College book woes
I am a 53-year-old retired Air Force veteran. I served 20 years, but I did not get the GI Bill. I work a full-time job and receive a small pension. It is a struggle to pay outlandish fees for my child’s college books. I am sure there are many other people in the same situation. College school loans will continue to increase due to the exorbitant prices charged for textbooks in today colleges.
It is unbelievable that a single book and tutorial cost $327. The book can be returned as used for $113, if returned before September. Of course the price drops after that and the class will not be over before that time. First semester book fees cost me over $800 for just three classes. Books often have a new revision so there is no used book available. How much does mathematics or English change in two years requiring a newly revised book? Does the school really need to use the new revised books?
There is roughly somewhere between $902 billion and $1 trillion in total outstanding student loan debt in the United States today. A college football coach can earn up to $6 million a year. Cut these outrageous salaries. Use the $10 million plus to cut tuition/book fees. What can be done to stop this injustice from continuing? Who can change it? Who has a big enough voice to make a difference?
-- Tony Wrye
Neville Smith finds it embarrassing when a preacher or layman holds to the truth of the word of God. When we as a nation believed in the Scriptures we had less need to be embarrassed. I am embarrassed when I see people flaunting their sin openly, and to be clear, it’s not just the sexual sins. It is the audacity of people to steal from a store that had nothing to do with a tragic end of a young man’s life. It is also the outright lying done by our government to convince people that health care is a right to be given and not pursued. We are free to pursue happiness, not have it dropped in our laps.
I find it embarrassing that atheists are offended by a God they don’t believe exists. I also find it embarrassing when those who believe in evolution call it a fact when indeed they know it is a theory.
I am embarrassed to see a nation so conceived in liberty attacking the documents written for our conception: the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers and the concrete beliefs our founders had in the inspired, inerrant and infallible word of God.
Oh, Mr. Smith, you will not silence us for we are not embarrassed or ashamed to believe the Lord loves us, sent his son to die for our sins and rose again from the dead.
We aren’t looking for your approval, Mr. Smith. We don’t need or solicit it. All we ask is for you to not lower yourself by trying to allocate a lower berth to those of us who have given our hearts to the Lord, and yes, his word.
-- Anthony Smith
As the nation celebrated Women Equality Day on Aug. 26, it is appropriate for us to look at David Perdue’s record on treatment of women. Perdue paid women who worked for his company less than men. His record on equal pay at Dollar General was so bad that his company had to pay 2,100 female employees over $18 million for pay discrimination and passing women over for promotion. Perdue doesn’t stand for the values I believe in and that I want to see in Georgia’s next senator.
-- John Ricks
Two sides to every conflict
I am glad to see we have a civil discussion going on about the issue of Palestinians versus Israelis, except for Danny Hinton, who flippantly levels wild charges against me for being against Jews, a Muslim supporter and a backer of Hamas and ISIS. Really?
I will not dignify that raving. I criticize the Israeli government, not Jews. As a Catholic Christian, Jews are my elder brothers and sisters in our faith in the one true God, the God of Abraham, David and Jesus Christ, a Jew who, of course, was the first “Christian.” In college, I had a good Jewish friend, Jay Maisel.
I don’t think the Israeli government are all Jews; tens of thousands of Arab Muslims and Arab Christians are citizens of Israel, such as the Rev. Elias Chacour in Galilee who founded schools open to children of all ethnic and religious backgrounds. Surely the non-Jewish citizens have elected representatives in the Israeli government. If not, how is Israel a true democracy?
So far, most of my pro-Israel critics show little compassion for the 2,000 Palestinians killed by the IDF in Gaza, most of them civilians including an estimated 600 children. But the 70 Israeli deaths concern them. There are two sides to every issue, and I try to understand both sides, especially the underdog.
Why are there Palestinian terrorists, of which Hamas is only the latest, attacking Israel? As a student of the modern history of the Holy Land, the answer is complex, including a long history of Muslim versus Jew, although many Christians always lived there. Basically, 100 years ago Zionist Jews from Europe came to Palestine and began getting land from Palestinian families, some by legal purchase, some by shady political dealing aided by the British overseers, and often by force including killing Palestinians and bulldozing their properties, even their fruit orchards. When should the Palestinians forget all that?
I urge my critics and others to study the 1917 Balfour Declaration by “His Majesty’s Government” of Britain; the Partition of Palestine decreed by the fledgling United Nations (led by Britain and the U.S.) in November 1947; and the history of Zionist paramilitary groups like Haganah, Irgun and the Stern Gang, which terrorized Palestinian residents and committed scores of atrocities (about 1920-48). In June, 1946, the Irgun, led by Menachem Begin, later prime minister of Israel, bombed the King David Hotel.
By the way, all Jews do not accept the modern secular state of Israel. Many very orthodox Jews still look to God for the fulfillment of his messianic promises, not to today’s secular military state of Israel. This is also good food for thought and study.
Israel is here to stay, and so are the Palestinians. Leaders of both sides need to meet humbly and pray together, admit their sins against each other, ask for forgiveness and reconciliation, and compromise on sharing the land which has been, and is still, being stolen by Zionist Jews, including settlers in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. God help us.
-- David B. Conner
Award another medal
The White House announced Tuesday that the president approved the Medal of Honor for 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing, a Union soldier who was killed standing his ground against Pickett’s Charge during the Battle of Gettysburg.
Why hasn’t Obama awarded any Confederate solders the Medal of Honor since they were defending the South against the northern invaders that started the war in the first place?
If the Confederate soldier could be identified, he ought to at least give him a marksmanship medal for pulling off the 100-yard head shot that killed the Yankee guy from Wisconsin.
Also, while he is awarding medals, he might as well award a medal to himself who, as the leader of the free world, forces himself to ignore the worldwide distractions and continues to play his game of golf.
-- Walter Huckeba
Character does matter
America’s social problems are primarily the result of a moral crisis in the nation. Take one example, sexual immorality. This crisis alone has given us:
Many cases of divorce and family disintegration.
Greatly increased welfare for teenage-led families.
Increased crime from absent of fathers in families.
Abortion on demand, largely from the unwed.
Social diseases from sexual promiscuity.
Battered children and women from live-in male companions.
Death and abandonment of infants in garbage Dumpsters, toilets, etc.
Pornography and its destructive results.
Many people today say the personal moral character of our public servants doesn’t matter, that the important thing is that they do the job they are elected to do. This way of thinking is but a further reflection upon the moral crisis of the nation.
The job description of public servants includes high moral character because of the influence of their offices. How much more is expected of one who is often seen attending the public worship of God and carrying a Bible in his hand.
Whether Republicans, Democrats or Independents, character does matter. What we are is more important than what we do because in the final analysis, what we do is a reflection of what and who we are.
-- The Rev. Richard Aultman