Letters to the Editor - Feb. 9

February 08, 2011

Give credit where credit is due

To the editor:

I was somewhat intrigued by Barbara Walters' special, "A Matter of Life and Death" that aired Friday, Feb. 4.  It was the subject matter, and not the personalities that had me tune in. It focused on the heart operations of President Bill Clinton, David Letterman, Robin Williams, Regis Philbin and Charlie Rose — as well as Barbara Walters herself. All shared their emotions in having experienced open-heart surgery and surviving a life-and-death situation.

 Walters opened the show with this statement: "Even though a half a million Americans annually will have their chests cracked open and their hearts literally stopped and repaired, open heart surgery remains shrouded in fear and mystery." Then she adds, "It's no big deal ... it's just a matter of life and death."

Walters said of her pre-operation mindset, "I wasn't afraid because if I died on the operating room table, the good thing would be that I wouldn't know about it" (she did mention material things she'd leave behind, but there was no talk of, or concern for, her ultimate destination).

Charlie Rose's experience was far worse than the rest. After 14 hours in the operating room, Rose's physician said, "it is too early to tell" (meaning it was not known if Rose would live or die). Walters then quoted Rose's French physician as having said: "I cured you, but God saved you!" Rose immediately replied to Walters: "What he (the doctor) thinks is, the will to live and whatever sense of good luck there was came together for me — otherwise I wouldn't have made it."

I realized after watching the show that there was a stark common denominator: None of these celebrities recognized where their gratitude should've been directed. Throughout the entire show it was only a French physician who thought enough to give almighty God the credit.  One would think that after having been on the brink of death, maybe one of these "famous people" would reflect a bit deeper into the spiritual.  After all, it was the Great Physician, Jesus himself, who intervened to preserve their lives. I know we cannot determine with assurance anyone's eternal destiny, but I did find it more than curious that not one was willing (or able) to give God the glory at such a humbling time in their lives.

Jim Rosko


Reid's take on Social Security is wrong

To the editor:

What is wrong with the people of Nevada that they would re-elect a guy like Harry Reid to the Senate? I expect this type of blind party voting from people in places like San Francisco or Boston — but Nevada?

A few weeks ago he was on one of the Sunday news shows and stated that Social Security was funded for the next four years and that the "math works." FDR said the math for Social Security wouldn't work down the road. JFK said the math wouldn't work. Ronald Reagan said the math wouldn't work. Now our own Congressional Budget Office says that Social Security will run a $45 billion deficit this year and around a $500 billion deficit in 10 years. Those numbers are huge.

So how can Harry Reid look into the camera and tell the nation that Social Security is fine? Either he is dumb as a rock or just a plain and simple stretcher of the truth.

A part of me feels like the people of Nevada are getting what they deserve for re-electing him. But his policies affect all of us. Obviously, the battle is not over for those of us who are rational thinkers. We are going to have to keep the pressure on these new politicians so that they don't end up like the Harry Reids and Nancy Pelosis of the world.

Obama has just repackaged his message since the election, to sound more moderate. Hopefully, the American people will not fall for it. These people have no idea how to get the budget under control.

Bill  Stryker Jr.

Waynesboro, Pa.

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