Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: May 25

Religion-based government better left in Dark Ages

I refer to the May 7 article about Gary North, "Christian economics gets its principles from Bible." He posits that a Christian theocracy is the best of all possible governments and that it is based on the premise that family and the church provide the order.

With the acknowledged large-scale breakdown of the traditional family in this country, that presumably leaves just the church to establish and provide order.

If this does occur, I assume the new provider of order will reinstate slavery, so that we can adhere to the injunction not to beat our slaves, and that numerous other injunctions and requirements mentioned in the Bible will be shorn of their social and legal stigmas and find their way back into acceptance and practice once again.

Didn't the West try something like this before? History now defines that period as the Dark Ages. I would have thought the Reformation put that issue to rest.

Apparently it is not to be. We are currently facing calls by Islamic communities around the world and within our own country for the imposition of Sharia law.

Now we have a clarion call for a Christian theocracy among portions of our Christian citizens. The potential clash between the two should present an interesting case for the study of the possibilities for the survival of the homo sapiens species.

Hal Marz


One man's spending ...

Have you noticed what the word "spending" means in discussions of the American economy?

It refers to money that is directed to aiding the hungry, poor, sick, disabled, unemployed, orphans, widows, public libraries, schools, the salaries and retirement benefits of working people and similar causes.

It is money directed to the folks the Bible (and the Quran) continually enjoin us to care for.

The tsunami of tax money that recently flowed largely into the pockets of the rich is not considered "spending." So we need to ask, what is money we pay out as taxes? It is that part of our income that we contribute to maintain the society we live in, grateful for all it does for us. For we know that in the absence of that society, our life would be short, brutish, miserable, poverty-ridden and we would wallow in ignorance.

Likewise, the money we spend each year for weapons of mass destruction — weapons we used to devastate countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, Serbia and Iraq — that is not "spending."

Fellow Bible Belters, at this point in history, the critical question is this: Will we live by biblical values? Or will we cheer on those who want us to declare war on social initiatives that have helped sustain working people, the poor and the suffering, chipping away at the little they have?

Joseph Engelberg


Lost support

I am a Republican and conservative and generally support Republican tickets. However, I cannot support Williams-Farmer for Kentucky.

I subscribed to their Facebook page and was following their campaign until one post prompted me to respond. The post read, "Less than a week to go. Are you pro-life? Do you want lower taxes and a smaller, more efficient government? Do you think we need a governor with a real plan to make Kentucky the best state in the nation to create jobs? Then we ask for your vote and support!"

I responded by saying I thought, as a Republican, our elected officials should pay their taxes and not have lavish hotel rooms when they only lived a handful of miles from events, and our elected officials need to know how to compromise, and not stall government.

Later, I found myself removed from their Facebook list and my post deleted.

So, David Williams and Richie Farmer, you lost this Republican's vote in the primary. Anyone who cannot take a little criticism does not need to be in public office.

John Herrington


Call that fairness?

The thought process that precedes a rant such as that in the May 11 letter, "To improve media, bring back the Fairness Doctrine," is totally and completely mystifying unless you consider the alternative — that there was no thought at all put into this drivel.

The writer calls for the return of the Fairness Doctrine in one paragraph and brags in another that Fox Broadcasting (News) is illegal in Canada, so obviously his idea of fairness is censorship of anything conservative, similar to the "Fairness Doctrine" practiced in the Soviet Union under Uncle Joe Stalin.

Really interested in fairness? Then see that the left-wing socialist-communist ideology dominates the airways and the print media. If Fox News is conservative, which is at least debatable (I contend not) it is the only one that is and all the rest have definite socialist-communist sympathies.

If Fox News is illegal in Canada, as the writer says, and if fairness is what he believes in, then he should be protesting the censorship in Canada.

Charlatans? How about Chris (Thrill up the leg) Mathews, Rachel (Madcow) Maddow, Ranting Ed Schultz, Loony Lawrence O'Donnell, Awful Andrea Mitchell, Skinflint Arianna Huffington and, last but not least, the mouth that squeaked, Keith Olbermann?

That is some real fairness right there — not.

Then you have Kooky Katie Couric, Dippy Diane Sawyer and the anchor at NBC, Big-Mouth Joy Behar, Malicious Bill Maher and the list goes on and on.

Is this your idea of fairness?

Gerry Herren


Truth about gas prices

The article in the May 15 Herald-Leader, "Wall Street replaces supply, demand with buy, sell," was an eye-opening truth as to the real reason we are paying unjustifiably high gasoline prices.

The bottom line is we are being "legally" robbed by oil speculators who are pushing prices up much higher than what supply and demand call for.

I am very frustrated at how we as American citizens have been deceived about oil and high gas prices. When the price of oil goes down and immediately the price of gasoline goes up, common sense would say something shady is going on.

Michael Greenberger, a University of Maryland law professor, stated in the article, "I'm convinced ... that speculators are actively manipulating (prices)."

These financial traders (speculators) are getting richer and richer by forcing unjustifiable prices at the pump. They are robbing society.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat from Washington, along with 16 other senators are putting forth an effort to stop this manipulation by these greedy oil speculators. I urge every voter to call your senators and voice your anger about these speculators. Also, ask them to join (if they haven't yet) Cantwell in stopping these speculators from further taking advantage of us.

If you did not read the article, please find a copy. You will find it very enlightening.

Omer Noe