Letter to the Editor

Jan. 15 columns

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Given the depth and intensity of the divisiveness that has plagued this country the last four years, it was both discouraging and disheartening to read the vitriol spewed forth by the authors of the "Ready Seth Go" column, and “The CommStock Report,” both of which were printed in the Jan. 15 edition of the Spencer Daily Reporter. There's plenty to be upset about when recalling the horrendous attack on the Capitol a week ago, Jan. 6, but these two authors, plus the verbiage of "Denouncing Diane" in the same edition, served to infuriate many, and disparage most as there was a definite effort to lump any one not backing the President Joe Biden onto a dunghill of deplorables.

To Mr. Boyes, I resent your claim that those calling for an independent panel (not politicians) to review/examine all aspects of the vote count are somehow castigating local election workers. I heard you. "To claim fraud within an election is to claim the people at our local courthouses are at best incompetent and at worst corrupt." What a bunch of hooey! Hear me: the statement itself is a non sequitur. The discussion was not about Clay County. There were issues in states such as Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Georgia that could have been looked into but weren't even considered by this or that court/judge. Then there is Mr. Kruse and his lame assertion that "... anyone still flying a (Donald) Trump flag after Jan. 6 is a terrorist sympathizer." Double hooey! That is a point of view, and nothing more. As has been said for years, opinions are like certain bodily orifices. Everyone has one. Finally, the rantings of the oft-printed woman from south Spencer are just that. So much hate, so little time. Are the apologies from those who voted for Trump pouring in?

In my opinion, we best look to God's inspired word for direction going forward. Galatians 5, 22-26 is a good starting point: "In contrast, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified their flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit. Let us not be conceited, provoking one another, envious of one another." If we will all embrace the wisdom in these words, America will rise and be the "beacon on the hill" once again. Selah.

— Bill Kersting, Spencer