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LETTERS: Kerry the new Neville Chamberlain


To the editor:

On Sept. 30, 1938, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain landed at Heston Aerodrome bearing a document, the Munich Agreement. In his speech to the assembled crowd, he said, “This morning I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler, and here is the paper which bears his name upon it as well as mine.” Later that day, at 10 Downing St., he said, “My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British prime minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honor. I believe it is peace for our time.”

Three days later in the House of Commons, Winston Churchill said of the agreement, “England has been offered a choice between war and shame. She has chosen shame, and will get war.” We well know the outcome of that historic agreement.

At the bidding of his master President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry has donned the mantle of Mr. Chamberlain. Such shall be his legacy. Tragically at this time, the U.S. has neither a Winston Churchill (whose mother, remember, was American) nor a Franklin D. Roosevelt to expose the shame of the nuclear agreement with Iran.

GRAHAM H. TYE

LAS VEGAS

Religious objections

To the editor:

The Supreme Court has agreed to consider religious objections and whether they override President Barack Obama’s mandate in the Affordable Care Act that would require employers to cover birth control. It is indisputable that a corporation cannot get pregnant. For that matter, a corporation cannot ingest a Viagra.

Corporations are endowed by the U.S. Supreme Court with personhood. Corporations, as an independent entity, collectively, have the power to assert free speech. They cannot in any sense of the word “feel.” A corporation is distinct from its owner. It is its own person who cannot inhabit the single sense that makes a human, human. But it has the right to opine, openly.

A corporation may espouse the same beliefs as its owner till the sun goes dark, but it has no standing to ever be human. It can only profess to be humane. Ergo, faith is felt. Adjudicating that a senseless corporation has the right to religious belief should have no standing. After all, a single entity that cannot ever distinctly be human cannot have the sway of a Christ.

The Supreme Court is not about to abdicate its supremacy. Its decision will reiterate the same as “rendering unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” The health insurance of the citizen will dwell only in humankind, not subject to the different tastes or different beliefs of corporate owners who long to experience an immaculate conception.

BOBBY BERNHARDT

LAS VEGAS

Heck on immigration

To the editor:

How dare Rep. Joe Heck propose immigration reform giving amnesty and U.S. citizenship to illegal immigrants. His Dream Act immigration bill draft offers nothing to end costly and destructive mass amnesty. It will make things much worse by encouraging more illegal immigration.

Rep. Heck’s message to people around the world thinking of entering the U.S. illegally or coming here to overstay their visas is this: Bring the kids. They will be immune from our immigration laws and will be given U.S. citizenship. They will even be able to sponsor parents for green cards. I believe Rep. Joe Heck will get his own message from the voters in his congressional district in November 2014.

LARRY BROWN

NORTH LAS VEGAS

Horsford’s health

To the editor:

It’s good to see that Rep. Steven Horsford is well on the road to recovery after undergoing bypass surgery in July (“Horsford hits the road after heart surgery,” Saturday Review-Journal). I wish him well and stand in awe of the miracles performed by today’s health care providers. Not long ago, people such as Rep. Horsford stood little chance of living a long and productive life.

Rep. Horsford says he is now dedicated to helping others by promoting awareness of health and wellness events. He intends to become a stronger advocate and a voice to help others with similar health concerns. I salute him.

On the other hand, Rep. Horsford is in favor of the Affordable Care Act for the masses. No doubt this law will have a profound effect on our health care system, the same system that produced the miracles leading to Rep. Horsford’s prognosis for a richer and fuller life.

Rep. Horsford is lucky that he and his family will be exempt from having to fully participate in the Affordable Care Act. However, I can’t salute Rep. Horsford for his support of this law, inflicted on the public by the Democrats.

BILL DIRKSE

LAS VEGAS

Recycling benefits

To the editor:

Regarding Richard Rychtarik’s Sunday letter (“Republic Services contracts trash customers”), Republic Services should be congratulated for its proposed changes to trash pickup and recycle schedules. If each household would recycle, each household would only need one pickup per week of trash.

In my household, we recycle many more items than we place out for the trash. It is simple: people need to walk to their recycle bins and use them. Soon people will see that the trash amounts quickly diminish. No more complaining. Let us all recycle.

PHYL HEDGES

LAS VEGAS

 

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