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Sunday, September 29, 2013
Jesus would be barred from Christian group
I read with interest your Sept. 23 front-page story (“Christian group offers alternative to Boy Scouts”) about the upcoming launch of Trail Life USA, which is to be a “conservative Christian alternative to the Boy Scouts.” I’m glad for these folks.
I also noted, unlike the Boy Scouts, that “all adult leaders must be Christian — no Jews, no Muslims.” From this, I must assume, were Jesus alive today, he would be excluded from being an adult leader of this group.
Gunman’s employer should be ashamed
Re: “Gunman’s mental health reviewed by investigators,” Sept. 18 news story:
I am appalled and saddened that contract employee Aaron Alexis was ever allowed to enter a U.S. military installation. Obviously, a background check was never conducted properly by the “outside vendor” hired to check his criminal history.
My son, who is a graduate of Cave Spring High School, has worked in a high-level “top secret” position for the U.S. Navy at the Washington Navy Yard for more than three years. He joined the department after completing his graduate degree and undergoing almost nine months of FBI investigation and testing. This review included interviews of his family, neighbors, former professors, pastor and roommates. The FBI left no stone unturned regarding his education, personal and mental status.
I am angered that a gunman such as Alexis was turned loose on a U.S. military base with the highest achievers in the U.S. Navy. He murdered and maimed the best of the very best in the name of profit for the company that haphazardly employed him.
The contract company should be barred from any future government or military work. It did not perform due diligence.
SUSAN A. SIMMONS
Suffering suffrage, just vote for Bolling
There must be another way. A better way. With only six weeks until election day, neither major party candidate for governor of Virginia has earned my vote.
It’s almost enough to make the Libertarian candidate look like a shining star. Almost.
Do the people of Virginia have a voice anymore? Can we find a leader who is not so caught up in the entitlements of position, and will serve the people first, not himself or a petrified ideology? No, I can’t vote for either major party candidate for governor, but I do have a path forward to suggest. Write in the name of Bill Bolling for governor on the Nov. 5 ballot. Our current lieutenant governor deserves your consideration. Let the voice of the people of Virginia be heard.
Disgusted by song promoting rape
I’m sick of “Blurred Lines” being considered acceptable on the radio while Miley Cyrus is condemned for performing it onstage. No one seems to be pointing out that it is Robin Thicke’s song, not hers, and it promotes raping women (nor is anyone attacking his part in that performance). When we accept songs like that, we are promoting a culture of rape.
Just music, you say? Tell that to the soldiers who suffered more than 26,000 instances of sexual assault in the military last year. Only 3,374 cases were actually reported, which means that 87 percent of the time nothing was said or done about these crimes. Sexual assault is constantly ignored, discounted or, worse yet, blamed on women.
Sexual assault is the unspoken epidemic in the U.S.
In this culture of rape, there’s simply no room for men like Thicke making light of violence against women.
Get Wall Street lackeys out of Congress
As the fifth anniversary of one of the greatest financial disasters in world history approaches (October 2008), it’s important that we the people remember the politicians and the Wall Street firms that almost destroyed America (and still may).
It’s equally important we remember that anniversary before the November 2014 elections. If we the people succumb again to the onslaught of negative and untrue political ads paid for by the likes of Howard Edelson and the Koch brothers, then we deserve the next financial disaster that’s sure to follow.
Space here is too limited to list the approximately 400 politicians involved in Gramm-Leach-Bliley, the bill that deregulated Wall Street, unleashing subprime loans, unrestricted derivatives, credit default swaps and only God knows how much other financial garbage. But a little bit of research on your own on Wikipedia could enlighten each of us, leading to a more prosperous future for our middle-class families.
If we keep electing hand-picked bozos, bought and paid for by the very rich, then we deserve the clown act that follows.
MEADOWS OF DAN
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