2 science stories speak of a God
Two science stories appeared side by side in the paper last week. One, a complete well-preserved 10,000 year-old wooly mammoth was found in the arctic. Two, a 60 million year-old dinosaur fossil also found, believed a precursor of what became modern day birds.
We think of mammoths and saber tooth tigers and several other extinct animals as prehistoric creatures.
Then how are we humans, who are fortunate to live 100 years, to grasp the concept of 10 thousand or 1 million, or 6 million or 60 million years of unrecorded history? We cannot. It is beyond our comprehension.
And if these facts boggle our finite minds, how are we to comprehend the thousands or millions or billions of other planets, suns, and galaxies that span infinite time and space.
It occurs to me that this brief survey of these few facts, not even mentioning every tree that exists or has existed, every blade of grass, every grain of sand or every fish in the ocean, all speak of a God we all need to acknowledge and thank and worship. Think about it. “The fool has said in his heart there is no God...”
Robert L. Caummisar, Grayson
Gun control now called gun safety
Big Brother is alive and well and living at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C. The latest Orwellian double-speak is the use of the phrase “gun-safety” as a euphemism for gun-control.
The most telling point in this situation even needs a euphemism. The anti-gunners have to use a euphemism because the phrase gun-control is distasteful to many Americans.
The NRA, often refered to only as the gun lobby, is actually much more. The NRA trains firearms instructors for law enforcement, teaches gun-safety courses, and defends “the right to keep and bear arms.”
The first gun-control laws were “Jim Crow” laws prohibiting African-Americans from owing firearms. These laws were passed at the behest of the KKK. The NRA went to bat for the African-Americans and got those biased laws repealed.
I’ve handled firearms all my life and, according to the U.S. Army, am a qualified small-arms expert. When I was a boy I learned the 10 commandments of gun safety.
1. Keep guns and ammunition out of the reach of children.
2. Children should never be allowed to handle firearms without adult supervision.
3. Never play with guns, always remember they are deadly weapons.
4. Assume every gun is loaded until you know it is not.
5. Never aim a gun at anything you do not intend to destroy.
6. Always be sure your backstop will stop a bullet.
7. When shooting keep the muzzle pointed down range at all times.
8. When hunting always be aware of where your gun is pointed.
9. Never shoot over water as bullets can ricochet off the surface.
10. Never cross a fence with a loaded gun.
Now when someone tries to confuse you with Orwellian double speak about “gun safety” you can tell them you already know the 10 commandments of real gun/safety.
Steven Little, Ashland
Illegal aliens get special treatment
Section 212 (a) (4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, first passed in the 1950s and still the law today, states: “Any alien who, in the opinion of the consular officer at the time of application for a visa, or in the opinion of the Attorney General at the time of the application for admission or adjustment of status, is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissable.”
However, the United States government today gives formal instructions to illegal aliens about how to appply for and obtain welfare benefits, namely food stamps, which now function like credit cards so that users can avoid shame at the checkout counter. Illegals also get free medical assistance, housing vouchers, unemployment benefits, free school lunches, books for their children, etc.
The first significant amnesty was under President Ronald Reagan. This included about three million illegal aliens. The second amnesty was under President Bill Clinton and incuded about five million illegal aliens. Now we are on the horizon of another significant amnesty, a gigantic one for up to 15 million illegal aliens. After that, I’m sure there will a fourth major amnesty, probably for 30 million more illegals a few years down the road.
It galls us that illegals get amnesty while those going through the process legally follow our laws, wait patiently, and pay their own way. What are our elected officials going to do to stop this travesty called the immigration bill?
Bill and Theresa Goldad, Warsaw
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2 science stories speak of a God
We offer a somewhat belated congratulations to Derek Hazlett, a welding instructor at the Carter County Career and Technical Center, for being one of only two recipients of the 2013 Carl J. Schaefer Memorial Award that honors career and technical education teachers.
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Heroin is here
Just a few years ago, few could have ever imagined hosting two public forums on heroin use in Bracken County, the mostly rural county located along the Ohio River between Mason and Campbell counties. After all, at the time heroin was a drug problem in major cities like New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles but not in peaceful small towns like Brooksville and Augusta.
Efforts to contain white-nose syndrome have so far failed
Efforts by officials at Carter Caves State Resort Park to prevent white-nose syndrome from spreading among bats have so far failed. The same is true further west at Mammoth Cave, the world’s largest cave system and the only national park in Kentucky.
After ignoring previous efforts by the Kentucky House of Representatives to place a constitutional amendment automatically restoring the voting rights of most felons, a Kentucky Senate committee has finally approved a bill that, if approved by the full Senate, could lead to the amendment being placed on the November ballo
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A record year
In what may surprise a lot of Kentuckians, the commonwealth set a new record for exports in 2013 with $25.3 billion in sales of Kentucky-made products and services. But it is no surprise to Gov. Steve Beshear and economic development leaders. After all, last year marked the third consecutive year the state has set new records in exports.
When a violent storm occurs in Kentucky, a state park may be one of the safest places you can be. That’s because Kentucky is the first state in the nation to have all of its 34 state parks with overnight accommodations designated as “StormReady” by the National Weather.
You can now once again drive from Kentucky to any of its seven bordering states — Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, West Virgina, Virginia, Tennessee and Missouri — without leaving the Bluegrass state
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