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Letters to the Editor for February 11

St. George Spectrum & Daily News

If you wanted to be considered crazy, suggest your senator sponsor a resolution to invite a new Russian Navy fleet to the United States, as was welcomed in New York and San Francisco in 1863 during the Civil War. In fact, if you really think about it, it might be pretty healthy after all, especially since our military posture, tactics, and businesses around the world have been one strategic blunder after another since Vietnam.

We could not do better to honor Abraham Lincoln on his birthday on February 12 than to apply to our foreign policy his maxim that “a drop of honey catches more flies than a gallon of gall”. And to help cultivate your own feelings of brotherhood, read Lincoln’s second inaugural address. While we may not believe it or practice it (as far as U.S. foreign policy is concerned), it is also worth reflecting on Jesus’ words “do good to those who hate you…and use you in spite of you”.

Finally, there is some truth in Napoleon Hill’s advice when he said “If you have more enemies than friends, the odds are a thousand to one that you have won them”. Maybe after all else has failed, maybe it’s time to try following these warnings. This is particularly good advice here at home during our own current uncivil war!

Warren S. Wright

Saint George

Valentine’s Day reminds me of a recent conversation at a thrift store with a reliable and friendly part-time high school employee. She replied to my “How was your school week” to say that her boyfriend broke up with her. I asked, “What did you like most about him?” She replied with her 17-year-old blue eyes in my 69-year-old heart, “He kept me from being alone.” Hopefully the broken hearted will never find that Gilbert O’Sullivan “tower” (song “Alone Again”).

Mike Sawyer