Printed letters, July 10, 2013

Several years ago, my wife and I enjoyed a combined birthday celebration and family reunion at my brother’s home in Houston. An attending cousin’s husband has spent all of his professional life as an electrical engineer working for Hewlett-Packard in Dallas. Most of that time he has been with a team developing remote-control and programming of vehicles moving through three dimensions, generally airplanes.

I rather flippantly asked him to tell me when he and his fellow researchers were going to be ready to put all of the appropriate equipment on the flight deck of a commercial airliner, eliminating the human presence that we’re so used to seeing. He said: “That’s not the question. When are you and the flying public going to be ready? We are.”

In view of the recent horrific and apparently unnecessary crash of an Asiana 777 in San Francisco, which at this point suggests a serious lack of attention by pilots to basic flying protocol, perhaps it’s time to consider a change in who (or what) is flying our airliners.

Involuntarily, we glance to the left as we board to see who will be controlling our airplane and our lives. Has the time come that we should no longer see human pilots but a secured area without even the familiar narrow access door? Are we ready?



Let’s return to sane policies
of the 1950s and the 1960s

Joel Prudhomme wrote an intelligent letter, published July 9, which unfortunately included the same sort of “erroneous and contradictory wrong” assumptions he attributed to another writer of an earlier letter.

Sequestration came as result of level-headed, intelligent adults realizing that our country was being directed down a pathway to bankruptcy by free-spending liberals intent on making everyone in the country totally dependent on government for the necessities of life. President Obama took the bait, thinking sequestration would never be accepted by conservatives, but he got fooled!

We could be having White House tours and fireworks if Obama used reason and intelligence in his decision making. We need economic growth and a reasonable reduction in the size of the federal government to get a handle on our mutitrillion-dollar debt.

How do we do that? By turning loose our economic logjam, beginning with removing restrictions on the development of energy resources, oil, coal, natural gas and nuclear, and by drastic reductions in federal agencies such as the departments of Education, Energy, Commerce and EPA. Even one of the better agencies, the Federal Highway Administration, should be downscaled and the federal gas tax eliminated.

None of us wants to go back to the 1850s, as suggested by Prudhomme, but a return of a “sane” government of the 1950s or 1960s would be welcome. Leaders from that era would be appalled at the current size of our national debt.




July 4 ad was inspirational 
and an appropriate tribute

I hope many share with me the timely patriotic uplift provided by the July 4 full-page, “In God We Trust” ad in The Daily Sentinel.

Heartfelt appreciation goes out to the sponsors, Hobby Lobby, Hemispheres and Mardel stores. What a perfect tribute and appropriate message on a day to be honored and treasured by all Americans. The content was all encompassing.

The emboldened “In God We Trust” reminds us that our nation was founded on Christian principles, a fact our Founding Fathers proudly proclaimed on buildings, in documents and in historical speeches. Sections of the ad covered various sources of inspiration.

Presidents’ quotes documented their strong beliefs. The Founding Fathers’ section further advanced the believers’ cause. Supreme Court justices validated the credence of former justices.

Sections titled “Congress,” “Education,” “Supreme Court Rulings,” “Foreigners” and ” Scripture” offered additional, meaningful diversity.

Hobby Lobby’s association with prompted me to visit their website, which is truly inspirational. WallBuilders’ goal is to exert a direct and positive influence on government, education and the family by (1) educating the nation concerning the godly foundation of our country; (2) providing information to federal, state and local officials as they develop public policies which reflect biblical values; and (3) encouraging Christians to be involved in the civic arena.

There is no better way of closing than this quote by a man with an extraordinary ability to communicate with “we the people.” Ronald Reagan said, “Let the Fourth of July always be a reminder that here in this land, for the first time, it was decided that man is born with certain God-given rights; that government is only a convenience created and managed by the people, with no powers of its own except those voluntarily granted to it by the people.”




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