Think before speaking, writing
I start, as always, with reading David Cook's column (Sunday, page A2) first then on to the rest of the paper.
Recently, when I reached the letters-to-the-editor page, I read that a reader had written in and called David a race-baiting progressive liberal. David's column that same day was a very good description about a group of young black men who worked hard on Howard School's baseball field.
I asked myself what's the big deal. I think about the little children at St. Jude and the hungry, homeless people with incurable illness and more. We all need to stop and think before words come out of our mouth or are put on paper.
May God bless us all.
Brian Kisner, LaFayette, Ga.
No one is above the law in America
Priests who have raped boys and girls have been exposed in Boston and Baltimore. An evangelist in Alabama is similarly exposed today. Documentary programs show investment scammers ensconced in churches to attract easy victims. True mystery shows include church officials scamming or murdering. Salesmen often join churches for easier sales.
I'm not picking on religion here; I am arguing that people who use their religious faith for abuse or gain are not Christians, but con artists.
Donald Trump holds the religious right by ranting that he loves the Bible, but his actions certainly don't back that up. I argue that, in choosing a politician or an investment counselor, you should use logic ... not your faith.
The United States is a nation of laws, not of men; that is, in order for us to be free, we must respect the law and not put men, who represent us in government, above the law.
John and Barbara Winesett
Congress has plenty of time, money
Joke of the day: Paul Ryan, "I am retiring to spend more time with my kids."
Here is a breakdown about our congressional leaders. They are in session 133 days per year. Average 18 hours per week. The average American worker works 240 days per year.
Congress wages are $174,000 per year. Leaders such as Ryan, make more. They have full medical and retirement. This is more than three times the average American worker, with half the work.
To top this off, Ryan is saying how proud he is of his record. This Congress has been the least productive in history. This will go on as long as the voters keep re-electing these career politicians.
Jack Pine, Dunlap, Tenn.