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The right can prevail

Before President Donald Trump took office, we heard "impeach, impeach, impeach." The left has continued with the same mantra for the two years following his inauguration.

The national news media, television in particular, have continually assailed Trump unrelentingly. You've got to give it to the left, they are united, they are vocal and seemingly use the same buzz words i.e., impeach or impeachment.

A reporter from The Hill recently counted more than 160 times the words "impeach" and "impeachment" were used by CNN and MSNBC in ONE day. Sort of reminds me of a tactic used in brainwashing.

The right seems to be reluctant to take the offensive on a scale equal to that of the left. I think it is past time to take the offense and attack the left vehemently. Regrettably, we on the right do not have the same support of the so called Fourth Estate, so it becomes incumbent to unrelentingly use all available tools such as writing letters to editors; making phone calls; challenging every article decrying Trump; attending local gatherings; making speeches to organizations; encouraging friends to join in the fight. In other words, we need a strong grassroots organization.

Some will say it is no use; some will justify inaction because of lack of time; some will say I don’t know how etc., etc., etc. There will be a myriad of reasons why a person will not join the fight. That is exactly why the left is on the attack, constantly ... it has little known opposition. If we can’t muster a force to engage and challenge the left, we are going to be holding the proverbial bag.

Please overcome any fear, any reason, any “I can’t because ...” and get off your haunches and challenge, challenge, challenge the anti-Trump coalition. If we lose, no telling what will be in store. Let’s show them that the right can prevail.

The lyrics to the song to “Stout Hearted Men” read, in part, "... start me with 10 and I’ll soon give you 10,000 more." That is exactly what we need to challenge the left.

Jay Pearson,

Lt Colonel, USAF, Retired

Orangeburg

A stain on our republic

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I find myself sad that 800,000 federal employees were subjected to conditions that placed them in harm's way and over which they had no control. I do not support any use of "government shutdown" by either political party as a wedge issue in a struggle that the president's own party as well as the opposing party would not agree to.

And there's certainly potential that this can occur again. Whether "a wall" will or will not be funded or is needed does not prevent the dire financial and emotional injury to innocent citizens -- not only for now but for our children to come. It's a stain on our republic. I hope the American people will remove those who initiated such trauma and for those who allow it to continue.

Arnold David Bates, Orangeburg

Message of love to children

I am writing to thank Orangeburg residents for sharing the true meaning of Christmas with children in need this past holiday season.

Because of the generosity of donors in Orangeburg and across the United States, Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, collected more than 8.8 million shoeboxes in 2018. Combined with those collected from partnering countries in 2018, the ministry is now sending more than 10.6 million shoebox gifts to children suffering from poverty, natural disasters, war, disease and famine.

These simple gifts bring smiles to the faces of children around the world. Packed with fun toys, school supplies and hygiene items, these gifts bring joy and are a tangible expression of God’s love. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 157 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

It’s not too late for people to make a difference. Though drop-off locations serving Orangeburg shoebox packers are closed until November 2019, anyone can still pack a personalized shoebox gift online at www.samaritanspurse.org/buildonline. Information about year-round volunteer opportunities can also be found at www.samaritanspurse.org/volunteerwithOCC.

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this global project — many who do so year after year. These simple gifts send a message to children worldwide that they are loved and not forgotten.

Dana Williams

Operation Christmas Child

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