published Friday, August 26th, 2011

Don’t use religion as a weapon

LETTERS TO THE EDITORS

Don’t use religion as a weapon

I think Cal Thomas’ column misses the point, as usual. He says we center-to-left folks are “intolerant of ideas rooted in conservative politics or evangelical faith.” A more correct statement would be we are “intolerant of ideas rooted in conservative politics and evangelical faith.” Mr. Thomas and the right side of this page believe the two have to be joined at the hip while we see them as separate entities, like oil and water; or oxymorons, as is “compassionate conservative.”

Maybe it should be said that our problem is not with Christian evangelicals who live what they preach. It’s the opportunistic politicians and others who use religion as a wedge or weapon for personal gain, whether it be wealth or politics or whatever. Wolves in sheep’s’ clothing, so to speak. We do not believe you have to vote Republican in order to be a Christian.

Many of us on the left consider ourselves to be simply sinners, saved by grace. Can you conservatives claim to have a better deal than that?

ALLAN BAGGETT

Trion, Ga.

Veterans deserve better care

President Theodore Roosevelt said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” We see all the violence all over the world and our great country involved in hopeless bloody wars that seem to kill and wound our brave troops.

Speaking of “fear,” when our troops return home expecting to receive care, they must fear all the problems at the Veterans Administration recently closing the Walter Reed VA Hospital after unsanitary conditions were reported.

Asking our brave men and women to serve in these dangerous war zones, and then the ones lucky enough to come home expecting to receive proper treatment for their wounds must be a real disappointment to them. Besides, when it comes to them being thrust into a very slow claims processing system that takes months and sometimes years, it is not right. They deserve much better! After fighting in wars, it’s not the American way to ask them to wait for health care and their well-earned benefits.

The president signed a bill last October that was supposed to have improved the systems within the Veterans Administration. There is still some discrepancy within the system.

RICHARD D. BLOOD

Ringgold, Ga.

Leave Social Security alone

It always amazes me to hear the Republicans rant about “entitlements.”

Yes, we are “entitled” to these programs because we paid into them all our working lives!

I have worked since I was 13 and like all of us paid Social Security, which money was mandated to be invested and grow, not be lent out and never repaid.

I worked for 60 years and need my Social Security as my mutual funds tanked.

Medicare receives $94 or more from every working person of a certain age and simply cannot be touched.

Clean up the fraud. It isn’t an impossible task but leave us who are not millionaires alone!

LOUISE HUGHES

Blairsville, Ga.

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anniebelle said...

You need to actually take the paper -- in the printed version, it states FDR NOT Teddy. And what grade are you in, 4th, 5th -- sounds like a comment my 5 year old grandson would make. Why are you pukeheads such petty, odious, little boors?

August 26, 2011 at 9:21 a.m.
dao1980 said...

"President Theodore Roosevelt said, “We have nothing to fear but fear itself.” We see all the violence all over the world and our great country involved in hopeless bloody wars that seem to kill and wound our brave troops."

I feel misquoted, for it was not I that issued this brave advisory!

Why should everyone feel the need to "take" the paper, when you can get a nip of "news" right here online? Does the existence of a printed version remove the responsibility of correctly referencing quotes in the online version... anniebelle???

And name calling?! You are in danger of being "rough-ridden" upon!

haha, jk, I love ole T.R. hence my pic

August 26, 2011 at 9:44 a.m.

What's funny is that people who don't live on social security believe that social security entitlements have us all living on 'easy street.' The only easy item social security benefits bring to me each and every month is the knowledge of exactly how far the funds will actually stretch to support me over a month. I worked all of those years for this??? Leave what little I get alone. I can't afford a bucket of balls at the local golf range. So much for the easy life!

August 28, 2011 at 10:33 a.m.
rolando said...

SS was never intended to be a sole source of retirement income, bitter. That was a con job.

We paid in our hard-earned money that was worth $35/oz of gold and now draw the worthless stuff worth only $1,800/oz. Pity they don't pay us in gold-equivalents at today's rate. They even denied us COLA two years running, claiming dropping housing prices. As if I am buying a house now.

To top it off, I am drawing about only 25% of what I am due according to their tables...because I made alternative plans when younger.

August 29, 2011 at 9:11 a.m.
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