06-04-2020 Letters and Commentary

Memorial Day stirred emotions

Dear Editor,

It was a mixture of disappointment, disgust and dismay that I felt while visiting two local cemeteries on Memorial Day.

My emotions were stirred by the near total lack of attendance at the cemeteries on that day.

Folks, is it too much to ask that you spend one hour, once per year, to honor those who gave their all to protect your rights of freedoms?

And, please, do not “blame the COVID-19 pandemic” for your lack of attendance. It was/is a hoax! (A “lockdown” was never about your “health” anyway.)

If you are a pastor, coach, public official, etc., get the word out. Let’s show some citizenship and pride in America!

Let’s see a much better turn-out on Memorial Day 2021!

Thank you,

Tom Nimtz, Benton Harbor

COVID-19 Facts

Dear Editor,

The following appeared on social media and sums up why so many of us are fed up with these “rules” mostly passed by our Slow to Learn Governor. (I say slow to learn, because after 3 or 4 protests you think she would know what the people want.)

You know we could open our state and the ones that the fake media has scared to death could stay home. Not sure how the government can legally make me stay home unless they prove I am ill and a risk to others.

The author of the following is Ryan Silverthorn.

I will add one more thought; if these worthless masks really work, then why are we kept home?

“Covid19 Facts: The virus can travel 6’ it can not travel 6’1 or greater, it can live on all surfaces except anything that comes in the mail from Amazon, it does not live in Target, Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes or any grocery store, it is only deadly in bars, restaurants, small businesses, hair salons and especially churches, and it can not live on your food as long as you get it to go.”

Dennis Bachman, Benton Harbor

Diocese releases statement on George Floyd

The Diocese of Kalamazoo released the following statement on the current situation on Mr. George Floyd:

“It is deeply troubling to watch the growing protests and onset of violence spreading across the country in the wake of the tragic and brutal death of Mr. George Floyd. I join with my brother Bishops in their Statement yesterday which in part states: ‘Racism is not a thing of the past or simply a throwaway political issue to be bandied about when convenient. It is a real and present danger that must be met head on. As members of the Church, we must stand for the more difficult right and just actions instead of the easy wrongs of indifference. We cannot turn a blind eye to these atrocities and yet still try to profess to respect every human life. We serve a God of love, mercy, and justice.’

“I am grateful for the work of our diocesan Ad Hoc Committee on Racism,” said Bishop Paul J. Bradley, “a