Syndicated columnist Catherine Rampell recently wrote about the Federal Reserve, which reminded me that most people do not know that the Federal Reserve is not federal, nor is it a reserve.

It is quite the opposite and is an example of a cartel structure made up of independent businesses which join together to coordinate the production, pricing, or marketing of their members; and to reduce competition and increase profitability for themselves.

This shared monopoly forces the public to pay higher prices for goods or services than would be required under free-enterprise competition.

The Federal Reserve name was in fact used to fool people at the time it came into existence that it is an agency of the United States government.

Big names such as Morgan, Rockefeller, Rothchild, Warburg, and Kuhn-Loeb as well as politicians held secret meetings at Jekyll Island in Georgia, where these men met to hatch the Federal Reserve scheme so long ago.

Their actions led to the Federal Reserve Act in 1913, because these big wealthy bankers were getting too much competition from non-national banks.

Why is the Federal Reserve never audited? Your correct guess is that politicians receive money from these wealthy groups, so audits never happen.

There are many books written about the birth of the Federal Reserve, which is the biggest scam in history. The Federal Reserve is the cause of wars, boom-bust cycles, inflation, depression and prosperity.

A good book to begin your journey into the workings of the Federal Reserve is “The Creature from Jekyll Island, a Second Look at the Federal Reserve,” by G. Edward Griffin.

Linda Bishop



Do we really want to get into a least sin contest? William Stock (letter, June 8) made a good point in writing we are all sinners, and the biggest sin, in my view, is self-righteousness.

If not the biggest, it’s close.

I prefer the word fallible, to sin, which can be defined as making honest mistakes and redeeming ourselves after the fact, when not honest. Most of our failings, I sense, fall under this category, but not all. Does that make us all mostly sinners?

Or do most of us hit the mark most of the time and do the right thing?

We can never be as good as the Democrats dream we can be, when acknowledging our natural fallibility. Nor can we be as bad as Republicans can make us out to be as sinners, when knowing we eventually and just as naturally learn from our mistakes.

I actually miss some of my favorite sins when younger, at least the temptations, not the doing part. (Well, OK, that, too.) But is it a mortal sin when my instincts kick in before my brain? Most temptations I resist, except periodically the decadent ones, which are only temporary and just add a few pounds, short of making me look like a walrus.

A pretty woman who had too much to drink compared me once to Cary Grant, when wearing a trench coat. It became my favorite coat, but no one ever mentioned Cary again.

Dream on, I say, and maybe the Democrats are right about dreams helping us get out of bed in the morning, especially when it’s better than the alternative.

Tom Murphy



Don Iliff’s letter (June 11), entitled “Fear-based obedience horrible” gripped my interest.

Iliff believes God is loving and merciful and gives everyone the freedom to believe and do whatever they think is right without any accountability to God’s moral law. Iliff believes the Bible supports his view and anyone believing differently is two-faced and using the Bible to support their “self-righteousness.”

It is interesting that passages in the Bible are used by many people to support their views.

The writer makes this statement that “nowhere in the Bible does God say to spread the message condemning the LGBT community or those believing in a woman’s right to choose.”

That statement as written is true, but you can’t pick and choose what is in the Bible and what is not. That always results in your own “self-righteousness.”

A thorough reading of the Bible with open eyes clearly condemns killing/murder and sexual immorality of any sort, as grievous sin in the eyes of God.

Tragically, that is the condition of all men. We think too highly of ourselves, which makes us all “self-righteous.” We become “little gods” captivated by our emotions and “idols” of ourselves.

Truly, God is loving/merciful. If God, who holds each of our next breaths in his hand, were not so, I fear we may not even be having this discussion.

However, the God of the entire Bible is much more. He is holy, he is righteous, he is sovereign, and he is good. I could go on, but in my finite mind never capture the full glory of God’s character.

However, there is still one characteristic that must be considered in response to “Fear-based obedience” — that God is just.

He will not be mocked. Man will and is reaping what he has sown. We are all condemned. But the God of love and mercy has provided a solution to our punishment, one perfect man in our place on a cross, Jesus Christ.

While we desire to make “idols” of ourselves, life is really not about us. It is all about him!

Art Shank