No serious doubt

There is no serious doubt that President Trump is guilty of attempting to use taxpayer money to bribe the Ukrainian president for his own benefit. Multiple witnesses — Trump appointees, Trump donors, decorated war veterans, Trump administration foreign affairs experts, people who have served under other Republican presidents, the very people whom Trump tasked to make it happen — all confirm this fact. His chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, admitted it. His own transcript of the call in question reveals it. Had he not been caught mid-extortion, it would have happened.

So, let’s cut the nonsense. Everyone knows he’s guilty. The only question now is whether we will let him destroy our country.

If his supporters in Congress allow him to get away with this brazen criminality, our experiment in self-government has failed. America is dead.

J. Kevin Bokeno


We should love everyone

The Nov. 19 article “Group protests in Triad; counterprotest ensues” is troubling. What is troubling about the article is the manner in which some people who profess to be Christians behaved when they confronted a group that was supportive of homosexuals.

Christians should not taunt anyone or disparage them with slurs, because such behavior demonstrates a lack of agape love, which is the purest, deepest kind of love that is expressed not through mere emotions, but as an act of one’s will. Furthermore, agape love seeks what is best for other people, not from our personal viewpoint, but from a biblical point of view.

Although it may be difficult for many of us as Christians to love people whose lifestyle is detestable to us, the Bible makes it clear that Christians should show agape love for everyone, even our enemies (Matthew 5:43-44; Luke 6:27-28). The Bible does not make an exception regarding loving homosexuals.

Certainly, the Bible also makes it clear in both the Old Testament and the New Testament that homosexual relationships are sinful (Leviticus 18:22 and 20:13; Romans 1:18-27; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Therefore, although we who are Christians should love, not hate, homosexuals, we do not need to condone their lifestyle. We can hate a person’s lifestyle, but we should not hate that person.

Those of us who are comfortable as heterosexuals can be thankful that we are not inclined to be homosexuals. However, we need to be faithful in dealing with the sins with which we struggle.

Harvey Armour


Eminent domain

NBC reported recently that the Trump administration is preparing paperwork to begin taking private land from its owners to build the long-promised border wall as early as this week.

I thought conservatives were opposed to eminent domain seizures of private property. I thought that was government overreach.

This is one of the things we “Trump haters” — you know, Americans with conscience — are talking about when we note that conservatives have abandoned all their principles to support President Trump.

Malcolm Ramsey


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