In response to “Making a mockery of the blessing” (Oct. 9 Viewpoint):
‘Close their mouths' prayer
sought only to end lies
Mary C. Schulken errs in assuming Rev. Walter Leake was overly zealous in asking God to seal the lips of lying Democrats. Jews, Muslims and Christians all know God has promised to do much more than “shush” the mouths of liars.
Never miss a local story.
Rev. Leake wasn't asking “the Almighty to squash political debate,” only to stop the lies.
Praying for the truth isn't a “mockery,” is it?
N. J. McManus
Schulken should put focus
on pro-Obama voter fraud
Mary Schulken should be writing not about a minister's prayer, but about voter fraud being committed for Obama (Sept. 20, “Group's voter rolls face RNC counsel's criticism”).
A former mayor of Chicago is supposed to have said, “Vote early and vote often.” ACORN and the Democrats support that idea.
“Vote early and vote often” has been attributed to various Chicagoans (including Al Capone), but earlier to U.S. Rep. William Porcher Miles of Charleston, who in 1858 complained about the admonition being “openly displayed on the election banners in one of our Northern cities.” – Editors, the Observer.
‘Zealotry' seems to be
in eye of liberal beholder
Freedom of speech becomes “zealotry” when liberals such as Mary Schulken disagree with what is being said!
Why the overreaction, Mary? Are you afraid this prayer just might be answered?
Call to silence Obama
carries grim undertone
To ask God to silence any candidate is chilling. To offer such a prayer about Barack Obama, whom many worry is at heightened risk of assassination because of his race, is truly stunning.
This is style of rhetoric
that fuels Mideast violence
Have we learned nothing from the violence this type of language has incited in the Mideast?
Stewart W. Lowery
In response to “Put the gloves back on, Palin” (Oct. 8 Viewpoint):
GOP fringe can't tolerate
The radical fringe hijacking the Republican Party can tolerate no dissent – especially from GOP stalwarts such as Kathleen Parker who are finally waking up.
What we are seeing and hearing from the crowds at Palin's speeches should send chills down the spines of all American patriots.
‘Palling around' didn't
begin with Obama
Would Sarah Palin criticize Jesus Christ for “palling around” with the Apostle Paul?
Paul was once Saul, a murderous, anti-Jesusman until his conversion on the road to Damascus. Once he figuratively (and literally) saw the light, Paul became an ardent disciple and subsequently authored much of the New Testament.
Being named to ticket
no compliment to Palin
Now it's clear why Palin was chosen: Her lack of character qualifies her to be the Republican attack dog.
Monopoly on truth?
Not in MY book
Taft McCoy says, “Obama's words make him popular, but they don't create truth” (Oct. 8 Forum):
Mr. McCoy seems unaware that our world is replete with “truths.” He is more than free to read his book and believe his truths, but I'll stick with books containing ideas that are knowable and falsifiable.
Forum lends credibility
to hurtful religious views
I'm outraged that you would print Taft McCoy's claim that Sen. Obama's mother couldn't reach heaven without adhering to Mr. McCoy's narrow religious views. Please don't give credibility to such offensive and hurtful comments.
Pawleys Island, S.C.
In response to “Catholics can't support Dem ticket” (Oct. 7 Viewpoint):
Election is about more
than abortion rights
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops guides us toward advocating for the poor and vulnerable, which includes moral life issues such as poverty, fair wage, the right to health care, war and global common good, in addition to abortion.
Cal Thomas can try to make this a single-issue election, but that's not what the Catholic church teaches!
In response to “Man with over 30 arrests now charged with raping girl, 12” (Oct. 9):
Did courts blow chance
to keep rapist off streets?
If Marcus Maurice Kennedy is guilty, this was an entirely preventable crime.
I request that the Observer publish the names of the judges involved in Kennedy's previous cases.
‘Tighten up for fall'?
Walk the walk, Observer!
I don't know enough about fashion to pass judgment on the clothing in “Tighten up for fall” (Oct. 9).
But I do know that picturing a $4,400 outfit in a newspaper filled with coverage of the financial crisis is tacky.
In response to “Plagiarist Biden falls short of Davidson honor standard” (Oct. 9 Forum):
Plagiarism? What about flaws
in other candidates' morals?
Since Gary Baker can't vote for a party whose vice presidential candidate has committed plagiarism, his unerring moral compass must surely preclude his voting for the party whose presidential candidate is guilty of adultery.
In response to “Palin justified in using whatever wins election” (Oct. 9):
‘Appeals to baser instincts'
have no place in process
“Appeals to baser instincts” are OK for McCain and Palin because “the ends justify the means”? Our financial system isn't the only thing falling apart in this country.
Winning at all costs isn't
Shame on those who say anything is OK as long as we win.
And shame on the Forum for publishing their letters.
‘Go, baby, go' attitude
trivializes important issues
Phil Lambeth concludes, “Go, baby, Go!” – typical of those who inappropriately apply the win-lose philosophy of football to every part of the human struggle.
In response to “3 share Nobel for glowing advances” (Oct. 9):
Nobel Prizes for U.S.
deserved better play
Two days in a row, Americans have been awarded the Nobel Prize – in chemistry and physics! We sorely need something to be proud of, and here it is. How uplifting!
Why, then, is this reported on page 11A? Observer, you're diminishing intellectual achievement.
Please do better.