Letters to the Editor

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Archives: May 2012

May
31st

LIQUOR: Higher tax shows that greed rules

After reading the Fred Meyer ad (TNT, 5-31) concerning the prices it will charge for liquor, I am astounded at the greed the state is showing. After all the money used to fight the changeover to private liquor sales, the state stands to make a huge windfall from future sales.

I can just see the politicians greedily rubbing their hands together at the prospect of huge increases in tax revenue. Instead of receiving revenue from the 170 or so state liquor stores, they will now be getting revenue from more than 2,000 retailers.

All they have done is make sure

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May
31st

MARRIAGE: Bible reading can be illuminating

I applaud two recent compassionately Christian articles (TNT, 5-20) regarding homosexual civil rights and unions.

I suggest we actually read the Bible, while understanding it’s a modern translation of ancient Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek into modern terms.

First, there was no Hebrew word for homosexual. English-language biblical translation of “sodomy as homosexuality” was a 20th-century creation. Historically, biblical sodomic references were to sex slaves, temple orgies, male prostitutes and pedophilia, plus idol worship, gang rape and malevolence toward strangers and impoverished in Sodom.

Also, heterosexuals with sudden gender confusion (Paul, Romans 1), are paralleled with non-Christians. But condemnation of consensual

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May
31st

SUMNER: Citizens don’t want chemical plant

Re: “Chemical company one step closer” (TNT, 5-5).

According to the article, “The chemicals would be nonexplosive, mainly used in water treatment and cleaning, according to information from the city.”

In the Final Environmental Impact Statement, we finally got both the applicant and the city to admit that in fact when acids and bleach mix, chlorine gas is the result. I find this continued expression of “water treatment” completely inadequate.

Our little town is undeserving of this toxic chemical plant so close to residences, businesses, major transportation routes, the Sounder commuter station and right next to the White River.

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May
31st

MARRIAGE: Christians wrong to assimilate with cultural trends

Re: “Christians must base belief on Bible, not culture,” (letter, 5-11).

After reading this letter, I was very encouraged. Not everyone may agree with how one lives their life, but I really appreciate one thing the writer mentioned: It is wrong that Christians are assimilating with cultural trends.

As a Christian, I find it hard to find Christians who truly know and follow the Bible. In my opinion, the Bible is a stepping stone of faith. If you’re a professed Christian, you should know the Bible and why you’re a Christian.

It is very encouraging to see someone not

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May
31st

LIQUOR: State voters were hoodwinked

Re: “Liquor prices stir confusion” (TNT, 5-31).

I, for one, feel hoodwinked by Washington state regarding the vote to take the state out of liquor sales. I wish I had saved my voters information packet so I could review it again.

At the time, I felt that any time we could get the state out of involvement we would see a price/cost improvement. Boy, was I wrong.

I don’t remember seeing any mention of the ridiculous taxes and increases that they are going to impose on sales. I tried to get more information regarding possible prices that we could

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May
30th

NPRA: Protect public lands in Alaska

The National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska sounds more like a place where our nation refuels their gas tanks than some of the most wild and remote public lands left in North America. At 23.5 million acres, the reserve comprises the largest unprotected tract of public land in the United States. Its wilderness values are second to none, and the it includes vital habitat areas that support fish and wildlife resources of local, national and global significance.

I have visited the reserve three times on rafting, hiking and photography trips. These adventures recalibrated my understanding of what wilderness means and why it is

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May
30th

RELIGION: Change in the Catholic Church

In June, the Affordable Care Act may be declared unconstitutional. Who then will provide for the health care of those who fall through the cracks of our health care system?

In the past, the Catholic nuns have taken on much of this burden. While Catholic bishops emphasize social judging and words used during liturgy, the nuns have been quietly doing works of social justice: providing pregnancy aid, food, clothing, housing, education and health care for those in need.

The Vatican report,” The Doctrinal Assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women,” attacks the nuns’ activities as a “crisis,” a “scandal” and

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May
30th

HEROES: Deciding to serve is the heroic act

Recently, while talking about “heroes,” MSNBC commentator Chris Hayes  said that he was “uncomfortable with the word because it seemed like a rhetorical device that could justify engaging in more wars.”

It seemed that Hayes was trying to come across as a thoughtful, objective intellectual. Unfortunately his trivializing, big-worded turn of phrase does not make him that. On the other hand, it does show that Hayes simply does not understand what it is to be a hero in this sense.

Most people who have served – either in the military or law enforcement – will tell you that getting shot,

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