Foley’s horrifying death, ISIS is a cancer that must be eliminated

The beheading of American journalist James Foley was horrifying. My prayers are with his family. May God comfort Foley’s soul in eternity.

Foley was one of our sons, brothers and friends. He was an American. I don’t see how we can sleep in this country until we destroy ISIS.

ISIS, is a world cancer and must be eliminated. I realize they are a long way from America, but cancer spreads fast.

Cancer is never welcome in any part of the human body. Cancer grows and kills. It has to be totally removed.

ISIS is the worst malignancy that has occurred on our planet since the Nazis.

I am opposed to putting American soldiers back on the ground in Iraq. However, we have drones, missiles and jets. We must unleash these at full throttle on ISIS. We must also provide the Iraqi people strategic military leadership and help neighboring countries defeat ISIS.

I have never been for America going to Iraq or any other Middle East country. I detest war. However, with ISIS we cannot sit idly by.

We are not on a separate planet too far removed for ISIS to bother us. They have their sights on America. Their goal is to strike fear and terror into all the Middle East and America. ISIS must be eliminated.

Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. To contact him, email: GMollette@aol.com.

News doesn’t change much, so what’s new?

Every day, we turn on the television and hear about all the wars in the Middle East. Life is bad in the Middle East. Take your pick of Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and currently Israel and the Gaza strip. We aren’t hearing good news from any of those places. So what’s new?

The cold murder of Major General Harold Greene and other soldiers this week is a reminder that we can’t even trust the people we are trying to help. These people have been killing each other for thousands of years. Why after all these years can these people not learn to live at peace and help each other? They hate each other as much or more than ever before. They are barbaric as ever with bigger weapons. News hasn’t changed much. So what’s new?

Ebola is big news because the disease is so deadly. In Atlanta, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly are now fighting for their own lives. These two good people have been helping the sick in Liberia and contracted the disease. Every day people in Africa are plagued with HIV, sickness and death from drinking dirty water, plus much more. Americans battle rampant cancer, diabetes, heart disease, neurological diseases, blindness and more. The news doesn’t seem to change. Here we are in 2014 with all of modern medicine and every day we are fighting the ugly war of a multitude of health problems in America. The news is the same. So what’s new?

The weather is news. The Hawaiian Islands this week are facing two hurricanes of major size. The largest storms in a long time are bearing down on the tiny islands. Soon, the gulf coast and Florida can expect sizable storms and hurricanes as the season is now here. A major argument against fossil fuel use is climate change. I don’t think we can blame every storm and hot day on using coal and oil. However, the world is changing and within the next 20 years we will see a large reduction in fossil fuel use, as we turn more to natural gas, wind and solar energy. I predict we will continue to see hurricanes, tornadoes and hot weather. However, treating our planet kindly with cleaner energy should be something that a modern civilization would want to do. Unfortunately, many don’t care as too many can only think about today, me, my and I. So, what’s new?

We all saw something wonderful this week at Stirling, near Perth Australia. Hundreds of people used their combined strength to push a subway car off a man’s leg. A handful of people could never have accomplished the task. A huge number of people spontaneously joined efforts and saved a man’s life. They accomplished a miracle. This was great news. I’m glad our elected American Congress and Senators weren’t there. They could never have combined their efforts to save that man. So what’s new?

Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. To contact him, email: GMollette@aol.com.

Iraq again, hell never ends!

Iraq— now we know where hell is! Hell is supposed to be a place of torment reserved for some people after death. Unfortunately, too many have ended up there before they died. Is there no end to the turmoil in Iraq and Afghanistan? We will never see peace and quiet in either of these two countries. Hell never ends.

The religious factions of these countries hate each other. They want to kill each other. These factions are crazy. America is killing itself and our troops trying to fix crazy religious people. The only thing worse than a crazy person is a religious crazy person because they invoke the name of God or Allah or somebody during every crucifixion or beheading they perform. As they torture, murder and rape they move on in the name of their religion.

Some Americans thought we were finished in Iraq. When it comes to Iraq or the Middle East there is never a period but always a comma. Craziness does not end but only grows.

The only way to have some civility in Iraq or Afghanistan is to station 30,000 soldiers in five or six bases throughout each country. We can be assured if we do there will never be a time that our soldiers will not be in danger of ambush, bombs or the native soldiers turning on us as has happened numerous times. I think this is a bad idea.

Most Americans did not want us to go to Iraq or Afghanistan but we did. Over four thousand troops have died fighting the Iraqi cause. Where did all of that death get us? What do Iraq or America have to show for it?

The same scenario will happen in Afghanistan. Thugs sometimes called the Taliban

will band together to steal, kill and retake any part of the country that surrenders to them as played out in Iraq recently.

Do we keep 30,000 troops in Afghanistan to help them police their country and continue to lose our American troops? Physically, emotionally and financially we can’t keep thousands of troops in Afghanistan or send thousands back to Iraq.

There is no ending to this boiling pot of the world. Turbulence in the Middle East will never stop. In recent months we could have justified sending troops to Syria as well and then we could be in three countries. How thin can we spread our soldiers, as well as stretch our American dollars?

Hell is a hot place and we will never extinguish the fire.

Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. To contact Glenn Mollette, email: GMollette@aol.com.

Stop the mass school killings: We must change how we are raising our children

I sold Grit newspapers when I was nine years old. It was always a great day when I had sold my last Grit for the week. The profit was five cents per paper. Some weeks I made as much as two dollars! I lived in a very rural area so bicycling up and down the road and knocking on doors took time and was a workout. However, it was always a good feeling of accomplishment to sell all my Grits. I had other responsibilities as a kid, such as mowing a huge yard with a push mower or cutting the hillside with a manual mowing side blade. The list is longer but enough of that.

Too many of today’s kids are missing that feeling of accomplishing something from work. Too much is handed to them. Many come in from school, lock themselves in their rooms and station themselves in front of their hi-speed internet computers while texting, posting on Facebook or doing it all on their expensive cell phones. They come and go from the house in cars provided by mom and dad stopping to converse with them only when they need gas or spending money. Some of these same kids never show their report cards, often lie about their whereabouts and are verbally abusive with their parents when they are questioned about anything.

When asked to do dishes, make their beds, pick up trash or help mow the yard the moaning begins. Whose fault is all of this? It’s our fault. We can only blame ourselves.

Parents have tried too hard to give their kids what they did not have. We have tried to make life easier for our kids than it was for us. We have tried to save our children from pain and comfort them with extra cash, gadgets and little to no responsibility. The result has been a generational disaster. Today we have kids who have enough time on their hands to sit and hate their classmates while plotting out how they might destroy them. All of this because their classmates didn’t treat them like King Tut, or how mom and Dad treat them at home.

The recent twenty-two year old California kid is a sad example. He was driving around in a BMW with a car full of expensive guns, cash and time to create hate movies and write insane diatribes about killing people. The tragedy is that he followed through. People were killed and a community is now devastated for the ages.

The kid from California needed his butt kicked by his parents, his cash, BMW, and all the gadgets stripped away. We can’t lavish the abundance of life on people who are acting like monsters. As parents we make them monsters by continuing to underwrite their smart-mouthed, rebellious and even evil behavior.

I understand he had severe mental issues. We live in a society of mental illness and it’s growing. Why is it growing? That’s another column. However, we don’t like the stigma of mental illness but families must reach out for help. Importantly, we must be very active about implementing strong measures before disaster strikes. Dealing with such an illness requires more than a fifty-minute counseling session once a week.

There are a lot of great hard working kids in America. In most cases the kids in America who grow up a little hungry end up on top. Not always, but in most cases. These are the kids who have responsibility at home. They have to work some in the family unit. They are expected to earn some of their cash. They are expected to do well in school and know that someday they must leave the house and be on their own without the financial backing of mom and dad.

We don’t want another Columbine, Sandy Hook, Virginia Tech or Santa Barbara massacre and one of the ways to stop it is to change how we are raising our children.

Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. To contact Glenn Mollette, email: GMollette@aol.com.

Healthier America, saving our nation from collapse

My mother once felt badly because we didn’t have an ashtray in our house. Many of our relatives smoked. They would come to our house and sit for an hour or more and light up while sitting in the living room. She stated, “I don’t have an ashtray to offer our guests,” as though we should have felt embarrassed and inhospitable.

It wasn’t long after that statement that a couple of ashtrays appeared in our house and my uncles and other visitors would sit and knock the ashes off in our new ashtrays. My parents did not smoke and my father put the fear of God into me when it came to smoking. I dared not ever light a cigarette up in his presence or I would be in serious trouble. Yet, all around us friends and family smoked.

Eventually, most of our smokers died. Most of them died in their early seventies. I had a couple of smoking cousins who died much younger. I’ve inhaled enough smoke from family, farmers and church people to do me a lifetime.

I met a lady the other day, about fifty years old, carrying a oxygen tank in one hand and a cigarette in the other hand. I don’t know what she is thinking.

I am for American liberty all the way. If someone wants to smoke then let that person smoke. However, I don’t want to pay for it with my life nor do I want to pay the growing national medical bills.

Smoking costs American taxpayers billions a year. Each year we have to “cough” up hundreds of dollars per person to pay the medical bills of the American smoker. Cigarettes are already heavily taxed and a large portion of the tax should go to the state’s Medicare/Medicaid program because smokers will eventually need serious medical treatment.

A case can also be made for alcohol sales and even junk food. However, we have to eat and junk food is all many Americans can afford.

Colorado, Washington State and more to come are now turning to marijuana. If people want to smoke it so be it but let there be enough tax to cover the medical costs.

America is medically bankrupt. Medicare and Medicaid cannot keep up with the one trillion dollar and growing price tag. Medicare and Medicaid costs are devouring the national income. We enjoy the freedom to treat our bodies as badly as possible but then we want everybody else to pay for it.

Healthy Americans should get a tax break. People who keep their body mass index within a determined number and under should be rewarded when filing their income tax report.

Nobody wants to deal with this issue but we can’t afford to ignore it any longer. A healthier America would save this nation from financial collapse.

Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. To contact him, email: GMollette@aol.com. Like his facebook page at: www.facebook.com/glennmollette.

EDITORIAL: American Depression, keys to happiness

Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’ Wren Scott committed suicide recently. There have been different speculations as to the reason. Unfortunately, suicide often is a

response to deep depression. Hanging herself in her apartment was a quick and reckless way out of her despair.

Americans are more depressed than ever. Over sixteen billion dollars were spent last year on anti-depression prescription drugs. This does not take into consideration illegal drugs and alcohol that millions of Americans consume just to fight the blahs. Medical costs to fight depression cost our nation close to sixty billion dollars a year.

Average America has had a lot to get us down and depressed. Millions are unemployed. Millions more are classified as being underemployed and are considered the working poor. At least sixty million people are living in poverty with another fifty million very close to poverty. Working Americans with mid-level incomes pay more and more taxes and get less and less help. The middle-class work harder but get further behind. They have house payments, tuition payments and a growing medical

insurance load. In the meantime they face local, state and federal governments all trying to figure out ways to impose more tax.

There are five keys to American’s overcoming our depression dilemma:

*Be involved in meaningful daily activity. An idle life is a depressing life. Human beings need activity. We need to use our hands and minds. Mindless hours of television, staring at the computer or the walls will eventually put you under. Develop a daily life of being busy with meaningful activity. We all need jobs, exercise, gardening, housework, community activities or charity service to enrich our lives.

*Develop and maintain meaningful relationships. This may be family, church and work relationships or it could be people from other circles. Everybody needs somebody to talk to. People can be irritating but the same irritating people will keep you from focusing on you all the time. Total self-focus leads to depression.

*Give some. I grew up hearing that we should give ten percent to God, save ten percent and live on eighty percent. Giving is more than writing a check although checks are significant. Giving and helping others requires exerting positive emotional and physical activity that takes the focus off self. There are all kinds of ways we can be helpful to others.

*Develop a spiritual peace. Before you jump off the Golden Gate Bridge or hang yourself from a doorknob try talking to God. Not every day goes our way. Work can be frustrating and people can disappoint us. Problems can break us down. We all need the power and peace that are greater than ourselves as well as our problems.

*Get some sleep. A rested mind and body thinks more clearly. Charles Spurgeon was a great minister from England. He once said, “I have so much to do I must go back to bed.”

Everybody faces down moments in life. Don’t let depression get the best of you.

Glenn Mollette is an American columnist and author. To contact him, email:

GMollette@aol.com.

Religious discrimination in America

Arizona legislators pulled a dandy. They asked their governor to sign a bill allowing any business the freedom to discriminate based on religious beliefs. The governor vetoed the bill.

The First Amendment guaranteeing our nation the freedom of religion is not a legal loophole that allows religious people to hurt other people based on prejudice or interpretation of the Bible or any other religious book.

A lot of noise has been made recently about the Middlesboro, Kentucky pastor and church that handled poisonous snakes. National Geographic reality star of “Snake Salvation,” Jamie Coots was bitten by a timber rattler almost two weeks ago and died within 90 minutes. He and his family refused medical treatment based on their interpretation of the Bible. I personally think they are crazy.

Simply because someone interprets the Bible, Koran or any other religious book a certain way does not give that person the right to hurt other people. Nor should anyone discriminate against another person because of race, nationality, money or gender preferences.

I do not understand why anyone would want to be gay. There is not a gay molecule in my frame. Because someone is gay does not give me or anyone else the right to not provide service in a restaurant or a seat on the bus. Nor should one’s sexual preference prohibit him or her from working the same job anyone else does.

I do understand that the majority of religious people in America believe that a gay lifestyle is a wrong lifestyle and is forbidden by the Bible. Please keep in mind that most church people believe it is wrong for a man and woman to live together without being legally married. Most church people believe stealing, killing and lying are wrong as well.

A church or religious entity traditionally has not hired ministers that were practicing thieves, murderers or liars or living with someone not in a legal marriage relationship. Is this discrimination? I don’t think so. The average employer in America is only using commonsense if they decide to terminate someone because that person is a thief or liar or maybe causing disruption in the office by sleeping around with all the staff.

Religious entities that interpret the Bible as saying that a gay lifestyle is an unacceptable lifestyle should never be forced to hire someone that is gay. There are a few churches that are hiring gay persons because they believe it is acceptable. This is America where we have freedom of religion. Keep in mind there are also thousands of churches that still would never hire a woman to serve as a minister. There are also many that would never dream of hiring a divorced minister because they believe divorce is biblically unacceptable.

Arizona badly blundered on the concept of trying to create a law that allows discrimination in any business realm based on religious belief. Could this apply to someone divorced? Could they apply this rule to someone that is a habitual liar? What about church deacons who curse, smoke, chew and date girls who do? Would this rule apply to fat Christians? Whoops! Sorry I forgot that gluttony is the Christian sin of choice.

Many of the very best people I know, I met in church. However, religious people can be some of the meanest people in the world. A religious crowd was involved in nailing Jesus to the cross. Religious people are at the root of the problems in the Middle East.

If someone refuses to do business with another person it should not be based on prejudices and perceptions. Anyone abiding by the law and living in a respectful manner who is not disruptive or harmful to society deserves the same services as anyone else.

Finally, I doubt if an African American church will ever offer me a job as their senior pastor, although I would really like that.

Glenn Mollette is the author of American Issues and nine other books. He is a graduate of Georgetown College, Southern Seminary and Lexington Seminary in Kentucky. To contact Glenn Mollette, email: GMollette@aol.com.