Only Romney can restore pride in American heart
"Anybody but Romney." Are you sure?
At age 19, Mitt Romney delayed education to voluntarily serve an unpaid two-year church mission in a foreign land. While there, he had a near-fatal accident. You and I might have returned home, but not Romney; he persevered to completion.
While earning a bachelor's, an MBA and a law degree, Romney spent nine years as an unpaid intern for his father's gubernatorial campaigns. You and I might have used a successful father's career to launch our own, but not Romney. Instead, he founded Bain Capital — he leveraged his education and capital with hard work and it paid off.
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Concurrently, he led his local church congregation on an unpaid basis, counseling the membership in matters such as marriage, loss of loved ones and loss of employment. You and I might have grumbled at an additional 25 to 30 hours per week of work, but not Romney. He willingly served.
You and I might have gladly accepted a family inheritance for personal gain, but not Romney. He gave his entire inheritance to his alma mater. Leave it to his tax returns to prove his generosity, because you won't hear it from him.
Given the opportunity, you and I might run for president for ego or prestige, but not Romney. His motive is to lead our nation back to greatness, restore pride in the American heart, and reinvigorate the American dream.
Believe that Romney can indeed do what "anybody but Romney" cannot.
Anti-Christ he wasn't
Campaigning for president will begin in earnest soon, and propaganda machines are busily churning out the hype.
As we review the last presidential campaign, we see that we were not devoured by the anti-Christ as then warned, and Barack Obama, branded as a terrorist in disguise, has instead killed the long-sought head terrorist, Osama bin Laden (who eluded capture for 10 years). And, Obama has furnished absolute proof that he is indeed an American citizen (still disputed by members of the Flat Earth Society and others having similar IQ).
Additionally, Obama rescued the American automobile industry using bailouts that restored both the industry and American automobile quality. Bank bailouts salvaged large financial institutions that could have, otherwise, collapsed the global financial world, and today we steadily recover from the worst recession in history — one totally unforeseen by the Republican White House and which exploded weeks before Obama took office.
Most of the bailout money has now been repaid with nice profits for the U.S. government and many thousands of jobs thereby saved — allowing those families to remain intact, happy and productive.
Obama does have weaknesses — he uses a teleprompter (gasp).
Most importantly, however, and lest we forget, Obama is now correcting the biggest mistake in our history, ending the war in Iraq — the real cause of the recession.
It was interesting to read your newspaper's report of complaints against the Christian family-run T-shirt store owners in Lexington, who did not want their products used to promote homosexuality and transvestite behavior.
As I understand it, most complaints were voiced by public officials and community leaders who are members of local Christian churches. Unless there has been a Lexington churchwide disclaimer that you did not report in the newspaper, the churches to which they belong all are guided in their beliefs and practices by a God-inspired Bible.
Do you suppose the personal copies of that Bible owned by the mayor and other public officials have been censored of such passages as I Corinthians 6:9 explaining that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God? Or a similar warning against such immoral activity in Romans 1:26-27? Or Leviticus 20:13 which commands homosexual behavior to be punished by death? Or Genesis 19, which explains that such behavior resulted in God's destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah?
If none of those complaining against the T-shirt firm were members of Christian, Bible-believing congregations, then it is understandable why they might have decided the Christian family-run business did wrong. On the other hand, if they at the same time claim to he guided by Bible principles, then what hypocrisy.
Attack of freedoms
Has it really come to this? A business owner turns down a lucrative job offer because it supports a cause he does not agree with. For this he is guilty of having violated someone's civil rights? You're kidding, right? Or have I slept through an election in which we have voted away our freedoms?
Can a person be forced to give aid and support to something he disagrees with? Surely not in America.
I would think that a group that is so concerned to protect its freedom to practice and promote its point of view would be passionate to protect the freedoms of all. Not so, I guess.
John N. Oswalt
Who elects these guys?
If House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor had spent as much time and energy on working together with our president as they did in obstructing his efforts to get our economy back on track, think of what together these Americans could have accomplished.
Bottom line now is trying to make sense out of the voters in their states who keep re-electing these obstructionists. What have these representatives done for the American citizens in Ohio, Kentucky and Virginia?
Bill K. Whipp
Cold Spring, N.Y.
Cancer study beckons
It's often far too easy to underestimate the importance of cancer research until you hear the words, "you have cancer."
I know from experience that those three words can make all the difference between simply absorbing news about developments in cancer research and truly appreciating the power of what scientists like those funded by the American Cancer Society do each and every day.
This April, scientists aren't the only ones who will be making a difference. Residents of our community will have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enroll in the American Cancer Society's third Cancer Prevention Study which seeks to help us better understand the factors that cause or prevent cancer.
Individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer will be able to enroll in this landmark observational study on April 14 at HealthwoRx in Lexington Green Mall. For more information, visit Cps3lex.org.
I encourage all eligible men and women in our community to consider taking part in this important study.
I also call on my fellow cancer survivors to spread the word by asking friends and family to enroll in your honor,
Remember: Research being done today will help ensure future generations never have to hear those dreaded three words.