The presidential election has left our nation possibly more divided than before. The recession, unemployment and poverty persist; gasoline prices are out of control; there are threats the economy will be driven off the “fiscal cliff.”
The national debt stands at $16.2 trillion, increasing $3.9 billion per day; the 2012-13 national budget is heading for a $1 trillion deficit for the fifth straight year.
The Middle East is in turmoil and sure to affect us; public schools are struggling to get needed funding; college tuitions are mounting.
Yet with all these and other problems, much of the media and many in Congress are engrossed with a distinguished retired U.S. Army general turned C.I.A. director who resigned because, somehow, this 60-year-old married man strayed and managed to have an affair. So much for priorities.
People in 30-plus states who are dissatisfied with the presidential election are petitioning to have their states secede from the Union.
That’s not very realistic. Even the tea party leaders disown it. So perhaps those poor-loser petitioners should themselves be encouraged to secede from the union and see if they can find a country (despite the problems cited earlier) with more freedom, more comfort and, yes, more opportunities.
Isn’t it time for all good Americans — of all political affiliations, especially those in Washington — to put aside differences and join together to meet the tough challenges facing our beloved country?
Finally, to all persons of all faiths, best wishes for a joyous and blessed holiday season and for a peaceful future both within our country and throughout the world all of us share.
Shame on Judge Lynne Callahan for choosing to cut a pound of flesh from Brogan Rafferty instead of tempering justice with mercy (“Stow teen sentenced to life without parole,” Nov. 10).
She told Rafferty he had been “dealt a lousy hand in life, but none of that is an excuse for murder.” And of course it isn’t.
What was the content of that “lousy hand” Rafferty had been dealt? He was effectively abandoned by his parents and given over to the malign influence of the shady Richard Beasley, who degenerated into a murderer, while drawing Rafferty into his vicious schemes.
Callahan has besmirched the high honor and trust of her position. She should not again be elected to any office that calls for wisdom and compassion.
William H. Hildebrand
Hymns of praise
This is in acknowledgement to the Sunday letter headlined “No love for rock on Sunday.” It was right on.
I certainly agree, as do my children and many of my friends. I know times have changed, but who in his or her right mind could say these new songs are better than the old ones?
We older people were born and raised on these old songs, and it breaks our heart to not get to sing or to hear them anymore in our church, and it’s that way in almost all churches, from what I hear from others.
The song service is just as important to us as the sermon. We like to walk out of church feeling like we’re on cloud nine.
I guess when you get old, the young people think we don’t count any more, but if the churches didn’t get our tithes, they would find out a thing or two.
Why can’t we compromise and sing both? Nothing wrong with that. It is time for a change.
I’m grateful for the old days.
How in the world could the two people who ran for president have spent so much money?
Actually, they had no consideration for all the people out of work, losing their homes. To spend one billion on campaigns. The rich stay rich; the poor, always poor.
That’s where the money goes. The country is not progressing.
Do we trust in God? Our Founding Fathers did.