CEDAR FALLS — Dwight D. Eisenhower, our new Republican president in 1953, started his inaugural speech with a prayer: “Almighty God, as we stand here at this moment my future associates in the executive branch of government join me in beseeching that Thou will make full and complete our dedication to the service of the people in this throng, and their fellow citizens everywhere. Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong, and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby, and by the laws of this land. Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people regardless of station, race or calling. May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who, under the concepts of our Constitution, hold to differing political faiths; so that all may work for the good of our beloved country and Thy glory. Amen.”
A few phrases that stand out are, “Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong,” and “Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people regardless of station, race or calling.”
Eisenhower had just defeated the Nazis in Europe a few years earlier.
CEDAR FALLS — The recent riots, murders and hate crimes ravishing our country are heartbreaking. Trump adds fuel to the fire with his dysfunctional temper and horrible remarks. He doesn’t think before he speaks. I fear he will lead us to World War III.
His success is not what he did, but being wise enough to hire very smart people to do what he wanted, firing those that disagreed with him. We the people actually vote for our leaders which limits his hiring pool. If we do not like what’s going on, we need to unite and work together peacefully. All faiths, all colors, all political beliefs. If our elected officials can’t do it, we can.
Strive to live in peace, love, enjoy our lives and respect each other. Tearing down statues will not solve anything. Those statues are our history, good or bad. We need to learn from our history and the mistakes made. If these things are destroyed, future generations will never know the consequences made or appreciate this knowledge. Don’t jump on the hate bandwagon! That’s never solved anything. Think smart, join together with people who want to find peace for us, our children and our country’s future. It’s your choice.
CEDAR FALLS — How appropriate a climate change report endorsed by 190 Iowa scientists on “absolute humidity” comes out during a 2-3 week (perhaps longer) stretch of low humidity. Sure the “numbers don’t lie,” but how do they compare to five, 10 or 20,000 years ago?
We don’t know because there wasn’t the worldwide tracking systems we have now. Climate has always changed. Having better monitoring systems doesn’t mean our Earth hasn’t been through this before. As a “denier,” I don’t deny CO2 emissions have had some effect on our climate. But not to the degree (pun intended) doomsayers say. I would venture to say most, if not all, climate changers believe the Earth is billions of years old. Do you really believe man can change the climate to the extent you claim in less than 200 years of industrialization?
I’m obviously not a tree-hugger, but I do believe in taking care of God’s creation. I have recycled for more than 25 years. I take short showers with a water-saving showerhead and try to pick up trash when I can.
We can all do something to preserve our planet. Let’s quit sounding the alarm and do our part.
CEDAR FALLS — Trump’s insistence “both sides” are to blame for the Charlottesville violence is devilishly misleading. Putting each side on equal grounds, moral or otherwise, is disingenuous. It is far more accurate to describe the “alt-right” groups as a cancer on society and those who showed up to protest the “alt-right” groups as the treatment for that cancer. Yes, cancer and its treatment commit violent acts on the body (society). But, who on this God’s Earth would equate the violence of cancer treatment to the cancer itself? Indeed, one — the cancer — makes the other — the treatment — necessary.
The exact same analogy holds for the violence in Charlottesville. The hate-spewing and violent alt-right cancer begot the vociferous and grandiose anti alt-right treatment. There is no doubt the anti alt-right crowd would not have been there if the alt-right groups had not been present. So, did the alt-right groups have a right to assemble and march? Absolutely not. No one has the right to yell “fire” in a crowded theater any more than anyone has the right to assemble to incite a riot. If the body has no cancer, then the treatment is not necessary.
Get to work
CEDAR FALLS — After seven months of Trump presidency, Iowa congressional officials whine about health care, taxes and infrastructure. Nothing has been accomplished. When Trump rants about “good” neo-Nazis and white supremacists, Iowa congressmen say nothing. How much more do Americans have to take from a demented racist president with regard for only a white minority base? Why haven’t elected Republican congressmembers said anything against this would-be king?
With only a few accomplishments of a Supreme Court judge and harmful monetary and environmental deregulations, what positive legislation has been passed? What is the plan? What is the timetable? Are we waiting for another government shutdown?
Americans are sick of hearing about “repeal and replace,” how wonderful Russia is and Trump telling us how “really, really great” a president he is. Are Confederate statues more important than advancing human rights?
It is time to reject Trump’s dismantling of our political system and safeguards. This man must be stopped. Shame on the GOP for condoning a man with such hatred of people of other colors, beliefs and religion. By not speaking out, your party is complicit in Trump’s shady personal agenda.
Speak out now, Republicans. Trump tweets on as nothing gets done.
ACKLEY — In the Aug. 14 Courier, Claudia Henderson’s letter “Empty Churches” caught my attention. Old theologian Vance Havner was famous for his saying: “Most churches begin at 10:00 sharp ... and end at 11:00 Dull.”
I was raised in a small country church where God’s presence was welcomed and allowed to work in the hearts and minds of the faithful. Several pastors brought biblical messages to the flock each Sunday, and the fellowship of believers was genuine. It was a “nondenominational” church, which I think was significant, as the word “denomination” translates to “division.” Scripture tells us there should be no division among believers.
Over the years I have been involved in a few denominational churches, some good pastors, and some who couldn’t blow the fuzz off a dandelion with their sermons. Buildings designed to accommodate 450 attendees are now happy if 45 show up Sunday.
Claudia questions whether the problem of declining church numbers concerns training and teaching. I would add to that the proper roles and order for elders and deacons in the fellowship. When all of these concerns come together properly, the flock will be “fed” and will grow and be hungry for more.