This letter is for liberals who think anyone who doesn't approve of President Obama is a racist.
My husband and I bowled on a team with another couple for many years. Two of my sisters graduated from nursing school in the same class as a woman with whom we are all still friends. My niece's husband is a fine young man that the whole family adores.
Anytime we see these folks, we hug, we talk, we interact like old friends - because we are. Guess what. We're all white and all of those folks are African American, and we love them. Disliking the policies and administrative abilities (or lack thereof) of our current president does not have anything to do with his race.
Perhaps for a few it does, but most conservatives don't dislike him personally, rather for his poor leadership.
You didn't accuse us of racism when we disliked the policies of Bill Clinton, so are you now saying we can't dislike those of Barack Obama just because he's black?
There must be a term for that. Racism or bigotry doesn't seem to fit. Perhaps ignorance?
JOY STURTEVANT, Monteagle, Tenn.
Many often ask what would Jesus Do? He performed miracles, told people to be kind to their enemies, help the sick and poor. He said teach the gospel to all. He did many great and wonderful things. However he was not always meek and gentle, such as when he turned over tables and drove the money changers out of the temple. You can read about that in Matthew 21: 121-13 and Mark 11: 15-17.
When the mob came after him just before he died on the cross, I do not believe he said your practicing hate crimes on me. You asked what would Jesus do? He is still saving people from sin. He obeyed his Father who is God. He died for you. What have you done for him.
I am writing to give my views on ending gun violence.
Keep guns out of the hands of criminals and repeat offenders. Some control over the sale of firearms is needed to prevent what happened in Newtown, Conn.
I support background checks so unsuitable people do not get hold of weapons and commit crimes.
IRENE W. DOWDELL