Politics is a contact sport

An article on the opinion page (Globe, May 22), written by Ann McFeatters, should appeal to each and every left-wing nut job liberal in America because it dwells on the liberals' most prized items.

She talks about the effects a trade war with China will have on American farmers, consumers and businesses. Sadly, she doesn’t mention the amount of money the trade imbalance with foreign nations is each month. I suspect she would think that didn’t matter to farmers, consumers, businesses and people looking for work when the work they want is being done in a foreign nation and what they build is imported to America. World trade is not a wonderful thing in its present form. Trump would like a level playing field. So would I.

She faults Trump for backing out of the deal America had with Iran that would prevent Iran from making a bomb. Iran never had any intentions of stopping its quest for atomic weapons.

According to McFeatters, there is some connection between abortion and gun control. She faults the conservatives for passing laws that protect the lives of the unborn and criticizes conservatives for opposing gun control laws. The Supreme Court said a woman has a constitutional right to do with her body as she pleases, and my copy of the Constitution says I have the right to own and bear arms. She thinks government should be able to control my rights but not a woman’s rights. Liberal logic.

She criticizes conservatives for being against the Affordable Care Act. Obviously, she thinks providing health care for folks who have no health care insurance is a function of government and other Americans should pay their insurance premiums. Do you have a picture of the Founding Fathers reading such a law for the people of the republic they created? They were champions of individualism — not puppets of socialism. America did quite well without the government being in the health care business from about 1620 until President Lyndon Johnson signed Medicare into law. Then, health care costs skyrocketed.

As I have written before, politics is a contact sport. The liberal left lost the election but can’t accept the fact that a loudmouth beat them. They say they want America safe, and they voted for money for a wall when Barack Obama was president but refuse to vote for money for a wall while Donald Trump is president. Now they want to care for immigrants who are here illegally. What they want is votes.

David Turner

Lamar

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Diversity and equality

Diversity, as with equality, is essential to the American democracy the Founding Fathers designed and presented to the world as good government: two differing chambers of Congress, an executive branch adding another and sometimes different view, a judicial system guaranteeing the right of appeal, and the daunting privilege of each citizen voting the individual mind.

And diversity, as with equality, is increasingly difficult to honor. Therefore, I begin this letter with the sincere statement of applause, no, of a standing ovation for Citygate Network, of which Watered Gardens is an integral part. Each month, our church anchors the planning, preparation and serving of a Saturday evening meal at Watered Gardens. I have participated in this ministry and will continue doing so.

I read with keen interest James Whitworth’s column (Globe, May 23) in which he articulated well his opposition to the Equality Act now being considered by Congress. He sets forth his ideas in a gracious and kind manner. That being said, I ask but one question, “Does the Citygate Network, a Christian ministry, accept public funds from the government?”

If so, then the hiring and firing policies of any recipient corporation or network is the business of the government as it doles out taxpayer money. This is the reason why many churches and Christian institutions do not accept government funds, even in the form of a voucher. If I offer a $1 million donation, stipulating that sexual orientation not be a factor in the hiring policies, then a decision must be made whether to accept that money.

This, I believe, is heart and soul to the Founding Fathers’ call for separation of church and state. If I don’t want the government to influence my religion, then I won’t accept government funds available to the institutions of my religion.

Craig Tally

Joplin

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Pelosi’s dilemma

Nancy Pelosi’s dilemma has a lot more to do with picking someone from the ever growing pack of wannabes lining up to challenge Donald Trump than deciding whether to go for impeachment.

Democrats are in no position to brag on honesty and responsibility. I don’t personally like Trump and wouldn’t care to spend five minutes with him on a personal level. Like many born to wealth, he cannot truly relate to the average person who has started from scratch in life and that often makes him appear, or maybe actually be, insensitive and even rude. What’s more important to me than whether he meets the socially acceptable standards of the Democrats, or even my own standards, is what he does for the country.

He may be rude sometimes, even obnoxious, but he does love this country and what it has done for him. He has made great strides in lifting up and making life better for so many. Best I can tell, the Democrats are frustrated trying to put down what he has accomplished in his first three years, not to mention what has been uncovered in their attempts to bring him down.

Pelosi has a dilemma all right, but trying to cover up the chaos and treachery in her own party with impeachment of Trump simply won’t work.

Diane Slater

Joplin