Letters to the editor — Tuesday (12-16-14)
Beware of blogs that tell
you what you want to hear
While I deeply and fully support free speech, free speech wrapped in lies, innuendo and misinformation is not worthwhile.
Many Americans and the rest of the world cannot winnow the truth from news reports presented either by liberals or conservatives. Thus many believe and continually circulate via the internet errors and outright lies that eventually become “truth” to many.
When blogs or reports cater to our inherent bias and prejudices, we embrace them as proof that we are right. It does not matter if the information is wrong so long as it stokes the fires of our own beliefs.
We need a bit more cognitive dissonance and less selective perception and selective retention in our parsing of information from all sources.
— Tony Hilton
Theory about non-Christians
Christians and non-Christians! A Christian life can be difficult to live at times because of the flesh body. Struggles which are part of living can occur, but when our hearts are set on Jesus those struggles will drive us to our knees in prayer. Struggle is one evidence of God’s work in our lives. Nothing is gained on a bed of roses.
As for non-Christians, they don’t have struggles like Christians do because they don’t let Jesus live within them. Apparently they don’t acknowledge the consequences of committing sin as well. Basically to them life is just one big joy ride.
Reminds me of a spiritual story I read about a wealthy hunter and his hired hand. One day they went out hunting in a horse drawn carriage but had to stop for repairs. While the hired hand hammered the rim back onto the wheel, he hit his finger and said some bad words. Immediately he falls down upon his knees to ask God for forgiveness. Afterwards the hunter asks, I know you’re a Christian but why do you struggle so? I’m an atheist and I don’t have those problems. Two ducks flew over and the hunter shot them, one dead the other wounded. Hired hand answers the question, I’m the wounded duck I have to struggle to get away from the devil. But, boss you’re the dead duck!
Never despair forgiveness is available. Remember, “dead ducks don’t flutter!”
— Ellie Mae Lambert
Prevent a protest
I really don’t believe a government shutdown would be a bad thing. Actually, it very likely would be a good thing for Americans; when they work, they just mess us up.
Just don’t shut down the dollar stores.
— Donna Kesler