Take a shopping break and lend a helping hand
With Christmas coming swiftly upon us, there are things we must put into perspective.
I work a seasonal job in a very nice department store. I see customers buying very expensive items, like Kitchen Aid mixers and Coach purses, expensive espresso makers and the like.
While all this is par for the course this time of year, it is also disheartening. We so easily forget the true meaning behind our Christmas holiday, that Jesus was born and became our savior. And, too easily, we forget that there are thousands of people in Lexington who do not have enough food. For them, one simple present would be a delight.
So, when you're out buying 50-inch TVs and Gucci clothes, remember those who go without, the poor and helpless. Maybe they just recently got laid off and have never before had to ask for help.
Then, make a contribution to your church or the Salvation Army or God's Pantry. And, better still, go volunteer your time at one of these places helping others. It's good for the soul. And mankind.
Big (fat) Brother
Happy meals. Some elected officials have decided toys placed in a child's meal option are wrong and the children will be obese. What?
Seriously, these are the same elected officials who have huge deficits in their cities, counties, states. Maybe a better choice for all would be to take away their toys — like our money.
Did you have happy meals as a child? I did, my son did, my friends did. We are not obese and even if we were this is way too much government.
This is government in our homes and choices. What next? Take the apple pie off the dessert menu?
C'mon, man, just stop the madness.
In the Dec. 2 edition of the Lexington Herald-Leader, a headline reads, "Farmer defends hiring of girlfriend, says she's qualified." And therein lies the rub — Richie Farmer really doesn't know the difference between right and wrong.
Why we need EPA
The three Nov. 22 anti-regulatory letters miss the point.
Since the 1800s, the Cuyahoga River in northern Ohio periodically caught fire from the pollutants discharged into it. The burning river finally made the news in 1969.
Until 1977 General Electric discharged a total of about 1.3 million pounds of PCBs into the Hudson River. PCBs are heavier than water and settled in the silt. Dredging the Hudson has cost over a billion dollars and they aren't finished.
Kentucky has its own Hall of Shame nominee called the Valley of the Drums. This was one of the first of the pricey Superfund cleanups. It was a 23-acre hazardous waste dump covered with thousands of leaking drums. The site was created in the 1960s and still reminds us how incredibly expensive unregulated behavior is.
These are some of the events that informed people what unregulated industry can do.
Regulations only exist to force bad actors to do something against their nature; to behave responsibly. The good actors aren't bothered by regulations. The only ones who benefit from deregulation are polluters.
If anything, the Environmental Protection Agency dragged most of us kicking and screaming out of the environmental Dark Ages, but judging by the three letters, not everyone. And as 29 miners of Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine discovered, lack of regulatory oversight is a true job killer.
Numbed to abuse
What a country. It's supposed to be America, but because of Fox and other channels with shows like Cops they have numbed us to police using excessive force.
The Occupy Wall Street movement is a prime example. Cops are shown shoving batons into stomachs of protesters, which can do serious damage. The far right paints the protesters as nuts. But those demonstrators fight for all of us.
I was taught the right to peacefully assemble and protest are God-given rights and should never be given up. Freedom of the press is another, even when some tell bald-face lies, as Fox News does, because you can fool ignorant people.
OWS is not going away and I hope the press doesn't either.
Health law oppressive
I noticed some pretty liberal use of language in a letter to the editor characterizing the Patient Protection and Affordable Act (aka Obamacare) as an expression of a citizen's liberty to practice self-governance. That the act is an expression of liberty, the writer submits the following examples: Freedom to vote, freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of the press. These are freedoms that every individual enjoys, regardless of the will of the majority, and are hardly analogous to the individual mandate requiring every person in America to buy a product they might not want.
Webster's dictionary defines liberty as "the state of being free from oppression." How is forcing someone to do something making them free.
In the examples given, even if a majority wanted to strip a person of these liberties, the Constitution would not allow it.
Dressing up requirements and calling them liberty does not change the fact that if the individual mandate is allowed to stand muster through the ever-growing Commerce Clause, there is no constraint on the federal government's power and the Tenth Amendment is not worth the 200-year-old paper it is written on.
If the government can force you to buy a product for your own health, what stops it from making you eat your broccoli?
Does the name of Jesus offend you? If so, then you are not blessed. You are not on your way to God's heaven, for all God's people love Jesus and if you don't then you are of the devil. For you are either serving Jesus or you are serving the devil.
I am not politically correct, but I will tell you the truth — if you die without Jesus in your heart then you will open your eyes in eternal hell, where there is weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth. There will be no happy holidays in hell. Our sick society wants people to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas because it may offend some heathen religion. They better be more worried about offending God. Jesus is my God.