Your views: Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020
Media not to blame for Church’s reputation
Robert Rogers (Your Views, Jan. 8) said the press is abusing the Catholic Church's reputation by reporting clerical sexual abuse. I am an 83-year-old practicing "Cradle Catholic.” I believe the only people responsible for greatly damaging the reputation of the Church are the cardinals, bishops, priests and other Catholics who, for many years, covered up the abuse by the clergy of thousands of young victims.
Mary Keefe, Oklahoma City
Pelosi’s wrong, and voters will remember
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi states, “President Trump will be impeached forever.” Pelosi states the impeachment isn’t political and it isn’t partisan. President Trump was not impeached by Congress, he was impeached by Democrats. This impeachment is totally political and totally partisan. Pelosi is wrong — voters will remember.
Ray Charlesworth, Oklahoma City
It’s more of the same, except worse
Nothing really changes. It just becomes more of the same, but worse. In 1936, Kaufman & Hart produced a play, “You Can’t Take it with You.” Grandpa Martin Vanderhof commented on the state of affairs in this country: “Lincoln said, ‘With malice toward none, with charity to all.’ Nowadays they say, ‘Think the way I do or I'll bomb the daylights outta you.’”
President Lincoln expressed his own views, which he hoped were the desires of the country. They were not, as later years revealed through the continued oppression of “freed slaves” and the attempt to destroy the Southern states during Reconstruction. Lincoln’s views were not those of the people who had money, position and power (or who were driven by the desire for all three). Greed and avarice prevailed then and still does.
There have been some who had money, power and position who weren’t driven by a desire for them. Two easily come to mind: Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan. Carter was just inept, out of his depth, unprepared and ill-informed. Reagan was none of these.
But again we have a vast division in Congress: “Think the way I do or I'll bomb the daylights outta you.” Malice toward none except those who disagree with me. Charity to all? Not in my lifetime.
David Browne, Oklahoma City
Trade agreements deserved better coverage
The Jan. 16 edition of The Oklahoman left much to be desired. The major headline news of the impeachment and even the funding for Oklahoma State seemed quite appropriate for the front page. However, the Tinker Air Force Base housing office search and party-line voting in the House were quite pale compared with the two trade agreements, USMCA and China. A thorough reading of the paper finally yielded an article on page 6B on these historic events. These are far more important to the health and well-being of the nation that the failing impeachment and should receive more continuous newspaper coverage.
I also request you move the daily prayer back to the front page. This would be in line with Thursday’s news of President Trump’s move to boost school prayer and faith groups. Thank you for continuing to make the printed news important and necessary.
Ralph Ward, Norman