Readers Speak

Family matters

Dear Editor,

Have we had enough? Mass shootings daily, abortion debate, hate, violent movies and what else? When can we start thinking about solving the basic problem? Possibly today!

Back to back issues of the Times Observer on June 1 and June 2 supply the major supply of ammunition needed to stop the degradation of America. A cartoon in first issue by Stiglich is headed, “Good Parenting in America” and the following day a column by Star Parker entitled, “Gun laws will not fix a problem of culture and spirit” prompted by an article in the Wall Street Journal pointing to our problems as signs of a “Social and Spiritual” problem in the country. “The rise of family dysfunction and the decline of mediating institutions such as churches and social clubs have consequences.”

As readers of Readers Speak in the Times-Observer, you may still be aware of my behavior and belief. All things and thoughts are family based. Evil prevails if not overcome by good. With more than 50% of children born in the United States today without traditional family support, what do we expect? This has been a strong influence for two generations and continuing without any remedial discussion, let alone action. What do we expect?

Family restoration is a long term project needing institutional assistance universally applied to all people of our great nation. From George Washington’s initial mandate in his Farewell Address through Martin Luther King and similar edicts, will it ever happen? Maybe today!

Charles S. Merroth,


Jan. 6 was not OK

Dear Editor,

This letter is in response to one of the way-too-often letter writers.

A recent letter stated that the Jan. 6 committee is just there to try to deflect how bad President Joe Biden is doing. And I will agree that he isn’t doing a good job at all. However, the Jan. 6 committee is not about deflection. It’s about an angry mob that tried to violently overthrow the government. Trump supporters still just can’t admit this to themselves.

I’m really not sure what kind of alternate reality Trump supporters live in, but It’s not the real world. They seem to be OK with the fact that people were injured and some died by the hands of a mob that was simply lied to. Trump has done so much better a job than Jim Jones in getting people to drink the kool-aid. And comparing him to a cult leader is not that far off.

His supporters claim that moderate Republicans are RINOs, yet it’s the opposite. His supporters don’t care about being Republicans, they care about blindly following Trump no matter what outrageous things he says. It’s mind-numbingly stunning.

With that being said, and assuming the average intelligence level of most of his followers and the fact that they like to scream about everything, I’m going to write this next part slowly and all in caps in the hopes they might understand it.

Nothing was stolen. There was no fraud. Trump and others indicted a mob to overthrow the government based on nothing but lies. Police officers were injured and died. Those responsible need to be held accountable.

There, I hope this clears thing up.

Joe Johansson,


Are we at a crisis now?

Dear Editor,

Don’t you ever get tired?

So, I’ve been seeing a lot of comments by residents lately. As usual, these have been by a lot of the same ole sage writers, formerly ranting about Donald J. Trump and how he had to go and what a bad man he was. And now, having succeeded in helping to get rid of a leader, who got us through an unprecedented economic crisis, brought on by the “Never let a crisis go to waste,” crowd, guess what?

It’s still about Trump. Lord, are these people misguided! The rebound was going great. Go look at your 401k/IRA statements for 2021. If you know anything about economics and the historic influence of optimism on outcomes, you already realize how valuable the changes he made from Day One, and on, were to getting us through COVID shutdowns.

As usual, a lot of the same drivel. Excuse me, I’ll walk you through it.

Let’s see, first of all … no, I’ll save it for later. But, I’ll give you a hint … a firearm that looks scary to you is no more dangerous than a firearm you would never suspect.

As an aside: What would happen if we had an honest-to-goodness Black Plague scale outbreak? Would you rely on the CDC? Would you obey the draconian dictates that were slammed on you last time? Are you willing to die for your fellow man’s freedom?

Ralph Keniston,



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