Letters to the Editor - June 21

June 21, 2011

Let elderly enjoy each remaining day

To the editor:

So, some people want to get rid of the elderly. I am older and I am wondering: Will you give me a pill, a shot in the butt, a glass of poison or just shoot me? It is hard to believe that in this land of the free and home of the brave these thoughts are circulating. More proof of the decline of this nation.

Let me give you a little tip. You had better think long, twice and hard before you take those steps. You are tampering with something sacred.

Did you form man from the dust of the earth? Did you breathe life into him? Did you travel with him down the path of labor, sickness, abuse and fear as he faced some days with uncertainty? Where do you get the right to make a decision over life or death?

Many of us are still active as homemakers, volunteers, in hospitals, schools, in recreations, all serving. We offer sound advice, understanding and compassion, plus financial aid. God does not appreciate you meddling in His business. Let us enjoy each day and be prepared when He calls us home. God is the master over life and death, not man.

Frances Moats

The United Nations needs to be restrained

To the editor:

The United Nations needs to be restrained and warned that a declaration of a Palestinian state must not come about. President Obama needs to assume some leadership role and responsibility.

A declaration and the establishment of a Palestinian state would cause great harm to the stability and peace in the Middle East. Should the United Nations go in that direction and try to establish a Palestinian state, then the United States should withdraw all funding.

The United Nations has been practically useless in maintaining any kind of stability in the Middle East, and the establishment of a Palestinian state is one of the worst actions that the United Nations could possibly take.

The United Nations must be warned now on this issue. And it’s the United States and the Obama administration that needs to assume this responsibility and show some leadership.

Al Eisner
Silver Spring, Md.

Programs for hungry and poor need support

To the editor:

On Tuesday, June 14, I was in a synagogue on Sixth Street in Washington, D.C., with hundreds of other people of faith to participate in Bread for the World’s annual Lobby Day. As a nonpartisan event, we heard from a rather conservative member of Congress from Virginia who understands the gospel’s call to take care of the poor. He was accompanied by a more liberal former member of Congress who now leads a hunger relief organization. The men share a friendship that is, in large measure, based on the common commitment of carrying Lady Liberty’s torch.  

There is a loud and raucous debate about the debt ceiling: Some are willing to raise it, others do not want it raised at all, and others will vote to raise it only if it is tied to a plan that indiscriminately cuts the budget with the assurance that caps are put in place. Such caps would limit the amount of money the federal government can spend in a given area, regardless of the need. This, of course, would negatively affect programs for hungry and poor people in America and around the world — which can ultimately affect our national security.

Wouldn’t we prefer children in Afghanistan go to schools that do not teach hatred for America? That would not be possible if there is a reduction or elimination of foreign aid, which is less than 1 percent of our nation’s budget. Secretaries Gates and Clinton believe such a small investment is more than worth its weight in gold.  

Budgets are moral documents that spell out who we are, what it is we believe and who we are willing to protect. Call your representatives and ask them to create a circle of protection around funding for programs for hungry and poor people in the U.S. and abroad. Ask them to oppose caps on overall federal spending, exempt programs for hungry and poor people from cuts, and consider increasing revenues as well as spending cuts to achieve deficit reduction.

Philip N. Curran
Walkersville, Md.

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