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Oliver Parks
   I’m back again in a slightly  different role. First of all, I try not to comment about my critics because they have every right to voice their opinion. By the same token, people have to understand, I have the same right to voice my opinion.
   I just wanted to comment about some of the comments Ms. Melton made recently. She was correct that I served 20 years in the U.S. Army. My service actually protected her right to voice her opinion.
   Please understand that my service to this country also protected my rights to make the comments I made. One of the comments was that my articles appeared to cause division between the rich and poor, the races and the two-party system of our government. I would like for her to know that my comments have nothing to do with the long standing great divide of this country other than shining light on it. I highly doubt, if little old me in this small town writing articles, has caused a country as large as the USA to be divided.  
   This country has been divided since the civil war. Racism has been alive and well in this country for a very, very long time. There has always been division between the rich and the poor.
   Another comment made was that our government has no responsibility for the poor in this country. Well I would like for her to know that our government is the people’s government. So are you saying the people have no responsibility to each other? If the government is not responsible then why was Medicaid created. Medicaid was created to provide healthcare to low income Americans. The focus of Medicaid is to cover those in great need such as children, senior citizens and people with disabilities.
   Contrary to what Ms Melton said, the Bible, 1 John 3:17-18 states, “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”  
   My comments were not meant for the rich to help able-bodied people that should be out searching for employment, but to help those who have fallen on hard times after doing all they could. Grant them a a hand up -- not a hand out. I hope that she never falls on hard times, and the tables turn where she need help.
   Another comment was, how can I support President Obama when he supports abortion? First of all, she is assuming that I am voting for Obama. I would like for her to know that I am a solid Democrat and, you bet your last dollar, I am going to vote for him.
   The thing is this, when President Obama raised his hand and swore to uphold the laws of our land, including “Roe v. Wade,” that law was already in force, and he has a responsibility to uphold it.
   President Obama is not Pastor Obama. He is the President of the United States, which means he has to respect the rights of Christians and non-Christians. Everyone does not hold the same beliefs that you have, just like everyone does not have same beliefs as I have. Right or wrong, people have to give an account for their deeds in the body to a higher power than President Obama. But, while in that office, President Obama or whoever becomes the next president, will also have to uphold people’s right to choose.  
   President Obama does not have to agree with same sex marriage to support a person’s right to live that way. Again the President of the United States would be discriminating against a person’s right to choose if he didn’t uphold a person’s choices. That doesn’t mean he personally believes in it.
   The president does not make laws. The congress makes the laws. If people feel that law should be changed, talk to your congressmen. Don’t blame the president for upholding a law that congress put in place. The process of repealing a law has to begin in Congress.
   Another comment made appeared to show that Ms. Melton was more concerned about Zimmerman’s race than about what he did, but that situation will just have to play out in court.
   I appreciate Ms. Melton recognizing that I am a Christian. I am not a perfect one, but the last time I checked there was only one that walked the earth who was perfect.
   The implication that I am a racist is laughable. I served in the Army and some of my best friends were of different races than my own.  Anyone that really knows me, knows that I don’t have a racist bone in my body, but I am a realist and I just happen to be one that calls a spade a spade. I just call things as “I” see them.
   As I stated before, I want my country to survive, so we must find a way to do something about this problem of greed, racism and division because as I have said several times before, united we stand and divided we fall.

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