Monday, February 19, 2018

Letters on faith and politics, fake shutdowns, one-car wrecks

Jan. 27, 2018 at 11:29 p.m.

Faith and politics

To President Trump, U.S. House and U.S. Senate:

God's people can live in a hostile environment and still remain faithful to God. Modern culture has taught us to approach almost everything from an individual perspective, while the Bible overwhelmingly supports a communal outlook and interconnectedness. This is very similar to the African worldview of Ubuntu. Instead of DeCartes' cogito ergo sum ("I think, therefore I am"), Ubuntu says "I am what I am because of who we all are." This kind of communal outlook was with our ancestors from the very beginning.

Consider the following questions in light of the Biblical and African communal outlook. In multiple ways, do communities (whether ethnic, geographic, religious, countries, etc.,) sin and suffer together? If so, is communal repentance needed today?

Ultimately, we are responsible for the actions of the community. If we view our world as God does, what would we conclude is needed for our nation? Let us cry out to Jehovah Elohim with confessional and intercessory prayer acknowledging our sins and our need for God's forgiveness and His holy spirit leading us to make things right, putting America back together again!

Wendell D. Daniels, M.D., Longview

Fake shutdowns

All of the talk about the government shutting is just talk.

In all my years of hearing this it has never happened. Maybe it's time for it to really happen. It might just work, because to me it is just a scare tactic in order to pass some kind of bill we don't need anyway.

Mary Miller, Longview

Some driving advice

Every time I see the reports about one-car crashes, my heart breaks. Most of them are young people.

It does not matter what kind of traction your car has when you lose control on wet or icy roads. It is how you react to it. The first thing you do is a natural instinct — slam on the brake. Wrong! This does nothing but make all four tires lose grip.

You just hang on for the ride. Get off of the gas then gently apply brake as if there was an egg between your foot and the pedal.

First off, don't drive like you are on dry streets. It will catch up with you.

Again, it comes down to braking. They are calling it "overcorrecting." To me, it is more like committing suicide. For whatever reason, they get off the pavement with two wheels on pavement and two in the grass or gravel. The first thing they do is slam on the brake. This will jerk the car back towards the road, if not across the road into oncoming traffic or a tree.

If you get two wheels off the pavement, do not brake. Stay on the gas so those tires are trying to stay with the other two. Slowly steer back toward the road, even if it takes a couple of minutes to get all four wheels on pavement.

Brakes are great when used in the right way.

John Rumbold, Longview



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