Letters to the Editor

Reader opposes gambling on religious basis

Recently, Rep. Pete Schwartzkopf was a guest on the Bill Colley Show on WGMD. Pete was doing his best to sell his pet project, the Del Pointe Gambling Hall.

Bill allowed me to be the last caller, and I opined that Pete champions himself as the defender of the poor, the discriminated-against and the downtrodden, yet his willingness to trade jobs for souls will therefore cause more misery — increasing our problems. I added that some day we will all give an account for what we did while on this earth, and I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes.

Pete’s answer was straight out of Saul Alinski’s “Rules for Radicals” playbook: identify and isolate the enemy. He answered by saying, “Not all of us are as lucky as Eric, who once had a bunch of stores and now he doesn’t have to work.” So now my horrible sin is out; I am somewhat wealthy.

Pete and the left thrive on setting the poor against the wealthy. I am an American who worked hard for the first part of my life and, now, within limits, I can do as I choose. Unlike Pete, who lives in a country-club development, I live in a modular home located in a modest and culturally diverse section of Georgetown.

Little does Pete know, I have a job working for the church I belong to as a humble servant of God. There is no paycheck, but the retirement benefits are out of this world. Having been reborn, I am bored with my materialistic “man toys” and have taken up a real man’s hobby: furthering conservatism.

One man called in about his gambling-addicted father and how he lived an extremely poor childhood due to it. Pete fired back that his stepfather was an alcoholic and that Pete was stronger because of it, and the caller was probably stronger, too. Apparently Pete’s newest government program includes ruining parents’ lives in order that their children will become stronger from the experience.

The left is unaware that Christians love their neighbors no matter what their political views. The left identifies us as haters in an attempt to isolate us. Our struggle is not against them but against the spiritual forces of evil (see Ephesians 6:12). So long as we are able, a lot of us will spend a tremendous amount of our money, effort and time to fight against evil and its attempt to take over our state, our nation and the minds of our children.

The liberals’ God is government, and therefore they believe government must be the cure for everything. Christians are willing to feed, shelter, clothe and counsel the poor and lost through the work of the church and God’s word, the Holy Bible, just as our forefathers had originally intended.

Our constitution and laws were made assuming we would always be Christians. But what have we become? How many of our state legislators would now be willing to take Delaware’s original oath of office that included swearing allegiance to Jesus Christ, the one and only true savior of this world?

Moral and fiscal conservatives are waking up and uniting against the left. Just one more favorable vote would bring us a resolution in the Sussex County Council against the expansion of gambling into our county. Maybe the next conservative event will be named “Take Back Legislative Hall” or better yet “Take Back the 14th District.” Maybe there is a Democrat in the 14th that is a moral and fiscal conservative and maybe they will rise up to challenge Pete in the primary election.

Above all, let us pray that everyone will accept the free gift of salvation and become magnificent examples of the power of God’s saving grace through the pure and holy sacrifice of his son Jesus.

Eric Bodenweiser

Reader: Term limitsthe real answer to reforming Congress

I would like to offer comments on Mr. Cleary’s “Reader wants Senate structure examined,” published in the Jan. 29 Coastal Point.

First, he refers to healthcare improvements contained in two separate bills passed by both the House and Senate. I wholeheartedly agree with Mr. Cleary that these are not the bills that I would have advocated. In fact, I and about two-thirds of us disagree that they are even healthcare improvements. Had it not been for the latest “Massachusetts Miracle,” we would have had some kind of Pelosie/Reed healthcare monstrosity shoved down our throats.

Second, Mr. Cleary notes that the above-mentioned Senate health care bill was forged primarily by senior senators from Montana, North Dakota, Iowa, Maine, New Mexico and Wyoming, and then insults their intelligence by stating they’re primary expertise is in raising corn and cattle and harvesting lobsters.

I do believe that these states have sizeable college and university infrastructures, as well as medical schools and successful hospitals, as well as sizeable industrial complexes and, like most other states, too many lawyers. They are not country bumpkins!

I do, however, agree that the system that relegates such responsibilities based on seniority and on which ever party has the majority is inadequate at this stage of our republic.

Third, I believe our forefathers established the Senate and the House of Representatives to act as a check and balance on each other. They further declared that the Senate be comprised of two representatives from each state and the House be comprised of representatives based on a state’s population, which is adjustable based on changing populations established by the census.

This has worked reasonably well; therefore, I see no reason to consider Mr. Cleary’s suggestion of adding 10 senators because of their states’ population. The fact that these states have 53 percent of our population already gives them more representatives in the House.

Forth and last, I do agree that reform is necessary if we are to survive. But the primary reform that I see as necessary is “term limits.” Our forefathers did their duty by serving in the government and then returned to their livelihoods. It seems to me that our representatives have evolved into a kind of royalty that spends too much time and effort insuring their reelection than properly governing the country and doing what is best for their constituents. And that applies to both parties!

Thomas M. Keeley
Ocean View

Marine Corps League sends their Thanks

This is a sincere “thank you” to the local community, business leaders and individuals from the 1st State Detachment, Marine Corps League, for your help in making the “2009 Toys for Tots” campaign a huge success.

Your support of this worthwhile endeavor made a merry Christmas for many kids in your neighborhoods who otherwise would not have benefitted through your generosity.

We appreciate your continued backing and support in our future programs.

Jack Carey, Chairman, TFT
Dick Tanner, Commandant
Jack Rine,Immediate Past Commandant
1st State Detachment,
Marine Corps League

Reader: Americans inspired Ugandan bill

The Ugandan bill that would execute gays and jail citizens who do not inform on them was likely inspired by American religionists.

In Uganda last March, three American Christian fundamentalists, posing as experts, addressed thousands of police, teachers and politicians in a two-day conference. They spouted the misinformation that anti-equality types do in this country: gays prey upon children, want to destroy family values, can and must be “cured” because being gay is only a choice, etc. A special motion to introduce the bill was passed a month later.

Other American fundamentalists have also brought their anti-gay message to Uganda. These include “The Family,” sponsor of the annual National Prayer Breakfast; and Obama Inauguration invoker the Rev. Rick Warren, who has compared homosexuality with pedophilia.

Now that Uganda’s gay-killing bill has been condemned worldwide, these American fundamentalists have slowly distanced themselves from at least the execution of gay Ugandans. But what had they expected as they instigated bias in a nation that already criminalized homosexuality?

That’s Uganda, this is America; but there’s a take-away lesson. Bigotry cloaked in religious rhetoric is still bigotry – and God help that nation and its minorities whenever it gains the ascendancy.

Douglas Marshall-Steele