Upset with publishing of Adolf Hitler cartoon

To the editor:

Your editorial cartoon of Sept. 27 was a sly nudge towards "normalizing" Adolph Hitler, who usually requires no introduction.

Normalizing or humanizing Hitler is the job of the alt-right, Ku Klux Klan and white supremacy publications. After all, their aim is to advance Hitler’s Nazi policies, politics and actions and to sell them to the gullible public as palatable, just as happened in Germany after World War I. They are obviously successful, aren’t they?

Yet this is not the first such "cartoon" you published last month. What is going on? I must acknowledge that the artist, Mr. Dutton, very clearly displays these leanings in his work, masking it as political commentary, but I guess I trusted that the other-wise talented editors of this paper would see through his efforts to convert; however, I may be wrong.

Let it be said, then, that I found last week’s cartoon horrifying. History is not just the past; it has become the present as well.

Kathleen Finney

Rantoul

God’s promises wonderful assurance for believers

To the editor:

In Chapter 1 of the Old Testament book, Isaiah, God exhorts Israel to repent. He characterizes it as a nation of disobedient children, rebels, corrupters "laden with sin."

The word means "weighed down" and also appears in the New Testament’s book of Matthew, "Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest." (Matthew omits the modifier, "with sin", but it’s clearly inferred, because in the very next verse Jesus speaks of His rest being "rest for your souls" — that is, salvation from God’s wrath.)

Throughout Scripture, God warns of the approaching destruction of all those who reject Him. Visions of a dreadful, end-time cataclysm are described in Daniel and in chapter 12 the distraught prophet implored of Him: "What shall the end of these things be?" And the Lord announced: "The wicked will continue in wickedness...", but God encouraged Daniel with, "Go your way till the end; and you shall rest, and shall stand in your allotted place at the end of the days."

So God provides comfort. He said to him: "Go your way." That is: Don’t worry... I’m in charge... even in great tumult, attend to your responsibilities. And then, "You shall rest, and shall stand."

There is refreshment awaiting you ... and a new body! (This passage is said to be one of numerous Old Testament references to bodily resurrection.) Finally, Daniel is promised an "allotted place"; that is, he’ll receive an inheritance.

The message is that we’re not to agonize about the future. We should walk in the will and in the word of the Lord, knowing that when we die we’ll rest in peace and stand in glory before Christ, to receive His reward.

These promises might be forgotten in today’s upside-down world, but they’re wonderful assurance for believers.

Don Early

Rantoul