Letters to the Editor for 2/16/09

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Put an end to partisan politics

It appears that Ted Reavis from Carroll County has unleashed yet another baseless partisan attack against Rep. Rick Boucher.

Reavis simply does not get the public mood that it’s time to put partisan politics aside and work in a bipartisan fashion with Democrats and Republicans cooperating together in order to solve our nation’s serious economic problems.

This time, Reavis has attacked Boucher for something that the congressman has absolutely no control over.

In his Feb. 1 tirade [letter to the editor], Reavis blamed the increase in the rates that people pay for electricity on the congressman. If he had only done a cursory amount of research, Reavis would have discovered that electricity rate increases are the sole province of the Virginia State Corporation Commission, an entity that a federal legislator such as Boucher has absolutely no authority over.

I think it should be pointed out that Mr. Reavis’ motivations are not those of a concerned citizen, but those of a hyper-partisan and political activist who has a record of making substantial contributions to Republican campaigns.

In contrast, Rep. Boucher is working across party lines with members of both parties to find solutions to the many challenging problems that we face.

In these trying times, we need more Rick Bouchers. I suggest Mr. Reavis give up on the political attacks. The public is looking for solutions, not partisan harangues.

Ruth Ross


Native Americans did worship God

My gratitude to Patrick Butler (letter, Feb. 9) for the opportunity to correct some age-old misconceptions.

My original point about Jesus was that He is not all syrupy sweetness, as many believe.

Jesus knew what was in people’s hearts.

The move to eliminate “Merry Christmas” is orchestrated to ultimately annihilate Christianity.

And think about this: the ultimate result of tolerance is anarchy, for when one must tolerate everything, laws mean nothing.

I applaud Butler for his research on Native Americans.

Unfortunately, he only found the same tired, undocumented lies and misconceptions printed for over 400 years, thanks to erroneous assumptions by early Eurocentrics and academicians.

My husband is largely native, part Cherokee and part Muskogee. I, part Pennacook.

For more than 20 years, we have lived among documented Native Americans (not New Age Wannabees). For over 12 years we attended our ceremonies (not public pow wows; true ceremonies are never open to the public), so I know whereof I speak.

And the Bible (King James Version) was used and preached during our ceremonies.

Fact: Every tribe’s name for God translates directly to Giver of Life or Giver of Breath. In Muskogee, it’s Hesaketv-mese.

Fact: Every tribe has a legend about the Son of God coming to earth to tell people the right way to live.

Fact: Every native worships the Great Spirit. Sounds like the Christian Trinity to me!

Fact: Natives worshiped no other deities than the One Triune God named above.

Fact: Every morning as the sun rose, proof positive of God’s gift of another day, natives everywhere faced that proof, and thanked God for His gift.

Eurocentrics assumed they worship the sun! Not!

There is much, much more, but space will not allow.

I invite Mr. Butler (and any interested party) to contact me for a list of books and Web sites full of documented facts (not Eurocentric assumptions) about Native Americans and for further discussions regarding Native Americans and Christianity.

Lynn Merrell

Elk Creek