Government was cruel when Jesus was born, and it is cruel today

To The Daily Sun,

That global tax that was instituted by the Roman Emperor Augustus was the very reason Joseph and Mary, who was nine months pregnant at the time, were traveling to Bethlehem from their home in Nazareth.

Here is the relevant biblical passage, with a little editorial emphasis placed on certain keywords.

Luke 2:1-6 begins, "And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own [ancestral] city.

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem (because he was of the house and lineage of David), to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered."

Notice how many times the subject of taxes comes up in that first section of scripture. That was the reason Joseph and Mary were coerced, forced, to travel on foot to Bethlehem from Nazareth, a rough and grueling journey of about 70 miles, especially for a young woman in her ninth month of pregnancy. They had to file the equivalent of their 1040 form in person.

That journey should to be referred to as "The Long Torturous March to Bethlehem," because of its similarity with the forced population movements of so many modern-day tyrannies. Jesus' birth was marked by the first world tax. The Roman Empire was able and willing to coerce millions of people throughout the known world to battle the elements, to travel great distances, regardless of their condition, so they could be counted and taxed. No excuses were tolerated. This was a tyrannical government operation from start to finish!

Joseph and Mary were not "homeless," as some of the modern big-government atheistic, shakedown artists and promoters suggest. They were forced to encamp in a barn because this massive population movement, prompted by the emperor's greed, resulted in a shortage of beds for visitors.

Note the next verse, Luke 2:7, "And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."

Joseph was a carpenter — a working man — who had funds for the trip, and also had ample money for a room at the inn in Bethlehem. It's just that there were no vacancies available, due to the overcrowded conditions caused by this forced temporary population relocation.

One of many lessons we should learn from this passage is that government is not your friend. It is the enemy of freedom. Government is not Santa Claus. It is the Grinch. Government is supposed to be our servant, especially in a free society. But government is not your servant. It is specifically designed to be our master. Government seldom really helps people. It most often enslaves them.

Even back then, 2,000 years ago, government was heartless and cruel. It thought nothing, for example, of forcing women to march long distances, even in the last stages of pregnancy, to comply with its demands. That's the way government has always been, and that's the way it will always be — at least until Jesus comes again.

And when he does, it will once again prove the truth of another Scripture — Romans 8:28, which says, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose."

So, "Don't be afraid," as the angel told the shepherds that night in Bethlehem. There was "Good News" then, and there is still good news now, in this season of joy as well. Truth is truth. Light is light. And God, the Son, not Caesar, is still on the throne.

Jim McCoole


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Liberals get their butts kicked, then tell Republicans how to govern

To The Daily Sun,

The chutzpa of the egotistical liberals, such as Lynn Chong, knows no bounds. They get their butts kicked big time in the last election and then they have the gall to tell the Republicans that kicked their butts how to govern. I suggest they look in the mirror and come to grips with their failures before they start to dictate to others. Their favorite president is turning out to be the biggest enemy of this country in the world today.

Dave Schwotzer

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It’s not the cat’s fault that it is left in the cold to fend for itself

To The Daily Sun,

There was a letter in the paper a couple of days ago by a man who feeds stray cats near his building and has been told by the management not to feed them anymore.

It makes me angry when people term stray and feral cats as nuisances because it is we humans who have put them in this unfortunate situation. We are the problem, not them. People are irresponsible with cats. They don't get them fixed and they often just abandon them when they move.

I feed outside cats and have for years. It's not their fault they are left outside to fend for themselves in cold weather and harsh conditions. My suggestion to this man is that maybe he could move his feeding station to a place nearby but off the property, so the management would then have no ability to interfere. I have had to move my feeding places over the years several times.

I have also been involved in getting these cats fixed. I worked with other people in the past on trapping and neutering and releasing back to their territory. If you're feeding them, it really is the humane thing to do, to get them fixed. This prevents more homeless cats coming into the world. I know it's a lot to think about for someone who is feeding them to consider this extra step. Don't stress over it, but let it be something on the back burner to consider for later.

It's not that hard to find other cat lovers in the area to join you in fund-raising and trapping and finding a suitable vet to help. There is a state low cost neutering program for low income residents that could also possibly help. If this man is a computer savvy person he could go online and post an ad on Craigslist or some other similar place and ask if there are people in his area who would be interested in talking about setting something up.

If not he could place an ad in the paper or somewhere in his neighborhood where people go, like a Laundromat or church or something. There are many cat lovers around who like to help to cats. You just need to find them.

I hope I've helped.

Hillarie Goldstein


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Where was moral outrage when Iraqi civilians were being killed?

To The Daily Sun,

Our hearts are broken by a terrorist attack in Pakistan killing as many as 140 children. We can hear the wailing and screams of mothers and fathers finding the bloodied bodies of their precious children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them in this time of unendurable pain and loss.
We must also endure the losses of men, women and children that we inflicted on Iraq years ago. This country bombed and invaded Iraq on false accusations without a declaration of war; whereas we did not have a legitimate cause to use massive military assault on innocent people of that country.

Iraq suffered the loss of 500,000 soldiers and civilians in this brutal years-long (non-war.) It is reasonable to say, in those sad numbers of dead, at least one-fifth were children, or 100,000 killed by military forces of the United States. This statement is not my opinion but incontestable fact.

During that time of mass killing of innocent people hardly anyone of authority spoke out against the slaughter — the clergy went deaf and dumb and civilians turn their backs on the horrors of warfare preferring not to discuss anything unpleasant avoiding heated disagreement with family or friends, super-patriots, as usual, said nothing.

There has been lively discussion about whether this country was founded on Christian principles. I believe this country of good and generous people has given up on Christian morality. No country claiming to be Christian would ever allow the horrors befallen Iraq to have happened. Or maybe the case is: We are a nation of cowards, afraid of our own government.

Please reclaim the moral and lawful precepts this nation was built on. Bring your own life into the light of faith and brotherly love that God has bestowed you with. It's a small world. Work for peace, for yourself, your family and unknown people different from yourself in every corner of the world.

Leon R. Albushies

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I happen to like our current health care system; it saved my life

To The Daily Sun,

The gruesome crew that hates our president never stops up here in the North Country. Between Tony Boutin from Gilford, Don Ewing, Steve Earle, Bob Meade, Russ Wiles, John Demakowski and the rest of the "Conservative Clown Car," with a thanks to James Veverka. I often wonder who writes your e-mails you send to the Daily Sun every day. Really, are you all one person and send them in under different names or just how do you do it all? The letters are well written as far as your grammar and thought processes go. Most are interchangeable from GOP to Democrats being the object point.

Mr. Boutin, it just so happens I like our current health care system. After all, it did save my life a few years ago when I went into respiratory arrest, called 9-1-1 and ended up in Speare then Concord Hospital for 80 days or so.

I'm still and kicking, so watch out. You say the Democrats hate capitalism. I assume you haven't noticed that the economy has added more jobs every month and the stock market is at an all-time high. You might have Obama confused with the Walton family or the rest of those that refuse to pay a fair wage. Obama is the one trying to get those people the fair wages they deserve. That would free up tons of government cash which would be put to good use fixing up our roads, bridges and cities.

Then again, is it capitalism the cop in Ferguson took advantage of after shooting Michael Brown that Obama hates? I don't know as you brought capitalism up, Tony. I think you're all just hiding behind freedom of the press so you can get your anti-Obama advertising in print.

After all you guys all work for the GOP, don't you?

Jon Hoyt


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