Letters to the editor: Jan. 25

January 25, 2014 

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Other Christians need to join pro-life Catholics

I applaud the efforts of Catholic Christians to preserve our freedom of religion and, more importantly, preserve human life from an oppressive governmental agency.

Doesn't our Bill of Rights guarantee our freedom to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? Some radio and television networks are doing all they can.

But where are the voices of other Christian groups? Are these issues not important enough for them to add their voices and resources to those who are already fighting the battle?

Too often we complain while the secular activists are busy dismantling the the foundations of our faith. We just need to awaken out of our drowsy lethargy or fear of intimidation and lend whatever support we can to the effort others are already making. Life and liberty are too precious to sit idly by while others try to destroy them.

Henry Fraley

Lexington


Scriptures outdated

Time after time, letters to the Herald-Leader cite the Bible or "scripture" as the authority on every social issue.

The Bible should be recognized for what it is: a collection of ancient writings by pre-scientific people who were highly superstitious.

They were ignorant of such things as gravity, genes and DNA, not to mention Higgs-Boson.

The most recent parts of the Bible were written about 1,900 years ago.

Those who wrote them thought that the sun revolved around the earth, that the earth was flat and that headaches could be cured by drilling holes in the skull to let out evil spirits.

We have none of the original writings, only copies, sometimes only fragments, made by hand by scribes who took the liberty to change what they were copying if they thought they could make it make better sense. We are not sure who wrote many of the biblical documents.

A lot more can be said about the lack of dependability of the Bible as an authority, but suffice it to say, if a doctor practiced medicine today based on literature as shaky as the Bible, such a doctor would have few patients.

If you want to live your life based on writings that are thousands of years old, that is your privilege.

But in the public arena, we have gone beyond Hippocrates in practicing medicine.

Likewise, it is past time that we go beyond religion to solve the complex social issues of our public life.

Lawrence E. Durr

Lexington


Listen to Gatewood

When I saw the photo of the line of Coloradans lined up to buy the first legal recreational marijuana on New Year's day, I had two thoughts.

One, the line seemed to consist of all bearded males in their twenties and thirties. Two, I wondered if any of the buyers held a job enabling them to purchase their weed.

Then I remembered the efforts of a man from Lexington named Gatewood Galbraith to legalize pot in Kentucky.

I visualized Gatewood smiling down on the line as an experiment fulfilling his own dreams for Kentucky of marijuana being an economic stimulus and reducing the crime rate and prison population.

I have never once used marijuana nor do I plan to do so. I do believe the legalization and regulation of this natural God-given plant would lead to strong economic stimulus for Kentucky farmers and reduction of crime and reduction of the prison population.

I also believe that, like cigarette smoking, the percentage of users of recreational pot would be a small fraction of the population and the great majority of us would go on our way discouraging its use in the young and enjoying the economic benefits to the state.

Robert L. Caummisar

Grayson


Tax the rich for wars

In response to "Being rich is not a criminal act," while I commend the wealthy on their generous donations for charity,

I suggest the letter's two authors read: Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty by Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson.

Regarding Mitch McConnell being a "friend of coal," why when he took office were there about 65,000 coal miners in Central Appalachia and today about 35,000?

That is about 1,000 mining jobs lost per year since he has been in office.

On another point, the way to end all future "quasi wars" in which the United States initiates (Iraq and Afghanistan) or finishes the "dirty work" another nation started (Vietnam) is to create a law that the day our troops become involved in such a conflict all income over $250,000 is taxed at a flat rate of 50 percent.

It would be interesting to see how the military industrial complex and particularly its stock-market shareholders would view entering such a fracas in the first place.

Robert Hoeller

Lexington

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