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Saturday, September 8, 2018

When you read an Opinion page letter like the one titled “Are you tired of winning yet?” in The Daily Reflector on Sept. 5, you have to wonder, “is this guy serious?” The answer, sadly, is ”yes he is!” And unfortunately, there are millions of Americans with the same narrow mindset: people who still fail to see President Trump’s pathologic personality and all the harm he is causing to our climate, our economy, our safety, our standing in the world, our basic human rights, and on and on.

To use the names Jesus and Trump in the same sentence seems absurd. Trump is the very antithesis of Jesus: Jesus preached love, humility and charity, and Trump spews hate, boastfulness and the accruing of as much personal wealth as possible. Jesus, by all accounts, never owned a thing, and Trump exhibits an insatiable appetite for earthly possessions.

How can someone who calls himself a Christian support a self-centered, bigoted, misogynistic, dishonest, climate-change denying, draft-dodging, pervert? If prayers were going to help Donald Trump, they would have helped a long time ago. Instead, his reign continues, perpetrating long lasting divisive polices and appointments that will enable the rich, hurt the poor and cause the disenfranchisement of so many Americans who aren’t white or don’t hold the same beliefs as Vic Corey.

There’s no spiritual war going on in this nation as Corey asserts. This is a democracy and there are lots of differences of opinions, religions, races and lifestyle choices. Christianity does not rule, and we all lose if we let our belief systems and our politics intertwine.

Bill Redding

Greenville

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November 15, 2018

In 1986, internationally-renowned singer Janet Jackson made the inspirational song, “What Have You Done for Me Lately?” Elected officials should actualize the meaning of that song. Oftentimes, elected officials make shallow promises, kiss babies, and hypocritically “press the…

November 14, 2018

Consider the following Republican presidents: Richard M. Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush. Each a two-term, or twice-elected president; each a more disastrous presidency than its predecessor on the list (Nixon posing a threat to the Constitution via Watergate, Reagan posing a greater threat…

November 14, 2018

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November 13, 2018

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November 12, 2018

What’s with you, Vic Corey? One second you are crowing how Trump is the reason for you being richer, the next you are, as always, worshipping your idea of a “new Christian.”

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November 11, 2018

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November 11, 2018

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November 11, 2018

With mid-terms behind us, the next Greenville election is for 2019 mayor and City Council. For six months following the 2017 election, I made no public statements and granted no interviews, preferring instead to observe actions of the new mayor and council.

Folk ask if I’ll run and perhaps…

November 10, 2018

Most of the mainstream media and the Democratic party leadership continually, and erroneously, declare President Trump as evil, racist and a hater of anything and everything the Democratic party stands for.

I suppose his economic policies that have benefited African Americans, Hispanics and others…

November 09, 2018

Henry Kissinger had much to say about our President Trump. “Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven’t seen before.” Yes, President Trump is much different from our previous president that was willing to bow to other world leaders.

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