Letters to the editor

Hobby Lobby

In regards to Leonard Pitts’ article July 3, he disputed the religious commitment of the Hobby Lobby family, noting that their Christian faith compels them to pay employees well above minimum wage (what a shame), they play religious music in their stores (how awful), they close on Sundays (day of rest) and they pay a portion of their profits to charity (how selfish).

How could anyone dispute their commitment to practice Christianity in all aspects of their lives? They should be applauded for challenging the Affordable Care Act. That mandate is clearly against our religious freedom, under the disguise of women’s health. Bologna. It was for women’s votes. How easy for women to be led astray for a freebie.

Contraceptives should be left to the individual conscience. The morning-after pill is another story. It is used to abort. The FDA approved it. How many times has the FDA been wrong? The pill is completely against God’s nature. I fear for the future of women’s health.

God bless the Green family (Hobby Lobby) and other companies that have had the courage to put their religious believes above their livelihood. That’s the kind of courage that made America great.

The end of Pitts’ column read: “God help us – look out below.” You said it, I didn’t.

Sylvia Schmitt

Avon Park

Lines on the map

The pundits have recently discovered that the lines Europeans drew on a map in past ages have come to cause all manner of unforeseen (and foreseen) consequences. In 1914 Sykes-Picot, on behalf of France and England, drew lines on the map of Syria, then under the control of the Ottoman Empire, to delineate what would be controlled by France and what would be controlled by England at war’s end. The resident Arabs were not consulted.

The fact that it divided long-standing groups of common beliefs and loyalties and combined dissimilar ones were not considered. Only to divide the anticipated spoils between the European allies. Monarchies were created and then manipulated. Now Sunni, Shia and Kurds still dispute these divisions. The artificial delineation of country borders of Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon and Palestine still create strife in the region. Churchill once referred to Jordan as “...a kingdom in a parking lot.”

Similarly in 1893, the Durand Line was drawn to establish an agreed upon border between Afghanistan and what was then British India (now Pakistan) to divide their respective spheres of influence, which later hardened into national borders. This line divided Pashtun tribal areas and it’s consequence today is reflected in the unrest in what Pakistan calls its northern territories where it exercised little authority and control, the cross border tribal interests dominating.

But while lamenting about lines on a map, a quick look at our southern borders and how much territory we stole from Mexico in 1848 is still an embarrassment. Then our rubric for such overreach was “manifest destiny!”

Randy Ludacer

Lake Placid