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Sound Off: 'Decreasing hatred' and other items

Decreasing hatred

I wanted to extend a thank you to Jennifer DuBose on the article she wrote concerning the effects on fireworks on our wildlife. A lot of people never think of the effects on the wildlife. They only think about their own pets, and this was a great article. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [wrote]: "I heard the bells on Christmas Day/Their old familiar carols play,/and wild and sweet/ the words repeat/Of peace on earth, goodwill to men! ... And in despair I bowed my head;/"There is no peace on earth," I said;/"For hate is strong,/and mocks the song/Of peace on earth, good-will to men!" Until the power of love is larger than the love of power, there will be no peace on earth. But we can at least decrease the amount of hatred. I’m not saying being naïve; I’m not saying turn the other cheek until the bomb hits us. I’m just saying please stop taking positions with hatred, instead of with self-preservation and love of our fellow man.

Why are we so worried?

Do you believe in God? Of course, we have religious freedom in this country, so that’s not a politically correct question. But if you believe in God and you’ve read your Bible, you would know that after Noah – after the floods – God said that he would not destroy the world again. That he would depend on the people to be good people. Anyway, the point is that, if you believe that God made heaven and earth, and if you believe in God, why are we so worried about global warming? Do you honestly believe that God would not put safeguards in there? After all, he made a balance in the country. We call it the balance of nature. Maybe we should call it the balance of God. So, I’m not concerned about global warming. If you look back at history, this is just a natural occurrence of the world turning itself around to restore itself, just as if you let your yard go, the weeds will take over, if you just tear down a house. Look down in New Orleans. If you tear down a house or tear down a property or nature comes and tears it down, the fact of the matter is it will grow like a jungle, if you just let it alone and let it in peace. We can’t do better than God. So stop with all this global warming stuff and let go and let God.

Being balanced

I just noticed that Donald Trump is being blamed for this hacking of emails from the DNC. What they are saying is that Donald Trump is a friend of Vladimir Putin. I’ve never heard that from Donald Trump. I’ve heard that Donald Trump respects him. But for the DNC to say – the Democratic National Committee – to say that it is not right for Russia to interfere in the U.S. elections makes me laugh. Because how many times has our government – specifically our government under Obama and Clinton – how many times have they interfered in other governments' leaderships? Libya, Egypt, Syria, Afghanistan – Obama interfered with Russia regarding their business with Ukraine. So, who makes the rules here? Why is it good enough for the United States to interfere in every other country, but then when other countries want to interfere with our elections and elect the candidate that they want, all of sudden it’s a big problem? I’m not sure that Russia wants Trump any more than Obama and Hillary do. But the fact is that the United States has drawn first blood. We’ve interfered in too many elections. All the way back to Bush interfering in Iraq. So, you know, let’s get a life here, and let’s be balanced.

'Rhetoric and chaos'

I was saddened and disappointed in the kind of rhetoric and chaos that seemed to dominate last week’s Republican National Convention. Rather than deal with the important issues facing our country and their collective vision of governing in these turbulent times, one speaker after another choose to viciously attack their presidential opponent with such vitriolic comments and rancorous animosity not heard in recent times to describe an advisory. I wonder what Bob Dole thought, who was once the Republican candidate for president, [a] longtime respected senator ... who was sitting there amongst all these ignorant rabble that surrounded him. In 1935 there was a similar guy who was able to gain control of the German government with similar rhetoric ideas and falsehoods, and we know how all that went. Let's not fall prey to a name-calling, grade-school bully who is so egotistical and out of touch with the political and social realities from becoming the next president. History has many examples of why we must make better choices and avoid leaders who place themselves above the people they have been elected to serve.

A poem

I think I can, I know I wrote/I wrote the song, not every note/plagiareyes or plagiarears/the song is mine, I tell you dears/so why this fuss, who cares so much?/I gave the speech a personal touch/some words appear to kind of match/like two cookies from one small batch/but eat them up, enjoy each crumb/and worry not whence my words come/thank goodness I put no period where it should not be/or I might have penned "donald t. rump", oh woe is me!

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