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Letters to the Editor

A blessed nation

The United States of America has always been a blessed nation. That blessing comes from God. We have always befriended Israel and making Jerusalem the capital was already sanctioned by God thousands of years ago. In Genesis, 12:3, God said he would make it a great nation (v.3) says “And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”

We have never had to fight any warring nations on our land since becoming a sovereign nation. This has been a blessed nation to raise our families, because the roots of our nation was based on God’s foundations.

For 70 years, Israel struggled to become a nation. The Bible speaks of a time of trouble for Jacob (Israel), a day that has never been like it. This is Israel’s 70th year, and it looks like all hell has broken loose. But God is still in control.

For those nations surrounding Israel saying this will hinder the peace process, the Bible says when a cry goes up for peace, then cometh sudden destruction. We should be proud and thankful for a president that recognizes the importance to befriend Israel instead of belittling his decision.

Glenda Fittro

Longview

The way forward

The state’s 2018 legislative session begins Jan. 8, and it can be one of collaboration, one of partisanship, or both.

Our hope is that our legislators — state Reps. Brian Blake and Jim Walsh and state Sen. Dean Takko — will choose to be leaders in negotiations and collaborations.

Cities are experiencing challenges with housing in our communities — from shortages of affordable housing to neighborhood impacts of abandoned foreclosed properties. Cities need a variety of local option tools to address the problems of their specific local circumstances.

Although cities are not frontline service providers, many of the problems associated with mental health and chemical dependency show up in our communities and on our streets. Increasingly, local public safety personnel play an expanding role in addressing these impacts. We need to direct resources to address these challenges and find ways to deliver support services in the most effective manner.

Economic development opportunities vary greatly across the state. The state’s agencies are picking winners and losers. We need the Legislature to rein in the out-of-control bureaucracies.

Mike Wallin

Longview

Owner’s manual

If you have not yet developed the good habit of reading the Bible every day, now would be a good time to start. Our creator, God, gave us this owner’s manual, or instruction guide to teach us how to live our lives so things will go well with us here in this life. Then when this life is over and we die, we can live with him and his son, Jesus, forever in the paradise called heaven. Psalm 119:105 tells us, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” The only way that can be is if we are familiar with it by reading it on a regular basis. And if we live contrary to it our life and its ending will end up in all kinds of evil and chaos. Thank you. May God bless you.

Bob Mattila

Brush Prairie, Washington

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