Letters to the Editor

Trump and collusion: Letters to the editor, April 26, 2019

President Donald Trump waves as he arrives back to the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 24, 2019 with first lady Melania Trump.
President Donald Trump waves as he arrives back to the White House in Washington, Wednesday, April 24, 2019 with first lady Melania Trump. AP

Trump collusion theory blows up

Well, well; seems the collusion and obstruction believers were imbibing far too many white Russians since the 2016 election. Apparently, they still are! It didn’t help that the alphabet soup propaganda conglomerates assisted them in their gleeful inebriation by spiking their drinks with premium vitriol, instead of the usual watered-down blather. A classic, and effective, ruse.

Sober thinkers tried to help with compassionate intervention, but the self-denial was too strong, and now, they’ve hit bottom. A friend’s observation once noted, “You play stupid games, you win stupid prizes!”

Congratulations, you’ve won Russian roulette!

Mark Ybarra, Fresno

Always be vigilant for the truth

On Easter Sunday, The Bee printed the letter of J.E. Grenemyer (”Moral Need to Speak Truthfully”). He does say something that is true, “The words we use matter.” He refers to abortion as a “procedure,” which is partially true. The second part of the definition to those who respect human development is that an abortion is a procedure that terminates the life of an unborn human person.

The real issue is possibly that he, and others who hold to his perspective, believe that a fertilized human egg, a zygote, is not a human person but a cell, or mass of cells, that lacks viability. In reality, this cell or embryo will potentially fully develop into a viable human person — not a frog, nor giraffe, nor anything else.

On Good Friday, believers who attended services heard the Passion narrative of the Gospel where the scourged Jesus stands before Pontius Pilate and states that he came into the world to attest to the truth. Ironically, Pilate looks into the eyes of truth and smugly asks the question, “What is truth?”

Words do matter. A lie can be contorted to appear as truth. We must be vigilant to discern the truth.

Leonard G. Ramirez, Fresno

Worries over faith component

While it is admirable that District Attorney Smittkamp and Police Chief Dyer are concerned about pedestrian deaths in Fresno attributed to substance abuse, the “Fresno solution” raises concerns and questions. Requiring participants of a crime diversion program through a faith-based institution raises legal questions that need to be addressed. Being that mentoring is a form of guidance, can the faith component of the Fresno Rescue Mission be separated from the process? Based on past performance I have significant doubts.

Secondly, were attempts made to develop a mentoring program with a secular organization where religious doctrine and beliefs are not a component? In Fresno it is doubtful. While Pastor Cravy states that a person does not have to be a Christian to participate, the setting is ripe for proselytizing to occur. The “Fresno solution” needs to go back to the drawing board.

Adding this to the recent attempts to regulate conduct of drivers giving panhandling and installing “In God We Trust” in the council chamber, it seems like that Fresno could be the setting for the rewrite of George Orwell’s book “1984.”

Charles L. Krugman, Fresno

Wishing to hear bells peal again

What would it take to get Fresno’s church bells ringing again?

When I first moved into my home more than 50 years ago, I could hear church bells as well as the carillon at Fresno State ringing and playing every peaceful Sunday morning. Now all I hear in my neighborhood is the sound of sirens, the police helicopter flying overhead, and, yes, occasionally the sound of gunshots. Oh how calming and soothing it would be to awaken to those church bells on Sunday!

Karen Ramsden, Fresno

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