Quoting Bible, knowing its meaning are different"Let he...

LETTERS

January 03, 1999

Quoting Bible, knowing its meaning are different

"Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." Lately, I have heard this statement used many times to justify the actions of the president of the United States.

Not one time did I hear this quote in its proper context and completion. Yes, Jesus did say, "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone." He also said to the woman in question, "Go and sin no more."

Apparently, the president and a substantial number of people feel that no matter how many times a person commits a sin or crime all is forgiven by mere admission or confession.

When a sin is committed, it could be absolved, but absolved only if an effort is made not to sin more. It seems reasonable to conclude that the sin-confess routine over and over again is not valid. According to reports, the president hasn't learned this yet. Therefore, he must pay the consequence for his acts.

David A. Dilegge, Ellicott City

Re: Editorial of Dec. 20, "Democracy is weaker."

As you aptly point out, voters will have the opportunity to judge the various House members' votes and in the next election either support their decision or vote them out of office.

I'm very concerned relative to the argument that the impeachment decision should be based on public polls. That certainly was not the intent of the framers of the Constitution.

Tom Grimes, West Friendship

The Sun in recent years has gone downhill with its editorial cartoons and lack of support of strong character in government affairs. It is not impeachment that hurts the presidency. It is weak character that injures us at all levels of government.

For the next two years and then into the next century, character and integrity are key. We must integrate these elements into our school system, our family-building skills, our government officials and our corporate leaders. We can start at the top by finding a person of character for president.

Let's give Vice President Al Gore an opportunity to work his skills for two years.

James M. Holway, Ellicott City

The U.S. House of Representatives has presented us with a confusing and stressful situation. The president has been impeached because he engaged in adultery and extra-marital sexual activity.

These sins were brought to a level of Constitutional crisis by, among others, two critics of the president in the House who have committed adultery; sent to the House by a Judiciary Committee presided over by a chair who committed adultery; and confirmed by a Republican majority who elected as Speaker a person who committed adultery.

The implications are serious. Recently, it has been confirmed by DNA tests that Thomas Jefferson fathered at least one child by a slave outside the bonds of marriage. Do we begin to dismantle the Jefferson Memorial and remove his image from our money and Mount Rushmore? Further, do we engage in a debate as to whether extramarital sexual activity is more serious than owning slaves? That brings us two counts against Jefferson and adds George Washington. Do we also begin to dismantle the Washington monuments in D.C., Baltimore and across the country?

Admittedly, the current Republican majority in Congress would probably have no problem retroactively adding John Kennedy to its list, but Washington and Jefferson would be a bit much.

Consistency, however, requires we act on principle and let the chips fall where they may, even if the Constitution, Congress and the presidency are destroyed in the process.

Hypocrisy must do its thing.

David H. Pardoe, Columbia

In reference to your Dec. 29, 1998 issue: I was surprised to read Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott refer to the "loony left" when discussing the possibility of censure ("Go slow on censure, Lott tells Democrats.")

Then I read on the editorial page how Mr. Lott was a keynote speaker for the KKK-affiliated Council for Conservative Citizens (and then played dumb when caught)!

Can anyone tell me why this "rabid righter" is leading our nation's Senate?

Jeff Kostos, West Friendship

Guess what? Most of the people of our nation now live in towns that look more like Potterville than Bedford Falls. Just look around. Hollywood no longer has a moral compass, and the wholesome Capra-esque movies of yore have evolved to the nude and the lewd. Shallow actors have replaced those symbolizing honor and virtue such as John Wayne.

The current movie monarchs, such as Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson and Barbara Streisand, are so outraged that Bill Clinton is being held to any character standard they are willing to bankroll his censure fine, if any.

We can beat this fate, but we have to start somewhere and soon. Begin by writing your senators and insist that the Constitution be followed rather than a back-room censure deal cut.

Jan M. Hollis, Ellicott City

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