Letters to the editor

The stupid party Kudos to Gerry Garnich, former Republican Party official, for the April 30 letter exposing the efforts of a local self-styled “patriot” regarding the tragic explosion at the Texas fertilizer plant. Criticism of the president’s political and economy strategy is welcome and deserved. Getting caught red-handed in a lie about his whereabouts in a time of mourning is one more reason why the Grand “Old” Party isn’t getting any younger – or smarter. Two other glaring examples of right-wing fantasy have recently graced the editorial page. On April 24, a misguided writer claimed that on Jan. 3, 2007, the day he opined that President Obama took office, the Dow Jones stood at 12,621 then tanked after he took oath. Rather difficult to ascend to the presidency two years before the election. Obama was sworn in as the Constitution requires on Jan. 20, 2009. On that date, the DJIA had fallen to 7949. It was at 14,162 in October 2007. I imagine the author believes this market meltdown happened because Wall Street feared the coming of a Kenyan-born Muslim to the Oval Office. Not to be outdone, a third conspiracy theorist wrote that the president is secretly planning to cancel the 2016 election and install himself has dictator. According to the aforementioned Constitution, such action is, well, unconstitutional. My guess is that writer ascribes to the Mark Twain axiom about never letting the truth interfere with a good story.
Bobby Jindal, governor of Louisiana and potential 2016 Republican presidential candidate, said after the Grand “Old” Party’s 2012 thrashing that the Republicans have to stop being “the stupid party.” If these letters are any indication, the party has a long way to go to save itself from irrelevancy on the national level. No doubt they have the geezer/evangelical vote locked up. That, however, won’t be enough. Moderates and independents will determine the next president. If they read letters like the ones listed above, the Grand “Old” Party will just get older – and certainly not smarter. Ed Engler Sebring Enemy combatants Okay, here we go on Guantanamo Bay and the prisoner of war holding facility for enemy combatants or as our president calls it a recruitment facility for extremists. First of all, let’s define enemy combatants. Let’s see, that would be someone who is waging war against a people they hate. Al-Qaeda declared war on the United States in August 1996 and again Feb. 23, 1998. This last declaration contained the following instructions to Muslims everywhere: “The ruling to kill the Americans and their allies — civilians and military — is an individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it… Every Muslim who believes in God and wishes to be rewarded to comply with God’s order to kill the Americans and plunder their money wherever and whenever they find it.” Second, is the president right about Gitmo being a recruitment facility for extremists? Well everyone in there is there because they are Islamic extremists caught at planning or committing an act of terror. I’m not sure, but it seems to me they had already been recruited before they got there. However, in prisons throughout our country, men are being converted to Islam and extremist views. Our president wants to reinforce this by transferring those in Gitmo to prisons in our country. Please tell me, where is the logic in that? The above statement to Muslims on Feb. 23, 1998 must be examined in light of our Christian heritage. First, their god is a lower case g, not upper case G; the Muslim god is an Arab tribal moon god, not the God of the Bible. How do I know this? Well the God of the Bible tells us to love our enemy, to give them water when they are thirsty, to give them food when they are hungry and to bind their wounds. I’m not sure but I believe that is what we are doing in Gitmo. Larry J. Overfield Sebring