Get straight dope on medical pot
The Jan. 21 front-page article, "Baptist leader suspicious of medical marijuana bill," reveals that the 750,000-member Kentucky Baptist Convention needs an information update.
A quote from its executive director suggests a distinction between the Food and Drug Administration and what is medically beneficial, as if the FDA is capable of being "thwarted" by medical science.
He also suggests that marijuana is a gateway drug, a "proven ... first step toward abusing hard drugs," which would be contrary to empirical science.
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The article fairly presents helpful facts (apparently unavailable to Kentucky Baptists) that the proposed legislation is about medical, not recreational, marijuana and would not allow smoking of any sort.
The Woody Harrelson case established that there are varieties of cannabis much different than the narcotic type. The article makes clear that only the non-narcotic varieties will be allowed by overseeing health authorities.
As a Christian myself, I must stand with House Speaker Greg Stumbo in asking Kentuckians to remain open-minded and listen to facts before allowing church doctrine to subvert God's will.
The fact is, more heroin users have smoked cigarettes than anything else, so tobacco is the true gateway drug. It's important for church leaders to get their facts straight.
No more excuses
Syndicated columnist Eugene Robinson stated that Martin Luther King Jr.'s march on the Capitol in 1968 was not just to end discrimination but to change the way the economy doles out its spoils.
We have an obligation to assist those in need with a leg up, but the pursuit of happiness is not a government program. One must get off the porch and pursue. Yes, there is a growing gap between the haves and have-nots that needs to be addressed but there are channels available and it starts with wanting to get ahead. You have to begin in order to finish.
Excuses don't cut it.
I understand that there are those who want no better; everyone has the right to pursue happiness or wait on the mailman. But the middle class cannot afford to just dole out the spoils.
Praise for 'Illyria'
On Jan. 16, after a delicious dinner at the appropriately named restaurant, Shakespeare & Co. we walked across Broadway to spend a delightful opening night of entertainment at the Lexington Opera House for The Bluegrass Opera production of the world premiere of Illyria.
It was a three-act operetta adapted from Shakespeare's comedy Twelfth Night, with music in the style of Gilbert & Sullivan.
Featuring 27 actor/singers in period costume, with accompanying orchestra of over three dozen musicians, the cast provided a great performance, demonstrating the wide range of exceptional artistic talent residing in Central Kentucky.
More local media publicity showcasing this fine live theater would surely have led to an enthusiastic and overflowing audience.
Even with a limited knowledge of Shakespeare, we do know of the challenge of his works for an actor, and the cast did a fine job of engaging us in the dialogue, humor and music from start to finish. Well done.
Don and Pat Dampier
Jack and Linda Shepherd
Ky. Christian wimps
Where are the Christians? Why are they sitting by watching Kentucky renege on incentives offered by the state's tourism office to Answers in Genesis' theme park, the Ark Encounter?
In order for AIG to get the incentives, it is required to hire atheists and all sorts of non-Christians. That's like hiring an atheist as your head pastor. Don't Kentucky officials know that AIG is a Christian organization? What do they expect?
Kentucky Christians are looking like wimps. They should demand that legislators do what's right instead of bowing to pressure by atheist groups outside the state.
We at the Creation Science Hall of Fame are hoping to construct our building between the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum. Just think of the revenue these projects will bring. Gas stations, lodging, stores and restaurants would be booming with tourists.
Get with it, Kentucky. Do what is right and don't be afraid to give an answer for your beliefs in our Lord.
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