Letter to the Editor: Column prompts reader insight into citizen responsibilities

Published 11:24 am Monday, April 15, 2024

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Dear Editor:

I just returned from watching part of a documentary based on journal entries of Lady Bird Johnson, wife of President Lyndon Johnson. A film covering the same era as the book, Tell It True by John Pruitt, of which D.G. Martin writes [in his recent column]. His hopeful statement in his last paragraph prompts me to respond.

An unwilling witness of what is happening today in politics and the disrespect toward President Biden and how former president, Donald Trump was hounded unmercifully, I conclude: Citizens of America do not respect the office of the President of the United States.

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Rather, the person who pledged to serve and protect our country is a victim of suspicion, abuse and insults. The Bible tells us that we are to pray for our leaders, give them our support and loyalty.

Each citizen has a responsibility to encourage and advise those elected to serve them. Will it ever be so? NO! Not until the father of lies, the deceiver, Satan is confronted by Christ Jesus. That does not excuse you and me now!

As a United States citizen each has a responsibility toward our elected leaders. Pray for them. Encourage them. Share information and positive thoughts and suggestions. Share the responsibility! Examine your criticisms and see if they come from God or Satan; from love or malice. See MATTHEW 7:1-25.

With God, may we dedicate ourselves to creating a more humane and loving citizenry in our country and the world.

Come, Lord Jesus!


Sybil Austin Skakle, Chapel Hill