Letters to the Editor

Pence and Christianity: Letters to the editor, May 14, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Liberty University commencement ceremony in Lynchburg, Va., on Saturday, May 11, 2019.
Vice President Mike Pence speaks at the Liberty University commencement ceremony in Lynchburg, Va., on Saturday, May 11, 2019. AP

Pence is the one who blasphemes

Vice President Mike Pence, who supposedly represents all Americans, used the commencement ceremony at Liberty University, a private school, to tell graduates that they should prepare to be “shunned and ridiculed” for being Christians.

What he should have said is that people who call themselves Christians, but do not act as such, should be prepared to be called hypocrites and blasphemers for ignoring the gospels. You know, those things about being neighborly, feeding the hungry, helping the poor … all the things that Republicans have abandoned in order to prop up their false orange god, all whilst proclaiming that all non-Trumpists are “sinners,” the very definition of blasphemy.

Curt Hausamann, Fresno

Governor did right to ban pesticide

Regarding the recent ban of a controversial pesticide by California Gov. Gavin Newsom, I'd just like to express my approval of this decision by our governor and his administration. The fact that this pesticide causes harm to those willingly using it is bad enough, but harming those around the area who are oblivious to the fact that it is being used is terrible.

Why Trump would defend the use of this pesticide is beyond me, but it’s nice to know that those making the decisions for California have the intuition to know what the right thing to do is.

Lawrence G. Palacios, Fresno

Trump upholds the Constitution

There have been liberals who have stated that Trump is ruining the Supreme Court by appointing conservative-constitutionalist justices. This isn’t at all unusual for those who hate him because he is using the same techniques that Obama used and that liberals love. In this case, however, they state the opposite of what is true. Trump is actually restoring the Supreme Court by nominating conservative constitutionalists, the type of justices we need in this country. That is, people who have studied the Constitution and those the people who designed it, then voted for it so they can understand what the founders meant and how they expected it to operate — not what they feel it should say or by changing the meaning of the words used in the Constitution so that it can meet their agenda.

We need justices who know that two of the main reasons for the Constitution were to protect individual liberties and to restrict government.

Louis Doggett, Fresno

Durant and team chemistry

I read David White’s article on Durant and the Warriors in the Sunday edition of The Bee (May 12). Ever since Durant arrived, my wife and I agreed that the chemistry would necessarily change. It could not have worked otherwise with a player of Durant’s caliber. That could not have been more obvious with his absence in game six as the Warriors recaptured their mojo in putting down a tough Rockets with a team effort.

At the same time, I was disappointed by White’s comments, “So, let Durant walk as a free agent and go not win titles...outside of Oakland.” For all Durant did do, he deserves better than that.

How about, “It’s been great watching your 1 on 5 magic and we wish you the best where ever you end up.” Go Warriors!

Gareth Houghton, Sanger