Why, oh why, Rusty? What went oh so wrong? I pray for all the victims of this tragic shooting. Victims being those shot and their families and friends, your family and friends, and you.
When you called me Tuesday just hours before you went to the theater, I am so sorry I did not read our conversation better.
Rusty and I have been friends for a long time. We met years ago when I rented a house to him and his family in the Lakebottom neighborhood. We instantly connected as we had many common interests. We loved motorcycles, barbecue and our Southern heritage, along with many other things. We occasionally talked about Jesus and we both understood where we are is only a temporary way station.
The Rusty I know had a sharp mind and quick wit, but also a dark side. I could never had imagined the demons that were obviously sometimes in control of you. You were always more up than down and seemed to always have an answer for any problem. I chuckle about some of the solutions you offered me when you thought I had a problem.
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I write this letter to dispel any notion about domestic terrorism or hate crimes. This is a letter about a friend who I believe had serious mental problems which went unrecognized. I in no way condone or offer any excuse for this heinous crime. I only hope that if anyone out there senses a situation with a friend, acquaintance or family member which throws up a red flag, please seek proper help.
As our nation drifts into secular chaos, our only answer is love. Read Matthew 5:43.
Destroyed from within
Our once great nation is being torn apart by elements with no loyalty or love for this country, un-American liberal activists whose avowed goal is the complete eradication of anything American, or anything that offends them. There is no middle ground, no compromise that would satisfy them.
The divisiveness has been exacerbated by the socialist/Marxist agenda of this President. His every action is contrived to promote his communist policies. He does nothing that does not tend to be political in nature and help to further his selfish goals. Viz. the nuclear deal with Iran, Obamacare, failure to enforce the immigration laws, other executive edicts that would further his socialistic policies.
The idiotic politically correct chaos has created a culture where nobody can say or do anything that doesn't offend somebody somewhere. "In God We Trust" is on all our currency and has been the motto for this country since 1956, yet there are those who are offended by those words. Too many in this country are giving in to any and all complaints by Muslims who evidently came to this country, not to enjoy its freedom but to change America to conform to the very culture that they left.
Obama is concerned about his legacy. Shouldn't we be concerned about ours?
Is this progress?
The closer the Moon Road widening project come to completion, it appears the same width as it was in places. Instead of four lanes heading north past the Piggly-Wiggly, the road gets narrow. By the time you get to Weems Road the new curbing leads to the same width road as it was, two lanes and a westbound turn lane. Sure, it appears to be three lanes in places, but why not four like the rest of Moon Road north of J.R. Allen Parkway?
Why? Because with all that land gained, they added sidewalks on both sides of the road. Seems to me, adding sidewalks on just one side would have allowed space for a continued four-lane road.
The late afternoon traffic flow is still going to bottleneck in places like northbound on Moon at Weems. Feel for those whose homes back up to Moon Road, whose tree cover was removed for a sidewalk and not replaced with a high wall or sound barrier, just a mess of different fences that those traveling along will have to look at.
Re "Trump is just the leader we need" letter of July 23: "The Donald" is a huge phenomenon, monopolizing the conversation with his outrageous statements designed, in my opinion, for their shock factor.
Is Trump a leader? If you define leadership as being bombastic, narcissistic, insensitive and bullying, then most definitely. But are these the characteristics we really want in a president or other elected leader? Not for me.
No president can accomplish what Trump insists he can. How will he force Mexico to build and pay for a wall? Threaten them with invasion or the bomb? How will he be able to persuade Congress to pass any legislation that might be his flavor of the month? He can't fire them, and if he uses the veto power for everything he doesn't like, the country will suffer.
What are his plans for our allies, several of whom he has already insulted? I would also question his ability to effectively handle ISIS or any other terrorist group.
In short, I seriously question Trump's leadership ability. He's just a rich playground bully who says whatever enters his mind, without any care for the harm or consequences.
Why does he have so much support right now? Historically, demagogues who make outlandish and volatile statements have always generated a great deal of interest from segments of our population. And with all of the social issues we face, his supporters may feel alienated and without a voice. I just wish they could find a more reasonable and realistic voice.