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National terrorism

DALE AULTHOUSE

Wellsboro

The flame of nationalism in America has been brought to a boiling point.

The need to return to the moral foundation that built our country is urgent. We appear to have forgotten the lessons visible in acclaimed books by authors like George Orwell and William Shirer.

“The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” clearly described how a great, learned culture in Germany could be brought to committing genocide by the fiery hate-filled rhetoric of a mad man.

The social media of the “dark web” has attracted followers’ intent on stirring white nationalism and xenophobia, bringing danger to our collective society.

Shall we speak out about this danger, or shall we continue to remain silent and go about our daily routine like those in Stanley Kramer’s 1960 movie “Ship of Fools?”

Danger

MARLIN D. LILLEY JR.

Cogan Station

In the letter titled “The Electoral College” by Richard Morris on July 27 in The Express, the last paragraph states many defenders of the Electoral College (EC) implicitly endorse Mr. Trump’s election.

Yet it seems in doing so they defend the EC selection of the type of candidate that institution was designed to stop.”

Wrong.

Just the opposite.

The EC was designed to prevent demagogues, like today’s Democratic Party from garnering enough votes, by handing out free stuff, to eventually take over the government with only a small number of states, with large liberal populations.

If successful, they could force their agenda on the rest of the nation.

If it were not for the EC our country would already be suffering under the same crazy policies that we all witnessed in the recent Democratic Debates.

God help us.

Let’s not go to war!

DAVID L. FAUST

Selinsgrove

Why not? It’s because we can’t trust our government to tell us the truth about why we should go to war.

The Johnson Administration used an “alleged” incident in the Gulf of Tonkin to get us into the Vietnam War. We learned too late that incident never happened, and even when President Johnson and Defense Secretary Robert McNamara knew that the war couldn’t be won, they continued to draft young men and send them to Vietnam to die.

The Nixon Administration denied sending troops to Cambodia during the Vietnam War, but we learned later that was a lie. More than 58,000 Americans died for nothing in that war.

The George W. Bush Administration told us that we needed to invade Iraq because Sadam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, which he knew wasn’t true. We killed more than 288,000 Iraqis, and we lost nearly 4,500 Americans in Iraq.

Should we trust the Trump Administration to tell us the truth about a possible war with oil-rich Iran or Venezuela? No! War is good for businesses and it got George W. Bush re-elected, but let’s NOT go to war

Legislating morality

KEN ROBERTSON

Canton

Not long ago one of the usual letter writers wrote what appeared to be a letter against legislating morality and the imposing of one person’s moral standards on the rest of society.

The writer cited that we all have choices and no one is forcing us to participate in things that run contrary to our personal beliefs. I would agree.

If you don’t like Hollywood, don’t go to the movies.

If you don’t like a certain TV show, change the channel.

If you don’t like certain music, don’t listen to it.

Where I parted company with him was when he said, “If you don’t believe in abortion, don’t have one.”

That makes as much sense as saying, ‘if you don’t believe in the death penalty, don’t execute anyone.”

Each of the previous situations involves the individual, and ONLY the individual.

However, abortion involves another party, one who cannot speak on his or her own behalf. Saying that if you don’t believe in abortion, don’t have one is as ludicrous as telling a 19th century Abolitionist if you don’t like slavery, don’t own slaves.

Back then there was a much higher moral issue at stake, greater than one’s personal opinion, just as there is with abortion.

It involves an individual human being, with its own unique genetic code different from its mother.

A “mass of tissue,” which some would have us believe that it is, would carry the same DNA as the woman. I know that making abortion illegal will just drive it underground, and it will be business as usual.

It won’t stop until people realize deep down in their hearts that it is cold-blooded first degree murder. Americans need a moral epiphany that each has to experience for themselves, just as our ancestors did regarding slavery,

We can’t legislate morality.

Watch it

KATHERINE SHIPE

Williamsport

Holy cow, now the Democrats what to start impeachment proceedings on President Trump? For what? His mouth?

Personally, no one really likes his mouth, but the work he has been trying to do since day one is admirable.

One thing the Democrats must remember, if they gain control again. They will be under the microscope. They will never be able to say one thing wrong. They will only be able to make right decisions. They will never be able to make any wrong statements or decisions that could bring this country down.

Socialism is the start, communism is the finish. Anyone who believes this is the best decision for our country–guess again. No one in the country likes to be told what to do or how to live their lives now.

Figure it out Democrats, the people don’t forget and won’t forget what you’ve put Trump through, as well as them, all because you lost the election to a businessman.

Thanks enough

JIM HIRONIMUS

White Hall

A few weeks ago there was a dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Highway of Central Pennsylvania. Both Mike Hanna and Rep. Stephanie Borawicz attended, as well as other state representatives.

They all took their bows, they all got their needed media attention.

They all accepted whatever “thank yous” that were given. I love the fact the road got dedicated even without Rep. Borowicz’ office knowing they had to order the signs that led to the hold up … even without anyone but myself pushing them for answers as to why the hold up.

I personally asked past Rep. Hanna to get the highway dedicated. As a Vietnam Veteran, I thought it was needed.

I would have appreciated an “honorable mention “ from Rep. Hanna in his speech letting people know it was me who asked him to get this road dedicated in the first place.

Oh well, it didn’t happen.

Rep. Borowicz also didn’t mention me. I guess it was because I pushed her office to get the road dedicated?

So I will have to say “thank you” to both of them for – in my opinion – taking credit for something that wasn’t their idea. The good thing is the road got dedicated and that alone is thanks rnough for me.

Enough is enough

REBECCA WRIGHT

Williamsport

During his testimony, Robert Mueller made it clear that Russia attacked our elections and that “it wasn’t a single attempt. They’re doing it as we sit here.”

Not only do we have proof Russia attempted to influence the election in all 50 states in 2016, it’s reported that Microsoft has tracked nearly 1,000 foreign cyberattacks on political organizations during the election cycle.

I don’t think our current system isn’t equipped to handle this growing level of interference.

In many cases, states likely have no way of verifying vote counts in the event of a cyberattack.

A part of HR3351, which recently passed in the House of Representatives, is an important step in the right direction.

It would help prevent future cyberattacks by allocating $600 million to replace outdated voting equipment with a system that uses voter-verified paper ballots.

But even in the face of this overwhelming evidence, the Senate has been blocking election security legislation at every turn.

We can’t sit back and let this happen. The Senate must pass an appropriations bill by Oct. 1. We have a real chance at getting election security funding in that bill.

I’m urging my senators to support a Senate version of HR3351. Americans are counting on lawmakers to safeguard our democracy and I hope they’ll do the right thing by taking the House’s lead.

Enough is enough. We need action on election security funding before it’s too late.

Call out Trump

STEWART EPSTEIN

Rochester, N.Y.

Up until now, I have believed that the best way to defeat Donald Trump in 2020 has been to focus on advocating for the federal government to do more to help the lower and middle classes with their economic and financial struggles to survive and to pay their bills.

So, I have largely ignored what I believe are his hateful, dumb, stupid, and ignorant remarks in which he demeans, degrades, insults, bullies, and disrespects all minority groups, women and immigrants.

I have done this partly because I have believed from day one that this has all been a big act, that he is a master manipulator and con man who really doesn’t believe the ridiculous and idiotic things that he says. He cleverly figured out that he could win the presidency by pretending that 51% of the American people believe in hate.

But his hate-talk has now become too dangerous.

He is playing with fire. This has to stop.

I call on all of the good-hearted conservative-Republicans in the U.S.A. who have a conscience to join Nikki Haley and to call-out Trump and all of Republicans in Congress who have been silent about this evilness.

The people who he has insulted and disrespected don’t deserve to hear any more of his brutality. In my opinion, he might have already damaged our country beyond repair.

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