President Obama has been roundly criticized, mostly by Republicans, for his diplomatic approach to Iran and, more recently, for shaking the hand of Raul Castro at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service.
I for one am glad that the president will seize an opportunity to set the tone for diplomatic talks with our longstanding adversaries.
There’s no doubt that there are many obstacles that impede normalizing relationships with countries like Iran and Cuba, but a handshake, a few encouraging words or even a smile can set a rivalry on a path toward a new friendship.
Just look to the words and actions of Pope Francis. He has done much to put right the image of the Roman Catholic Church in the past few months by being kind, humble and connecting to his congregants.
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Both he and our president use personal warmth and compassion to lead. This signals a dramatic departure from the worn politics of seeding fear and exploiting mistrust among different cultures and ethnicities in an effort to consolidate power for selfish interests.
— Benjamin A. Smith, Fort Worth
I was grievously offended by the Doonesbury comic strip in last Sunday’s paper.
You put in the “comics” a strip about a female soldier forced to report her rape to the rapist.
I was amazed by the number of lies, on multiple levels, that Garry Trudeau was able to work into a few frames.
I was recruiting supervisor for the Air Force covering most of North Texas in the 1990s and I can only imagine that Trudeau’s purpose was to hurt recruitment. If so, it will be a blessing in disguise.
There are far too many females in the military as it is. Many of our naval ships have become floating brothels and commanders are powerless to stop it in light of the cancer of political correctness.
The reality? There is an epidemic concerning rape in our military. The false reporting of it. Our military has become homosexualized, feminized and foreignized on President Obama’s watch as he fundamentally changes our finest institutions.
— Dave King, retired Air Force master sergeant, Blue Mound
Reason for Christmas
It’s that time of year when people remind us that Jesus is the reason for the season. Actually, Jesus is not the reason for the season; Jesus is the reason for Christmas.
During this “season,” Christmas is only one of many religious holidays celebrated here and throughout the world.
Consider some other beliefs that have holidays in or around December.
The Jews have Hanukkah, the festival of lights, first celebrated in the second century B.C.; the Buddhists have Bodhi Day, aka Rohatsu, celebrating the enlightenment of the Buddha, which occurred in the sixth century B.C.; and Muslims have Laylat al-Qadr, “Night of Power,” the night during Ramadan (not always but often in December) when the Quran is believed to have been first revealed to Prophet Muhammad in 610 A.D.
To all who celebrate these holidays, I hope we may continue.
As you see, Jesus is not the reason for the season. He is the reason for Christmas. The winter solstice is the reason for the season.
— Jerry Schmidt, Cleburne
Haltom’s was open
Barry Shlachter’s Dec. 7 story about area retailers closed because of icy conditions was incorrect.
My friends all know that I love retail in inclement weather! Thanks to my husband “driving Miss Ladye” in four-wheel drive, our store was open.
I’m so glad we were there for seven grandsons’ girlfriend gifts, four tracking packages, two men who needed birthday gifts for their wives and one no-charge watch battery.
Barry, darling, my Moncler snow boots were on the downtown ground on Friday. Where were yours?
— Ladye Ann Miller, Haltom’s Jewelers, Fort Worth
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