Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

November 6, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — America has lost its way

What is in a name? It is speaking the name of Jesus, which is not allowed in many public places. Other faiths are allowed this freedom.

This prohibition started with the apostles. Acts chapter 4 tells us why: It is the power of the name of Jesus.  The political and religious leader of that day had forbidden the apostles to preach in the name of Jesus. They realized that if the apostles were forced to take the name of Jesus out of their ministry, the power would go out of it as well.

The apostles prayer was: “Now Lord look on their threats and grant your servants that with all boldness they may speak your name, by stretching out your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.”   

America is suffering and mourning because we have turned away from our God. Psalms 9:17 warns: “The wicked shall be turned into hell and all nations that forget God.”

Violence is covering our nation and is becoming a living hell. We are a sick and oppressed people.

Our Constitution, which includes the Bill of Rights, is based on the word of God and is being dismantled piece by piece.

No politician or any person can turn this nation around. Only God and his mercy can turn back the clock.

Evangelist Bill Graham is making one last appeal on Nov. 7, his 95th birthday. Be watching.

America has lost its way. We must return to God.

Christine Williams, Ashland

 

Test your home for radon levels

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month and January is National Radon Awareness Month, but those are not the only times when radon advocates are active.  Elevated levels of radon — the second leading cause of lung cancer — can be in any type of building or structure that touches the ground whether it is new or old, brick or frame, with or without a basement, with a crawl space or slab on grade. Radon is the leading environmental cause of cancer mortality with an EPA estimated 21,000 lung cancer deaths yearly; elevated radon is found in every state; it is responsible for up to 18 percent of  U.S. lung cancer deaths, according to WHO’s newest evidence.

Perform a simple test for radon with an easily obtained kit. If the radon level is between 2-4 picocuries per liter of air (pCi/L), test again; if the level remains elevated, hire a licensed/certified professional to install a mitigation system. The U.S. EPA uses an action level of 4.0 pCi/L; however, the World Health Organization uses 2.7 pCi/L as its reference level.

There is no safe level of radon exposure.

Not wanting anyone else to learn about radon after lung cancer has reared its demonic head, the activist relays the message of the surgeon general that everyone should test the home for radon. I ask you to test your home for radon, fix it if the level is elevated, and share your radon knowledge with others.

My husband lived only six weeks after his lung cancer diagnosis. The oncologist said radon is a known cause of lung cancer. We didn’t know. One month after his death I found that we had been living with over four times the EPA radon action level in our home for 18 years. I devote my life to educating others, legislators and anyone willing to listen.

Gloria Linnertz, Waterloo, Ill.

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