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Letters: Hill's checks and balances

Johnson City Press • Jul 2, 2019 at 6:00 AM

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Hill’s checks and balances

Someone explain this to me why Matthew Hill is allowed to give out $1,000 checks to 50 lucky representatives (Republicans only) to bribe them to vote for him as speaker? Open, transparent government apparently doesn’t count in this race? The $50,000 it takes to do this is hidden behind a shell company or two to keep his sugar daddy anonymous (but I think we know who is behind this).

This is the Republican Party’s idea of doing better government. Just how is Hill any more credible than Casada? So Matt Hill can raise money? So what? That seems like an admission he and the Republican Party can be bought.

Are we supposed to swallow this image of this clean-cut dad, Christian do-gooder, wholesome, young man with a Bible in one hand and a wad of money in the other? How do the Hill apologists explain this one?

It leaves an awful taste in my mouth.

CHARLES MOORE
Johnson City

Election season is coming

The upcoming 2020 election boils down to one crucial choice: to live in a republic which celebrates and practices democracy, or live in a dictatorship with loss of freedoms and unimaginable suffering.

The threat to our republic is very real with the current unstable, unpredictable, and lying president and the Republicans in Congress who do his bidding blatantly ignoring checks and balances in order to stay in power.

So I would like to pose this question: “How much does one value his or her rights and freedoms in the USA?” If they are important, then we must exercise our powerful right to vote. This will determine if we choose between a democracy or a dictatorship. Get off the sofa, turn off the TV, stop the video games, put down your phone and get to your designated election place and cast your ballot.

This election will determine our future as well as our children’s future.

BARBARA CROWE
Gray

They are precious in his sight

How have we gotten to this point in the United States of America? We, who claim to be a Christian nation, now lock up little children in horrible unsanitary conditions simply because their parents are undocumented aliens.

Lawyers sent to the detention facilities by the U.S. court observed truly horrible conditions. Warren Binford, a professor at Willamette University, described children with no soap, no toothbrushes, and no bathing. She noted, “(These conditions) are worse than actual prison conditions. It is inhumane. It's nothing that I ever imagined seeing in the United States of America.”

Holly Cooper, who co-directs University of California-Davis’ Immigration Law Clinic and represents detained youth, said last week, “In my 22 years of doing visits with children in detention I have never heard of this level of inhumanity.”

And what was the government response? “No problem.” (what?) Sarah Fabian, senior attorney for the Department of Justice’s Office of Immigration Litigations told a panel of incredulous Ninth Circuit judges that it is “safe and sanitary” to confine immigrant children in facilities without soap or toothbrushes and to make them sleep on concrete floors under bright lights.

Where is the outrage? Where are the cries of my fellow Christians or others of moral concern? I fear and tremble for us: “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Then they will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

MARK A. MATSON
Johnson City

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