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Letters on church patrols, Trump's humanity, importance of winning

Jan. 2, 2018 at 11:59 p.m.

It tolls for thee

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn't lose voters." (Presidential candidate Donald Trump, Jan. 23, 2016)

As I dandled my youngest grandson on my knees the other day, I looked at the little Texan and wondered, "Were we really expecting that someone who thinks like this could lead us to greatness?" The man he would so cavalierly shoot down; had he a wife, grandchildren? What were his hopes, his aspirations?

And I thought of North Korean mothers and grandparents playing with their little ones. Were they wondering if American missiles will someday rain down on them? Would they be killed like the man in the street? Oh, our leader that we have invested with great power would justify his actions by saying he was saving our nation and the deed needed doing.

Mercy compels me to prefer the humanitarian insight of past centuries to the Trumpian logic of the present. Or, as expressed by John Donne in 1624, "Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee."

Timothy Higgins, Diana

Trump's checkmate

I like and appreciate President Donald Trump a lot. He is not a politician. I'm thankful for that.

I have volunteered in many election campaigns over the years. Republicans have been "too nice." They shake hands across the aisle. They want to be game players and play by the rules. If you have an opponent that has a record of cheating or lying, you do not play match with them. You do not shake hands. You make no deal. You walk away. And you do not further weaken your country and your military by playing foolish and dangerous social-engineering games.

The enemy is within our country. They may have been born and bred with the name of American citizenship, but they harbor bitterness. And that hostility is played out in the political field and in judicial decisions.

President Trump is delivering on making America great and good. He is standing up for Americans, for people of faith. He is standing up to self-serving Republicans and moderates who just want to play term-safe games alongside liberals. The latter's win means the defeat of religious and economical freedom. For American freedom, too important to lose, President Trump is the checkmate to opponents of true religious and political freedom.

Ermine Schufeldt, Longview

Thanks, sheriff

Our Peatown Christian Church family is thankful for Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano keeping our rural church and cemetery on extra patrols over the years.

Carlos "Scooter" Griffin, Kilgore



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