The U.S. is presently negotiating with Iran about its nuclear program. Would the Department of State or Donald Trump get us the better deal?
-- Robert Buck
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Porn’s dirty dozen
The anti sex-trafficking research groups, PornHarms.com, and the National Center on Sexual Exploitation produced the following list of top sexual exploiters:
U.S. Department of Justice -- refuses to enforce federal obscenity laws. Past DOJ administrations successfully upheld them.
Verizon -- defended child-themed porn as a “benefit” to their consumers.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” -- glamorizes sexual violence, etc.
Hilton Hotels -- refused to drop hard core movies that include children, incest, rape and sexual slavery. Other hotels refuse to profit likewise, such as Marriott and Omni.
American Library Association -- ALA encourages public libraries to unfilter all computers and allow unfettered access to patrons, including children.
American Apparel -- regularly features nude or provocatively posed young girls with emphasis on breasts or buttocks.
Sex Week -- college campuses are overwhelmed with sexual violence, yet some now promote pornography and promiscuity.
Facebook -- has become a top place to trade porn and child porn, a place of prostitution and sex-trafficking.
Hardees -- utilizes rank sexual suggestions and images of the female body in ads to sell hamburgers.
YouTube -- Google still allows hundreds of hours of porn videos to be uploaded every day.
Cosmopolitan Magazine -- has become a porn mag. Cosmo now glamorizes public, anal, or violent sex in nearly all of its issues.
Be the solution. Keep these names, choose better places to spend your dollars, and tell why. They can change their policies if they want.
-- Meg Mehserle
Our presidential election process has devolved into a perpetual political campaign. Pundits have been speculating and potential candidates are positioning themselves to win their party’s nomination. Yet the next presidential election is nearly two years away. Some claim the president is greasing the skids for Hillary Clinton, while others insist she isn’t qualified for the job. Republicans have several potential candidates, all of whom are against whatever the president favors. But few have any viable alternatives.
The Constitution requires presidential elections every four years. Nowhere in that document is there any mention of almost equally long campaigns for the position. We need something, possibly a constitutional amendment, to limit presidential campaigns to four months or so rather than have the seemingly endless politicking we now endure.
-- Robert L. Lehane
Al Gore’s gullible spores are still chanting global warming. They think man can remedy the fact of the change in the temperatures we are seeing. Only God can control the temperature of his world. God created this world and he controls it no matter what man may say or do. Still the unbelievers of God shout global warming, even though the blizzard winds howl and snow snarls.
The many calamities we face, flood, drought, forest fires, earthquakes can all be conquered by our God and his word of promise. Read II Chronicles 7:14. You can believe the truth of God’s holy word.
-- Carlton C. Cook
‘Nothing to hide’
I was sad to see all three responses to Geraldine Parker’s rant on Centerville used the “nothing to hide” argument. Defining privacy only in terms of security shows a startling lack of understanding of what privacy is and how it relates to public policy (one response even said the Fourth Amendment isn’t about privacy). “Nothing to hide” relies on the incorrect assumption that anything you want to hide is wrong bad, or illegal. “Nothing to hide” infers, incorrectly again, that privacy isn’t that important. “Nothing to hide” fails when it argues that collection of personal data is irrelevant to law abiding citizens, that they do not care how it is used or are unconcerned who it is used by. Well, did you upstanding citizens know federal criminal law covers more than 27,000 pages and incorporates approximately 10,000 regulations from several different agencies? I hope you know what all those are else you probably DO have something to hide. You just don’t know it yet.
-- Matt Dykes
I must reply to the letter of Feb. 10, by Victor Volskay. A minimum wage increase will almost certainly destroy jobs. These will be minimum wage jobs that the increase will be designed to help. People who can only qualify for a minimum wage position will find it harder to get a job.
And what about people presently in a job paying slightly above minimum wage? Will they also get a corresponding wage increase? It does not seem fair for someone earning $3, $4 or $5 above minimum wage to suddenly, with the stroke of the president’s pen, be earning minimum wage. If I was earning above minimum wage, I know I would demand a raise of the same percentage that the minimum wage was raised. An unearned pay raise by a large group of people may help the ones who get it, but will also hurt the buying power of any person who did not get it.
The only legitimate reason to give an employee a raise is if that employee becomes more productive or assumes greater responsibilities. Both of these actions make the employee more valuable to the company. Obviously, an employee who is well educated, dependable and strives to perform his/her duties will be in a better position to demand a higher rate of pay.
People should earn a pay raise, not have it just given to them. No matter what kind of science or math you use, an increase in the minimum wage is a bad idea.
-- J.J. Frier
President Obama knows exactly what he is doing concerning Israel. He is intentionally trying to turn America against Israel. Does anyone doubt why he hates the Jews. All Muslims hate Jews. Satan grooms certain people to carry out his agenda. The day America turns its back on Israel, we will be like all the other nations that have done the same. Check your history. America wake up. Do not be fooled by the demon possessed leaders of our country. If America does not continue to support Israel, we can expect Gods wrath.
-- Louis Kitchens
Arm chair psychotherapist
In Walter Huckeba the Middle Georgia community has an arm chair psychotherapist and psychometrist who is competent (at least in his own mind) to provide an “expert” measure of the intellect and mental health of President Obama, as well as all those who voted for him. And, keep in mind that Obama received about 55 percent of the popular vote in the last election. Thus, Obama and all the millions of voters who supported him have mental disorders and are “dumb-as-a-stone” in Walter’s world.
With such powerful evaluative skills, I am certain Huckeba must be in demand in the community when it comes to mental health and intellectual testing. Or, could it be that these Huckeba evaluations are worthless except in his eyes and those who find him amusing. Huckeba should inform Telegraph readers about his educational and professional qualifications in psychotherapy and psychometry including his degrees and licensure. What are his intellectual sources of information (besides Fox News and Rush Limbaugh)?
Since he suggested that readers Google a topic for more information, I have a strong suggested topic for him to Google: psychological projection. Enter the concept on Google to find out more about psychological projection. I think he will find himself described therein and readers will also gain deeper insight into why some of the hostile letters to the editor take the form that they do.
-- Bill Curry