Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tea Party mission
I love the fact that George Selleck takes aim at the Tea Party with an apparently hazy understanding of what they stand for, and no clear example of how they “play on the common ignorance of American history (“Sunshine patriots,” Our readers write, Dec. 7), while at the same time comparing them to British sympathizers from the Revolution who would spread lies because they feared change.
It sounds to me like you are committing the very act your letter claims to detest.
I know we can’t always go by what an organization claims on its website to represent. If that were the case, Democrats would come clean about their venture into the redistribution business.
If we were, though, this is what the Tea Party would be about: “The Tea Party Patriots’ mission is to restore America’s founding principles of fiscal responsibility, Constitutionally limited government and free markets” (teapartypatriots.org).
That mission statement sounds like a radical idea to me, and it looks like you’re the Tory after all.
White Salmon, Wash.
Much ado about nothing
As Hood River News subscribers since our arrival to Oregon June 28, 1980, we have been avid readers — I still miss Mary Schlick’s column.
As I’ve been following the news re: Barrett Park, and so disappointed that the permit will not be allowed — as I recall, when the beautiful golf course was being planned, many years ago, there was much ado regarding the nearby orchards being harmed in some way by the traffic, plus all the disturbance that would be caused by the act of putting in the course — dust, etc.
What I’m wondering, after my husband and both 50-plus-year-old sons, and grandsons have played there (and we have all been enjoying Divots) wasn’t there much ado about nothing to the nearby orchards?
If there is one thing Hood River could use, it’s a park! I know Jackson Park is a great venue for all the events they sponsor, but it’s even limited due to the “ravine” — for flat spaces that could be fun for volleyball, croquet, more tables and restrooms and parking!
Thank you, Maui Meyer, for the one vote! To Mr. von Lubken: Thou protest too much.
Right idea, wrong subject
Bill Davis (“Time to impeach,” Our readers write, Nov. 23) may have had a good idea about impeachment, but I think he had the wrong subject in mind.
When Supreme Court judges put political party and religious agenda before the Constitution they swore, on a Bible, to “administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich — under the Constitution and laws of the United States,” they should be impeached.
Antonin Scalia admits he is far right; listening only to Fox “News” and reading only right-wing journalism. He and his like-minded Supreme Court judges have, are and will break their sworn Judicial Oath every time they vote party politics instead of upholding the Constitution. They should be impeached.
Senators and Representatives also swear to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that “I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.” When legislators make up and vote in laws not proscribed in the Constitution, they are breaking their oath and should be impeached.
Their most grievous offense is giving person-hood to corporations and dollar bills (I believe it was Thomas Jefferson who warned against this very thing). All this under First Amendment the guise of the freedom of speech. The First Amendment applies to living human beings; absolutely nowhere does it include money or businesses.
The five conservative Supreme Court judges chose to ignore the Constitution and uphold this unconstitutional law. All of these buggers should be impeached for failure to adhere to their sworn oaths of office.
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Oil train car being transported by truck
A damaged rail car from the June 3, 2016 oil train derailment and fire is transported from the crash site via truck on I84. Enlarge