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Letters to the Editor 5-14-14

LIBERALS NOT TO BLAME

Jeanne Eisentrager (letter, May 10) wrote that left-wing liberals want people like her to be quiet. She contends that liberals want everyone to conform to their way of thinking. Eisentrager wrote that because of liberals’ narrow-mindedness, she is losing many of her rights as an American.
What is it about some Christians having a need to believe they are better than others?
Some Christians believe scientists are inferior to them. Some Christians believe non-Christians, gays, women and undocumented immigrants are inferior to them.
A fact is that Christians are losing privileges in which Christians have been treated better than everyone else in America.
Christians are not discriminated against. It’s decades of discrimination against others that is coming to an end.
It’s similar to how the elimination of “white privilege” was perceived by whites during the Civil Rights era.
Christian privilege is one of the few privileges that is openly protected. We see signs and symbols of Christian privilege in state, county and local agencies. Christian privilege is in other issues — holidays, women’s rights and marriage. According to one Christian pastor, contraceptives are destroying America. Making women into idle lazy tattlers and gossips.
Faith-based initiatives have created another layer of governmental privilege for Christians. Faith-based funding goes almost entirely to Christian organizations. Agencies using faith-based 12-step facilitation to find God and recover from addictions are reimbursed by taxpayers and Medicaid.
Imagine if it was discovered government was giving money to a Muslim or Hindu mosque or Buddhist temple doing good for the community.
Right-wing Christians talk about the importance of Christian values while seeking to have governments endorse their version of Christianity above all other positions.
Some Christians exhibit the same beliefs used to terrorize Europe during the Grand Inquisition. Unlike narrow-minded Christians evangelizing by condemning others, we secular and Christian liberals imitate the qualities of Jesus in grace and kindness.
It is time to stop blaming secular society and liberals for America’s problems and start seeing their insights as valuable resources leading to better solutions and greater freedoms.
Don Iliff
Findlay

U.S. IS ON BRINK OF COLLAPSE
In response to Ralph Mullinger (letter, May 12), personally, I don’t really care about global warming, climate change, or the National Climate Assessment.
I have the only plan to launch the hydrogen economy, hemp, and self-sufficient industries on all states.
Mr. Mullinger states it is cheaper to stay with fossil fuel. I say, “not in the long run.”
Making hemp illegal in 1937 took hemp fuel and products out of the picture.
Hemp will again be legal within a year in every state. When that happens, hemp fuel and oil with be at least one-third cheaper in price than fossil gasoline or diesel fuel. Six percent of the land is all it will take, along with the ability for anybody to use the power of the sun, wind, and downspout water to make hydrogen.
Within five years of buying the equipment and technology to become a DGA (distributed generation association) member, all of the items used in being a DGA will be paid for.
We can’t go on trashing this earth in the name of prosperity for the rich.
Never has so much money in the history of the world gone and continues to go from the productive class to the obstructive class.
All poor, middle- and upper- middle-class people have purpose in life. The filthy rich are not included.
Our purpose is to suck up, drink, and eat as much toxic industrial waste products coming from the use of poison chemicals, making paper from trees, and fossil oil.
The most valuable substance on earth is clean drinking water, so why are we fracking this country to pieces in the name of dirty rotten natural gas?
Our current way of doing things is making the rich richer and the poor poorer. We are on the brink of a total financial collapse.
The Top Cat Plan has the ability to bring the haves and have-nots closer, while making more than enough jobs to replace all fossil fuel jobs with green.
Terry Cook
Findlay

AN ID IS NOT A BURDEN
One needs an ID to apply for Social Security and Medicare, buy a cellphone, pick up prescription medicines, cash a check, apply for food stamps, apply for a job, drive a car, buy cigarettes/alcohol, apply for a fishing/hunting license, get married and get on an airplane.
If you don’t have a driver license, a state-issued ID costs $8.50 and is valid for four years.
Requiring an ID to vote is not a burden.
Bob Edds
Findlay

DON’T READ WHAT YOU DON’T LIKE
The U.S. Constitution guarantees freedom of religion, not from religion.
Have you counted the number of churches in Findlay and the surrounding area and how many people attend them?
So Bible-based letters should be expected in the Readers’ View and people should respond to them.
I know The Courier seeks to publish most letters, whether the editors agree with them or not. If readers don’t like certain letters, then I would suggest don’t read them.
I attempt to read all letters because I can learn something about my fellow writers and the topics they write about.
I don’t blame Bible-believing people for wanting to share the good news that Jesus still saves.
Connie Gatchell
Findlay

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