Pulaski's stand against ACLU worth the price
I was born and raised in Pulaski County. Although many good things have come from there, I have never been more proud of Pulaski County than when I read about it standing up to the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky because of the county wanting to hang the Ten Commandments in the courthouse.
Though 76 percent of the United States is Christian, one non-Christian can implement or be used by the ACLU to stifle religious freedoms. In the letter Martin Luther King Jr. wrote from the Birmingham jail, he questioned what a "just law" was.
He cited Thomas Aquinas and said that a "just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God."
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In the world we live in, where we are threatened on a global basis every day by people who hate America, we need to honor God openly as never before. God wants to see us fight to honor him. Let's contact our representatives in Washington to change the laws that prevent God from being honored in our Christian country.
I am proud of Pulaski County standing up to the ACLU. It looks like it cost Pulaski County about $36,000 a year for the last 11 years to exercise a religious freedom that should be free.
Let's join Pulaski County to not stop there but fight to change existing laws that don't line up with the moral law.
We are upset with the state spending $3.6 million on roads near Kentucky Speedway when clearly this was not a road problem; it was the owners of the track at fault.
We have been to other races and always had slight traffic delays. For the Kentucky race, we had four hours before race time with only 9 miles to go. We never saw the track.
We have tried on numerous occasions to get a refund only to be told they only do ticket exchanges. The goods weren't delivered, it wasn't our fault and now Bruton Smith won't refund our money.
Smith said there have been some exchanges "but not to the degree that we anticipated." Good reason: We don't want exchanges, we want our money.
When asked what he would say to fans who vowed not to return, Smith replied, "I have not met the first person yet that said that." Another good reason, he hasn't talked to those of us who feel that way. The reps on the phones are getting the comments and, evidently, he chooses not to listen.
Gov. Steve Beshear said, "Considering the huge crowds flocking to the race, fans will never zoom in and out but will have to deal with some waits." People know that. This was not a group of people waiting until the last minute.
Look at the person raking in the money; he created the problem, not the fans. Don't spend our tax dollars helping a businessman who has scammed the people of Kentucky.
Steve and Carol Huffman
Keep churches holy
As to the "Economic workout" letter in August, I do agree that people should be getting off their couches and easy chairs and getting a job. I get job listings every day through Indeed, which I found through the Herald-Leader. There are all kinds of jobs available if people want them.
The thing I am most disturbed about is the letter writer's idea of using church properties for laboratories, research centers, etc. I would hope that he would know that a church is God's house and is a place to worship, not a place to make money. It is a place to go and express your love for God in songs and get the spiritual uplifting from God's word spoken by our ministers that we need.
We are to be witnessing to people by sharing the gospel and bringing them into our churches to worship, not writing letters saying there is nothing going on in churches during the week. There are lots of churches that open their doors during the week to feed the homeless and less fortunate people and even give them a place to sleep.
There are plenty of empty buildings to use instead of God's house.
One weekend last month, my 6-year-old granddaughter, Samantha, sold lemonade for 25 cents a cup. She was raising money for the Walk To End Alzheimer's in Lexington.
She wasn't raising the money to buy candy or a toy, but to, as she put it, "Fight Alzheimer's." She was raising the money with the hope in her heart that she was stepping up to help in her own way.
Many people stopped to buy their choice of either pink or purple lemonade and shared their family story about being touched by the disease. She listened, smiled and stood at the little self-made poster-decorated stand.
Samantha knew firsthand how hard it is for a family, as she had helped feed her great-grandmother many times and helped push her wheelchair.
Thank you to all who purchased a cup, showing support for her and her desire to do her part to stop Alzheimer's.
Sharon C. Reed
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