TO THE EDITOR:

OK, I can take a licking and still keep ticking.

Perhaps I do owe Jim Crees an apology. I do not question his writing ability. He wrote a very good piece on Russel Kirk. Where our views differ is in the political arena.

I do not believe government is the end-all. Our founders believed in a limited federal government. Think for a moment. You have a room full of men and they are attempting to create a document that would formulate a government, one that could be sustained indefinitely.

Anyone who has dealt with a group of people on an issue knows how difficult it is to get a consensus.

I believe the U.S. Constitution is a miracle that has blessed all of us and we should cherish the principles laid out in it.

In the Preamble of the Constitution, it states our goals.

“We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

These are very difficult times and rather than scratch each other’s eyes out and become blind, maybe what we need to do is re-examine how we view government.

Is it to supply all our needs and wants?

Is it to reward accomplishments?

Is it to strive for excellence?

Is it to be a sovereign nation?

Are we to charge our leaders to make good judgements?

Do we trust God and thank Him for the benefits we have?

I truly believe no one can give without a thankful heart.

There are no easy answers to a $16 trillion national debt.

If you’re at all concerned, perhaps we all should pray for our nation and its leaders.

Remember this debt can destroy a nation and its people. There’s no need to point fingers. There is plenty of blame to go around.

I hope we will all get down on our knees and pray fervently for our nation and for one another.

God has blessed us with much and let us all be thankful. Yes, and let us ask for forgiveness for our errors.

Margaret S. Tennant

Canadian Lakes