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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Political invective is infecting letters
Over the years, I’ve been grateful to be printed in The Roanoke Times. I assumed that vicious invective would not be printed in letters. Left, right, conservative or liberal, it’s offensive. I refer to the Pick of the day choices June 4, “The lesson of Turkey,” and June 5, “Cuccinelli’s damaging crusade.”
The “lesson that should be learned by all those who wish to mix religion and politics” is, “It simply never works.” Agreed. Though Americans’ beliefs influence their political choices, neither controls the other. Since compared, how does the Muslim conservative party parallel evangelicals or “tea party elements”? The former build churches, the latter promote lower taxes, smaller government — not destruction or rioting.
The “damaging crusade” became a lawsuit because the “planetary doctor” refused to turn over emails related to climate change research, which, if honest, would be proven.
Climatologists exist on both sides of manmade global warming. Some are bankrolled by government, others by business. Like scientist Michael Mann, Cuccinelli can’t be “searching for riches.”
America alone will never control climate. The Times can print what it chooses, but should caution against influencing politics through letters and Picks.
C. EDWARD TOWNSEND III
Cigarette tax isn’t all that’s going up in Salem
The city of Salem appears to be increasing the tax rate on cigarettes 200 percent. It’s also increasing water and sewer rates. And let’s not forget the recent raise in the EMS fee charged if you call the rescue squad.
It seems that our local government has the same problem as Washington, D.C., and doesn’t know how to cut out spending. It would rather raise taxes than cut wild spending on its pet projects.
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