Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor | Sunday March 24: Trump’s Christianity, death penalty and GOP buzzwords

Grading Trump in Ten Commandments

I’m always amused when I read letters from supposed Christians supporting Donald Trump, one of the least Christian men to ever be POTUS.

The writer praised “the Lord God Almighty” (Re “ Trump is God’s gift,” Page 2B, March 17) that Trump was taking down socialists. I wonder if the writer is receiving Social Security or Medicare, both of which are socialism.

So how good a Christian is Trump? He doesn’t follow the Ten Commandments very well.

He seems to hold himself in esteem as high as he gives to God.

No graven images perhaps, but his name in huge letters on anything he can put it on.

The name of God in vain? We’ve all heard him speak.

Keeping the Sabbath holy? Is golfing “holy?”

Honoring father and mother? He gets a pass on this one.

He probably hasn’t killed anyone, but he’s encouraged his followers to commit acts of violence against his critics.

Not commit adultery? LOL.

Not steal? Ask his subcontractors who haven’t been paid.

Not bear false witness? He’s publicly told over 9,000 lies since being inaugurated.

Not covet? Oh, please.

Sadly it seems that some so-called Christians ignore all that Christ died for us and would endorse Satan himself if he granted their most selfish wishes.

Gary McNett, Modesto

Teachers deserve more pay

Re “What is college really worth, and to whom?” (Page 2B, March 6): One career where education is not worth the monetary return is elementary education. Shame, shame on our society that our children’s teachers are paid an income where college is a poor financial investment.

Beverly J. Morris, Hughson

Death penalty backed by voters

It’s just like a career politician to promise one thing when campaigning, only to do the opposite after elected. I’m referring to our newly elected governor, Gavin Newsom. With a stroke of his pen, he signed a moratorium on the death penalty.

In 2016 voters of California passed a measure to keep the death penalty and expedite the process. Now Democrats want to decide on this issue again in 2020.

According to the Bee’s editorial board ( Our View: In death penalty moratorium, Gov. Newsom turns his back on voters, Page 6B, March 14), Newsom said he would “be accountable to the will of the voters” if he was elected.

We hear the death penalty is discriminatory, wastes millions of dollars, has not made the state any safer and, bottom line, is immoral. Isn’t the death penalty in place to control the immoral acts of the murders?

I wonder how many more decisions will be made based on emotion? Decisions that defy the will of the voters cannot be allowed to stand.

The voters of California should begin the process of recalling Governor Newsom and free him from the difficult responsibilities and decisions of his office.

Tim Lamas, Modesto

Boo for missing brackets

What is The Modesto Bee becoming? First you put the Op-Ed page on the back of the sports section. Then you don’t publish a March Madness bracket for either men’s or women’s basketball.

Much of your lefty yellow journalism is hard enough to take without besmirching the sports pages, or failing to provide basic customer services.

Finally, please do not direct me to the online version. I pay my subscription yearly, mostly for the ink-stained fingers with which I am rewarded from actually reading what you publish and deliver. Get it together!

Theodore F. Mills, Modesto

GOP misleads with socialism rants

Republicans are creative experts at using language to comfort their believers and to mislead voters on issues facing the American people. Scary phrases and made-up facts are GOP trademarks. “Death panels,” “partial-birth abortion” and “fake news” are samples of Republican creativity.

The latest word proclaimed by party members and their leader, President Trump, is “socialism.” Many people, including the president, are unclear on what socialism is really about. By pledging to keep America from becoming a “socialist country,” the president demonstrates that he apparently missed a civics class while growing up.

The United States has practiced socialism since the beginning. When individuals cannot provide something essential for people, the government can. Examples are public schools, the post office, the military and the highway system. If capitalism enables you to buy an automobile and there are no roads to drive on, governmental socialism builds highways for you.

Throughout our history, Republicans have shouted “socialism!” in their efforts to undermine government programs like Social Security, Medicare and the Affordable Care Act. They are again using this word to deceive the public regarding proposed programs that would benefit the majority of our citizens.

Michael A. Clarke, Salida

If Trump were a Dem...

I had no idea there are so many Rhodes scholars and others with IQs high enough to be eligible to join Mensa International. All of these people believe they have the intelligence to advise the president on everything he has done or will do in the future.

If they have the knowledge and the intellect, why haven’t they run for public office so they could lead us to nirvana? If the president were a Democrat they would praise him and be talking about his reflection.

Gene Gann, Turlock

Chavez nailed it

On March 31, we celebrate Cesar Chavez Day (1927-1993), co-founder (with Dolores Huerta) and president of the United Farm Workers. Chavez was a champion of the downtrodden, human and non-human alike. Unbeknownst to most of his admirers, Chavez was also a vegetarian for ethical (not health) reasons. Following is an excerpt from a letter the great man sent me in 1990:

“Kindness and compassion towards all living things is a mark of a civilized society. Conversely, cruelty, whether it is directed against human beings or against animals, is not the exclusive province of any one culture or community of people. Racism, economic deprival, dogfighting and cockfighting, bullfighting and rodeos are cut from the same fabric: violence. Only when we have become nonviolent towards all life will we have learned to live well ourselves.”

Words to live by. R.I.P., Cesar. You are sorely missed. Si se puede!

Eric Mills, Oakland

Coordinator, Action for Animals