Prayer should be private, the Bible tells us so
I'm glad the Herald-Leader reprinted a story from the Danville Advocate-Messenger under the headline, "Prayer allowed at graduation, despite objections" (May 28), because it gives me the opportunity to comment.
Apparently, the Lincoln County High School class president offered a public prayer during commencement ceremonies, and many in the audience applauded his action.
The young man who prayed aloud and those who cheered him for doing so should be ashamed of themselves. What they did was both un-Christian and un-American.
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The gentleman named and quoted in the article has already explained why those attitudes and actions were un-American, so I will limit my comment to what was un-Christian.
According to the Bible, Jesus said, "Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them. ... Whenever you pray, don't be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray [in public] so that they may be seen by others" (Matthew 6:1, 5).
The young man who prayed aloud and those who cheered him blatantly defied the clear teaching of the one they so self-righteously invoked as "Lord."
According to the Bible, Jesus also said, "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven. ... Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a foolish man who built his house on sand" (Matthew 7:21, 26).
Brothers and sisters, can I hear an "Amen"?
Get over Benghazi
Congress seems determined to ignore all of our economic, infrastructure, immigration and unemployment problems, and waste its precious time and energy on a political investigation that will lead nowhere.
The recently released White House emails conclusively show there was no cover-up in Benghazi in spite of the obvious internal fights between the CIA and the State Department.
President Barack Obama's disinterest in day-to-day management of executive areas is frustrating to many of us, but that is a result of personal style or neglect and nothing criminal.
Republican efforts to compare Benghazi to Watergate or Iran Contra are absolutely absurd. There has been no crime or impeachable offense committed here. In fact, Republican cuts in the State Department's budget have increased the likelihood of such attacks. Moreover, why wasn't there an investigation of the 13 attacks on U.S. consulates during the Bush years? Why didn't Republicans investigate the terrorist attacks on Calcutta, India, in 2002, or on Karachi, Pakistan, that same year, or on Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2003?
There were far more than four deaths in each of these cases as well as the 10 that followed. It is time to recognize the partisan witch hunt as just that. Moreover, it is long past time to address our country's real problems.
Henry E. Everman
Put meth users in jail
In February, police raided two houses in my neighborhood and arrested seven people for manufacturing methamphetamine. After seeing my neighborhood almost destroyed by drug activity, I thought it was over and done with.
Not so. After only 60 days in jail, the perpetrators were released. One case was dismissed and the remaining six have still not been presented to the grand jury. These people were set free in our community with no drug testing and no restrictions at all.
I have been told the delay was because the drug lab results were not back. Lawmakers in surrounding counties have told me that lab results are not necessary to present a meth manufacturing case to a grand jury, especially when there is a meth lab "cooking" in plain sight.
Surrounding counties push their meth manufacturing cases through promptly and get indictments. Here in Lincoln County, the commonwealth attorney's office is blaming the sheriff's department for the delay; and the sheriff is blaming the state lab. There is not going to be a grand jury in June, so it will have been more than five months since the arrest before the grand jury meets.
If the state deems that the sentence for manufacturing meth, a class B felony, is 10 to 20 years, why do local officials think it's OK to set these offenders free? Where are the indictments to protect our families and property?
Remember these questions when you cast your vote.
Bye BP, thanks H-L
Another local business is now gone. The 50-year-old BP service station in Lansdowne Shopping Center has been "home" to so many of its neighbors. We have been customers since 1978.
The workers were given little notice that their jobs were over, some neighbors told me. They were always so helpful to all their customers and tried so hard to keep the business going. Their regular service was good and the mechanics helped us so many times throughout the years.
We are proud of all the workers. You think you can count on having your job after all the years you've put into it, but not in this case.
Apparently the owners of the station, who also own other service stations here, wanted to give Malone's and Sal's restaurants and bars more parking.
We have already seen how the prospect of big money was a factor in the destruction of the historic buildings in the CentrePointe area downtown and of Perkins Restaurant by the megachurch.
Also, the Kroger store in Chevy Chase is pushing the neighborhoods further back with its unneeded, grandiose expansion.
Thank you, Herald-Leader, for your always-great reporting, especially in this matter. You tell us more about the goings-on in Lexington than we would have known otherwise. We love our newspaper.
Also, we may not always agree with Joel Pett's cartoons, but we enjoy them all and look forward to them. Variety is the spice of life.
Pauline Kelley Rodgers
Ignore NRA drivel
There have been several recent letters claiming gun laws don't work, many using Chicago as an example since it has notoriously strict gun laws yet has endured hundreds of shootings leading to nearly 100 deaths this year.
This rationale for the inefficacy of gun laws is flawed and abused by those who resist gun laws that would help prevent more tragedies like those at Sandy Hook and the movie theater in Aurora, Colo.
Though it's true gun laws will never prevent all gun violence, if they can save one life, they're worth it.
Opponents of gun laws fail to realize the Chicago example is a better rationale for the need for national gun laws. Regardless how strict gun laws are in Chicago, illegally sold guns can still flood into the city from the rest of the country. Gun laws must be uniform and nationwide to be most effective.
Unfortunately, politicians who could better protect U.S. citizens from excessive gun violence have been bought and sold by the National Rifle Association. They subscribe to the misinformed drivel spewed by NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre who claims gun laws are really the government coming to get your guns in violation of Second Amendment rights.
No proposed gun laws call for confiscation. Despite its untruthfulness, the NRA continues to perpetuate this fiction as a fund raising tool to enlarge its membership. Supporters of responsible gun laws must educate the misinformed.
Emery W. Caywood IV