Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

October 30, 2012

In Your View

The Independent

ASHLAND — Americans against churches, not God

I disagree with Winston Morris who wrote in a letter published Oct. 23 that Americans have turned against God.  he number of believers has remained steady. Americans are turning against churches, so much that some predict their disappearance by 2030.

Christians must read and live the gospel. Too many churches support the opposite: hatred, racism, greed, selfishness, superiority, the strong crushing the weak, demonizing the poor and rants against homosexuals and abortion, neither of which Jesus mentioned. Read the Southern Baptist Convention plank on abortion through the 1970s and read of abortions in Jesus’s time.

Many churches have become political pawns for radical, highly paid televangelists. Their concern is not Christianity or churches, but the takeover of government by the wealthy promoters who want to become wealthier. There’s no connection to Christianity.

When the money-changers claimed to be the Christians, too many in churches followed. The  Norquist crowd is drowning the church just as it brags of doing to the government.

Nancy Vinson, Catlettsburg 

Failure to protect men unjustified

There is much in the news about the situation that happened in Benghazi. 

I certainly have no new knowledge about what happened in Benghazi but I do know this: No amount of uncertainty about the identity of the attackers or their motivation for launching the attack justifies the inaction and unmitigated failure of the administration to protect those men.

The administration knew in advance that the ambassador wanted increased security. They knew that Benghazi was a hotbed of extremists, and that the anniversary of 9/11 was approaching, yet they denied the requests for more security. In fact, they reduced security. It was known in the hours prior to the attack that the safe house in Benghazi was being watched and an attack was likely, yet they did nothing.

There is blood on someone's hands. They can deny it, they can rationalize it, but those who failed to send aid are to blame.

Gaylord Cooper, South Shore

Heroes provide cure for cynicism

Regardless of whether you are conservative or liberal, there is much to be cynical about in today’s America. Negative ads saturate our televisions, the economy is in a state of endless “recovery,” and four Americans were slain last month in Libya.

Perhaps more so than any other reason, this last issue — Libya — feeds and justifies our pessimism. Two former Navy Seals — Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty — were stationed at a CIA annex about a mile from the consulate where several Americans were trapped. Three times they requested permission from the CIA to aid the consulate and, inexplicably, they were repeatedly ordered to “stand down;” undeterred, Woods and Doherty disobeyed orders, sped towards the consulate, saved American lives, and were tragically killed during the attempt.

There is no doubt about it: Woods and Doherty are heroes. The incompetence of the response does not detract from their noble deeds; it has frequently been the actions of citizens, not the government, that has established America’s greatness. From the bloody fields of Lexington and Concord to the modern battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan — and all the fallen soldiers in between — America is repeatedly blessed with heroes that sustain the republic.

Their courage is a cure for my cynicism and a reminder that, whoever occupies the White House over the next four years, America will survive.

Alex Barker, Lansing, Mich.

She’s no respect for Mitt Romney

I think little of a rich man who hides his money in overseas accounts to keep from paying the cheap U.S. taxes — 14 percent! But he wants to be president. Will he bring his money back and pay his taxes then?

Not only that, but with the shape this country is in and the people we have out of work, he holds hostage the 12 million jobs he says he can give us if we elect him president. Why didn’t he take his ideas to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives or start them up himself?

I’m sorry but I cannot have any respect for someone that selfish. I guess he’s afraid one of those 47 percent would get a job to make him wrong about us.

Brenda Meikle, Raceland

Seeks information on birth mother

I am researching my late birth mother for a book project. Her married name was Betty Workman (later Betty Cazad) and she was a resident of Huntington most of her life before she died of lung cancer in 1992. I'm trying to find anyone in the Ashland area who may have crossed paths with Betty during her singing gigs with dance bands that performed in the 1950s and 1960s, including groups led by Hal Scott, Joe Rice and possibly others. Betty also performed as a guest in the mid-1950s on the “Saturday Night Jamboree” on WSAZ-TV, one of the show’s stars, Ralph Shannon, has told me.

I’ve been told that Betty sang with Mr. Rice’s band, and I have obtained a photo, republished in The Independent in 1978, of Betty singing with “Scotty” and his band in August 1963 at Dreamland. Betty also performed for several months with the Harry Ware Trio at the Marting Hotel in Ironton while she was pregnant with me in 1960. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, she performed with a band in Logan, W.Va., along with my birth father, Robert "Bob" Workman, who played string bass.

I am also trying to find any children of Hal Scott or Joe Rice who may know anything about Betty having performed with their fathers' bands.

My understanding is that Scotty had a son and daughter, but I have been unable to locate them.

If you are familiar with any of these people or groups, or perhaps even knew of Betty or saw her sing in the Tri-State area, I would appreciate it if you would contact me at frank.christlieb@yahoo.com or (817) 995-1914.

Frank Christlieb, Arlington, Tex,