Letters to the Editor for Jan. 24

Missed the point

I note that Cliff Mansfield’s letter of Jan. 17, 2015 completely missed the point of where President Obama stands on the Constitutional question of Freedom of Religion for our country and also of his willingness to stand up to International Terrorism.

I stand with the President in believing in the Constitutional words: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof...” These words are at the same level of rights in our country as the freedoms of speech, press, assembly and petition of grievance. To that effect, I believe this weeks’ Time Magazine article by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar states that religious stance correctly and clearly in the title: “Paris was not about religion. Thugs, not Moslems, commit violence in the name of Allah.”

I and most Christians would no more stand with the Ku Klux Clan and their brand of terrorism, as if the KKK were reflecting true Christianity, than would most Moslems stand with Al Qaida or Boko Harraam, as if those terrorists reflect true Islam. With this in mind, I have no doubt that President Obama, who ordered the removal of Osama Ben Laden, stands with us on the front lines of anti-terrorism.

We should all heed the reminder to remove the planks from our own eyes before we try to eradicate the planks from the eyes of the other guy.

Richard McBee

Hood River

Real State of Union

What should have happened Tuesday night at the State of the Union address was Obama, Congress, the Cabinet and everyone else in the House Chamber should have stood up, faced the camera and American people and given us all the finger. That’s the real State of the Union.

Jerry Giarraputo

Hood River

Children’s story

Although I’m not an author, I somehow feel compelled to compose a realistic children’s story that would reflect the ways, nature and mannerisms of our political figures in the nation’s capital. How the congress and senate achieve great goals by thoughtfully evaluating each Bill that comes their way… and how the president presides over this satin-smooth scene. My title would be “Malice in Blunderland.”

Bill Davis

Hood River

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