delegates at the Democratic Convention stood and shouted, “No” three times to God. You will remember that the liberal wing of the Democratic party took the words “God” and “Jerusalem” out of the platform, and the delegates were called to order to put them back. The vote was taken three times, and it sounded like the no’s had won, and goodbye God. However, the chairman, rather than throw the convention into utter confusion, gave a questionable ruling on the third voice vote that the “yea’s” had it, and it passed.

Shades of William Jennings Bryan! He must be spinning in his grave! Oh, you don’t know who he is? He ran for president three times, and was defeated by McKinley twice and Taft once.

Similar to President Obama, he came out of nowhere when he concluded his speech on free silver at the Democratic National Convention with the words, “You shall not press down on the brow of labor this crown of thorns; you shall not crucify mankind upon a cross of gold.” The convention went wild, and although Bryan was only 36 years old, he was nominated. Through his newspaper, the Commoner, he spoke for many reforms: popular election of senators, prohibition, creation of the Department of Labor, the federal banking system and women’s suffrage. They were all accepted.

If he were living today, he might well ask, “What happened to my Democratic Party?”

Someone said, “Liberals have gone through Heaven and taken the gold out. They have gone through Hell and taken the fire out. The have gone through our hymns and taken the blood out. And they have gone through our nation and tried to take God out.”

Wayne E. Smith

Auburn

Issues have no gender

In Cindy Larson’s column, “Local women voice views on reproductive rights debate, ‘war on women,’ (Sept. 28)” she writes, “When laws regarding reproductive rights are written, debated and voted on in this country, men still largely make the rules.” Pro-choice men make the rules, too. Remember, it was nine men who exclusively decided the fate of Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton: Warren E. Burger, William O. Douglas, William J. Brennan Jr., Potter Stewart, Byron White, Thurgood Marshall, Harry Blackmun, Lewis F. Powell Jr. and William Rehnquist.

Should we overturn those decisions because nine men made these rules? Are we to exclude the opinions of all men or just those standing up for the lives of pre-born boys and girls? Issues don’t have genders, people do.

David A. MacDonald

Business building

Hank Achor apparently doesn’t understand the economics of business building. Like President Obama he believes businesses are built by the government. He uses investment from NASA in the 1960s as an example of how Steve Jobs was able to ultimately create the Apple company.

First of all, NASA is funded by federal dollars. Where does the federal government get their funds? Out of the pocket of taxpayers, including small businesses. Those same taxes that fund government programs that enable other companies to create technology did produce jobs. The taxes those companies paid to the federal and state governments also pay for all of the roads they use. The government also takes taxes from employees who work at those companies. So essentially businesses did build themselves while also financing the layers of waste and fraud in D.C., including government programs.

Laura J. Smyser