Letters to the Editor 6-4-14

Bill Smith (letter, June 2) is thankful that Christians are “taking up for their rights” and says that Christians have the right to say what is wrong or right. And certainly, Christians, just like any other religion in the United States, have the right to talk about their sect of religion.
However, why is it all right for Christians to tell people who live outside their religion what is right or wrong?
Why are Christians sitting in judgment of other people? Or, as he says, in judgment of their “sin”? If, as Christians believe, God sees everything, isn’t what a person does or does not do between that person and God?
When a person dies and goes to answer to God, he or she is only going to be talking to God about what he or she needs to make right, not how another person sat in judgement for his or her “sins.”
There is a saying that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” and you can substitute the word “sin” for “beauty.” Or, better yet change the saying to “Sin is in the eye of the creator,” not in the eye of someone who commits his or her own sins. Concern yourself with how you live your life and stop trying to force your beliefs down the throats of others.
The first settlers to this country came here to have the freedom to worship and live how they chose, to escape a tyrannical religious system.
Let’s not repeat the same mistakes that drove people away from their homes, livelihoods and families.
Rochelle Dunlap

This week, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed the first-ever federal limits on carbon pollution from power plants, the largest single source of global warming pollution in America.
Across the state, Ohioans have felt the consequences of global warming, including heat waves, drought, and poor air quality caused by pollution.
The National Climate Assessment, released in May, recognized today’s impacts with the statement, “Climate change, once considered an issue for a distant future, has moved firmly into the present.”
This announcement is a huge win for the health of our families and our environment.
It is in large part a testament to the millions of Americans, more than 600 local elected officials, and hundreds of small businesses who have already demanded the cutting of carbon pollution.
EPA’s proposal, once finalized, will be the largest step the U.S. has ever taken to combat global warming and it’s our best chance to give our children a legacy we can be proud of.
We’ll be counting on Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman to step up to the plate and support these limits on carbon pollution from power plants.
Nate Lotze
Environment Ohio field organizer

The University of Findlay accidentally got a big dose of toxic poison with glyphosate-filled Roundup weed killer recently.
Then we get a cartoon (Page A4, May 20) of the lawn and the joke behind Top Cat’s statement, “Need grass? I got it, dude.”
It’s nice to be recognized in a community and in a news publication.
Of all the people who have known me over the decades, most look at me as being a hippie, stuck in the ’60s, and someone who wants to change the world.
But everybody knows you can’t do that.
So almost everybody looks at me as being a joke. Trying to do something that can’t be done. Only billionaires can accomplish such a feat.
Since I don’t care to ever make over $250,000 a year, that’s really funny. Well, folks, the joke is so over!
We are in a most serious war to survive right now, not in the future. Total phasing out of poison chemicals and fossil fuel must begin this year.
The days of contending with these issues are coming to a close.
The main reason for this is communication, education, and living in a country that can be taken back by the common man and end the rule of the filthy rich.
As for the people who loved Jim Snyder putting me in my place, nobody loved Jim’s letter more than I.
Bill Smith doesn’t like the fact I think I know more than the experts.
If an expert proclaims we must use fossil fuel and poison chemicals until they’re gone, that cannabis is bad for any reason, or that man’s bad habits have nothing to do with the severe weather or drought conditions, then yes, indeed, I do know more than them.
Terry Cook


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