GOD AND COUNTRY
Put God back in lives
Praying this very minute that this nation will put God back into our schools, our homes, the White House, the halls of Congress, our churches and the person lives of our citizens. Paul warned that in the last days, the masses would rather believe a lie than the truth, in 2 Thessalonians. God's word is truth, and it will never change. From Genesis to Revelation, God is very clear about his no to sodomy, adultery, fornication, murder, robbery, rape, drunkenness, hate crimes and other sins.
The Scripture is very clear in 1 Corinthians chapter 6, "Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God?" Teenagers and adults have no example or reason for marrying and establishing a family, which is the foundation of any society or nation. Dear God please help the United States of America.
JACK MULDOON, Marsing
Obama's perspectivegoes against God
In my lifetime I never thought any president could be omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent having the powers of God is he the god that many await? If true, how can atheists adore him? No, his actions are that of a tyrant, not of a loving God. Swoon if you must at his promises, but be mindful of his deceit and lies uttered.
Who is this man who protects his identity, his past life, and hasn't the courage to be proud of his heritage? Why do we allow the courts, Congress, and media to protect him from any revelations concerning the true story of this man? Should we believe and have faith in an unknown?
My God is the God of the Bible, fully revealed therein as a God of love who has graciously given us a route to eternal life. He clearly has given us certain inalienable rights that no man can infringe or legislate away. Yet, the president tramples these rights with the stroke of his pen. The federal government has no legal authority whatsoever to restrict anyone's God-given rights.
ROBERT B. MURRAY II, Caldwell
America is under assault from all sides. Our history revised, our morals exchanged for deviant acts, our English language redefined, our economy in free fall, our crime rates through the roof, with increased laws, corruption the norm rather than the exception, laws once created to protect the innocent now a tool for sociological jurisprudence as government views free people as criminals. Ignorance in government is revered rather than rejected and things considered constitutional couldn't be further from the truth.
America is no longer the beacon of light but a nation of ironies and deception. What nation can survive when it supports every principle contrary to its creation? Is it reasonable where the trust in government is gone that the people through fear, desire to protect themselves against their government?
In government's view of this fact, they continue to make laws and redefine our language that render us unable to defend ourselves denying the most basic rights of who we are. Words like Constitution, tea party, militias and posse have made us who we are; guns are a vital part of our heritage in the fight against government oppression. We are not the terrorists! We uphold the law!
TOM MUNDS, Caldwell
No to assault weapons
Even with extensive background checks, nobody can consistently predict when an enraged individual might snap and go "temporarily insane" - and if they snap in a crowded area with an AR-15 assault weapon in their hands figure it out.
International arms control is about eliminating (or limiting) WMDs because of their potential to do mass destruction, especially in the hands of a hostile or unstable government.
Gun control is similar, only on a smaller scale. There's no logical reason to make assault weapons available to nonmilitary American citizens. Whether used for sport or protection, there remains too much potential for an out-of-control individual to unleash mass carnage in the blink of an eye.
When the majority of Republican lawmakers chose to legalize assault weapons, they conjured a political standoff with the Democrats that allows the GOP to continue conning America into believing President Obama conspires to eliminate our constitutional "right to bear arms."
It's textbook political posturing. Shame on irresponsible lawmakers for exchanging the safety of innocent American victims for political gain.
The American voter has a better chance of preventing the next Sandy Hook grade-school slaughter than armed guards everywhere you look.
"When good people do nothing, evil prevails." - Edmund Burke.
MICHAEL F. HOWARD, Boise
Another veteran's view
Another veteran's observation:
After reading "A veteran's observation" in your March 25 editorials, it's hard to believe a veteran actually wrote it. Honestly, veterans are more likely to use the proper term "magazine" instead of "clip" and understand there already are tough laws in place regarding true assault weapons (which are capable of automatic fire).
The writer goes on to say military-style weapons don't belong in the hands of law abiding citizens as they aren't designed for hunting or personal defense - oblivious to the fact that for centuries there has been an overlap of hunting and military firearms and the ammunition used in them. Even today, military rifle calibers such as 30-06, 7.62 and 5.56 are among the most popular hunting calibers available. The so-called "evil" AR-15 actually is just a semiauto (one shot per trigger pull) rifle that is excellent for hunting and personal defense. It doesn't fire in automatic mode like an assault rifle.
Veteran or not, that editorial was typical fact twisting to drive a gun-grabber's agenda: the disarming of the American people. The laws and background checks already in place are adequate. Laws just need to be enforced, especially when it comes to criminals.
ROBERT SMITH, Boise
Robo-calls and guns
Robo-calls and gun control: The government can't even stop illegal "robo-calls," so how can you believe the government can keep criminals from getting guns?
JIM HOWELL, Boise
Junk hateful rhetoric
Prior to the November political election, I suggested in a letter to the editor that the prediction of a Republican landslide by Dano Savino and several talking heads on Fox News would be repudiated by American voters.
When Mr. Savino envisioned President Obama sinking like a rock, I expressed hope that the writer would hide under that rock if voters proved me right and discredited his wild predictions. Unfortunately, nothing seems to embarrass these right-wing zealots and his letter to the editor in the March 25 editorial pages is evidence that his mindless political rants will continue.
Rather than blame all of the nation's problems on "the Marxist, socialist liberals," he should abandon the hateful rhetoric if he really wants "God to bless America," as suggested in his closing line.
No one can help this country unless we get rid of the political nuts on the right and the left. The liberals and conservatives share equally in creating the current mess and nothing will change until voters no longer support a two-party system that has allowed special interest money to corrupt our democracy.
ALSTON JONES, Garden City
Accuracy is imperative
I second Gary Hanes' call for public discussion and action on the issue of outsourcing DNA testing on Idaho prisoners vs. restricting testing to the Idaho State Police Forensic Services laboratory (Letters, March 22).
I think there is a moral and practical imperative to choose the DNA testing protocol that has the best chance of being both timely and accurate. This would strengthen the convictions of prisoners who are guilty as charged, while exonerating those who are not guilty and leading to their speedy release.
DARCY JAMES, Boise
Schools show signsof religion's success
Catholicism has a long history of dominance in religion even though the Reformation cut deeply into that brand of Christianity. Since the fourth century they kept the basic Christian message alive even through the so-called dark ages.
To suggest a dynasty may be an exaggeration, but Catholicism has remained a faith of prominence throughout the world in spite of an earlier record tarnished by the Inquisition, the Index and selling indulgences. Present-day problems relative to abuses by their clerics is likely only a temporary setback.
It's amazing to see the vast number of Catholics in high places of government, industry, etc. This suggests that their schools are successful. Parochial education allows for indoctrination as well as education. Public schools may be more appropriate in a democracy, but parochial schools have their place.
Seeing so many Catholics in high positions may be because of their numerical strength and to the ease of being Catholic. In spite of their pomp and dogma, Catholics adapt well to a secular culture.
With a fallible Pope, major changes in the church are unlikely. Being steeped in history and tradition suggests Catholics will continue their distinguished services to the poor, and to producing leaders in all areas of life.
HARRY A. DENNIS, Boise