A bizarre definition of 'traitor'

June 25, 2014 

In a recent letter, a regular contributor from Georgetown has called "the allies" of President Reagan all "traitors." Either he does not know the definition of the word, or he chooses to make up his own criteria to suit himself in his unending rants against anything and everything that does not conform to the leftist dream world he seems to inhabit.

President Reagan happened to be my Commander in Chief for eight years -- not a "Community Organizer in Chief," stumbling about with no clue as to what he was doing. My boot tracks may be found in several countries where, during that period, communism was rolled back and is found today only in the occasional college classroom or coffee shop -- not in those nations' Presidential Palaces or Legislatures.

Granted, to a dyed-in-the-wool leftist such as the letter writer, that may appear treasonous, but the vast majority of Americans have ratified our anti-communist position for a century, and continue to do so today. While I contemplate a lawsuit for slander and defamation, I would be satisfied instead with the writer just walking up and calling me a traitor to my face -- such provocation would fall under the Georgia statute regarding "fighting words."

Jim Boling

Richland

A citizen's duty

Civic dialogue is a patriotic responsibility of all citizens. Regarding the scandals that face our republic -- Fast and Furious, NASA, Benghazi, the Obamacare mandate forcing over 200 lawsuits against the federal government by those of faith, and the IRS scandal of targeting conservative groups -- we should recall the words of Martin Niemoller an anti-Nazi theologian while in a Nazi concentration camp on the "dangers of not speaking out":

"First they came for the Socialists and I did not speak out -- Because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out -- because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me -- and there was no one left to speak for me."

Only the truth, fellow citizens, can guarantee our liberty and freedom, not relative truth but absolute truth. We must pursue the absolute truth at all time lest we see our republic whither like grapes on a vine. You decide, it is your Republic!

Joseph Liss

Columbus

Mescon missteps

I'm certain that CSU President Tim Mescon has many redeeming qualities as an educator but, since his arrival at CSU, I've thought of him as a "Ready, Fire, Aim" sort of an administrator. His history since 2010 seems to bear that out.

Poor choice in the selection of a provost and running roughshod over the faculty led to a no-confidence vote. What appears to have been an impulsive and surprising dash to apply and interview for the presidency of a university in eastern Washington, at a time when he might better have busied himself with shoring up his credibility here, may risk loss of support in this community and endanger the success of a major capital campaign. When you couple all that with his misbegotten initiative to add football to the University athletic program and seek elevation of CSU to NCAA Division I (see Guerry Clegg's recent commentary), you have a picture of a university president who seems to struggle with staying on task in the job he's occupied for the last four years. Maybe it's time for some serious introspection by Dr. Mescon.

Jerry Mullinax

Columbus

Nothing simple about it

I continue to be amazed on an almost daily basis at our senior citizens, not only their physical abilities, but their mental acuity as well. In my pharmacy I see how this group is treated by insurance, as if there is some magical transformation as the clock ticks a few ticks and they acquire another year of age. Suddenly, because they are older, regardless of whether they have been on continual therapy, the recommended dosage changes from one tablet three times a day to twice a day. And lo and behold, because they are now older, drugs with drowsiness potential that have been regularly taken for years are to be avoided. All this from a government "study." The truth of the matter is that these insurers are being graded, given "stars," and if their statistics bear out that their membership is compliant with these government studies, they will be rewarded with subsidies in the billions. All these "caring" companies care about is their bottom lines. And the insurance commercial that says "as healthcare gets simpler" and "paperwork is reduced," blah, blah, blah … there is nothing simple about healthcare. As miraculous as God made our bodies, they are unbelievably complex. Each individual presents many variables within the same medical condition. As impossible as it would be for each person to be forced to wear a one-size-fits-all wardrobe, a one-size-fits-all approach to medicine is equally impossible. What looks good on paper and sounds good in theory is impractical in practice. Each individual presents his or her own challenges and must be treated accordingly in order for success to be achieved.

Norman W. Davis

Phenix City

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