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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Dec. 11

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On the passing of Nelson Mandela

To the editor:

As the words of Micah in chapter 6, verse 8, “He hath shown thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”

The Honorable Nelson Mandela was an extraordinary man who was the image of forgiveness and freedom; a man committed to democracy, for all men. His steadfast sense of justice and peace changed a nation and motivated the world to strive for peace. 

Nelson Mandela once said, “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” 

As we mourn the loss of an elder statesman, we must continue to strive for equality for all mankind. We must emulate his compassion for those who live in poverty, inequality, discrimination, and are subjected to prejudice of all kind.

It is my petition that our local leaders will make decisions for the advancement of the entire community and continue to work collectively for the common goal of social harmony and prosperity.

Pastor Kevin Chandler

Halifax

 

A great man

To the editor:

I went to bed Wednesday night only to awaken to the news frenzy on Thursday of the passing of South African President Nelson Mandela. 

Nelson Mandela not only was a great man as well as a “Great Humanitarian,” he was a man of great strength and conviction who along with many others including President Ronald Regan fought the oppression of apartheid. 

Although a continent away the rippled effects of apartheid were felt here as well as around the world. Mr. Mandela was imprisoned for 27 years for having the courage to stand up against a racist minority regime. 

His list of accomplishments and humanitarian achievements are far too many to mention. 

Mr. Mandela’s legacy will be long remembered and wrote about for many years to come. 

We are all God’s children, and each individual has a purpose upon this earth. Acknowledging costs nothing, but what this man gave up cost him everything. 

With kind regards,

G. L. Younger

South Boston

 

Bend over — here it comes again

To the editor:

Do you remember the outrage when billions of taxpayer dollars were used to bail out all those too-big-to-fail domestic and foreign banks in 2009? Well, Congress heard what we were saying and passed a bill that would hush the masses.

In 2010 Obama signed the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to make sure that a crisis like that never happens again. “Taxpayers will not have to bear the costs of Wall Street’s irresponsibility: If a firm fails in the future it will be Wall Street — not the taxpayers — that pays the price.” http://www.whitehouse.gov/economy/middle-class/dodd-frank-wall-street-reform

Now, guess what? The House of Representatives just passed the HR 992: Swaps Regulatory Improvement Act — which amends the Dodd-Frank Act to once again allow the bank bailouts using taxpayer money.  https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr992#summary/libraryofcongress

This got a lot of support. There were 222 Republicans and 70 Democrats who voted for it. And, yes, our very own Robert Hurt was on the winning side, keeping favor with his biggest contributors.

If this bill gets through the Senate, the big banks will be bailed out with taxpayers’ money just like before.

So you see, it really doesn’t make any difference who you vote for. What you’ll get is more of the same - congressmen who will put their loyalty to their deep-pocket contributors above those of us who get them into office. 

No wonder almost half of people don’t even bother to vote.

Dan Shaw 

Halifax