Friday, August 18, 2017

Chaos in Charlottesville, Virginia

The vast majority of writers, politicians and public are missing the most important point and that is the push to pretend that our history never happened. Taken to its ultimate conclusion then any statue, portrait or writing of those who lived on plantations should be deleted including Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Huston and other of our early leaders. Slavery was a fact 240 years ago and 2,000 years ago. It still exists. No decent human being living today accepts slavery. We recognize it is evil. I see a parallel between what is happening in America today and the vile antics of adherents to ISIS beliefs where they systematically destroy artifacts in the Middle East that have existed for thousands of years since they don’t conform to their belief system. Get past the universal hatred of our current President and think about the consequences as these events continue to escalate. Jack B. Walters August 17, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mr. Tim Steller

I am writing this in response to your article today about the tragic happening in Charlottesville, Virginia. You and the vast majority of writers, politicians and public are missing the most important point and that is the push to pretend that our history never happened. Taken to its ultimate conclusion then any statue, portrait or writing of those who lived on plantations should be deleted. George Washington will no longer to be revered as the father of our country, Thomas Jefferson didn’t write the Declaration of independence, Andrew Jackson didn’t defeat the British in the battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812, and Sam Huston didn’t avenge the slaughter of the brave men who died in defense of the Alamo and freed the territory of Texas from Santa Anna. Slavery was a fact 240 years ago and 2,000 years ago. It still exists. No decent human being living today accepts slavery. We recognize it is evil and always has been. Passages in the Bible state that “slaves should obey their masters”. Religious people today just ignore those edicts accepting that was the norm of those days and was wrong. Finally, I see a parallel between what is happening in America today and the vile antics of adherents to ISIS beliefs where they systematically destroy artifacts in the Middle East that have exited for thousands of years since they don’t conform to their belief system. Get past the universal hatred of our current President by those who were thwarted in their desire to have Hillary Clinton as their President and think about the consequences as these events continue to occur. Jack B. Walters August 16, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

Dunkirk-the movie

There are very few of us still alive who lived during the war years of the 30’s and 40’s. I encouraged friends and family to see this movie. A great opportunity was squandered to educate our people on those critical times when the fate of civilization was in jeopardy. Instead we follow two cowards as they use a wounded soldier as a ruse to move to the front of the line to escape to England. Director Christopher Nolan stated he avoided Churchill as he didn’t want to get bogged down in politics. There is a great little book “Five Days in London May 1940” by John Lukacs. The cabinet was considering negotiating with Germany for peace. Had Churchill not been Prime Minister they would have capitulated. This was during the evacuation from France. To tell this dramatic story would have thrilled audiences knowing how desperate the situation was. Jack B. Walters July 24, 2017 j

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Education of American children is failing to install respect for our country

When I attended grade and high school education in the thirties and forties the education we received in American and World history filled us with pride in our country. Those great men who created the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were heroic figures to us. Men like George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Paine. They were followed by others like James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, Daniel Webster and Sam Houston. Through their leadership over time the United States of America was created from sea to shining sea. Some of the above lived on plantations with blacks as slaves. There can be no dispute that slavery is wrong. It was wrong in Bible days and it is wrong today. It is my conviction that the children in our schools today are being given negative impressions of these pioneers. It is playing out every day on college campuses where names are being taken off of buildings, monuments are being taken down and there is a movement to take Jackson’s picture off of the twenty dollar bill. I recently heard a derogatory comment from a teenager condemning some as powerful men who took advantage of black women. My belief is that the education I received was directly responsible for the creation of what is referred to as “The Greatest Generation”. We were willing to fight to preserve our way of life. It is my contention that if the education continues as it is today there will never be another greatest generation. Jack B. Walters July 20, 2017

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Leonard Pitts Jr. article 7/16/2017

63 million voted for this guy---that’s the problem It is difficult for me to believe that you are still afforded the opportunity to write columns as you do. In this one you had the audacity to refer to President Trump as “a lying, narcissistic, manifestly incompetent child man who is as dumb as a sack of mackerel.” How low have we sunk as Americans to treat elected officials with such verbiage? Your representation of the 63 million is totally off base. They were not angry at Obama’s color but at his ineffectiveness to govern. Race relations deteriorated during his eight years. I believe it started when he referred to a police officer as being stupid during a confrontation with a black professor. It never stopped as he went after law enforcement creating an environment where police backed off from doing the job we as citizens want. His abandoning of our people in Benghazi was deplorable. The engagement continued for 13 hours without a rescue mission. The health care bill was and still is a disaster which the Republicans are trying to resolve without any assistance from your party. The Clinton Foundation was a gigantic loophole for the Clintons to receive multi millions from countries all over the earth. Have you checked recently to see if Hillary is still racking in funds like she did before the election? The people I know who voted were small town people who had histories of working to provide for their families, not fat cats. We also want to preserve our Constitutional way of life. We are not interested in Socialism or Communism. I will admit that we have a genuine fear of Islam forcing its way all thru Europe and also hear at home. Their principles are directly opposed to our way of life. It wasn’t Trump we voted for, it was against the Socialist Bernie Sanders and the not to be trusted Hillary. Our goal was to slow down the train taking us to oblivion. If Trump fails, our great experiment on self-governing will end. Jack B. Walters

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Enough is enough

This morning a nut case opened fire on Republicans who were practicing before a charity game with their Democratic colleagues. A number were injured. The Capitol Police returned fire and killed the shooter. On the news last night there was a report on a new play on Broadway. It is a modern day copy of Caesar. Caesar is a Trump look-a-like. We were shown the knife stabbing scene. It was disgusting. We learned that The Academy of Arts (our tax dollars at work) funded this with $30, 000,000. The other sponsors are The New York Times and CNN. You are all aware by now of the hideous display of Kathy Griffin holding a blood dripping severed head that resembles Trump. Any of you who know me well understand that I believed that Obama was doing irreparable harm to America. I never wanted him dead, I just wanted him gone. Hillary would have been a continuation of his failed policies so I voted for the only alternative left. That was Trump. The Liberal Media and rabid liberals opposed to Trump continue to do all in their power to keep him from fulfilling the promises he made to those of us who voted for him. Do I like the Tweets, no? Do I agree with some of his actions, no? The truth is I have never agreed with all of the decisions of any President. It is time for all political leaders and Americans to pull together to solve the many problems we face as a nation. I saw positive signs this morning as Congressmen of both parties stood side by side in harmony. I can only hope the feeling has staying power. Jack B. Walters June 14, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Letters to the editor

There are usually no more than six letters published on a daily basis. It seems that two or more are from people who dislike Martha McSally. You continue the process you followed prior to the last election of castigating all who are of a conservative viewpoint with the express purpose, in my opinion, of influencing readers prior to the next election cycle. She was able to gather enough support to be elected, so her supporters are out there. I refer to them as the silent majority. You are mistaken if you believe your strategy will prevail. The tragic thing is to attempt to discredit a person who risked her life flying combat missions on behalf of our country. That alone puts her at the top of my list. As to her voting record she is voting in support of the issues that the majority demanded, nothing more and nothing less.