Church and commonwealth
By now I know the law of the land and separation of church and state in Kentucky has little or no meaning to a group of people whose job is to enforce them.
The Rowan County clerk (I’m tired of hearing her name) is a prime example of sticking her nose up at the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling and a judge’s stipulation of what she could and could not do in office.
After a slap on the wrist, she ignored the judge and made several changes to her duties, using religion as an excuse.
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Now it seems everything is OK. The new governor had a solution to the “problem.” He changed the rule for all 120 counties.
Why change something that was not broken?
He should have told the clerk to follow the rules of the office she swore to uphold, or resign.
It seemed to me her $80,000 salary was more important than quitting so she used religion to stay on the job.
Desk job for insensitive dog
It looks like Black Lives Matter has its work cut out for it this year. It seems one of its brethren has himself in a mess.
While running from the police, he shot himself with his own gun. Then he tried to hide under a car and that is where a police dog bit him.
Here is the problem for the group: Should they go after the NRA for not teaching this individual proper gun safety or the American Kennel Club for one of its members being out of control?
The dog could have done a number of things other than bite the perp. He could have licked him, rolled over and played dead, sat up and offered to shake hands or raised his leg and marked the man to make it easier for other dogs to find him.
But, nooo. He chose to bite. He needs to have sensitivity training and be put in a desk job until we get to the bottom of this tragedy.
I wish Black Lives Matter all the best and hope they can resolve this quandary.
Thomas E. Lykins Sr.
Unclutter your life
Before I went to my office, I looked out the window. The sun was shining brightly; everything was beautiful.
I thought of a poem by Robert Browning, in which a little girl named Pippa, tripping along, sang, “The morning’s at seven; the hillside is dew-pearled ... God’s in his heaven, and all’s right with the world.”
Then, I walked into my office and saw a mess. All was not right. I had allowed the entire room to become cluttered and disorganized.
An old proverb popped hauntingly into my mind: There is “a time for keeping,” and there is “a time for throwing away.”
So I got busy. After a few minutes, I was amazed. My office looked entirely different. A little change had made a big difference.
There are times when life gets cluttered and something needs to be done. There is no better time than at the beginning of a new year to look at the clutter of life and make changes that will re-order and realign it.
Some things need to be thrown away, but some things need to be kept. In the end, a little change will make a big difference.
What is wrong with the U.S. today?
Do our young people want to join ISIS because they have been brainwashed by the violence on TV and the Internet?
Are we going back to the Wild West when everybody carried a gun for self-defense?
Do we have a government that has become the biggest industry with a huge debt?
Do we have to support people because they don’t have jobs?
Do single girls have babies to get housing, food stamps, health care, child care and college educations? Where are the deadbeat fathers?
Do we have a younger generation of parents who care more about having things than they do about their children?
Do parents not take their children to church because it is not a priority?
The answer to all of these questions is yes. Now let’s not forget how the cost of living has gone up in the last 30 years. We don’t stand a snowball’s chance of avoiding a depression.
Alberta J. Toomey