My great-grandmother started out as a fertilized egg in the womb of her mother. She went on to become a fetus, baby, child, adolescent, teenager, young women, mother, middle-aged, grandmother, great-grandmother, senior citizen and then death released her into the arms of God. My question is, when did my great-grandmothers life begin?
-- Travis L. Middleton
The Telegraph just reported another robbery of assault rifles from a local store. This is the third robbery of high-powered rifles, to include dozens of AR-15 automatic assault rifles, in the past six to 12 months. I hope someone in law enforcement and the media is working to determine where these weapons are going, who is responsible and what is their intent. Lawmakers should also be looking at the physical security requirements of store owners who sell these weapons. Seems like it should be a lot harder to snatch and grab $70,000 worth of assault rifles. This is a dangerous trend and the public should be kept informed of any progress to resolve these cases and to reduce the risk that such robberies will happen in the future.
-- Dan Murray
What the hell happened to our military when personnel can wear turbans and grow beards while on active duty? Imagine your commander with a beard and turban. Whats next, beanies with a propeller on top, men with ear/nose rings carrying sling shots instead of rifles? As a nation, we have become a permissive society where anything goes.
-- Chet Lambert
Just an animal
Heres a little euthanasia 101 for those who have never witnessed a perfectly healthy, scared animal being put-down. First, your pet will be taken from its kennel on a leash. They always look like they think they are going for a walk. They are happy and wagging their tails. Until they get to The Room. Every one of them freaks out and puts on the brakes when we get to the door. It must smell like death or they can feel the sad souls that are left in there. Your dog/cat will be restrained, held down by one or two people, depending on size and how freaked out they are. Then the process starts. A vein in the front leg will be found and injected with a lethal dose of the pink stuff. Hopefully your pet doesnt panic from being restrained and jerk. Needles can tear out of a leg and they yelp and scream. They all dont just go to sleep, sometimes they spasm for a while, gasp for air and defecate on themselves.
When it all ends, your pets corpse will be stacked like firewood in a large freezer in the back with all of the other animals that were killed waiting to be picked up like garbage. What happens next? Cremated? Taken to the dump? Youll never know and it probably wont even cross your mind. It was just an animal and you can always buy another one, right?
-- Samantha Bergeron
Thank You Pope Francis
Despite my admission of being a non-Catholic, I applaud and will support Pope Francis and his stand to confront the present day capitalist system leaning on an oligarchy controlled by the fossil fuel war lord billionaires.
With over one billion worldwide, including millions of followers in the U.S., ordinary citizens can and will demand major changes to a ruthless system that rewards the super rich at the expense of everyone elses misery, and exploits the finite resources which are gifts of nature or products of government subsidies. Our congressmen and women will now look over their shoulders before they pass laws which do not protect the majority of voters.
Pope Francis is fed up and is counting on his army of followers to destroy the present corporate state thats wants you and I to accept pollution in the sky, antibiotics, hormones and GMOs in our food, and the religion of their money with paltry wages for the poor.
The new pope is putting fear in the eyes of these greedy, puny, ego-driven, kings of misery. So, if you believe in a world where a few control the politicians and the masses through the mainstream media, then do nothing, or blame Al Gore, another politician who does not practice what he preaches. Otherwise, get moving and become a part of the transition to a kinder world full of gifts and gratitude.
-- Fred Gunter Jr.
Get the name right
At the risk of being labeled paranoid, Id proffer that your lead headline in Fridays Telegraph (Jan. 24) cemented my strongly held belief that The Telegraph has moved totally to the right. Youve apparently adopted their (deliberately?) annoying and incorrect use of the name of the opposition political party. Perhaps the editor, not the reporter, is at fault for that glaring headline?
It isnt Democrat agenda ambitious, its Democratic agenda ambitious. It isnt the Democrat Party, its the Democratic Party, just as it isnt the Republic Party, its the Republican Party. While members of the Republican Party are Republicans, members of the Democratic Party are Democrats. Since liberals dont get fair representation on the papers editorial pages, at least we ought to get called by the name weve had since the early 1800s when the party evolved from the Jeffersonian Democratic-Republican party formed in opposition to the Whig party.
-- Donna Williams
I know it will shock some readers, but the Superbowl is once again upon us. Like Christmas and Easter, the event will bring all the usual trappings and a few surprises. Just this last Christmas season, for instance, I learned from Megyn Kelly at Fox News that Santa is white. Additionally, in a pre-Easter revelation, the same source confirmed that Jesus, too, was a white man. The mysteries that have plagued us for centuries are solved.
Now I see from the trailers of commercials set to air on this Sunday of all Sundays, that another mystery has arisen: Pistachios are no longer pink. When did this happen? I remember clearly making fun of my wife (not a good idea, by the way) over the pink fingers that surely resulted from Pistachio indulgence. Now, evidently, she can sneak a few with no telltale trace. Who did this?
I suppose Fox News will, in their sincere efforts to give it to us straight, will get to the bottom of this. And, while they are at it, maybe Megyn can explain why they chose that hideous green color as a substitute.
-- Bob Carnot
Prayer for Today
My Jesus, Lord of all heaven and earth, even during this time of winter when all is cold and getting outside is difficult and challenging, the utter warmth of your love is such a comfort and blessing. You see, we know and remember your promise to be with us always, even until the end of time. Let us reflect this amazing gift of promise by sharing our resources with others by helping them deal with this cold, cold weather. Thank you Jesus for giving us another day and the hope for tomorrow. In your name so sweet, I pray. Amen.
-- Sheila Bennett
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