Letters to the Editor

Rise of anti-Semitism; need enough government; who is disrespectful?

Rise of anti-Semitism

Tuesday was the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

It appears 70 years is too long for some people to forget that the disease of anti-Semitism caused the murder of over six million Jews during World War II.

Although anti-Semitism has never disappeared from the world, it is on a very steep rise again, especially in Europe and the Middle East.

Could a second Holocaust be in the future? That is a serious question that must be answered quickly.

Anti-Semitism needs to be recognized for what it is, a dangerous disease. Its victims hate for what seems to be their need to hate something.

Genesis 12:3, talking about the father of the Jewish people, says: “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”

Those blessings are too numerous to rehearse in this letter; suffice it to say that without the Jewish people and the State of Israel, this would be a much different world.

— Beverly Margolis-Kurtin, Hurst

Need enough government

If Richard Greene doesn’t like Obama’s policies, that is one thing.

But to say that “All growth of government comes at a cost of freedom,” does not appear to be a practical approach to meeting the needs facing our country or promoting freedom (“This president’s agenda will be going nowhere,” Sunday, Jan. 25).

How does Greene propose that highways or schools get built, operated and maintained; our military forces supported; air traffic controlled; radio and TV transmissions regulated; food safety maintained; disease and epidemics controlled; borders controlled etc. to name just a few governmental functions — each critical to promoting individual and collective freedom?

Also, next time we have a Katrina hit our shores, I would like to know how a diminished government, unable to deal with a disaster, results in greater freedom for anyone.

An inadequate government is not able to fix the potholes, fix the bridges or control Ebola.

We don’t need too much government, but we certainly need enough government to support our national interests and promote the health, safety and general welfare of our people.

— Rex Carey, Midlothian

Who is disrespectful?

President Obama, based on his actions and words over the last six years, has earned the GOP’s distrust and dislike (Bob Ray Sanders’ column “Obama just can’t get respect from GOP leaders in Congress,” Wednesday, Jan. 28).

In his most recent State of the Union address, he suggested several programs with the sole purpose of antagonizing the opposition — a $320 billion tax hike, a $60 billion taxpayer-funded community college program, etc.

Throughout his address, he was barely able to hide his total disdain for the Republicans.

He has no concept of even rudimentary statesmanship.

Obama has one agenda — “social justice” and pitting Americans against each other, the haves and the have-nots.

He talks about working with Congress, but to him that means “give me what I want.”

And Obama has treated our greatest ally in the Middle East, Israel, with total disrespect for the last couple of years.

— Dave Waldrop,

Hurst

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