Letters for July 20, 2017

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All our ‘steps’ together will add up

As a proud “Great Lakes Kid,” I am so proud and pleased that our local Franklin City Council  and our Macon County Commissioners have voted to make our Macon County,  N.C., area “a green” county and town by supporting the resolution that we here will contribute our efforts toward  the U.S.A. “Climate Alliance.”

I was born in Michigan.  My family began their U.S. experience on the shores of what we from the “Wolverine State” all fondly call “Big Blue” – otherwise known as Lake Michigan.  Due to World War II events, my parents moved to Ohio, near yet one other of the Great Lakes, Lake Erie.

I was horrified to read the Newsmax article yesterday about the “Larsen C” ice shelf breaking off in the Antarctic.  One reason the article  caught my eye was that it referenced one of the Great Lakes.  The ice shelf is not only the size of Delaware, but (as the article informs) the resulting ice-berg has the volume twice that of Lake Erie.

Now, I’m here to tell those of you who have never experienced The Great Lakes, even though Erie is the most shallow of the lakes, that’s a lot of volume.  Climate Change deniers say human activity doesn’t have an effect on climate, even though most of us beleve it does.  (High school science shows simple cause and effects.)  What is more, even if you think it isn’t a direct cause, why not err on the side of caution?  The last time I looked, we all live on this one little Blue Planet we call Earth, and it needs us to take care of it.

I’m not concerned about me, but what kind of world are we leaving those who follow us?

So, thank you to our Franklin and Macon County elected leaders for taking this “step” –  all our “steps” together will add up.

You have shown true leadership in a cause that is certainly greater than us, in the here and now, for the future of Mother Earth.

 

Shirley Ches — Franklin, N.C.

No progress on downtown bridge work

What’s going on? It’s over two-plus weeks and all work has stopped on our bridge work. Oh, yes, it rained on and off and I guess those five pile drivers working the bridge can’t work in the rain.

After 50 years as a union pile driver bridge building all over this USA, I found out this job and company is a joke. Maybe I am wrong and it’s not this company’s fault but the state’s fault. What I don’t understand is why our local politicians are not raising hell with the state department running things. Summer months the traffic gets heavy and we the taxpayers here in Macon should at least be told what is happening.

Come on, pick up the phone and call the state, do your jobs as representatives asking for our votes shortly. We need help. Most of you guys don’t even live in town!

 

Wm Trapani — Franklin, N.C.

We are now guardians of our own liberties

On the occasion of the 241st anniversary of the original Brexit, perhaps it’s time to reconsider what America is supposed to be about.  A good place to start, the Preamble to the Constitution. You remember: “We the people, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, promote the general welfare,” and all.

With as fine a document as the world has ever known (the U.S. Constitution) to work with, one has to wonder how the destruction of our vital national institutions – a field of endeavor formerly reserved for America’s mortal enemies – seems to have become the goal of both major political parties.

Between the Republicans’ steely resolve to do the wrong thing and Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) gift for parliamentary chicanery, the lives of millions of Americans now depend on the fortitude, imagination, and wisdom of the Democratic Party. God help them… and if they fail, God help us.

Republicans seem obsessed with replacing, rescinding, reversing, revoking, or repealing everything that has Obama’s name attached to it, and for no other reason.   Despite their setback with Obamacare, they haven’t abandoned their hope of killing it and fulfilling the promise they made seven years ago and issue in its stead an I.O.U., redeemable… one of these days. They’re still gunning to overturn Roe v. Wade, decided 44 years ago.   They’re nothing if not relentless. It would surprise this writer not at all if, in the dark recesses of McConnell’s mind he’s still working on a plan to make Obama a one-term president.

I sometimes wonder what political party Samuel Adams, John Adams, Paul Revere, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington (and others) would align themselves in the 21st Century?  To try and place them in our world would for certain frighten them but I think they would at least be pleased that Americans are still celebrating the freedom they worked tirelessly to ensure their future generations.

The letters that John Adams sent to his wife Abigail were filled with wise phrases should we need renewed inspiration for the tasks ahead.  For example, “Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom.  I hope you will make a good use of it.”

Abigail’s letters in response to her husband were just as astute, offering such wise words as, “If we do not lay out ourselves in the service of mankind whom should we serve?”   She also wrote, “I am more and more convinced that man is a dangerous creature, and that power whether vested in many or a few is ever grasping, and like the grave cries give, give.”

Samuel Adams once wrote, “If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.”

And a final reminder from Samuel Adams as we celebrate the month of our Independence,  of how much their good works and sacrifices meant to them, and should mean to us, “Our union is now complete, our Constitution composed, established, and approved. You are now the guardians of your own liberties.”

Is that not directed at us… in the 21st Century?

 

David Snell — Franklin, N.C.

We are justified by the faith of Christ

Again I write, the upcoming words that are worthy of our respect, a high regard.

“I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another gospel.” Galatians 1:6,7

“Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law; for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.” Galatians 2:16.

“I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness comes by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.” Galatians 2:20

“Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Galatians 3:6

“So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.” Galatians 3:9

“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone that hangs on a tree.’” Galatians 3:13

“For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise; but God gave it to Abraham by promise.” Galatians 3:18

“For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:26.

 

Floyd E. Cruse — Franklin, N.C.

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