Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor for Jan. 11

A different path to the afterlife

I write regarding Janet Cullen Tanaka’s comments in a recent Perspective column.

I wouldn’t take issue with it except for her saying that the Baha’i Faith is “much like the conventional Christian faith in (their) attitude toward death and afterlife.”

No. They are worlds apart.

While her beliefs include a happy afterlife for everyone who dies, Christians believe this promise is for those who know Jesus Christ.

And, as Tanaka quoted from her sacred writings, I would like to do the same from mine: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)

It’s true that Christians are often accused of being bigoted exclusionists for this belief, but it isn’t something we made up. It’s simply what’s in the Bible.

So, my take on this is, if we want a good eternity, we’d just better be on the right bus.

KAREN STRAND, Lacey

Peace should be a spending priority

I write regarding the underpants bomber.

We should not be bombing Yemen. The conventional wisdom holds that to combat terrorism, the government must do “everything within its power” to safeguard the American people. I would beg to disagree.

A free society has costs, and one of those costs is the risk associated with ensuring the freedoms of privacy, freedom of movement, and due process, as it is understood by the U.S. Constitution.

If we want to live in a free society, we must accept the risk that those freedoms might actually enable those who wish to do us harm.

The surest way to prevent that harm is to mitigate the factors that turn those people against us. Poverty and warfare create desperate populations, easily swayed toward violent means.

The best way to fight terrorism is to stop subsidizing warfare and to start alleviating poverty worldwide. The U.S. still has the wealth and power to do this.

Instead of spending billions of dollars on warfare, we should be spending the same amount on peacefare.

The results would be better in the long run.

JOHN BALDRIDGE, Olympia

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