YOUR OPINION: Letters to the editor

By NEMS Daily Journal

Weather reporting better done indoors
Maybe I am a dinosaur. I grew up in a small town in Illinois (both of my parents are from Northeast Mississippi, and I got here as soon as I could). I remember tornado drills at school, and staying up late watching the latest storm reports on WGN from Chicago.
So, what has changed in weather reporting? Well, the broadcasts are in color with satellite photos and radar. Are the three-day forecasts more accurate? I don’t think so. The big difference I see is that the weather reporters have to stand out in driving wind and torrential rain. Is this supposed to convince us the weather is bad or they are stupid?
I think it is time to return intelligence and logic to weather reporting. I cannot imagine a TV “weatherman” from my childhood standing out in monsoon conditions. Sure, the television stations can place a remote camera outside! That can capture cool video. But, I respect the meteorologist who is safely inside and reporting the latest information. I do not need to see a dummy, standing in the middle of a hurricane, telling me how strong it is.
The old folks had a saying: “He don’t have enough sense to come in out of the rain.” Listen up, Jim Cantore.
Ron Burch

Obama criticized about religion-related actions
I hate to think we as a nation are gradually leaving God out of our lives, but it appears this is happening. The older generation of which I am a member was mostly raised in a church and our numbers are declining and the number of the younger generation not going to church appears to be increasing.
Our government has helped in causing this decline. It has taken prayer out of our schools and sporting events and removed the Ten Commandments from public buildings. This is ironic because as you walk up the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court, you can see near the top of the building a row of the world’s lawgivers and each one is facing a man in the middle. It is Moses holding the Ten Commandments. As you enter the Supreme Court courtroom the two huge oak doors have the Ten Commandments engraved on each door and you can see on the wall above where the judges sit a display of the Ten Commandments and this same court debates whether or not to remove “one nation under God” from the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Yet, Congress begins with a prayer by a minister whose salary has been paid by taxpayers since 1777.
Even our president who professes to be a Christian, by his actions has promoted this decline. In April 2009 when speaking at Georgetown University, he requested a monogram symbolizing Jesus’ name be covered while he was making his speech. In May 2009 Obama declined to host the National Day of Prayer (a day established by federal law). Also in May 2009 he hosted a White House dinner in honor of Ramadan.
February 2012, the Obama administration forgives student loans in exchange for public service, but announces it will no longer forgive student loans if the public service is related to religion.
There are numerous other actions he has taken against Christianity which make me question whether he is actually what he professes to be.
We as Christians need to pray to God that our nation does an about-face and returns to the fundamentals that our forefathers intended our government to stand on.
Earnest “Dee” Streit

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