School events can be educational and help raise funds
At a recent school board meeting, I suggested creating educational fund-raising activities for different classes that involve families and communities near our schools.
These could replace such fund-raising as candy, Christmas wrap, subscriptions and fruit sales that are generally high profit for business at the expense of student salesmen, while also involving the mind and body in education.
Tickets would be sold to an event that kids would be excited about sharing with parents, siblings and neighbors. Actors, writers, musicians and any number of local talents, even some within the school could be paid a reasonable amount from ticket sales.
The choice of talents would be for the level of the school as well as talent of the artists, including their ability to explain and share their art, educate and stimulate the audiences.
A fund-raising burgoo supper with local produce would be educational as well. Combine this with visits from fire or police departments, farm co-ops, arts groups, the health department, the university, museums, etc. Even sales of their memorabilia could profit the schools.
Scott worthy of bench
I recently had the opportunity to meet a great public servant I have admired for a long time. His name is Will T. Scott from Pikeville, a Vietnam veteran who served at great risk when he was just a young kid from Eastern Kentucky.
He was commissioned as an officer in the Army and was awarded the Bronze Star and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. Scott still has the heart of a warrior and the desire and calling to serve our commonwealth and nation.
I thank Scott, justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, 7th District, for fighting for our country and for sacrificing for a nation which was, at the time, very ungrateful. I thank him for that service and his service today on the court.
We need more like him in public offices at the local, state and national levels. From my Marine Corps family: Semper fi.
The writer of the April 26 letter about teen births and religion, which blamed the high teen pregnancy rate in the "Bible belt" on the belief in God by "ignorant" Christians showed his own ignorance.
First of all, when Jesus said we must "become like little children," he didn't mean one has to be ignorant, just that we must admit that humans are weak and fallible and must lean on a higher power for help and guidance, as children lean on their parents for support.
And if you don't believe Jesus was right, just look at the mess we humans, relying on our own wisdom, have made of our country and the world as a whole since, as our president put it, "We are no longer a Christian nation."
Secondly, as to the high teen birthrate in the areas he picks out, I have replied before to letters along a similar vein, pointing out you should look first at the income levels and demographics in these areas as compared with other areas to find out why the teen pregnancy rates, and other statistics, vary from other areas. "Ignorant" people are not hard to find in all areas and stations in life.
Enter with excitement
In response to the letter suggesting that Jesus needs you to be ignorant to accept the Bible, the writer is obviously referring to Mark 10:15, where Jesus said, "I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it."
Anyone who has done any some-what serious Bible study, or even been around a lot of little children, will tell you that Jesus was suggesting that you receive the kingdom of God wholeheartedly and with excitement, like a little child.
While it's very clear that the letter writer is not a believer, to pick out a random scripture and suggest that Jesus promoted fantasies on the level of Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny is a bit of a stretch.
Who is to judge?
In an April 20 article, the Hands On Originals' lawyers said the reason Hands On Originals declined to print the Pride Festival T-shirt was because it would, "communicate the message ... that people should be proud about engaging in homosexual behavior or same-sex relationships."
I am curious, whom did the Hands On owner invite to sit down with him and learn this? Was it someone in the gay, straight or ally community?
And since faith was at the core of the decision, I am curious about a couple of other things as well. Nowhere in my Christian upbringing did anyone tell me that God shares his power of judging. Has he shared his power with the Hands On owner? When God's children from the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization meet God on judgment day, will he look for you on Earth — at work, in your home or maybe even your place of worship — and ask for your help in judging whether they should go to heaven or hell?
If Jesus, in his earthly form, stood next to you today, do you think he would throw his loving arms around you and say, "Well done, good and faithful servant, I have taught you well."
So, I am curious, will God judge me for loving or you for hating?
Hands On courageous
My congratulations to Hands On Originals; Homo erectus cannot walk upright without a backbone. I pray the impending financial intimidation directed toward you does not force you to put a price on that backbone. If it does, you will look just like all the other "sheeple."
Shahied S. Rashid