Voice of the People
Elect politicians who are virtuous
The founding fathers of this nation knew that the Constitution, with its separation of powers, checks and balances, and guarantees of personal liberty, embodied the best system of government that men could devise.
But they knew also, and so stated, that it could succeed only if those elected to high office were persons of virtue (moral excellence; goodness). They sought to protect and promote religion in the belief that virtue is derived from faith in a supreme and holy being to whom all men are ultimately accountable. And they believed that the people would choose men of virtue to rule over them.
However, religion has been banned from government, and virtue has ceased to be even mentioned as a factor in the choice of candidates for public office, or as the foundation for upright behavior by elected officials. All too often, immoral conduct by public officials and candidates for election is dismissed as a private matter having no relationship to fitness for public office. With impunity, candidates lie and defame opponents, and make false promises they do not intend to keep.
Once elected, too many officeholders devote their time and influence to securing re-election and to increasing personal wealth. The killing of unborn babies is legalized. The immoral practice of deficit spending continues to increase the public debt and threatens economic ruin. And President Obama, who is seen by many as a paragon of virtue, proudly boasts of having "killed," by the use of predator drones, numerous individuals whom he has unilaterally designated America's enemies.
It is high time the American people recognized that the founding fathers were right; that virtue and morality are not only desirable, they are essential to good government. The people we choose for public office reflect our own values.
Therefore, let us choose virtue.
Lawrence L. Pauley
USPS should make better decisions
Is postal service supposed to make a profit? Postal Service was a service for the people of the United States, not a private business. But columnist Milt Hankins was correct in some of his statements. Junk mail should be charged same as regular mail. The Postal Service could make millions.
And another thing. Why does Postal Service advertise on TV and radio and in newspapers? It could save millions. I saw in the news lately it gave millions to Lance Amstrong. What a waste? How many more undisclosed give-aways has it done?
Hankins talked about wages. I noticed he didn't start at the top. He seemed to pick on the average wage earner.
Kenieth Vance South Point, Ohio