Bicycles and unsecured dogs
I've just been reading the Hometown News, and I just have to make a couple of comments on a couple of rants.
The first one is about the person who doesn't want to get killed on their bicycle.
Well, lady, you have to remember that you are riding on a street that's paved for 10-ton vehicles to use. You are just a little, small bicycle that is coming in on traffic. You should watch yourself more than we can watch you. We can't see something like that, little bicycles coming in and out.
You should put lights on your bikes and maybe ride on the sidewalk, where it is less congested.
My other rant is about the poor person who had to take her two dogs to the convenience store to get some milk.
Two unsecured dogs she is driving around when she has been incapacitated herself from her operation. Then she is blaming people for not going out into a wet, grassy field to retrieve her stubborn dog who got away because she was not watching out for her dog.
It saddens me to think that people would drive around in a car with dogs that are not secured, that they could just jump on the driver at any time and cause an accident, and someone could get killed.
So, when you are driving around, secure your dogs and that kind of thing will not happen, and you won't have to ask people to help you do something you should have done yourself.
Put me in charge
Put me in charge of food stamps. I'd get rid of Lone Star cards; no cash for Ding Dongs or Ho Ho's, just money for 50-pound bags of rice and beans, blocks of cheese and all the powdered milk you can haul away. If you want steak and frozen pizza, then get a job.
Put me in charge of Medicaid. The first thing I'd do is to get women birth control implants or tubal ligations. Then, we'll test recipients for drugs, alcohol and nicotine. If you want to reproduce or use drugs, alcohol or smoke, then get a job.
Put me in charge of government housing. Ever live in a military barracks? You will maintain our property in a clean and good state of repair. Your "home" will be subject to inspections anytime, and possessions will be inventoried. If you want a plasma TV or Xbox 360, then get a job and your own place.
In addition, you will either present a check stub from a job each week or you will report to a "government" job. It may be cleaning the roadways of trash, painting and repairing public housing, whatever we find for you. We will sell your 22-inch rims and low profile tires and your blasting stereo and speakers and put that money toward the "common good."
Before you write that I've violated someone's rights, realize that all of the above is voluntary. If you want our money, accept our rules. Before you say that this would be "demeaning" and ruin their "self-esteem," consider that it wasn't that long ago that taking someone else's money for doing absolutely nothing was demeaning and lowered self-esteem.
If we are expected to pay for other people's mistakes, we should at least attempt to make them learn from their bad choices.
The current system rewards them for continuing to make bad choices.
And while you are on government subsistence, you no longer can vote! Yes, that is correct.
For you to vote would be a conflict of interest. You will voluntarily remove yourself from voting, while you are receiving a government welfare check. If you want to vote, then get a job.
A gun has never killed anyone
I'm not making light of the massacre at Sandy Hook School - just some thoughts how far down we have gotten over the years.
When I was a child about the same age these children were, my dad had a pistol on the sewing machine, and no one even touched it. I had my first gun at 12.
We were taught to respect people and their property, not to steal or mess with anyone's property.
There is no leadership being taught by parents the way we were taught. Too much computer time, games, home alone and no guidance for the most part. (It's a) sad situation.
There is no amount of laws that would stop a person, who was intending on killing, that would stop him or her. When a killer is intent on killing, he or she will get a weapon of their choice one way or another.
It seems every time there is a killing of several people, the first thing you hear is gun control. A gun has never killed anyone; it's the idiot that pulls the trigger. No law can stop them.
The only people who follow the laws are the law-abiding citizens. Banning any weapon only drives up the price and where it is purchased.
If you don't have a weapon in your home, you are a target. That's why all the shootings are soft targets: schools, churches, theaters, collages, etc. They know that this makes them big and in charge. They want to go out shooting. If they feel you have a gun, you will be left alone.
Look at all the laws that ban illegal drugs; yet, tons come across the boarders every day.
We have thousands of law enforcement officers working around the clock to stop the flow of illegal drugs into this country, and we are not winning the war. We just are slowing it down a little. As long as people are buying the drugs, dealers will make sure the demand is met.
I am not sure what kills more people every day, illegal drugs, automotive vehicles or guns.
Maybe it is the doctors in hospitals or nursing homes. Does anyone keep track? Or maybe it is the politicians, who get us in a war that they do not participate in and yet send thousands of our children into harm's way. They should lead the way.
How do you stop a serial killer, who kills for the fun of it? How do you stop an idiot, who flies airplanes into a building or blows themselves up? How do you stop people from running a red light and killing innocent people?
Just what we need, the idiots in Washington making more laws on anything. They can't even agree on anything. There is a good chance that none of them could pass a background check to carry a BB gun.
Maybe we should outlaw automobiles, airplanes, illegal drugs (oh, we have done illegal drugs already) and any other item that might kill someone in the future.
After lessoning to all these great experts who came on the TV this morning ("Face the Nation," "Meet the Press," etc.), it was a big joke and the same old crap we hear every time there is a shooting: more laws and we need to do a better background check, ban assault weapons, etc.
As stated above, you will not stop anyone, who is set on killing. They will steal whatever they want to carry out their plan.
Question is: How do you figure out who is an idiot who would kill and who would not?
I'm sure, I do not know the answer.
I was shocked when I read Scott Elliott's article on gay-friendly church.
He writes that homosexuality, like heterosexuality, to be a part of God's very own creation and therefore good (as God has decreed, all creation good).
Perhaps he should read again that God created man in his image and then, putting man in a deep sleep, God took the rib from the man and made woman - not man to be with man, nor woman to be with woman!
He should also read 1 Corinthians 6: 9-11.
This life of being gay is totally against the design of God's plan.
If they accept Christ, then they need to do away with their immoral way of life!
For they will not be accepted into heaven as written in God's word!
This Scott Elliott is a pastor, and he should know better than myself what the word of God says.
Shame on you to go against the word of God! I hope he reads this.
Editor's note: Although Paul, in his biblical letter to the church at Corinth, (1 Corinthians, Chapter 6), warned the church members, in Verse 9-11, not to fall back into the things they used to do before joining the church; Chapter 6 was about church members judging each other and taking matters between themselves to law and to the unbelievers, instead of solving controversies and contentions with one another by church counsel, advice and forgiveness.
Stay out of the handicapped parking areas
Last Monday, my husband and I went to the Texas Roadhouse for dinner. I was lucky to find a handicap spot in front of the door. The crosshatch was on my husband's door side, which made it easy to get him out into his wheelchair. When we came out, I was unhappy to find a silver Lexus parked in the crosshatch section, making it impossible for me to push the wheelchair up to the car door. I had to wheel my husband back up to the porch. It's not easy pushing a 220-pound man!
I went inside to the restaurant to ask them to announce a need for the Lexus owner, but they did not have an audio system. So, I backed my car out and, luckily, found another handicapped spot in which to park.
I was then able to get my husband into the car.
Why are some people so thoughtless and selfish? The Lexus owner is very lucky that I didn't call the police. It would have been a costly ticket!
Please, thoughtless people, the crosshatch may look wide to you, but it is needed!
Also, I wonder if people who have a handicapped plate or hanging tag are aware that they cannot park in a handicapped spot unless the handicapped person is in the car. Don't be thoughtless and selfish. Be glad that you can walk easily!
Put the trash barrels back
I have been a visitor to lovely Merritt Island for 10 years. I love the beaches, rivers, parks and fishing areas. This is where the problem lies.
Money was spent to fix the sea walls beneath the bridges on both S.R. 520 and S.R. 528. This was needed, done well and looks good.
In 2010, before the repairs, there were rubbish barrels, so people could dispose of their waste. People did this most of the time.
Since the repairs, there are no barrels, and the areas are a disgrace to a community dependent on tourist trade. Why is this?
The area is not so pretty now. Plastics are blowing into the Banana River and harming the fish.
If you find the trash barrels, I'll bet we could get 90 percent of your good people to use them again.
Love your state.
Response to gun control lack of information
I hold no animosity toward the person who wrote supporting gun control, but feel rather sorry for his lack of information on the subject.
First, let's clear up the definition of the term "assault weapon."
Fortunately for us, the Department of Homeland Security has done so in a recent request for bids on a large order of them. The request specifies that such weapons must have "selective fire" capability. That is the ability to fire multiple shots with a single pull of the trigger. All the weapons currently the subject of discussion do not have this capability and are not, therefore, assault weapons.
There are very few true selective fire (automatic) weapons in private hands. This has been the case for almost 70 years and continues today.
In order to obtain an automatic weapon, one must first undergo an intensive background check and pay substantial tax to the federal government. Also, in many jurisdictions, local law enforcement must approve the purchase. Crime involving such weapons is almost unheard of.
So on to the cutting a deer in half.
This statement is ignorant to the point of being laughable.
With the proper projectile, the animal would exhibit a tiny, almost imperceptible entrance wound and quite possibly, no exit wound.
Years ago, I hunted with one of the guns now classified an assault weapon and brought down several deer with this exact result. That weapon, by the way, was sold to me through the Civilian Marksmanship Program, part of our federal government, back when the citizenry was trusted to own arms.
You may keep your hunting rifle for now. But don't think this will always be the case. There are those in places of power who want to disarm all of us. Listen to what George Washington had to say on the subject: "A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."
The 'Six P's'
It is too bad our school board and superintendent did not practice the "Six P's."
Now they expect hundreds of students to suffer because they made poor fiscal decisions, lacked long-range planning and just plain failed in their job performance.
Perhaps the administration should bear the burden and move themselves into portables.
The administration building would make a fantastic adult education center - close to everything.
The "Six P's" are: Prior, proper, planning, prevents, poor, performance. It is never too late to begin practicing the "Six P's."
Sandy beaches or schools?
Now $25 million for sand to spread on the beach, after $100-plus million previously spent for sand that is now right back at the bottom of the sea?
FEMA wisely refused to be any part of it, twice. Still, the county commissioners are bent on proceeding with this total waste.
Now, the commissioners have the nerve to criticize the school board over school closures?
The $25 million they are about to squander on sand in this terrible economy would pay most of the school board debt. It is $25 million tax dollars that come from our pockets. The wasted $25 million could presumably keep all three schools open, or prevent others from being closed.
Whatever it accomplishes for our schools, it has to be a far more responsible use of public tax dollars than sand, when people are losing their homes.
Give your county commissioner a call. Ask that the commission abandon this nonsense.
It is inexcusable, given that we know the ocean is rising relentlessly and will certainly wash away this sand as it has past sand.
Ask that our $25 million tax dollars the commission apparently has to spare be used to save these schools.
This is not rocket science. It is a matter of priorities.
Get back to the way it was
I came here in the 1970s from Iran to attend Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne.
What a time we had back then. Everyone was so nice and friendly and courteous; and America that we heard about, was the best to come to.
It still is, but why do we have to change that nice and pure American way of life with the new one.
We used to drive on Sundays around town, and all you would see beautiful American cars on the road.
I had '73 Chevy Vega (while I was in school). I bought it for $500. It was perfect for me, hatchback and all; and we told the world that American cars are the best in the world.
But now-a-days, all you see on the roads are cars that I can't even pronounce the name of, and the cars look like their makers: short with long-eyed headlights.
What are we trying to tell the world? Is it that "your products are better than ours?"
If I live in the U.S.A., I will spend my money where it belongs, and where I know I am helping my country where I live, work and play - not overseas.
I am hoping for the good ol' days to return, so I can see more Ford Mavericks, Chevy Novas and Dodges and Jeeps on the roads of this beautiful country, which still is home to all people from everywhere.
The end is better than the beginning
The question was asked, "What is the most terrible and horrible experience one can have?"
I suppose there are many answers, such as having cancer or poor health in general, being divorced, falling out of love with a spouse, an untimely death in the family, etc. There is a never-ending list.
What about an eternal separation from God?
Seems to me, that is a priority question.
Most times, we can find relief from the stresses mentioned above; but when it comes to being separated from God, eternally, that is another ball game.
We finite beings do not understand eternity, since we are creatures of time.
In reality, we do not need to understand, but by faith accept all that God has done for us.
He created us, loves us, provides for us and was not willing that we should perish (John 3:16) and so, redeemed us by giving his son Jesus Christ, to die for us.
It's all there in the Bible, so one need not be concerned about eternity.
It is stated very plainly ... "And this is the record that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his son. He that hath the son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life." (1 John: 11, 12).
It has been said that time is short and eternity is long.
Response to 'gay-friendly church'
This is in reference to last week's religion article, entitled "No one is excluded in a gay-friendly church," written by Pastor Scott Elliott.
I am sure that Pastor Scott Elliott is proud of his church and its acceptance of sinners.
True Christians do not quibble with that.
However, I don't think he represents the full message of Jesus.
Jesus came to save sinners. After all, he loved them and died for them and he taught them how to live.
In Matthew, Eighth Chapter, 11th Verse, Jesus said to the woman condemned with adultery, "I do not condemn you. Go, and sin no more."
The point is that there are sinners of all types, whether it be adultery, fornication, homosexual behavior, lying, stealing or whatever, they come to church.
But, they should be taught, lovingly, not to continue in those sins, just as Jesus taught people.
Think of a church as a hospital for sinners.
You go there to live better in this life and eternally with God, not to continue in your sins.
Sins, including homosexual activity, as defined by the Bible, God's word, are to be repented of, not continued.
That is the full message of Jesus.
Transform yourself with the help of the Holy Spirit, and then you can really help transform the world into a better place, as Mr. Elliott desires.
Condoning sin is not part of Jesus' message.