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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

This letter is to the person or persons who stole American flags from my fence on Spring Street Saturday night, April 12.

I fly the flags for our veterans past, present and future, and for my cousin, Capt. Jack Punches, U.S. Navy, who was killed on Sept. 11, 2001, when a plane crashed into the Pentagon.

If you needed a flag that badly that you had to steal one from me, come to my door and ask for one. I have extras and would be glad to give you one. Don't be a coward and steal any more. — retired U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Al Punches, Medford

Our nation is becoming an immoral and dangerous place to live — the evening news brings these ugly things into our homes every evening. The people we've elected are allowing the U.S. to disintegrate right before our eyes.

One group of people are largely responsible for this demise. Sad to say, I believe it is the Christians. We are close to 80 percent of the voters, but we can't seem to pull together to change the moral conditions of our country.

Many of us voted for a president who is pro-abortion and pro-same sex marriage. We allowed our leaders to take God out of our schools, pass liberal abortion laws and have immoral agendas. We shouldn't be surprised when terrible things happen to our nation.

God either pours out His blessing upon a nation or His judgment. It's obvious that it is judgment at this time. Scripture is full of warnings to a people or nation who turn their back on the Lord. "Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people." — Gordon DeVos, Medford

The Supreme Court decision in McCutcheon v. FEC is an important victory for freedom of speech. It is a step back for those who would limit freedom of speech and gut the First Amendment, like www.movetoamend.org.

The court threw out the limit on what an individual can give to all federal candidates and political committees. Opponents argue that voluntary monetary contributions in election campaigns are a form of force and should be abolished. Their error is failure to distinguish between economic "power" and political power or efforts to convince versus efforts to compel.

They argue that "money is not speech," which is true, but money is necessary to exercise political speech. Their solution is to exert political power and mandate (compel) public financing of political campaigns by taxpayers for the sake of "equality."

There could not be a better formula for totalitarianism to have the government in control of who should or should not receive campaign money. Tyranny in the name of "equality" is still tyranny.

All campaign finance laws should be abolished, particularly the contributor disclosure laws. They serve no useful purpose except provide a list of citizens to would-be intimidators and character assassins. — Gordon W. Dickerson, Medford