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December 3, 2008 at 2:54 PM

Campaign epilogue

Palin and the good old boys

I’m beginning to wonder if the Doonesbury sarcasm strip (it certainly isn’t a comic strip) is ever going to stop trying to smear Gov. Sarah Palin. I guess the “style” these days has gone from gracious winning to rubbing salt in the wounds.

While it was impossible for Palin to get totally up to speed on international issues in the couple of months before the election, the intelligent folks on the far left who have the public’s eye or ear realize she is a quick study and will try anything to fool the millions of American voters who don’t really understand economics, politics or government into thinking she’s not becoming a viable candidate for national office.

It’s pretty obvious the lefties are scared of her and the fact that most hardworking, thinking Americans will begin to realize that she represents them and could return the federal government to one based on “ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”

For now, count on another four years of a know-it-all network of “good old boys” who get together to joust and dicker to see who can suck the most money out of the few remaining taxpayers to reward their voters and lobbyists.

— Gary McGavran, Bellevue

Pay taxes or keep them separate

The Rev. Joseph Illo, pastor of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Modesto, Calif., apparently doesn’t believe in separation of church and state [“Priest, bishop split on Obama,” Politics, Nov. 30].

He was quoted telling his parishioners shortly after Barack Obama was named president-elect; “If you are one of the 54 percent of Catholics who voted for an abortion-rights candidate, you were clear on his position and you knew the gravity of the question, I urge you to go to confession before receiving communion. Don’t risk losing your state of grace by receiving sacrilegiously.”

He seems to want it both ways — no taxes and the ability to preach politics from his pulpit.

Unfortunately, what the reverend has done is not uncommon. Almost daily we hear or read of churches speaking for or against a political policy or person.

If churches want to tell their followers what to think and for whom to vote, the churches first must agree to give up their tax-exempt status. Just think what that could mean. If all churches voluntarily gave up their tax-free status for say, five years, they would be free to openly endorse a candidate and/or push their religious agendas for that time and their taxes would pour into the government coffers.

We need every church, business and individual working together to do what is right and best for this country. We must all pay our fair-share if we’re ever going to dig our way out of this deep dark hole.

— Gail Christie-Jahn, Seattle

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