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Evil

Editor:

Evil exists on the earth. The earthly, physical dimensional realm is where darkness dwells. “It” must be recognized and fought every day — evil impacts more of us when “it” is manifested in extremely powerful people, who are individuals or the owners and leaders found in global companies that have become monopolies profoundly embedded in societies around the world affecting the lives and thinking of billions of people: Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, George Soros, just to name a few. Do you not see what they do?

And the radical left liberal Democrats running amok trashing our sacred Constitution. Democrats having a razor-thin margin majority in the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate, in conjunction with a Democratic president, has created an overwhelming super-majority situation allowing the progressive liberals to run the show and jam their special interests, not people’s interests, through the fake COVID-19 $1.9 trillion “rescue” bill, of which only approximately 8% is directly related to COVID-19 health care recovery. 

Matthew 23:27-28 “Woe to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like white-washed tombs, which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and uncleanness. So, you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

Susan Hewitt

Goodyear

Voter suppression

Editor:

I am always amazed how Democrats can talk about tyranny without looking in the mirror. What is more tyrannical than lockdowns? You seem to think that an ID for voting is suppressing voters. What you are admitting is that you are so inept that you can’t find anywhere to get an ID. You can go to any DMV and get an ID. You apparently don’t have your own thought process of what to foment in your own mind. Oh, you can’t give water to a person waiting in line to vote? You certainly can. It just can’t say on the bottle to “Vote for Biden.” You can actually give food, but once again you can’t have on the wrapper to “Vote for Trump.” Also, you can give food and water but you just can’t say if you vote this way I will give you water and food. MSNBC and CNN reported that a lady was thirsty waiting in line to vote and no one would give her water. So their claim was voter suppression. So, you see how group think works now. 

Les Armstrong

Goodyear

Be part of the solution

Editor:

Right now, our state and country are like someone who must lose 50 pounds prevent the onset of diabetes and has successfully lost 40 pounds. This is not the point at which you stop doing what has been working and celebrate by eating a whole cheesecake. 

We are not talking about losing weight; we are talking about losing lives to COVID -19. Thanks to our concerted efforts, approximately 2,250 Americans are not dying each day compared to the January peak; however, 1,000 lives are still being lost daily.

Here in Arizona, you have helped to save approximately 150 lives each day compared to January, but around 30 Arizonans are still dying every day. That is still three times the number of lives lost in that horrible mass shooting in Boulder — every day, not just one day. 

The data is clear. If each of us just keeps wearing our masks, gets vaccinated as soon as possible, and keeps following the public health guidelines, by the end of the summer we can largely defeat this horrible virus in the United States. 

I know it has been a really tough 12 months, but I also know if we all just stick to what is obviously working through July, together we can stop these daily unnecessary deaths from a now preventable disease.

We have two futures: a fourth wave with all the suffering and death that entails or kids in schools in August, baseball games in the fall, large family gatherings at Thanksgiving and Christmas, crowded New Year’s Eve parties.  

You have a simple choice to make — are you going to be part of the problem or part of the solution? Please, be part of the solution. Keep doing what is clearly working just a little longer and ignore the politicians.

Angela Cotera

Avondale

Gun violence

Editor:

After 10 people were killed in Boulder and 3,000 people a month in the United States were killed by gunfire each of the last four years, the gun-rights folks still don’t acknowledge that easy access to guns in this country is a problem. Some of their deceptive arguments are:

• “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people” is misleading. Guns are the weapons of choice in 75% of homicides and 50% of suicides in the United States. In tragic multiple murders such as Aurora, Orlando and Parkland, people used rapid-fire guns to kill many people in a short time, which couldn’t be done with most weapons.

• “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun” is catchy but false. There are very few incidents where this actually happens except for trained “good guys,” such as police or ex-military. Dozens of people are killed in accidental or domestic violence shootings for every criminal shot by a law-abiding civilian. And we have hundreds of thousands of trained “good guys” in our city, county state and federal police agencies. “Gun control doesn’t work — look at Chicago.” No, they don’t work very well if it’s easy to get guns from nearby states or cities, so we need federal laws.

• “The Second Amendment guarantees our right to own guns.” But, as Justice Scalia noted, there is no constitutional right for civilians to have multiple assault-type rifles with extended magazines. These are usually the weapons used by mass killers. There are constitutional limits to freedom of speech, religion and right to bear arms. 

• “Most mass shootings happen in places that ban guns” is not true, according to FBI and CDC statistics. Two-thirds of these killings take place in areas where guns are permitted.

• Also, 70% of murders by guns are committed by people who were “law-abiding citizens” until that day. Note: The protesters/rioters on Jan. 6 did not carry guns, perhaps due to D.C.’s strict gun laws. Fact: The rate of murders by guns in the United States is from four to 100 times higher than Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Japan or Australia.

• “Cars kill more people than guns do — should we ban cars?” is a false analogy, since most deaths by cars are accidental and most deaths by guns are intentional. Also, no one is trying to ban guns, just limit access to some weapons by unstable, dangerous people. The slippery slope defense is misleading: Restricting some guns does not lead to restricting all guns — machine guns have been illegal for decades, but Americans own 300 million guns.

Most Americans favor sensible laws attempting to reduce deaths by gunfire. If after a mass shooting is “not the time to discuss this problem,” they say, then we will never discuss it, because there will soon be another mass shooting. It’s time to stand our ground against the false arguments by the NRA, the gun industry and their allies in Congress.

John Flynn

Goodyear