As president of the Norton City Council, I applaud the June 19 letter, “Citizens for themselves.” I have always known we have many Norton citizens with enough common sense to see through a smoke screen such as the upcoming ballot issue.
The residents of Norton should be keenly aware that this proposed charter amendment, should it pass, will financially cripple this city and the services currently being provided to Norton taxpayers.
I find it amusing that these self-seeking members from the Citizens 4 Norton group routinely come to the council meetings complaining about the city’s expenditures in legal fees.
These legal expenditures are a result of the city defending itself against Citizens 4 Norton’s “causes.” Filing multiple lawsuits against the city shows no fiduciary responsibility toward Norton taxpayers.
I urge Norton voters to vote against Issue 1 on Aug. 6. While exercising your right to vote, you can rejoice and enjoy the fact that you are all paying for the privilege of this special election, to the tune of well over $10,400. This burden is compliments of the Citizens 4 Norton, which is a nonprofit group.
Core values of Scouts
This letter is in regard to your May 26 editorial, “Scouts in transition.” You stated the ban on gay youth seemed at odds with Scouts’ core values. The No. 5 value is trust in God, and No. 12 is responsibility to God; the rest are character traits that can be found in the Bible.
The Bible calls homosexuality a sin. A sin is not a real good character trait. You also talked about the world around the Boy Scouts changing and changing attitudes.
What you are talking about is a humanistic philosophy that says man knows more than God. This humanistic philosophy that you are pushing moves us farther and farther away from the Bible and God. This is exactly what people mean when they say America is losing its moral values as well as declining as a nation.
Christians don’t hate homosexuals, but they do hate the sin. If we choose to kill someone, that is a sin; if we choose homosexuality, that is a sin.
As for the world changing, the Word of God never changes, it’s the same now as it was 1,000 years ago. The greatest thing about the Bible is it’s a living word that fits perfectly into a changing world.
I think the Boy Scouts have made a big mistake by caving in to the worldly system you seem to be pushing.
John W. McCreary
Who is the traitor?
Former Vice President Dick Cheney called Edward Snowden a traitor. It’s an old right-wing ploy — accuse the accuser. The pot calling the kettle black.
Cheney revealed the identity of an American spy during wartime. The penalty for that treason is death.
That old boy should have faced the firing squad at sunrise many moons ago. His audacity boggles the mind. But that’s what happens when you wear rose-colored glasses.
Terry A. Lambert