Citizens can gain sovereignty by voting wet
As most readers of the CV&T and travelers of Estill County have seen, “Alcohol Destroys Families”. I am going to set the record straight on this issue. Alcohol is an inanimate substance that when consumed in amounts beyond moderation by a human, the human body reacts to the substance resulting in the HUMAN losing control of his body and his mind. What is important about that fact is that it is the human that reacts to alcohol, not the otherway around. It is the human that chooses to consume alcohol in such quantity as to react in a manner contradictory perhaps to what would be normal. It is the human that harms others while the body reacts to alcohol. It is the human that destroys families. It is the human that causes damage to self and others. The only individual transaction involving alcohol that is illegal in Estill County is the purchasing of the substance. This is also the only individual activity that even if you are to believe that “Alcohol Destroys Families” could not produce any immediate harm. You can drink alcohol in Estill County. You can store alcohol in your home in Estill County. But you cannot purchase the substance. A vote for a wet Estill County changes that allowing the tax revenue generated to remain within Estill County. Tax generated will allow for better public services, upgraded services and even more public jobs. Private businesses in existence and new ones will also benefit from the sale of alcohol. In conclusion, it is fear of an inanimate substance that we can shed with this vote on Jan. 15. It is individual sovereignty that we can gain by voting wet!
Pray for the little ones so brutally slaughtered
Pray for the little ones so brutally slaughtered. Imagine being so young, in a place where you feel secure, are provided for and have no worries. Suddenly, with no warning and no way to prepare, your life is ended among terror, chaos, blood and pain. Why are they doing this? You have no chance to protest or to defend yourself. Someone who doesn’t even know you has decided to kill you.
We can debate assault weapons, but what about the knife attack on 22 children in China? Our problem is not weapons. Our problem is us. What is it about our society that puts so little value on human life?
The words in the first paragraph could be used to describe the killings in Connecticut. It could also be used to describe an abortion. It may make us feel better to call the unborn a fetus but consider: at 21 days the fetus”has a heartbeat, at six weeks brainwaves can be recorded, at 10 weeks the fetus sucks its thumb and is sensitive to touch and at seven to eight months it recognizes its mother’s voice.
According to the United States Census Bureau, in 2008 there were 1.2 million abortions in the U.S. Connecticut had over 17,000. Kentucky had 4,000. The thought of 20 children slaughtered in a classroom sickens me, so much more than the one million plus we slaughter each year.
When are we going to stop the killing?
To lump mentally ill is simplistic
As a person with a brain chemistry illness (bipolar disorder), I read Miss Leggett’s “Mental illness to blame for school shooting,” with interest.
First, I would have thought the young man himself, the shooter, was to blame for the tragedy. I have certainly in the past been resistant to treatment (medication and counseling) and have lost relationships and had many difficulties as a result. However, to lump the mentally ill in a big pile and sort of say, “Get ‘em help before they shoot up a school,” is pretty simple-minded. Miss Leggett is young, so one has to give her the benefit of the doubt.
Second, why don’t females with brain chemistry issue seem to ever shoot up post offices, former job sites or schools? Why is it almost always young males, 18 to 30? Could it be testosterone and huge ego issues and fascination with guns and bullets? Plus, maybe, frustration that they seem to not be living up to the expectations of their own egos? So, they look for scapegoats? Parents, bosses, co-workers, students of parent’s class? Of course, brain chemistry issues don’t help.
In sum, we should avoid the fear-based hysteria that leads to putting Robocop in every school because one young man entered one school and produced a horror too awful to even look at. Lest, we lump all the people who courageously struggle with illnesses every bit as tough as diabetes, such as bipolar, in with school shooters.
As for me, based on the 1983 movie “Witness”, when the grandfather tells Samuel, who is staring at John Book’s gun, “What you put in your hand, you take into your heart.” I have never held a gun in my hand.
Remember, allowing fear and heated reaction to guide us always lead to more suffering.
Editor’s Note: I can’t express how glad I am to have citizens interested in sharing their opinions with our readers. Especially regarding the upcoming wet/dry election and the recent shooting tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. I encourage our readers to use the opinion page as an outlet for your thoughts, opinions and beliefs on any number of topics. I also appreciate responses to the columns I write each week. However, I feel obligated to respond to Mr. Alexander’s letter. First, I would like to stress that I did not intend to lump all of those dealing with mental illness into a category as school-shooters, murderers or heartless individuals. However, the man who shot at Sandy Hook was a victim of mental illness, as have been many of the others who have committed similar tragedies. I am sympathetic to any individual suffering from any illness, whether mental or physical. But to make accusations that my age has anything to do with my opinion is unacceptable. Yes, I am young. But, that is not something I use as an excuse for any aspect of my life. I am well-educated and skilled at what I do. Because I have an opinion that differs from Mr. Alexander’s does not mean I am to be “excused” or given “the benefit of the doubt” because I am young. I appreciate Mr. Alexander’s opinion and agree with many of the aspects of his argument, as they seem to align with what my recent column said. I do not believe we should live in fear of our neighbors or guard our schools with military forces. I believe we should be sympathetic and concerned for our neighbors suffering from mental illness.