Letters to editor: July 17

July 17, 2014 

Comparison a shame, insult

While recently traveling through Kentucky, I read the July 3 column by Merlene Davis which compared the thousands of children recently dumped at the United States border to the Freedom Riders of the 1960s civil rights movement.

Is Davis serious?

She apparently does not understand the difference between citizens appealing for the realization of their genuine, constitutionally guaranteed rights and non-citizen kids who have simply been sent here through illegal means to be taken care of by who-knows-who.

Whatever one may think of these new arrivals, the comparison with the Freedom Riders is an insult to those who participated in the civil rights movement as citizens appealing to the country to, in the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., "live up to the meaning of its creed."

I can only assume that the concept of citizenship is either irrelevant or meaningless to Davis.

Richard Terrell

Lincoln, Neb.

Karma will handle it

Someone found or stole my son's wallet at Circle K gas station in Versailles on July 3. I just would like that person to know that my son worked very hard doing manual labor over the winter to save that $1,100 he was going to use to obtain a car.

I instilled in my son the value of hard work to achieve his goals. Not simply taking what is not his.

Working hard used to be the American way. This person decided to not simply drop the wallet in a mailbox minus the money. Instead, the person discarded the wallet containing my son's identification cards, personal information and mementos.

One day something will happen and that person will be on the receiving end of this. Life has a way of leveling the playing field and balancing accounts. My son will recover from this, but dishonesty will follow and be revisited upon that person.

Bryan Deppe


Congress is slacking

We do not see much bipartisan movement in Congress lately. So the efforts of Sens. Rand Paul and Cory Booker, D-N.J., to introduce juvenile criminal-justice legislation is noteworthy.

Paul's flexibility is impressive, and his opposition to America's endless wars is a benchmark for the Republican Party.

William Poole


Do-nothings no more

Six years ago, the Republican Party and Sen. Mitch McConnell went on a sit-down strike because a Democrat was elected. Why would Republicans tolerate their politicians' failure to do anything?

And what if Hillary Clinton wins? Are they prepared to waste another eight years?

At some point they actually have to be for something. Hating President Barack Obama is not a policy.

Republicans could have achieved a lot of what they wanted if they had only tried. The gap between the rich and poor is at its highest level ever, yet the Republicans refuse to raise the minimum wage or increase taxes on the super-rich.

The last Republican president caused an economic collapse and lost 8 million jobs, while tricking us into an unnecessary war.

The Democratic Party has presidents who have produced twice the growth rates as Republicans. Stop voting for do-nothing Republicans like McConnell; he is the problem.

Chris Wells


We create our gods

One of the arguments for the non-existence of God is the fact that we believe in so many of them.

If God did exist, wouldn't there be an unalterable consistent image of him throughout the world? If you were born deep in the Christian Bible belt of the U.S. to Christian parents, you would believe in the triune consisting of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Jesus Christ would be the object of your worship and he would be your god.

If you were born in Pakistan to Muslim parents, you would believe in Allah. If you were born in Israel to Jewish parents, you would believe in Yahweh.

It's at this point that you must ask; how can God exist if there are different versions of him? If God did exist and we were observing him, wouldn't we have the same version instead of different ones?

The only rational explanation for the different versions is that God exists only within us and not outside of us.

In other words, we are making God up. We have created God and or gods in our own images instead of the other way around. We are the creator.

Phil Greer


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