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U.S. launches terror war on its own citizens

I’m reading an article in The Journal Gazette about the National Security Agency collecting the telephone records of millions of Americans who are Verizon customers. I’m a Verizon phone customer, so am I to assume this must include my records? Why?

What are the White House and the FBI going to do with this information? The White House and the FBI both issued this order and yet both refused to comment on it, as did Verizon. The order requires Verizon to provide “ongoing, daily information” about “all-call detail records,” including local phone calls. Amazing! Is this America?

You add this to the drones and the sharing of your medical information with medical panels that will decide whether you deserve medical treatment, and one must wonder where our freedoms are headed under this administration.

I thought President Obama said the war on terror was over. Perhaps the terror is just starting on the citizens of the United States by their own government.

JUDY HEIN Fort Wayne

Donít expect change until we change politicians

William Cook wrote an excellent letter June 3 about misplaced priorities. But we can write about it until we run out of ink and not change a thing.

The backslappers of both parties and the lobbyists of the super, super rich of the world’s wealthiest families about 300 in number are still in control.

Who said slavery ended? When NAFTA was passed, it cleared the way to scuttle the American working class and let those foreign members of those 300 wealthy families stock our shelves with 50 cent-per-hour-made merchandise from their favorite trading partner, China, and others.

Possible remedy? My old granddaddy – and I’m 90 – told me “vote ’em in and vote ’em out.” If they did a good job while in, then give ’em another term, but don’t leave them in there and you will break up every political machine in the country.

I think “old dad” was right. Let’s give it a try. Uncle Sam needs your help now before it’s too late.

Talk American, live American, buy American.


Gay-marriage debate can occur without name-calling

In many of the pro-gay marriage comments in the newspapers and other media of late, the authors seem to equate the opposition’s belief with a hatred of gays and those who support them. This is a gross falsehood and an obviously intentional portrayal of those who don’t agree with them. In addition, using terms such as “bigot,” “narrow-minded” or “hate mongers” to describe them only reflects the intolerance they claim the “others” display.

Over the years I have been around a number of gay people who have known of my views regarding gay marriage and don’t agree with them, but they still respect me and I them. No hatred from either side was and never has been considered a possibility.

Yes, there are those on both sides of the issue who evidence a lack of civility and have a strong disdain for the others’ views, but we all must be willing to give each person the right and freedom to express his opinion and beliefs without resorting to name-calling and the kind of vitriol that is currently pervasive. Ideally, this could be done with love and tolerance.