Dear Editor, I am a white moderate Republican. I was so stunned, and now embarrassed and ashamed to have called Trump president after all the disparaging and repulsive remarks he has made against people of different religions, racial and sexual backgrounds, especially the LBGQ community– anyone but white race.
Worse yet, he has made it okay for others to do the same and has even incited and encouraged violence against the government and anyone they hate or just don‚t like. Still worse than that, is that some of our senators and representatives, both Republican and Democrat, are following his actions and saying the same things or even worse. Some candidates running for office try to dig up dirt or tell outright lies about each other. Where did common sense go, where you just tell people what you will try to do. As someone said to me, “Give me someone that doesn‚t have their head up Trump‚s butt and I will vote for them.”
What part of Jesus‚ words and actions do people not understand? He taught us to accept everyone as they are and to love everyone, even our enemies. So when you invoke the name of God, Jesus or the Holy Spirit, do not do so in anger. I thank God for for all the people who put politics aside and work instead to help each other out. I have seen more acts of kindness in the last three years than ever before. I believe in freedom of speech, but not when it is used to harass anyone.
I could not have an abortion, but I have never been put into a situation where I had to make a choice. I could see it could be devastatingly hard for some who have been raped to look into the child‚s face and be brought back to the memory of the violence they endured. If men were put in the same position, maybe then they could understand the devastation rape can cause. So I believe it should be a woman‚s choice.
I support the Affordable Healthcare Act because if people have insurance, it relieves the rest of us from having to pay for the cost of their care. The border wall is not going to stop the drug and human trafficking. I do feel that we should stem the flow of “all” asylum seekers as we cannot properly take care of some of our own citizens.
My husband I used to support the NRA until they would not support adopting stricter background checks and longer waiting periods. We do believe in gun ownership. Why does anyone need an automatic or semi-automatic gun unless you wanted to inflict fear and terror in everyone. We have all seen the anger and rage of some our youth, with those who have access to guns having bad outcomes. I feel the age to purchase a gun should be raised to 21.
CECILIA NIETO, VIAN
Keeps our freedoms in place
Dear Editor, Our country was founded a free nation. It seems to me a lot of our freedom is being threatened. I think federal government is wanting too much control and leaning toward socialism.
My dictionary defines communism – a social system or theory in which property and goods are held in common. It defines socialism as a social system or theory in which the government owns and controls the means of production (as factories) and distribution of goods.
That sounds a lot alike to me. I hope when you go to the polls to vote, you will make wise decisions on who is best to keep our freedoms in place. Another thing, I believe all babies when conceived is a gift from God and we don‚t have the right to destroy what God makes.
FERN HENDERSON, SALLISAW