Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: July 30

Cherry picking the Bill of Rights

The Bill of Rights consists of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution. It came into effect in 1791 through adoption by Congress and ratification by three-fourths of the states.

It was added to the Constitution in order to protect the rights of states and individuals by limiting the authority of the federal government.

Today, federal judges often choose to support and defend what other recent judges have ruled. They do that instead of upholding that meaning which the Constitution — considered in light of its framers' intentions — can straightforwardly be seen to bear.

The judges' own biases, often reflecting opinions popular within the larger academic culture, greatly come into play.

Judicial opinions frequently contain glib citations of the vague, stretchable concept of equal protection while ignoring the original purpose of the Bill of Rights.

Therefore, states decrease in power while the federal government grows in size and authority.

This lamentable development threatens to hold hostage the convictions of ordinary Americans — as expressed through government leaders at the state and local levels — to a set of ideals and goals which a distant national elite would impose upon the people.

James Grant

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary student


Tom Caldwell

Assemblies of God minister


Cops threat to safety

A recent Cops Gone Wild video shows a cop repeatedly punching a black great-grandmother in the face on the side of the road.

In Georgia, the police threw a flash-grenade into a baby's crib during a drug raid on the house.

In Virginia, a friend called the police because a teen was suicidal and when they showed up they shot him to death. Also, a paraplegic man was thrown out of his wheelchair and was brutally beaten for riding on the side of the road.

A Seattle cop recently killed a man because he had not paid a transit fare.

You are eight times more likely to be killed by a cop than a terrorist.

Since 9/11, more than 5,000 people have been killed by police — the same number of soldiers dead in Iraq.

Police kill more than 500 people a year. In several instances, police said they "accidentally" fired a gun when they thought it was a taser. That's a good enough excuse to get away with murder. More cops equals more abuse of citizens.

When you allow police to investigate their fellow officers for wrongdoing, you might as well have no investigation at all.

John Sabot


Tired of insulting ads

It is nearly four months until the senatorial election. I feel certain that I am not the only one who is tired of the constant barrage of Secretary of State Alison Grimes and Sen. Mitch McConnell commercials.

It is tiresome to hear the sniping between the candidates. Perhaps a novel approach would be for them to tell the voters the plans they have to improve our state and how they will work toward those goals.

The voters would like to hear that type of content, rather than insults toward the opponent. Another option could be to have "none of the above" on the ballot.

Cheryl Keenan


Nothing is ever free

Following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Hobby Lobby case, you might have thought that this case was about banning a health-care service.

Statements saying this decision is limiting the health care options or denying rights are pure hyperbole.

These services are still available to anyone who wants them, they might just have to pay for them or find a new employer who provides it on their health plan.

If it's as important as some are claiming, it should rank high on household spending priorities.

Last time I checked, we are free to change jobs if we don't like how our employer is treating us. No one is having something taken away from them.

The truth is that these are people expecting this service for free and who are mad because their employer is no longer required to give it to them. Nothing is truly free.

In this case, the cost of free preventive care is just hidden in the health insurance premiums paid for working people, employers and taxpayers.

Karl Pfeifer