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The left lusts to completely edadicate God from the public square

To The Daily Sun,

Todd Welch claims to not understand what I mean when referencing the "left" versus the "right." Though Todd writes as though he is reasonably intelligent and though I have offered numerous examples in my letter, I will give him the benefit of the doubt and give it another try at clarifying the difference between the two.

If one looks at the salient points made by the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement and the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement versus the Tea Party (TP) movement, a stark difference presents itself. If one looks at the difference in the manner that the OWS and BLM movements conducted themselves in the public square, versus how the TP conducted itself, it is easy to discern how the first group was hell bent on destruction of people's and property and how the second group was focused on leaving people and public property unharmed and intact.

While the TP movement seeks to restore the principles of liberty and our constitutional principles, the other two groups act in a manner that anarchists or fascists would admire. While the TP movement wants to return power back to the people along with responsible stewardship, while attempting a return to a more limited government, the OWS and BLM movements seek to give more control to the government, while demanding free stuff and even less accountability for their actions. That is one example of left versus right.

Another measure of right versus left is to take a look at the moral compass of the two political opposites. The right continues its attempt to cling tenaciously to its Judeo/Christian values. The left eschews those values more and more, preferring the "if it feels good do it" philosophy of moral relativism and secular humanism which I believe began around the 1960s.

Todd, you might want to check out a book by Paul Johnson titled, "Modern Times" — From the Twenties to the Nineties. I wholeheartedly agree with many of his conclusions, especially this one: The most hopeful trend of the '80s and '90s is the continued strength of religion, which hopefully can reteach humanity moral principles and so avert so much political violence." We are not talking Islam here folks.

Todd, the left believes that all religions are equal and all cultures are equal. The right thinks that is a bunch of poppycock, pure jabberwocky. In other words, pure nonsense. The left believes in stifling free speech. One only needs to look at college campuses across the nation to understand that. Apparently, professor Cracraft believes just the opposite, ignoring the examples exploding across the blogosphere and other media outlets. Tony Boutin recently cited facts alluding to the massive left-wing bias in academia.

The left lusts to completely eradicate God from the public square, which has been the basis for our commonality over the past two plus centuries. As Janice Shaw Crouse notes, "there was respect for each other based solely on the certainty that God created us as equals. We are seeing that there is not much left when there is no basis for mutual respect." Almost half a century of multiculturalism and moral relativism have undermined this foundation in favor of sex, drugs and rock and roll.

The Woodstock, "free love" movement of the left jettisoned moral restraint. The multiculturalism movement of the left has jettisoned the unifying, "E Pluribus Unum" or "Out of Many, One," in favor of a divisive culture of "us versus them" self-serving interests and enclaves of peoples who have no desire to integrate into our culture.

While the left claims to push for inclusiveness, their actions speak of divide, conquer, exploit and exclude all who will not succumb to its socialist, statist, centralized, Marxist, progressive, modern day liberal ideology. "Out of Many, Identify Politics."

Well, there you have it Todd. This is how I see the difference between the left and the right. I hope that this helps to clear up your confusion about the point that I was trying to make.

Russ Wiles

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Forrester's votes to cut state revenue were fiscally irresponsible

To The Daily Sun,

I was contemplating whether I should or should not respond to Mike Hatch's letter in this paper last week. He was responding to a letter I shared earlier where I challenged state Senator Jeanie Forrester's assertion that she is "for all the people" in her run for governor.

My letter stated that two days after her announcement that she would be running for governor and will be "for the people" if elected, she voted against the expansion of Medicaid; not exactly a "for the people" vote.

Mike Hatch did not reply to the only point of my letter which was why she is "not for all the people" but rather he said that I, and others, "never give her credit for all she has done for the district she represents." So, I have listed two of the revenue cutting votes she cast while being our state senator:

— One early vote she cast was to vote "no" to keep the $30 car registration surcharge which was earmarked for the DOT, causing the revenues to drop $45 million each year that it has not been reinstated, for a total of $270 million to date.

— A recent vote by Senator Forrester reduced the rate of the BPT and BET (Business Profit tax and Business Enterprise Tax), projected to cost the state over $103 million by the years 2020-2021.

Senator Forrester's votes on these issues were fiscally irresponsible.

It is important to know that when revenues are cut, the cuts have to be made somewhere.

The impact of just these business taxes are likely to cut into funding of the state University System, the judicial branch, Veterans Home, Environmental Services, Resources & Economic Development, the Revenue Administration, Safety, and numerous others as well.

When an elected official acts in this manner (i.e. lowering revenues), the impact they will have on the various departments should be made public, ideally before the vote is made.

An informed citizenry is the best form of democracy.

Paula Trombi


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