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Letters to the editor: Doctrinal horse before cart?

Doctrinal horse before cart?

Pope Francis is taking personal responsibility for the sins of many evil priests committed over a period of many years, when he has been pope for only a short period of time? It sounds like he is trying to emulate Jesus Christ a bit too much.

It wasn’t quite clear, but if he is asking us to forgive the priests who committed these evils, I think he has his doctrinal horse before the doctrinal cart. Doesn’t forgiveness come after confession and accountability? Who has heard all of the guilty priests confess to anyone, besides themselves, let alone be accountable in some way or another? And before he starts meting out punishment to bishops (assuming he does), he needs to address why the Vatican ignored the bishops’ requests over many years to give them more authority and flexibility to get rid of the problem priests. In many cases, the bishops had no choice but to move them around rather to than expel them from the priesthood. I’m with the lady from SNAP: “Be impressed by deeds, not words.”

Paul Ward


Second Amendment

Regarding “How to fix the Second Amendment: Only takes five words” (Other Views, April 15): Justice John Paul Stevens has presented his idea: so here’s mine. Instead of adding five words, just delete the first four. The revised text would the read: “Being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.”

Let’s put it to a vote. Bring on the Constitutional Convention!

Bill Barry


Conservative thinkers

Regarding “The issue is life — nothing more, nothing less, nothing else” (John Grant, Views, April 13):

Thank you for including John’s article, which highlights the disastrous results that our nation is in as a result of legalized abortion.

I agree with almost all of his columns and recall helping voters decide to vote for John when he ran for the Senate.

I also applaud you for including George Will and other conservatively balanced thinkers who want to preserve the values that made America the greatest nation in the world.

Ray Kerker Sr.


Regretting the election

Regarding “The wage gap myth” (Letter of the Day, April 14): I must congratulate Jim Connolly for the first and last paragraphs of his letter. Those two paragraphs were so well worded, in being clear and to the point, as any written piece in my experience.

It is unfortunate that the United States public has elected a president as adept at lying, misrepresenting facts and distorting situations, and is as politically divisive as President Obama. It is also unfortunate that the media and Democratic politicians have aided and abetted these actions.

Kendrick Rattray

Sun City Center

Traitorous Pulitzers?

It was announced Monday that The Washington Post and The Guardian US have been awarded Pulitzer Prizes for public service for stories related to the classified information released by U.S. citizen Edward Snowden. Public service? You’ve got to be kidding me! The classified information released by Snowden, now living in some comfy Moscow apartment, severely compromised our national security.

Perhaps the Russians will now also award the Post and the Guardian a nice plaque in the Kremlin about the Pulitzer and an expensive dacha on the Black Sea.

Kit Werremeyer


Reward taxpayers first

If you read or listened to the explanation as to why beef and pork prices are rising at such an alarming rate, we are told the demand for beef and pork in places such as China are to blame. Excuse me, but are these the same farmers collecting subsidies and then instead of giving us taxpayers a product at a reasonable cost, sell outside our borders because they can get a better price overseas? It’s bad enough that the oil companies do this; now the farmers and ranchers are joining suit.

I think if a company or a rancher/farmer accepts government handouts (taxpayer money) in some form or another that the people funding those handouts should be on the receiving end and be rewarded by lower prices before that product is sold overseas. Example: Saudi Arabia is a big exporter of oil products. Gasoline in that kingdom is sold to its subjects for pennies a gallon.

The need for greed seems to rule the corporate structure in the United States. When the corporate structure expects the taxpayer to fund its shortfalls, it should not forget where that money comes from. It should be required to repay the American public with lower prices before they are allowed to export.

James Woods


Weather Center