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Letters to the editor: Worse than Obamacare?

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Worse than Obamacare?

What misguided Florida state official from the Department of Management Services lacked the common sense to decide what was and what was not appropriate religious Christmas displays for the Capitol rotunda in Tallahassee? Anything beyond the accepted traditional Christian religions that the majority of Americans believe in just makes a mockery of and disrespects these religions and beliefs. Is it even reasonable to think that anyone seriously believes that these ridiculous displays are a free speech issue? If a plate of spaghetti, a pole adorned with beer cans or the Satanic temple display are legitimate religions, then this country is in more of a state of disrepair than Obamacare.

As George Costanza was fed up with the commercialization of Christmas as displayed in “Seinfeld,” so are many others today. I am sure that these atheists, along with other non-traditional hypocrites, whose sole effort is to make a mockery of Christmas, also take the time off from work with compensation that has been provided by their employer.

Jerry Wright

Avon Park

Remember ‘Tommy’

I would like to thank Michael R. Weeks for his Other Views article “An ungrateful nation indeed” (Dec. 24). This 24-year-plus retired USAF veteran could not have expressed it any better except to quote the last four lines of “Tommy” by Rudyard Kipling for those in Congress who voted for that bill:

For it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ “Chuck him out, the brute!”

But it’s “Saviour of ’ is country” when the guns begin to shoot;

An’ it’s Tommy this, an’ Tommy that, an’ anything you please;

An’ Tommy ain’t a bloomin’ fool — you bet that Tommy sees!

Have those congressmen Google the rest of the poem. This “Tommy” and hopefully others will remember this on Election Day.

Anthony Kres

Tampa

No shame or conscience

It brought tears to my eyes as I read how Melody Russell warned the Grinches to feed, walk, clean up after and, most of all, to love Honey, the precious 12-week-old Shih Tzu puppy that was stolen, along with family presents, during a home break-in. You have to be pretty desperate to break into someone’s home and not only steal the family’s Christmas presents but the family dog as well. These folks ought to be ashamed of themselves. But, then again, some folks have no shame, nor do they have a conscience.

JoAnn Lee Frank

Clearwater

It’s ‘Merry Christmas’

I don’t agree always with Tribune columnist Joe Henderson, but his “The phrase is ‘Merry Christmas’ ” (Metro, Dec. 24) nails it. I am tired of political correctness and almost not allowed to say “Merry Christmas” because some ballerinas think they have to be in the limelight for every cause.

Most other religions nowadays can be glad that they are free to protest it because of the writers of the Constitution and Christianity. Now I have to apologize when I say “Merry Christmas.” Our politicians and society overall allowed the taking of the word Christmas out of the church calendar. Christianity is still the main religion in this country.

There are countries in this world where a cross on your house is almost the same as a death sentence. Are we heading for that too?

Capt. Th. Hinrichs

Wesley Chapel

Long history of survival

Catherine Durkin Robinson’s “A nonreligious approach to the holiday” (Other Views, Dec. 23) ends with a wish “until we’ve left the remnants of religion behind.” That wish may be hard to fulfill, leaving her empty and disappointed.

Christianity, Judaism and many other religions have a long history of survival in the face of persecution. Religion survived because people believe; it is part of the human nature. It is not the “opium of the masses” as the atheists claim.

For Christians the happiness of Christmas and its many expressions of joy come within and not from overpowering commercialism. We are reminded that Jesus was born poor, and it is our duty to look after the lesser among us. I have yet to see any agnostic or atheist organization that comes close to doing for their fellow men and women what organizations of faith like Metropolitan Ministries do.

Alberto J. Sanchez

Tampa

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