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Letter: Lack of common sense is making our nation sick

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Posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 12:00 am

Fallen man (all of us) have bought into some horrendously destructive lies; lies that carry with them tremendous pain and heavy cost on individual, national and global levels.

Imagine what our world would be like today without the lies of pornography, abortion, homosexuality, adultery, divorce, false religion, evolutionism, alcohol and drugs. Every family under the sun has been touched in some way or another by these deadly lies.

The sinister thing about a lie is that it’s like a putrid and contagious infection. First it’s quiet and patiently parasitic, slow to overtake its host in calculated and subtlest of increments. If the organism goes unchecked, it quickens and spreads, sometimes imperceptibly until the host is consumed with its disease — flared, throbbing, sore and, if untreated, painfully terminal.

Given the symptoms our nation is suffering under, it seems we have one devil of an infection that has metastasized. Where is our common sense?

William Van Amber Fields

Morada

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21 comments:

  • Thomas Heuer posted at 6:10 pm on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1433

    Jerome,
    Oh this is too good. One person who whines and moans the most if the topic is about gays, Obama, abortions, etc. wants to raise and wave a finger at others. And you begin an instruction ..."the more attention is drawn to said letter..." as if this is a kind of revelatory moment. However, if you look at the posts on this page is there a name here you don't recognize? So we are not actually drawing new eyes to the ads or comments. We are mostly just redirecting commenters from other lettersor articles (other advertisers). And don't forget when the comments are parsed and put on the right side of the printed LTE page the original letter is not posted so people can see what the total issue is about. Now the digitalized comments here are rather redundant don't you think. Do you realize that many commenters here don't even live here at least on a regular basis. Personally I don't have a problem with the paper catering to the advertisers as you seem to bemoan. It may keep us from losing the Tuesday paper.

    So if indeed the WVAF letter is to fill a patronizing need to advertisers then so be it ,enough said and the comments will be less questioning as to why its here rather than the religious section. But if the desire is to increase comments then why, as John Lucas stated, some of his letters go unpublished? There are few people that draw comments, attention and responses (by even infrequent Visitors) as John does. So I agree with Eric your arguments and rational are without merit.. Pointless and hypocritical.

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 6:07 pm on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1115

    "This is where the readers are!"

    Free Freak Show!

    Folks, stop on by and meet some of Lodi's angriest citizens.

    Everyone's opinion is welcomed in the LNS's "Your Views" section.

    Everyone, including the chronically distressed.

    Unfortunately, they frequently submit the "best" letters.

    Best for mocking and ridicule, that is.

    The more outrageous and offensive the subject matter, the more frequent and heated the exchanges become, the greater the number of page views and reloads.

    With "trending" letters and content automatically being relocated prominently by software...

    Further maximizing the financial rewards!!


    [smile]

     
  • Walter Chang posted at 6:06 pm on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    Walt Posts: 1115

    "maximising the financial rewards"

    Ok, I did my part.

    I clicked through on two Taboola ads at $0.01 each.

    I viewed a Marketplace banner ad for a local gym, resturant and alarm company at $0.002 total.

    I posted a like on Facebook!


    [lol]

     
  • Ross Farrow posted at 6:03 pm on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    Ross Farrow Posts: 104

    I can't speak to the Opinion page of our paper since I don't handle that page, but I am the Religion editor, and I can speak to that. I truly wish that a greater variety of opinions were reflected on the Religion page in our Saturday paper. However, it seems that, for the most part, only conservatives submit letters (with the exception of David Diskin a few weeks ago). We would welcome, for example, more moderate Christians to submit Religion letters, but they don't do it. We would also like letters from the non-Christian churches in our community — Buddhist, Muslim and Sikh. I've brought that up with more moderate pastors in Lodi from time to time, but it doesn't seem to work.

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 3:57 pm on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1490

    Your theory makes little sense when you look at the responses to our local left leaning columnist, who receive very little response to their columns but are dragged out over and over ad nauseum. This of course excludes the columns of Joe our favorite local immigrant authority who always seems to stir the pot. If the paper was concerned with drawing in more readers they should have a more diverse pool of columnist to draw from.

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 2:09 pm on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2350

    I suppose those so vehemently opposed to letter writers such as Mr. Van Amber Fields clearly don’t understand is that the more they whine, moan and complain about the letter, the author and the myriad comments related thereto, the more attention is drawn to said letter – this is precisely what the editors look for in anything they choose to publish in their newspaper. Why in the world do you think they not only repeat some of the comments in a side-bar online (look directly to the right, folks), but the more interesting and dare I suggest more provocative comments are even published in the newsprint version of the paper days later?

    My most humble suggestion offered earlier to simply ignore these types of letters or columns only added fuel to the fire (as I expected) so that even without this comment, there are already 15 attached to the letter. As that number grows, the happier the editors become because this is one way to gauge readership; and with increased readers come paying advertisers. I might also suggest that some of these advertisers even request that their ads be published on the same page as Mr. Van Amber Fields’ LTE’s. Why wouldn’t they?!? This is where the readers are!

    So keep complaining happy campers!

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 2:03 pm on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1433

    Nice call Steve

     
  • Steve Schmidt posted at 1:25 pm on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    Steve Schmidt Posts: 2308

    Chuckle.... WvAF is complaining about "false religion"?

    Now that is ironic!

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 11:45 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1433

    BTW your IMHO ... there is nothing humble nor does it contain any humility. Just the opposite.

     
  • John Lucas posted at 11:31 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    Some of us would like some evenhandedness in the printing of LTE's. I have had several letters that have never seen the light of day. The wacky sides of the Conservative and Religious seem to get all the airplay. The inclusion of what is basically a sermon in this part of the paper does not allow all views of the issues of the day a hearing.

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 11:26 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1433

    Again the self proclaimed room monitor and chaplin puts forth the his often used refrain. When the title reads "common sense", again you have to OPEN IT to find the lack of same. This has been explained to you a number of times. When something says cmmon sense and it is missing I have an opinion on that. So I will post my opinion in the opinion section of the paper which is my LNS given right. Who do you think you are? So if you don't care for my opinion might I suggest you ignore it as you suggest to everyone else.

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 10:36 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2350

    For those who find themselves so terribly offended by this and other letters, columns and articles published in the News-Sentinel, might I suggest doing what I do - ignore them. Responding to what they believe are rants with nothing more than ranting of their own makes little sense (IMHO of course).

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 10:02 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1433

    Dear LNS
    Is posting religious mad rants done on purpose for some reason? Please explain.
    It really doesn't serve any purpose and Mr Fields surely doesn't add to any conversation because it is sermonizing which is an ego exercise for him. A one way conversation looking for Amens. That should be the religious section. Those folks may not know what they are missing.

    BRIAN
    I think you made Johns case for him.

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 9:46 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1433

    [thumbup][thumbup]
    One thumb for each post

     
  • Thomas Heuer posted at 9:44 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    nth degree wise Posts: 1433

    [thumbup]

     
  • John Lucas posted at 9:24 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    1929 after 9 years of Republican rule = economic disaster
    2008 after 8 years of Republican rule = economic disaster
    The idea of invading Iraq = Foreign Policy disaster
    The administration of Iraq and Afghanistan after invasion = Bumbling, incompetent
    Republican "serious people". Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Louie Gohmert, George Bush and many others whose only positive trait is their ability to be fodder for late night comedians.
    The ascendency of Liberal thought in 1932 led to the creation of the biggest middle class the world has ever seen.
    The ascendency of Conservative thought since 1980 leading to the destruction of the middle class and the financial disaster of 2008 just like it did in 1929. It has also lead to greatest inequality of wealth since 1929. Coincidence?
    I could write a book about the moronic Republican Conservative ideas leading to disaster after disaster. This is just off the top of my head

     
  • John Lucas posted at 9:23 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    1929 after 9 years of Republican rule = economic disaster
    2008 after 8 years of Republican rule = economic disaster
    The idea of invading Iraq = Foreign Policy disaster
    The administration of Iraq and Afghanistan after invasion = Bumbling, incompetent
    Republican "serious people". Michelle Bachman, Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Louie Gohmert, George Bush and many others whose only positive trait is their ability to be fodder for late night comedians.
    The ascendency of Liberal thought in 1932 led to the creation of the biggest middle class the world has ever seen.
    The ascendency of Conservative thought since 1980 leading to the destruction of the middle class and the financial disaster of 2008 just like it did in 1929. It has also lead to greatest inequality of wealth since 1929. Coincidence?
    I could write a book about the moronic Republican Conservative ideas leading to disaster after disaster. This is just off the top of my head

     
  • Eric Barrow posted at 8:03 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    Eric Barrow Posts: 1490

    Really LNS another letter from Billy?

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 7:43 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Again, why is this letter NOT in the religion section where it belongs?

    WVAF points out the real problem with the monotheism that the ancient Hebrews created by their cult-like devotion to Yahweh and also provokes the question, "Why do we believe in a god that allows such disgusting (as described in this letter) activities to occur?

    Yahweh is perfect. Humans are not. All suffering stems not from God, but from human imperfection.

    All these imperfections can be countered by human goodness, scientific intellect and forgiveness.

    Sick are those who dwell on human imperfection, even when they know it cannot be cured.

     
  • Brian Dockter posted at 6:35 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2826

    Mr.Lucas,

    Then make your case that anyone who votes Republican has zero common sense.
    Put your money where your mouth is. POV's are like rear ends. Everybodies got one.[beam]

     
  • John Lucas posted at 5:48 am on Tue, Sep 3, 2013.

    John Lucas Posts: 2730

    I have to agree with Mr Fields. If the American people had any common sense would they ever vote for a Republican? Obviously not.

     

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