Letter to the editor: Thanks to Doug Rogalla; a response to Dave Wester

By MICHAEL T. GJEFLE | Ontario

A thank you to Doug Rogalla for his thoughts on the Black Life Matters that are taking place. If you would like more helpful insights, read David Clarke Jr.’s book, “Cop Under Fire.” It was written three years ago, but Mr. Clark, who was sheriff in Milwaukee for years, had some real insights as to what is taking place in our nation. If you cannot find a copy, I may have an extra you could read. 

In response to Dave Wester: Dave, I am one of those Christians who believe about a man who spent three days in the belly of a whale and came out alive. By the way, he then went to Nineveh to warm them of the coming judgment of God, and they did repent. Jesus Christ said of Jonah in Matthew 12:40, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

I will take the word of my Savior on Jonah! As for myself and many others we have turned to God in faith in Jesus Christ, for the last 42 years, I have read my Bible and believe it! No, as believers we are not perfect … but our Savior is!

Also, I thank God for the Book of Genesis, where we UNDERSTAND where we came from and we were made … this is God’s creation; we as human beings were created by God. Jesus said, “Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female.” (Matthew 19:4) Again, I will trust God’s Word on this. How can I explain something as complex as a honeybee, a firefly, a hummingbird, and so much more.

I have watched as God has given to my wife and I eight children of our own and now numerous grandchildren, with more coming, and I stand in awe of Him and His design.

Grasp over 60 million innocent unborn children put to death legally in America, each child unique — fearfully and wonderfully made. How sad that abortion is encouraged because of its profit for groups like Planned Parenthood. Why not teach our children about purity and abstinence and, if need be, adoption, but not to kill those sweet little ones.

As for Donald Trump, with the dishonesty of our national media, it has become increasingly difficult to grasp the reality of the issues. Even with the virus, there is so much twisting of facts and details, rather than honest presentations. 

Oh, by the way, Dave, you mentioned Noah and the Ark. Jesus Christ mentioned that, too. Matthew 24:37 — “But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.” The condition of mankind in Noah’s day was explained in Genesis 6:5 — “God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.”

Are we there yet? Thanks for listening! 

County Line Publisher Emeritus Karen Parker’s note:

Dave Clarke served as Milwaukee County Sheriff from 2002-2017. Originally appointed by Republican Gov. Scott McCallum, he declared himself a Democrat and was re-elected four times, leaving the office in mid-term in 2017 for what he believed would be an appointment in the Trump administration. A frequent commentator on Fox News, in 2015, Clarke received criticism for his statement on his podcast: “Let me tell you why blacks sell drugs and involve themselves in criminal behavior instead of a more socially acceptable lifestyle: because they’re uneducated, they’re lazy and they’re morally bankrupt. That’s why.” (PolitiFact, November 2015) 

Clarke was repeatedly accused of abusing detainees at the county jail. Following the deaths of four inmates at the jail in six months, the United States Department of Justice launched an investigation of the jail (New York Daily News, March 17, 2017).

Clarke’s controversial practice of shackling pregnant women while giving birth made national news (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, March 2017). In July 2016, a pregnant inmate at the jail with serious mental illness went into labor, and the newborn baby died. The mother filed a federal lawsuit against the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, stating that she was denied medical attention before her pregnancy, had medical appointments canceled, received prenatal vitamins only once, and was “laughed at” by guards after going into labor. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, March 6, 2017) 

Clarke was dismissed by Fox News as a commentator, and the Trump administration refused to appoint him to Homeland Security after information emerged that he had plagiarism in his master’s thesis.

Although he quit mid-term, Clarke receives more than $100,000 a year in pension from Milwaukee and Milwaukee County (Milwaukee Journal, Jan. 5, 2018). 

As for Black Lives Matter, adjusted for population, a black man is 2.5 times more likely to die at the hands of police. While justice is meted out for black on black crime, justice is rarely served in police shootings. 

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