Cartoon disrespects strong presidents
I do not appreciate cartoons that show disrespect for our country’s leaders, such as “Passing the Baton” (The Goshen News, March 28), which shows President Carter passing the “weakest foreign policy president” baton to President Obama.
By “weak” I assume it means these presidents were not willing to lie to their country because of their eagerness to begin a war, such as President George W. Bush’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. These wars may cost taxpayers 4 to 6 trillion dollars (Harvard study) and have already cost us 6,775 lives (Congressional Research Service Feb. 19, 2014 report) and more than one million injured service men and women (International Business Times, Nov. 13, 2013). The number of veterans with traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder is staggering. It is reported that 22 veterans commit suicide every day. These statistics do not include all the civilians and non-American military men and women who were injured or killed in these wars.
These are a few of the many good reasons for not jumping into another disastrous war. I am glad President Obama is working hard to find diplomatic solutions to resolve international conflicts.
I am also glad that the goal of President Carter’s foreign policy was peace, not war. As a peace maker, he had many successes during his presidency. Since then he continues to be actively engaged in the Carter Center, working to promote peace, democracy and human rights around the world.
I think many of the families who have been devastated by the costs of war would also question the wisdom of “strong” presidents.
— Jep and Joyce Hostetler
Is the Golden Rule adaptable?
It is hard for us gentiles to be consistent when we argue against accepting a practicing gay and lesbian community. We were once welcomed while practicing much that was condemned in the Hebrew Bible (not a few scattered verses) and welcomed in spite of centuries of Jewish assumptions that condemned our natural practices as sinful and strongly repulsive.