Nov. 27, 2013 - Letters to the Editor

Credit: Brad Skiff

President has stricken ‘Creator’

On Sept. 6, 2001, Barack Obama declared his convictions against America’s “deep-flaw(ed)” “culture” and “Constitution.”

Born to Muslim parents in Kenya, Africa, and raised in Muslim Indonesia, Obama was shocked when he moved to America.

In Obama’s own words, he says: “But I think (the Constitution) is an imperfect document, and I think it is a document that reflects some deep flaws in American culture… and in that sense, I think we can say that the Constitution reflected an enormous blind spot in this culture that carries on until this day, and that the Framers had the same blind spot.”

In contrast to Obama’s native Muslim law, there are no constitutional provisions for Islamic Sharia law, no provisions for Islamic sexual practices, no provisions for Islamic Jihad.

These three glaring “blind spots” disqualify the U.S. Constitution and American culture.

As a consequence, Obama has felt duty-bound to wage a campaign against America’s flawed culture and laws.

This culture must be struck down — namely our Constitution, our alleged “Creator,” our declaration, our Bible, our Christian religion, our hetero-marriages, our history, our traditions, our Bill of Rights, our values, our security, our freedoms, our autonomy, our future, our hopes, our defenses, our military, our unity, our morality, our health and our survival.

Will Obama have his way with us? Will we follow Obama’s creed?

Must America be erased, and be recreated in Obama’s image? Many immigrants and minorities say yes.

President Obama proclaimed, “whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation.” Is he right?

As a nation, are we cutting all ties with the “Creator” cited in our declaration? Obama has stricken out the very word “Creator” from our Declaration.

Ward Hartzell, Twisp

Easement was right for everyone

After reading yet another anti-conservation easement article, I figured it was time for me to speak out.

I purchased a ranch in 2001 that was classified as “open ag” and that had been on the market for quite a while.

The family that owned the property for 40-plus years wanted it to stay intact, and also wanted the historically significant homestead buildings preserved.

The only viable offers on the property came from myself and a developer. Soon after my purchase, the state Fish and Wildlife Department offered to buy a conservation easement from me.

I was happy to permanently commit the property to agriculture, open space and wildlife habitat, which is what a conservation easement does.

The decision was good for all involved, and I’ve never regretted it.

I got paid fair market value for my development rights, the big cabin I built for my family put jobs and cash into the local community, the county now gets over five times the property tax revenues it received previously.

The neighbors are assured the land they abut will remain scenic and undeveloped, and finally, state tax payers got great wildlife habitat preserved without having to foot the bill for an outright purchase!

The only losers in the deal were the people who used to dump their beer cans and trash in the creek that ran down the middle of the ranch.

Greg James, Mercer Island


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