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Opinions: March 22, 2018

There was more sarcasm, but little substance 

When I first read Mickey Cochrane’s response to my March 1 letter to the editor, I thought, do I really want to dignify his gobble goop with a response? 
Considering what was referenced by Mr. Cochrane I felt I needed to respond. Cochrane has a difficult time hearing about the disastrous performance and character of the Democrats. He has no problem expressing a great deal of vitriol and anger when it comes to our current president and those who have supported him. It is obvious he cannot handle the atrocious facts associated with the liberal agenda. 
The comments and remarks made relative to various religious leaders in our country are insulting. You sir are no one to judge the character and intellect of any of the people you have referenced. Perhaps you relate better to the Reverend Wright/ Louis Farrakhan school of thought like some of the members of your party. Oh and for your reference, religion has been an influencing factor in politics for centuries. 
Today’s Democratic Party is not the same party of Kennedy and the one in which my parents and I were members. Today’s Democrats are regarded by many as street-fighting bullies who will do and say whatever is necessary to win. 
They say whatever they think their constituents want to hear. The chickens are coming home to roost and you are not going to like the results. 
Politicians lie; however, the lies the Democrats tell have been proven to be fatal, namely Benghazi, Fast & Furious and Bergdahl to reference a few. 
I don’t think of Trump as a true conservative, but rather a pragmatist. He sees problems and understands they must be fixed. 
Viewing problems from the liberal perspective has resulted in more problems, more entitlements, more victims, more government and more political correctness. 
Republicans and Democrats need to take a pragmatic approach to problems and not an approach intended to appease one group or another. 
Trump is antithetical to the good-old-boy method of brokering backroom deals that have benefited many politicians. 
He is free of idiomatic political ideology. He says what he is thinking, is unapologetic for being outspoken and speaks straightforward using everyday language which can be understood by all. This has become offensive to some and especially to those who dislike him. Mostly, he does what he says he will do and understands it takes more than hollow promises and political correctness to make America great again. 
Listening to Pelosi and Shumer talk about fixing America is like listening to them trying to out-crazy one another. 
Yes, Trump made a sarcastic remark about his AG. Perhaps if Obama was less involved with Holder, he would not have been the first AG held in contempt. 
Hicks is a fine intelligent young lady who was totally honest when asked by the “perjury panel” if she ever lied for Trump. Her “white lies” were disclosed but I don’t recall what they were since they were so insignificant. 
In conclusion, I am not trying to win over Mr. Cochrane or anyone else to a conservative ideology, but rather to consider that of a pragmatist, someone who sees a problem and finds a way to fix it. Someone who wants success for this country and her citizens because he or she loves their country. 
-Ronald A. Jakelis 


 Lincoln’s legacy left little for us to celebrate 

Fake news. How do we discern what is fake and what is accurate? We need a little bit of intellectual honesty and the motivation to go to the original source. Find the video where the person was alleged to have said something or find the transcript of the actual law, speech or conversation. 
Rather than illustrate this with a partisan current event, perhaps an illustration of what may be the greatest fake news perpetrated on the American people would be in order, that is, the lie that Abraham Lincoln invaded the South to free the slaves and preserve the Constitution. If you read his March 4, 1861 inaugural address you discover it is not true. 
Lincoln said, “I have no purpose directly or indirectly, to interfere with the institution of slavery in the states where it exists.” Later, in the same speech he stated, “There need to be no bloodshed or violence and there shall be none unless it be forced upon the national authority. The power confided to me will be used to hold, occupy and possess the property in places belonging to the government and to collect the duties and imposts; but beyond what may be necessary for these objects, there will be no invasion, no using force against or among the people anywhere.” The Constitution did not give him the power to invade the South and kill and pillage civilians, yet he did. 
Since the less populated Southern states paid the majority of all taxes, and Lincoln during his campaign for president promised to raise tariffs, give away public lands, mostly to large railroad, mining and timber corporations (his major campaign donors) and give them corporate welfare by creating a national bank to print and give them money, he made clear that he would wage war against the Southern states if they refused to pay the tariffs that comprised the majority of the federal government’s revenues. Import tariffs were 90 percent of all federal government revenues at the time and rates had just been doubled. 
Those who believe that the Civil War was started to end slavery are victims of fake history. It wasn’t until 1863 that the Emancipation Proclamation was issued. It did not free any slaves held in Northern states that permitted slavery, e.g., Maryland. Actually, it did not free any slaves in any territory controlled by Lincoln’s forces only areas still controlled by the Confederacy. 
Although the Constitution gave him no authority, Lincoln shut down over 300 newspapers for advocating against his very unpopular invasion of the South. He imprisoned, without charging for a crime, hundreds of newspaper editors and tens of thousands of others for speaking out against his invasion. A congressman was arrested and thrown out of the country for suggesting the government pay slave owners to free their slaves, as had been done in many other countries. 
Dictator Lincoln shredded individual liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and imposed an all-powerful national government, what the Constitution was designed to prevent. He should be reviled. 
-James F. Davis 


 Live fire training exercise is planned Monday

 Please be advised that between the hours of 6-10 p.m. Monday, March 26, Tri-County Community College in conjunction with the Clay County Fire & Rescue Department will be conducting a training exercise at 1337 Business 64 in Clay County. 
This exercise will allow local firefighters from various fire departments an opportunity to train in realistic fire fighting scenarios. This exercise will culminate with the demolition of a structure by fire. 
During this training evolution, flames and smoke will be visible and at times, smoke may be prevalent in the area. Also, fire apparatus and other emergency service vehicles will be utilizing these roads as part of the training drill so minor traffic detours and delays should be expected. 
- Chief Brian Anderson 

Clay County Progress

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