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Letters to the editor — Monday (10-6-14)

Listen to candidates, think and then vote wisely
To actually vote is the most important action for us to take as election day approaches.
Before you vote however, take time to study the candidates because a candidate or two or three in a party other than your own may be the best person to serve “We, the People.” Just because a candidate belongs to your party does not mean he/she is the best person for the job.
When I ran for Congress several years ago, I sat through many “Candidate Nights” and heard them all. I sat, listened and “analyzed” what was being said, as well as, sized up the candidates according to how they presented themselves and my perceived sincerity of what they said. I was searching for folks of character, as they are the ones most likely to serve “We, the People.”
We hear nearly all the candidates say they are for getting jobs and improving education. How many times have you heard that? Delve deeper into what they say and what they have done that qualifies them to accomplish what they say they will do. Talk to folks who may know them; read Post articles on the candidates; search for their websites and study them; Google their name to see what pops up.
By the way, after hearing candidates’ presentations during those “Candidate Nights,” I voted for a couple of candidates in a party other than my own. I felt they would best serve all of “We, the People.”
So, make a well-studied decision before you vote. Then vote.
— Ty Cobb Jr.
Salisbury
Words and meaning
When do words have meaning? The answer is, only if the words are followed by actions that back up the words. Politicians say one thing but their action says something different. Words are just words when not followed by affirming actions.
Sometimes though, words can reveal the real intent of the speaker. Have you ever notice that when things are going badly for the administration the president speaks about “they did this” or “they did that,” but when things are going well, then the words become “I did this” or “we did that.” How wonderful is that! We have a president who is responsible for only the good. But the bad, well, they did it, you know, not me.
For example: the president spoke out bravely when a young man was killed by police in Ferguson, Mo. He even sent Attorney General Eric Holder to find out the “truth” about the unfolding events — not so much to uphold the law, but to find a way to politicize the unfortunate event.
We have heard nothing from the president about the beheading of a woman by a recently-converted man to Islam.
The president has spoken again about people who worship a different god and then they go about beheading people and other acts of barbarism. It should be pointed out that there are three faiths that worship one god: Christians, Jews and Muslims. The radical Muslims believe only they worship the one true god.
These beliefs are backed with words from the Qur’an, the Muslim Holy Book.
We should take warning. Those that hate live among us now, and they are crossing our borders unhampered daily.
Prepare and protect yourself as best you can — the barbarians are at the gate.
— Richard Roberts
Kannapolis

Arid wake-up call
I wonder if the scorching drought covering all of California is a divine wake-up call to the ever-licentiousness-loving people dominating that state’s cultural and political scenes to reconsider their ways?
Holy scripture contains many stories of the Lord getting people’s attention by natural forces (such as the drought afflicting Israel in the days of Ahab, Jezebel and Elijah).
— Stephen Owen
Kannapolis

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