I’t s time to stand up for America It’s time for Americans to stand up for America. My background is Sicilian and Polish. Both my grandparents came through Ellis Island from the Old Country. They waited for a long time, the proper way for citizenship. I am sick of seeing those people claiming that immigrants are entitled to the same rights as Americans. You and I know we should be a country of laws. From the get-go, they are in our country improperly. Yes, immigrants built this country but with papers in their hands, not by someone who disrespects our laws. Look around. The true immigrants come here with pride, not to hide. If we don’t stand up, build our wall, we will end up like many countries, like where those are trying to come from. Let me ask you, do you think those people could get away with pulling the same stuff in other countries? Hell, no, shot or in jail or a busted head. Wm Trapani – Franklin, N.C.
If your heart was your garden? If your heart was your garden, would anything grow? Not so much now, but what did you sow? Would the flowers bloom and the scent be sweet? What did you do with the soil under your feet? Was it a haven for the birds and the bees, Have you ever bent down and had dirt on your knees? Is is cared for tender and firm, Have you ever had your fingers wrapped around a worm? You see with your eyes and think in your head, Have you ever planted a flower to bed? We walk on a sidewalk, we drive on the street Have you ever noticed the lillies growing in the creek? So maybe it’s just time for a pause and to reflect, Is your garden alive or is it a wreck? The time is now, the new spring has sprung, Time to plant and have fun in the sun The garden is ready, the rains will come, Soon there will be new shoots, we planted a plum. My hands now submerged into the dirt, took the plunge and it didn’t even hurt. So if your heart was your garden, would you be guilty or given a pardon? It’s so easy and it can be done, if you try it sometime you may even have a green thumb. The bees will make honey and you’ll hear the birds sing. So get those nails dirty it’s only a soil thing. Nothing so simple and so much for us to gain, Plant a seed now and your garden will sustain. These are the words that come from my heart I’ve planted many seeds is your garden prepared for a brand new start? Reed M. Seeley – Franklin, N.C.
Confirmation bias, facts and relativity In general, people have a hard time separating truth from fiction. Reason and logic are often blocked by what we refer to as “confirmation bias” which is simply the practice of ignoring anything that does not match what you want to believe. In other words, don’t confuse me with facts. What’s fascinating about humanity is Democrats believe one thing and Republicans believe something entirely different. The Democrats believe people can be forced to work as a group and that they will be happy to lose their personal identity. Nothing, of course, could be further from the truth and we have great examples of this. One outstanding example is China during its Communist rule of Chairman Mao. Notably, some 45 million non-compliant people were killed during his 40-year rule of terror. Okay, you say, the end result was everyone complied with his Socialist/Communist theories and China is now a Garden of Eden. Well, heck no, millions simply starved to death because people of large groups simply don’t work to benefit the state. And note China is now a Capitalist country and Communism is a name only and China now has more billionaires than America. But, regardless of the facts, we continue to have jerks like movie producer Michael Moore, who believe the inventor of Communism, Karl Marx, could be compared to Jesus. This is a clear example of confirmation bias where reality and logic are not allowed. There is also a factor of relativity that comes into play. For example everyone knows, or has been told, that it is immoral to “waterboard” a captured enemy fighter. But, wait a minute, what if your son is in combat and the enemy has information that could save his life? Ha, that’s different. Besides, waterboarding, while it’s frightening to someone, is harmless. Truth in this case, is relative. Consider the situation in the Philippines. The new president put in place a new law which allows people to shoot on sight anyone dealing drugs. Over 5,000 drug dealers have been killed so far. The question here is whether it is moral to allow drug dealers to kill more citizens of the Philippines or is it moral to get rid of drug dealers? Nowadays, kids are coming out of college with a warm and cozy feeling toward the word Socialism so I went on a quest to just see how many of our adults knew anything about it. Of six people, mostly in their ‘50s, none could tell me exactly what Socialism is. The younger set simply thought it was a way of spreading the wealth. It would appear we are locked in a vicious circle and can’t seem to find our way out. Ignorance is part of the problem but ancient tribal instincts are a factor along with inability to listen to what the other guy has to say. Once implanted, our beliefs become frozen in time. As human beings, we find ourselves being beguiled by those who claim to be doing good when in actuality, we find ourselves doing more harm than good. Bob Wilson – Franklin, N.C.
The Bible is the basis for justice system I was called in for jury service, and after receiving our instructions, we were asked to place our left hand on the Bible, and take an oath. One man objected, stating that he is an atheist, and that the Bible means nothing to him. I wondered if he had ever opened and read it. As I thought about this, I began to feel sorry for this man. As a theist, I read the Bible, and find in it the answers to many questions that this man does not have. Where did all this come from? How do I fit in? Is there any meaning to my existence? How do I differ from the animals? What will happen to me after I die? Does it matter how I live my life? In Genesis 1:1, we read, “In the beginning God. . .” By this I learn that God already existed. He was not part of the creation. But He was the Creator of “the heavens and the earth.” Since I am a part of the creation, if I choose not to believe in the Creator, that is a denial of reality. The Declaration of Independence states, “We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal. . .” If we are all created by God, then we are equal, and there is no place for racial prejudice. But if not, who can say that such attitudes are wrong? It goes on, “… and that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights.” The word “unalienable” means that these rights cannot be denied by government or any person(s). That is why we were there in the courtroom. Someone’s rights were alleged to have been violated. In Genesis 9:6 we read, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed, for in the image of God has God made man.” We have laws against murder, because man is not an animal. No one has a right to take the life of another human being, born or unborn, because he is created by God in His own Image. This makes human life sacred. We also have laws against enslaving another human being, because being created in God’s image means that man should be free, as long as he respects the rights of others. We have laws against stealing or destroying the property of others, because God says, “Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20:15) We have laws governing sexual conduct, because man is not an animal. We must respect each other, because we are all, atheists included, created in the image of God. We take an oath to tell the truth, because God says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.” (Exodus 20:16) That is the basis for our justice system. We give even atheists a fair trial, because they also possess God-given unalienable rights, even though they don’t know or recognize the Source of these rights. The Ten Commandments should be posted in every courtroom, because our laws are based almost entirely on them, and on other texts from the Bible. Read them and think about it. Ed Hill – Franklin, N.C.