Printed Letters: July 26, 2017
Don’t gut Johnson Amendment
If House Republicans succeed in their efforts to gut the Johnson Amendment, it would open the door for big money donors and political interest groups to pressure and manipulate our nation’s churches and charities.
Without this amendment, big donors would have free rein to use institutions meant for the social good to funnel unlimited amounts of money into political elections in secret — and get a tax break for doing it.
The Johnson Amendment is crucial to uphold the integrity of our churches, our charities and our elections. This is why House Republicans should not gut it!
BETSY A. LEONARD
Contact CASA if you were stranger referenced in column
Thanks to The Daily Sentinel for continuing in their efforts to reduce child abuse in Mesa County by highlighting the Connecting for Kids training held last week.
A perfect example of this concept playing out in real life was shared in a You Said It comment last year. A young mom relayed an incident where she was leaving a store and trying to get her packages and kids in the car. The kids were not happy, and as she struggled to keep her composure while getting her kids to mind, a woman came by — a complete stranger — and made light of the situation while she assisted in getting the kids buckled in her car seats. In the You Said It, the young mom thanked the kind stranger, noting that by the time she left, she and her children were calm and ready for the drive home.
Executive director, CASA of Mesa County
Our whole society is saturated with immorality
David Brooks’ column in the July 16 Daily Sentinel speaks of the “moral vacuum” in the house of Trump as if this moral vacuum is something abnormal. He drives this thought home by saying, “It takes generations to hammer ethical considerations out of a person’s mind.” He speaks of the “normal human yearning to be good” and the “normal human instinct for kindness” as if these are normal attributes.
There is no real morality without God to compare ourselves to. Our whole society is saturated with immorality. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The press has become corrupted by its power to frame our thinking. Kings were corrupted by their power to kill or imprison or tax or sexually abuse their subjects. Indians were corrupted by their power to steal from and kill weaker neighboring tribes. Powerful nations are corrupted by their power to bully and kill people of weaker nations. Governments are corrupted by their power to issue worthless paper as money. Voters are corrupted by their power to choose representatives that change the laws concerning killing babies, sexual promiscuity, homosexuality, drugs, and other laws that frame social morality. Lying and cheating are only considered immoral if you get caught. Ask the “normal” taxpayer. Ask Volkswagon and the big banks. Ask the myriads of businesses that create products with planned obsolescence.
Mr. Brooks is correct on one thought, wrong on another. Three generations ago we took God out of our schools, out of our courts, and out of the social consciousness. Since then we have been hammering ethical considerations out of the American mind. We are suffering the consequences; from the top down, morality is abnormal.
Human good and kindness are now abnormal. “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” (Jeremiah 17:9)
The City Council invocation should be for good
In the July 21 Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, Anne Landman of the Western Colorado Atheist and Freethinkers is quoted as saying the city council invocation is “wasted time…and has nothing to do with city business.” It seems to us looking to a higher power for wisdom in dealing with city issues is an asset, not a waste of time. It may give council members pause to reflect on issues more objectively than from their own personal agendas.
As for satanists giving an invocation, historically and Biblically Satan has always been considered a power for evil, not for good.
Why on Earth would any well-intending group begin a meeting with such an invocation?
JERRY AND JILL WEDLAKE