Eyes are opened, or are opening

In 1826, a gravely ill Thomas Jefferson, unable to accept an invitation to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, instead sent a letter concerning its significance.

In his words, “May it be to the world … the signal … to restore the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or are opening, to the rights of man. … For ourselves, let the annual return of this day forever refresh our recollections of these rights, and an undiminished devotion to them.”

In light of the ceremonies planned to take place on the National Mall this Fourth of July, let Jefferson’s words remind us to rededicate ourselves to upholding these rights for all in this country.

Elizabeth Ferring,


Not examples of spirituality

In view of the recent sexual allegations brought against Donald Trump, it is now 22 and counting. As has been his mantra, we have his denial that he did not even know the victim regardless of the photo showing them with their spouses engaged in a seemingly social setting.

Let’s say that a minority male in Denton County had 22 allegations for sexual assault. Would the county take action against him or make no effort to investigate and arrive at the truth? I think we know the answer to that situation. The same action should be levied at this immoral man in the White House.

Now, let’s examine Jerry Falwell Jr., who threw judgment at Dr. Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention for his condemning the conditions at our southern border. Falwell stated that Dr. Moore was in no position to make such a claim as he had never come close to establishing anything spiritual as he had done. Mr. Falwell, you certainly cannot claim any spiritual building, as your empire was built by your father and you allegedly paid a blackmailer to keep nude pictures off social media.

My beliefs are nowhere close to those of Dr. Moore, but I applaud him for taking a stand regarding the border and knowing what is meant when Jesus said, “By doing it to the least of these, ye have done it unto me.”

Trump and Falwell are not examples of spirituality.

Jack Highfill,


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