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Online Letters to the Editor for July 24

Online Letters to the Editor for July 24

  • Understanding America's history will make God's role more clear
  • Taxing the public to provi
  • Understanding America’s history will make God’s role more clear

    Pamela Terlaak-Poot’s well-researched July 19 Viewpoint, “DiNicola used Palin to belittle Christians and their values,” will undoubtedly come under fire from those who want to negate or diminish Christianity’s role in the founding and maintenance of democratic America.

    Before critics start pointing out the religious diversity among the founding fathers, recall that Terlaak-Poot makes clear that they all held to Thomas Jefferson’s position that all human rights come from God. Hence the King George of their day or any leader today may not violate these rights.

    I’m sure that Terlaak-Poot’s concern is that when this principle is given only lip service, then the republic and personal liberties are destined to crumble. Alexis deTocqueville, a 19th century French observer, wrote in his “Democracy in America” that one of the dangers inherent in democracy was “the tyranny of the majority.”

    Just as individuals can misuse absolute power, so could a majority of people because “God alone can be omnipotent, because his wisdom and justice are always equal to his power,” he says.

    The majority can rule well only if it adheres to the morality of the Creator. What Terlaak-Poot calls the “relativistic morality of the liberal left” endangers liberty. If many voters live as if God were not important, except in a crisis, and if they “do their own thing” in morality, then they potentially will get a chain around their necks.

    Eric Retzlaff

    Rotterdam

    Taxing the public to provide free health care is the wrong way to go

    I agree with David Welch’s July 19 letter about the looming health-care changes.

    As a senior citizen, who has paid for health insurance for myself and my family for 45-plus years, I resent being forced or taxed so that those who never had a job can have benefits.

    Finally, as Mr. Welch mentions, we already have competition between health-care providers.

    Richard Stevens

    Ballston Spa

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