Letters for April 11, 2018

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Now is the time to take action to protect schools

Watching TV about these marches in protest for protection of our schools makes me wonder if our children are being used by different groups who have a different objective in mind?

I’m all for school protection and think we all need to contact our senators and congressmen who represent us. Yes, we need to put the squeeze of them before election. Now is the time, do it.

Just a thought, you could make it law no guns of any kind sold to anyone 21 but remember this, it’s 18-year-olds who carry guns into combat for us in our wars. We ask our young to protect our nation and lives are lost, even 18-year-olds. Maybe we need more support from parents, police, feds and our young people. Mental health and the government support is a must. Now.

Again, thanks to our young people who are taking on the problem that adults should. Let’s do it now!

  

William Trapani – Franklin, N.C.

Many factors contribute to child’s success of failure

Most people acknowledge the United States is experiencing a period of unprecedented decline by any measurable standard and particularly our world position in education, which has been diminishing for years.

Though we remain atop the “knowledge economy” (that which uses information to produce economic benefits), our contribution to the world economy is weakening.  This should be a matter of great concern, that we are not giving our children the same chance to do good in the world that we did two or three short generations ago.

The problem is more cultural than educational.  For several decades teachers have been obligated to be surrogate parents, counselors, nurses and protectors of children while trying to teach them. These responsibilities came about, primarily, because parents abdicated their fundamental duty, that of raising children. Had parents involved themselves more in their children’s lives thus liberating teachers from extemporaneous burdens, parents, teachers, students, and all of society would have benefitted.

Regrettably, teachers have responded most recently (as we witness daily in the news) with short-sighted, self-serving protests promoting their own never-ending agenda of better pay and benefits.  And it is most unfortunate educators have chosen this particular time to piggyback their personal concerns parallel with the student-parent “March For Our Lives Rally,” which is aimed solely at producing safer conditions in America’s schools.

Neither parents or teachers seem willing or able to reconstruct that time in America when parents and teachers worked hand in hand to educate our children.  There are ways (too numerous to list) parents can complement a classroom if they are appropriately directed and motivated to do so.  During my years as a child and family therapist I had the most success with children when I was able to guide the student, teacher, and parent simultaneously.  Assisting only one, independent of the other two, is ineffective at best and can make matters worse.

We cannot return to the 1940s and 1950s (perhaps we wouldn’t want to), however, the parent-teacher alliance that existed in that era was far more collaborative than it is today.  Parents and teachers pulled together and subsequently both their jobs were made easier and children were the direct beneficiaries.

There are other factors which contribute to a child’s ultimate success or failure. At the top of the list is the teaching of self-discipline. Parents and extended family members can be a huge asset which is why they need more of an active role in the school community, directly involved in their child’s education. Making parents, grandparents or guardians an elemental part of the classroom significantly increases a sense of commitment and responsibility and a more positive and accountable part of the overall educational outcome and ultimate success of our children and our nation.

  

David L. Snell – Franklin, N.C.

What is the rationale for failure of leadership?

Shortly after the 9-11 terror attacks on America Congress and the President acted wisely to determine what happened, how it happened and how to prevent future attacks. The result was a 447-page report entitled “The 9-11 Commission Report.” The preface to the report states, “We present the narrative of this report and the recommendations that flow from it to the President of the United States, the United States Congress, and the American people for their consideration. Ten commissioners – five Republicans and five Democrats chosen by elected leaders from our nation’s capital at a time of great partisan division – have come together to present this report without dissent.”

Now, the contrast: In spite of virtually every national intelligence agency telling Americans that Russia meddled in the 2016 election this President and Congress have failed/refused to take appropriate action to determine what happened, how it happened and how to prevent future attacks on our essential system of voting. What a shame! What a shame! What a shame!

We are being denied the benefit of truth gleaned by a commission investigating the intrusion by Russia. What is the rationale for this failure of leadership? 

Even more troubling (if that is possible) is this: What is the thought process that impels Donald Trump to expend so much energy trying to block the investigation by Robert Mueller?  And, why are Republicans in Congress allowing Trump any opportunity at all to fire Robert Mueller? 

Was it Lord Acton who is credited with this adage-“Power tends to corrupt and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”  With that in mind can/will our democracy survive?

  

Dave Waldrop – Franklin, N.C.

Prevent crime by treating criminals like criminals

The growth of society has required the citizens to be protected from foreign and domestic destructive people. Each citizen in society is a citizen because they contribute to help others survive. Prior societies placed the protection of the individual with the individual. The police and other justice organizations were created to protect citizens. The role of the justice system is to identify people who would harm the society (criminals) and remove them from society. This more complex society becomes more efficient and more powerful.

This leaves a gap in the needs of society. The gap is at the point of the commission of a crime. For the police to be at the point of a crime costs a society much more than the gain. The very rich can have their armed guards for this role. But the value of less rich to society must be protected. The citizen is the only member at the commission of a crime present to stop the criminal. So, the police concentrate on identifying the criminal after the commission of the crime and removing the criminal from society. Thus preventing future crime. The citizens can then become more humanitarian toward their fellow citizens. This can work provided the ratio of criminals to productive members of society is small.

The developing humanitarianism is then mistakenly extended to the criminal. The criminals are increasingly being released back into society for the sake of humanity. Also, the criminal’s harm to society continues after being identified. The prison system maintains the criminal at increasing expense to society. The extension of defining harm to include harm to oneself increases the cost. Thus, the care for the never-do-well individuals increases the cost to society. Releasing more prisoners into society reduces the maintenance expense. But this defeats the complex society’s justice system.

The health and continued survival of our society depends on the effectiveness of the productive members of the society. Misdirected humanitarian considerations are indirectly reducing the effectiveness of the police system that increases the danger to citizens. If removing guns is required, the effectiveness of the justice system must be increased at the expense of humanitarianism toward criminals. Failing that, the trend to removing personal protection (guns) from citizens is causing the society to collapse.

  

John Hodge – Franklin, N.C.

Thank you for outpouring of love and support

On behalf of our family, we would like to express our deepest gratitude for the outpouring of love and support in the wake of our recent house fire. The generosity from friends, family and the community was truly unimaginable. We are incredibly grateful for each and every kind thought, prayer and action. They will never be forgotten. 

May the Lord bless and keep you all.

Sincerely,

  

The Tippett Family

(Steve, Kelli, Brooke and Amy) – Franklin, N.C.

The most important event in world history

Death is not good, but resurrection is! Sometimes I ask a young person why we celebrate Easter. I get many different answers, but rarely a complete answer. For that, we have to go back to the very beginning: back to Genesis. God created the earth, and everything in it, and beyond it. When He finished, He pronounced it all “very good” (Genesis 1:31). That’s because there was only beauty. There were flowers, but no thorns. There were insects, but they didn’t bite. Most importantly, there was life, but no pain, suffering, disease, or death. God gave the first people a choice: to obey Him and follow His plan, or to disobey. They chose the latter. Because of this, God cursed the earth (Gen. 3:14-19). From then on, people would have to struggle to survive in a hostile world. They would have to fight weeds, thorns, parasites, harmful insects, diseases, etc. Instead of living together in harmony, people would mistreat one another, and ultimately hate, fight and kill each other, trying to gain power  and control of others. Worst of all, every living breathing creature would have to face their own ultimate death.

But God had a plan. In His great love, He brought into this sin- cursed world the Messiah. He was born in a little town called Bethlehem, as foretold by the prophet (Micah 5:2). He lived a sinless life, as Adam, the first man, had failed to do (Romans 5:18-19). He offered Himself as a sacrifice to pay the penalty for Adam and all his descendants’ sins (Romans 5:8). The Old Testament sacrifices were only temporary, and not sufficient for a permanent solution (Hebrews 10:4). But when the sinless “Lamb of God” died an undeserved death, it was enough to put an end to animal sacrifices, and ultimately to death itself (John 1:29). After 3 days in the tomb, Jesus gloriously rose from the dead, the greatest event in all human history. Why? Because He promised that anyone who would put their trust in Him, would also be raised from the dead, and given an immortal body like His (1 Corinthians 15:53-54). But that is only the beginning of the good news.

God also has promised a grand restoration project. He will destroy this sin-marred, cursed world, and recreate it the way it was before sin entered the picture. Those who have received His Son, Jesus, will be blessed to inherit a place in that restored earth, where there will be no curse. God will wipe away all tears from their eyes. There will be no pain, suffering, disease or death. God Himself will come and live on the new earth with His people. (Revelation 21:1-4)

Would you like to be a part of the real utopia? Your sin has to go, because there is no place for sin on the new earth (Rev. 21:7). That is what has ruined the present world. And that is why men are always unsuccessful in their efforts to bring about utopia. Sinful men can only produce what you see now in the world.  But one day, the government will be on His shoulders (Isaiah 9:6-7). He is the rightful ruler of the earth, and the universe, because He is its creator (Psalm 2:7-9). You can bow your knee to Him now, and be guaranteed a place in His eternal kingdom (1 Peter 1:3-5). He has already paid the penalty for your sin, so that you can be forgiven (2 Corinthians 5:21). He only asks that you turn away from your sin, and serve Him (Acts 3:19-21). In return, you will be granted citizenship in the perfectly restored new earth (Philippians 3:18-21).  And you will now have a reason to live in this present world: to advance His kingdom, by offering this good news to everyone you meet (2 Corinthians 5:17-21). One day, you will die. But because He rose from the dead, He is able and willing to raise you also from the grave (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). That is why Jesus’ resurrection is the greatest event in all history.

Ed Hill – Franklin, N.C.

Cultural wars creating even more division

Seems like things just get nuttier and nuttier.

You gotta give ‘em credit, some folks sure know how to coin new labels and offenses. No wonder we don’t have any good comedians anymore, their joke writers are busy thinking up things to be offended by.

Although none is recorded, it’s likely some very neurotic Atheists have been passing out when they see the crosses at Arlington National Cemetery and are tragically dropping like flies.  Atheists are trying to get a movement started to eliminate crosses on the gravesites of our military men and women who gave their lives for us. They might have a hard time pushing past our veterans and the relatives of our dead military heroes, however.

If seeing one cross on a building can cause someone to feel faint, you can imagine they may have a heart attack when they see the thousands of crosses at Arlington. Or, they may find it necessary to get their mothers to coddle them.

Now a college in Boston has deemed that saying “God bless you” if someone sneezes is Islamophobic.  Gimme a break, Muslims believe in God, too.

At another college, a student was permanently kicked out of class when he pointed out biologists only recognize two genders, male and female.  In the Liberal mind, there are dozens of genders, I guess. Go figure.  

If we didn’t already have enough cultural wars amongst us, someone has now come up with “toxic masculinity,” whatever that is supposed to mean.

No doubt this comes from either a pseudo psychologist or maybe even the “toxic feminists.” (Hey, I just coined a new name, too.) 

Most likely, it came from one of our Liberal professors who can’t make up his/her mind whether he is a boy or a girl. Eventually, all men will have to turn themselves in to be neutered. 

As if that don’t beat all, we now have Perdue University requiring anyone working with their web site to delete the word “man.” 

Similarly, we have a number of university campuses where Conservatives are not welcome and in fact subject to discipline if they should dare make a statement not viewed as Liberal.  You agree with Liberal ideology or get out.

Woven in and out of all this is a future of rules and regulations Liberals demand we live by. Normal good manners went out a long time ago and are being replaced by what most people would consider sick rules imposed by mentally sick people.

But, this time Hillary Clinton tops it all off.  In a speech in Mumbai, India, she told an audience that Americans are sexists, homophobic, racist, xenophobic, Islamophobic, misogynist and that white men control their wives.

This is the Hillary many people voted for to run America and all I can say is thank God she didn’t win or she would tear us apart if she had become president.  Frankly, I think she is getting even with us because she was not elected president.

But, as I said, we seem to be getting nuttier and nuttier so what’s new?

  

Bob Wilson – Franklin, N.C.

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