Inbox — July 10, 2013
Letters to the Editor
God and Guns
Am I the only writer who has actively read what the Founding Fathers wrote? In order to properly access the written word of the Constitution, you have to understand the spirit of it. The Founders wrote about freedom, gun ownership, tyrants and God, just to name a few subjects. The Constitution follows the Declaration of Independence, and that document clearly defines a reverence for a creator (God). In fact, George Washington had great reverence for our creator, referencing divine intervention during the execution of the Revolutionary War. Washington prayed before the war, during the war and after the war to God, a documented series of facts. Many people dismiss the Declaration of Independence in regards to the Constitution, but in doing so, dismiss the intentions of the Founding Fathers. Dismissing the Declaration of Independence is like dismissing the Old Testament of the Bible.
George Washington would have clearly disagreed with Inbox writer Rich Givan in the importance of guns over God, not only in the context of the issue itself, but with the statement that God is never around when you need him. God was considered important in keeping the hearts of evil men from becoming overtly evil, manifesting such evil in physical actions against fellow citizens. It would be great if all writers came to the computer with historical facts rather than opinions based on personal beliefs. Guns are important to the security of a free people, and belief in God was just as important to most of the Founders.
Mark D. Milby, Camp Taylor
Against the Wind
Why does Sen. McConnell think that running against President Obama is going to get him another six years in office? Why would Kentucky voters reelect someone for six years to oppose the president for two years? President Obama will leave office in 2016. Mitch McConnell, if reelected, would be in office until 2020.
McConnell is “running” against President Obama because it is much easier than running on his record. On his watch since 2007, the number of Senate filibusters has soared. McConnell has a record, and it is not good. Indeed, he is running away from his record of bombast and obstructionism.
Your strategy is not going to work, Sen. McConnell. Your record is the issue. It will continue to be the issue.
Greg Leichty, Hikes Point, Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate
For those of you claiming you have a right to your guns because you need them to protect yourself from a tyrannical government, let me ask you one question. How many Apache attack helicopters armed with Hellfire missiles do you have?
Our government has plenty, along with naval and other air forces, Abrams tanks and numerous other nasty weapons meant to rain death and destruction upon anyone who opposes our government. I won’t even get into the command and control structure required to wage a successful war.
For those contemplating an assault against our government, may I suggest you research Ruby Ridge and Waco? Anyone who thinks their relative peashooter is going to help them against our government is a paranoid delusional and the type of person who should never have access to anything more powerful than a paper-wad shooter.
Gregg Seidl, New Albany, former Active Duty Marine
Oral Tobacco Tax
Hey, guys, lighten up on oral tobacco. While Parkinson’s disease is ravaging the elder population, doctors have discovered a secret preventative — nicotine! (If you don’t believe me, Google it.) Cigarettes will do the job, but they also wreak havoc on your vital tissues. So the obvious solution is tucking a little wad in your cheek several times a day. It may cost you a few teeth before the end, but that’s better than the dreaded “paralysis agitans.” Think of all the billions America could save in Medicare expenses.
Rather than raising the tax on Copenhagen and Red Man, Kentucky should abolish it altogether. After all, those products deliver a useful drug, and even the most backward states don’t tax life-saving medications.
John Gamel, St. Matthews