Publication:Johnson City Press; Date:Aug 26, 2008; Section:Opinion; Page Number:10A


GOP, with Bush in charge, has helped us learn




    The Republican Party with Sen. John McCain as its president deserves one last chance to complete its contract with America. But the GOP has forgotten that the love of money is the root of all evil.

    The GOP does not really care that many Americans are hurting. But perhaps not enough Americans are hurting enough yet to vote for another progressive Democrat.

    Even Republicans realize the GOP no longer knows what it believes and values. The GOP has even adopted and adapted some Democratic ideas and values, such as national defense and security, individual rights, compassion for the disadvantaged and infirm, smaller government, etc.

    But the GOP is still for big government, big business and big wealth for a few. It is willing to bail out big corporations but not individuals.

    The American people are moderately conservative (i.e. to the right of center) rather than moderately liberal (to the left of center). The American people are skeptical about government except in a national crisis, when they back the federal government. But now everyone knows the federal government is the problem.

    Well, Bushy, you have done a heck of a job as the leader of the government. You have taught us so much about how government works.

JIM PENNINGTON

Johnson City

What to expect?

    Democrats simply can’t understand that Republicans and independents are not as fascinated with gay marriage and abortion as they are. In the end, the election will be decided in Sen. John McCain’s favor because of Sen. Barack Obama’s stands on gay marriage and abortion. These two topics are not getting much attention right now, but they are in the minds of non-Democrats.

    One needs only to look at old film clips of the recount in 2000 to get an idea of what to expect in an Obama presidency. During the recount in 2000 Vice President Gore was surrounded by gays and lesbians. For the last eight years they have been attacking President George Bush on every topic he might be weak on — not because they necessarily disagree with him on those issues, but because they hate him because he is not on the gay marriage and abortion bandwagon.

    Civilization was a lot better when they were in the closet. THOMAS R. BURNS Mountain Home

Salvation through Jesus

    People assume Barack Obama is a Christian because he has attended a Christian church for a decade. While the Bible does say to attend church, most people attending church aren’t Christians. To become a Christian one must believe and accept Jesus as Savior and Lord and repent (turn from sin). To God there are only two kinds of people, unrepented/unbelievers and repented/believers (also called Christians).

    Obama said there are many paths to God. A pastor said, “If all roads lead to salvation then why the cross? Why would Jesus suffer and die?”

    Those who say there are many roads to heaven must either not know the Bible or believe Jesus was a liar when he said in John 14: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” There are hundreds of other verses in the Bible that also say that Jesus is the only way to heaven. Also Obama says he rejects some passages in Romans. Augustine said, “If you can believe in the gospel what you like and reject what you don’t like, it’s not the gospel you believe, but yourself.”

    Michael Jones said, “There is an essential pattern of thought that underlies all of civilization; either we shape our desires to truth or we attempt to shape truth to our desires.”

    It’s arrogant to trust in oneself and beliefs that one chooses. But it’s humble to seek God and believe everything he says. It’s fair to question based on Obama’s words and actions whether he has salvation through Jesus. Obama supports abortion all nine months and taxpayer funding for it.

    Some Christians who know Obama’s stand on the issues call him the “Obamanation of Desolation.” People also call me names. People say I’m narrow minded because I stand by what the Bible teaches, that salvation is by faith alone through Jesus alone. I just thank them because the Bible says, “narrow is the way.”

DANIEL D. NAVE

Elizabethton

Pick up after your dog

    I walk my dog every day on the trail around the Science Hill campus and I continue to be appalled at the amount of dog feces that is scattered about, not just in the grass on either side of the trail, but on the actual trail path, too.

    Just this morning, I witnessed a walker standing by as her dog left its contribution along the side of the trail. Not only is this disgusting to see and smell as we walk past, it is also extremely unsanitary. Dog feces attracts flies and other pests and can be a source of disease and parasite transmission.

    School is back in session and students are walking that trail as well as taking shortcuts through the grass to walk to and from school, and they are having to maneuver through the minefield of droppings left behind by irresponsible dog owners.

    Dog owners who allow their dogs to foul public areas with their waste are the reason dogs are not allowed in so many places. Not only is it the behavior of courteous dog owners to pick up their dogs’ waste, it is the law. It doesn’t take any fancy equipment; a plastic bag from any grocery store or mass merchandiser works just fine.

    Please be a responsible dog owner and pick up after your dog.

ELISA WARDESKA

Johnson City