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Letters: God not on Trump's side; an endorsement for Gilbert; climate change isn't political

Questioning what god would be on Trump’s side

In response to Diane Stuller’s [April 9] letter, in which she believes that God is on Trump’s side, I’m wondering to what “god” she’s referring.

Jesus never berated or bullied humans by calling them animals, criminals or rapists. He never discriminated against races, promoted anti-Semitic or white nationalist tropes or treated people cruelly by separating children from their parents.

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Jesus never mocked or characterized people’s physical appearance by calling them “Dumbo,” “fat,” “short,” “little,” “wrinkled” or “pencil-necked.”

He befriended the outcast, the prostitute, the leper, the poor and more. Jesus worked to bring people together, healed the sick, fed the masses and preached compassion and forgiveness. Teaching his greatest commandment “love one another as I have loved you.” Jesus never aligned with dictators, corrupt kings, rulers and those who sought to control and suppress. In fact, he spoke out against these types of individuals.

Ms. Stuller wrote that she is in “awe” of Donald Trump who has defended dictators and autocrats; bullied, mocked and berated; raised taxes on the poor and working class while providing the biggest tax windfall in history to the wealthiest individuals and corporations; is systematically undermining public education; threatened the California fire victims, and, turned his back on the people of Puerto Rico, just to name a few. How are any of these actions Jesus-like?

This president works to divide using lies and fear to scare the public and assert control. He is incapable of maintaining a cabinet of professionals unless they’re unwilling to challenge him. His actions are inhumane and undermine American values. Ms. Stuller states he’s [Trump] working to secure “American freedoms for us.” The president is reducing the concentration of power to himself and a few close advisors, including his family; eliminating responsible leadership within our national agencies; and believes corrupt dictators. All of which, are a perfect recipe for eliminating our freedoms.

Claiming that God is on Donald Trump’s side is demeaning to the Savior of the world. As we begin the Holy Week celebration of Jesus’ sacrifice and God's greatest gift to humankind, it is incomprehensible to think God is taking sides.

Sedonia Martin

Manchester

In support of Gilbert for Westminster city council

We have an upcoming election in Westminster on May 14. Although I am registered to one political party, I believe in voting (when possible) for the candidate who will do the best job, regardless of party.

I’d like to endorse Ann Thomas Gilbert for Westminster City Council. Because I know Ann personally, I can vouch for her integrity and commitment. Nowadays, it’s hard to find those qualities in anyone. I haven’t quizzed her on her leanings or intentions; I’ll leave it up to her character to do what’s best for the town.

I hope voters will recognize that these qualities need to be endorsed and vote for Ann Thomas Gilbert.

Linda Hylan

Westminster

Climate change should cross political divide

Letter-writer Myles Stanley is correct in that the sun does power a planet’s climate system. However, its atmosphere also has a profound impact. For example, although Mercury is closer to the sun, Venus is hotter because its atmosphere is mostly carbon dioxide.

In its report, “America’s Climate Choices,” the National Academy of Sciences states that climate change “is very likely caused primarily by the emission of greenhouse gases from human activities,” and it calls for strong national action and international cooperation to address it. The NAS contends that this is wise risk management, because climate impacts will last for hundreds to thousands of years, but climate action can be scaled back if it is shown to be more stringent than what is needed.

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Our common values like national security and concern for our children’s future should unify Americans on this issue. It just doesn’t make sense to make the long-term changes to the Earth’s physics and chemistry we are making without looking at this closely together, across political divides, with open ears and open hearts.

I’m encouraged that the bipartisan Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act has been introduced in the House of Representatives. Let’s urge our members of Congress to work together and find a path to slow climate change.

Terry Hansen

Hales Corners, Wisconsin

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