Letters for April 3, 2008

Feeling blue
Re “The blue remains” (Guest comment, March 27):

“The blue remains” puts Reno in the true blue light of our spirit. We are more than Wolf Pack fans or gamblers in the Biggest Little City in the World. We are a community of caring, wonderful people. Robert Hill certainly put this in perspective. Let’s go more blue and find the worm who did this to our beautiful little girl.

Rosemarie Nelson

Paging Ron Paul
Re “Finish the job in Iraq” (Know You’re Right, March 27):

Amanda you are sick, sick, sick! Have you ever heard of the Weinberger Doctrine? It was written so that we’d learn something from our debacle in Vietnam and the desire of our government to not repeat this sad page in history. Its six tenets:

1. The United States should not commit forces to combat unless the vital national interests of the U.S. or its allies are involved.

2. U.S. troops should only be committed wholeheartedly and with the clear intention of winning. Otherwise, troops should not be committed.

3. U.S. combat troops should be committed only with clearly defined political and military objectives and with the capacity to accomplish those objections.

4. The relationship between the objectives and the size and composition of the forces committed should be continually reassessed and adjusted if necessary.

5. U.S. troops should not be committed to battle without a “reasonable assurance” of the support of U.S. public opinion and Congress.

6. The commitment of U.S. troops should be considered only as a last resort.

I could take pages refuting every sentence in your horribly misguided column, Amanda, but there is not space. Instead, I’ll just pick one point. You stated, “Those men and women are there to fight for democracy, justice, and for our protection.” I never heard of an Iraqi attacking our country before we invaded. We still have had no incident on U.S. soil of an Iraqi attacking us since we’ve invaded. When did the people of the United States give our government the charter to wage war to create democracy and justice in other countries in the world? Where is that in our Constitution?

You truly need a doctor. Dr. Ron Paul is the Republican who as president can bring our troops home and our country back to its Constitution.

Cynthia Kennedy
Virginia City

Missed the joke
Re “Adios, Amigos” (Ask a Mexican, March 27):

So long. Why not take 1, 2, 10, or maybe 12 million of your illegal “American” compadres with you? Ask a Mexican was a great concept—until your smug ass answers turned it into just another “we are Americans too” bs waste of ink. Legal anyones are Americans. The millions of illegal Mexicans are nothing but an invasion of our country, our systems and our progress.

Good riddance. Too bad you couldn’t take a million or more with you. I don’t know or care if you are legal—you know the problem is the illegals—and you tap danced around that beautifully. Keep on dancing—just do it south of the border.

I’ll refrain from ordering any enchilada taco combos. I’ll be fine.

Vaya con Dios Old Glory unless the illegal Mexicans are stopped—at the border, or at the local Mickey Ds, enough is enough.

You can’t get the hell out quick enough for me. Legal, fine. Illegal, GO.


Jennifer Nelson

Is wrath a sin?
Re “Wrath of God” (Letters to the editor, March 20):

After reading the letter you [Margie Phelps] sent to us here in Reno, I am left with a question I’ve never thought about before. You and your church perceive God as an almighty and quite angry God, and we are suffering his wrath because of the baseness of our sins and ignorance. So, God is wrathful. Isn’t wrath one of the seven deadly sins? Does that make God just as low as us? It doesn’t make sense to me that God, who sent us his only son to spread messages of love, compassion, forgiveness and brotherhood, is only concerned with punishing sinners and causing so much pain and chaos to so many people. Is the human race really that lost? I have faith that it isn’t. I also believe that focusing so much on the negative aspects of society, and that divine wrath you say is falling upon us will only close your eyes tighter and further harden your hearts. The members of your church honestly seem like miserable, angry people, with little faith in the good of humanity and the blessings God gives us. You seem to know so much about evil, sin, Satan, who’s going to Hell, and the punishment they’ll suffer there. You sound more like Satanists than Christians. I’m not telling you to change your beliefs. You are entitled to any beliefs you’d like. Just realize that there are a lot of wonderful joys within the human race, and you and your church are no better and no different from the rest of us. Try mending your own shortcomings instead of criticizing those of others or you’ll never improve as a person. I pray for all of you. Step into the light, it’s nice and warm.

Owen Bryant