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E DITOR 88 days

To the editor: 88 days is the time Joe Biden remained silent. Joe Biden, hiding in his basement, said nothing; he did not condemn the people that burned dozens of cities. Countless small businesses burned to the ground. Countless innocent people assaulted. Countless police officers assaulted. Rampant mayhem, and he said nothing.

For 88 days, Joe Biden, who thinks he is qualified to be president, was silent and hid in his basement. The supposed leader of one of our two major political parties said nothing. It should be expected because the Democrats now embrace political violence. They see it as a tool to forward their socialist agenda. Therefore, Joe Biden sat in his basement and said nothing for 88 days while the country he says he can lead burned.

Not a word was said as violence broke out in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Fayetteville, Atlanta, New York, Seattle, Nashville, Philadelphia, Chicago, Portland, Milwaukee, Salt Lake, Detroit, Washington DC, San Francisco, and now Kenosha.

Sorry, he did say stuff that encouraged the violence. He called the criminals that assaulted people, looted small businesses, burned buildings to the ground “protesters.” He assured them as president he stood with them against law and order.

Even as people lost everything to the criminals, Joe Biden sided with and encouraged their behavior. The man that wants to be president did not have the courage to condemn the burning of police stations and courthouses that were paid for by the American citizens.

We now have a man running for president who condemns police. Joe Biden sides with the criminals who burn, steal, and assault the American Citizen. And when he finally condemns the rioting, it is because the polls told him he should.

Joe Biden is a spineless individual. He has no moral character. His entire life has been about getting re-elected.

Rick Weber Colby

Religious liberty is at stake

To the editor: If we do not pay attention to what is happening in our country, we could lose our freedoms guaranteed by the amendments to the Constitution of the United States of America.

The First Amendment guarantees every American citizen that the government will not establish a religion that we all have to follow, but that the government cannot prohibit our right to follow a certain religion. This means the government is not allowed to put restrictions on our choice of religion and is not allowed to prohibit our religion’s rules and regulations.

However, it is happening right now in our country and everyone who loves the Lord our God should be aware of what is going on. The Democratic platform for 2020 states that religious freedom is a “fundamental human right” that nevertheless cannot be used “as a cover for discrimination.” Please think about what you just read.

Their proposed legislation, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, would limit our religious-freedom protections. The RFRA states objections to the contraceptive mandate, healthcare workers declining to participate in abortions, and religious adoption agencies placing children only with married opposite-sex couples will not be allowed.

In other words, if you are a doctor formed by your Christian heritage and do not want to give out contraceptives or perform an abortion, you would be in violation of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Your belief isn’t valid here. If you are a religious organization that does not want to pay for contraceptives, you are in violation of the RFRA. If you are a nurse and don’t believe in abortion, you must perform the duties or be in violation of the Act. Companies, hospitals, doctors, nurses, adoption agencies and more are not allowed to follow their religious right.

Our religious freedom is in jeopardy. Christian faith, in union with St. Paul’s Revelation in the Bible, does not recognize homosexual marriage as valid; however, we do not discriminate against homosexuals. Marriage of a man and a woman, a heterosexual relationship, can provide the gift of life. According to the Democrats, the Christian religion would be a “cover for discrimination.” I hope I have explained some of what the Democrats platform is so you can vote your “faith” this November.

Susan Du Bois Dorchester

Trump is preferable to Dems’ socialist agenda

To the editor: As long as I can remember, I have always wondered how someone could, no matter what the candidate’s views were on the issues, constantly vote for the same party. Did Dad or Grandpa or some other person convince that individual, for some reason, he or she had to vote a certain way? If that individual told you that the automobile was evil, would you be riding in a buggy pulled by horse?

I have always considered myself an independent voter. I voted for Bill Clinton and for Jimmy Carter; I have no party loyalty. Party loyalty always seemed to be too regimented to me, too strict, too non-thinking. What if I don’t agree with the party? Do I have to vote for someone I don’t agree with because of my loyalty to the party? I’m not sure I understand that thought or philosophy.

I don’t vote for someone I don’t agree with or for someone I don’t believe can do the job. That’s why I voted for Donald Trump; I felt we needed change. Do I like some of the things he says? No, I don’t. However, I do like what he has done for our country. I don’t agree with everything he has done, but I do like him making good foreign trade agreements, replacing bad Obama/Biden trade agreements. I like the way we are standing up to Iran, North Korea and especially China. Trump didn’t give Iran billions of dollars to make Iran like us, as Obama and Biden did. How did that work out? The issues with these three countries is a work in progress. I doubt if Biden is elected that he will ever continue with the progress Trump has made. He didn’t do anything as vice president during the Obama administration.

I like the fact that our government buys American products and that many of the companies that left the U.S. during the Obama/Biden administration because of bad tax policies are returning or are considering returning back to the U.S. That will not continue if Biden gets elected and again raises corporate taxes, as he has said he will. Oh yes, by the way, he said he will raise your taxes and mine also. That whole thought process would not be good for the economy.

As I have said, I don’t agree with everything Trump does. However, I certainly don’t agree with the left-leaning socialist group that is in the Biden inner circle. Bernie Sanders, Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker and others all seem to be standing in line for cabinet positions. Of course, let us not forget the Green New Deal girl, Kamala Harris as VP. That is a spooky group to be running our great country. I thought the Democrats eliminated all of them in the primary, yet they come back and could end up running our country.

Come on, man! Most of the time Joe doesn’t even know where he is. He will be a puppet for the group of Democrats that ran for president and were all rejected. They didn’t get the top job as Joe did, but they certainly will be in control of Joe and the government. One thing was proven at the Democrats’ convention. That is, Joe can read a speech from a teleprompter that was written for him. Bottom line is, if you think the Green New Deal is a great idea, you’re for Joe. If you believe open borders, free education, free health care and free Medicare for all the individuals illegally in our country, then Joe’s your man. Donald Trump is in offi ce because of the Obama/Biden failed policies.

At times in the past I have agreed with some of the Democrat policies. That was then; this is now. This isn’t your father’s or grandfather’s Democrat party. Times have changed, things have changed and so has your party, and not for the good.

Socialism starts with lots of free stuff until the free stuff runs out, then it’s downhill from there.

Ronald Gosse Abbotsford

Freedom, responsibilities

To the editor: We keep on driving our cars even though many people die in traffic accidents. So why can’t we party when we want to, even though lots of people are dead because of COVID-19?

That’s a very good analogy. They really are quite the same. Why are there so many car accidents? Some are caused by animals or the weather, but most are caused by disregarding laws, common sense and courtesy. Driving too fast or too fast for conditions is a common cause. When I’m going the speed limit, I’m usually the slowest car on the road. The other most common cause is driving while under the influence. Plan your drinking so you won’t be driving after.

There are a few rules that we follow if we want to get rid of the virus. Wash your hands, wear a face covering and keep your physical distance. And stay home if at all possible. The sooner we make up our minds to do this, the sooner we will be free, but we really need 100 percent participation. If we keep going to parties now, it may be years before it is really safe to party the way we used to. This will not be easy, but we need to keep others in mind. It’s not only ourselves that are involved.

Our freedom comes with responsibilities. We need to obey the laws. We need to do what is suggested by the people who are knowledgeable about the subject. That’s common sense. We look out for each other and try to help others, not thinking only of ourselves. That’s courtesy.

Mavis Wood Abbotsford