We shouldn’t judge accused based on a single story

How can we put a stop to all these baseless accusations that are freely flying around against Alabama senatorial candidate Roy Moore and others? Why are we condemning him and others in our minds on the testimony of just one witness? The facts should be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses for each alleged incident.

If a malicious witness comes forward and accuses someone of a crime, then both the accuser and the accused should be closely questioned. If the accuser is found to be lying, she/he should receive the punishment intended for the accused. There should be punishment for bearing false witness. Those watching would be deterred from doing the same.

This timeless biblical principle is found in Deuteronomy 19:15-20 (New Living Translation):

“Never convict anyone of a crime on the testimony of just one witness. The facts of the case must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. If a malicious witness comes forward and accuses someone of a crime, then both the accuser and accused must appear before the priests and judges who are on duty before the Lord. They must be closely questioned, and if the accuser is found to be lying, the accuser will receive the punishment intended for the accused. In this way, you will cleanse such evil from among you. Those who hear about it will be afraid to do such an evil thing again.”

Mary Andersen

Baker City

Wolves should be open game for hunters, ranchers

Mister Brian Scott should get a medal for shooting the wolf in Union County in October. The only thing wrong, he should have shot the other two wolves.

Any wolf outside of Yellowstone Park should be fair game for any hunter or rancher. Why do we need wolves? We got by for many years without them. Why do we need them now?

Gordon Bloom

Baker City

Letter was co-signed by Grover Mann, Dale Dodson, Kent Nelson, Joel Richardson, Ron Bloom, George Johnson, Jack Whitaker, Ralph Ward, Aaron Densley and Wayne Bloom

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