Letters to the Editor 03-13-1998

- Second Amendment - Church And State - Candidate Snubbed - Farmer's Creed

Second Amendment

Editor, Times-Union:
Catching heat again from friends wanting to know why I haven't been writing. Well it's rather simple. As most people know, my favorite topic is the Second Amendment and the situation there is rather quiet. This being an election year and all, the politicians are hesitant to start another fire fight. They learned in 1994 that stomping on the Bill of Rights can be a costly business and since the Democrats are desperate to regain control of Congress this year, I think they have told Chuck Schumer, Dianne Feinstein and company to sit on it till next year.

About the only things going on right now are left-overs from last year. In the Senate we have S.10, better known at Hatch's Horror Bill, but that is basically on hold until Senator Hatch decides to get the rest of the anti-gun provisions off of it. In both the Senate and House are reruns of so-called "campaign finance" reform. These are both in truth incumbent protection bills that would ban PACs thereby destroying any chance by challengers. I doubt if these have any more chance of passing than they did last year.

Concerning Orrin Hatch, he has me rather puzzled. In the past he has always been one of the Second Amendment's strongest supporters, now all of a sudden, he seems quite anxious to play patty-cake with Dianne Feinstein and Ted Kennedy. Supporters of the Second Amendment may want to remember that in the event he makes a run for the presidency in 2000, which seems very likely.

Harold Kitson

Church And State

Editor, Times-Union:
As stated in my last letter the Supreme Court has perpetuated a myth.

And that myth is, that the church and state or government, should be separated, as if our founding fathers meant that the church and government should exist totally independent of each other. This is not the way they meant it to be! Here is an example.

In 1853 there was a group who petitioned Congress to separate church from government.

So the Senate and House Judiciary Committee did a ONE YEAR study on this very issue.

"Can we separate church from government?"

At the end of this ONE YEAR study they issued a report, the following is a verbatim quote from the House report dated March 27, 1854.

"Had the people during the revolution had any suspicion of any attempt to war against Christianity that revolt would have been strangled in its cradle.

"At the time of the adoption of the Constitution, AND the amendments, the universal sentiment was that Christianity should be encouraged, not any one sect.

"In this age there can be no substitute for Christianity, THAT was the religion of the founders of the republic and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants. The great vital and conservative element in our system, is the belief of our people in the pure doctrine and divine truth of THE gospel of JESUS CHRIST!" Emphasis is my own. There you have it, the Congress of the United States said, 50 years after Jefferson's speech that this nation was birthed on Christian principals and that you CAN NOT separate the two!

Now, where did the deception start?

In 1947 the Supreme Court (in a case known as "Everson vs. Board of Education") took eight words from Jefferson's 1802 speech (the one quoted in my last letter) then added to his speech and formed their ruling (this was the beginning of a radical departure from precedence, by the way), which I will now quote.

"The First Amendment has erected a wall between church and state, that wall must be kept high and impregnable." This is the argument we hear today.

Now this was the very first time that the First Amendment had been reversed to protect the government from the church, instead of the other way around!

So, how did they deceive us? If you tell someone something enough times they will begin to believe it!

Dr. William James, (who is known as the "father of modern psychology") a very strong proponent of "separation of church and state" was asked about the very essence of separation of church and state, Dr. James' answer: "There is nothing so absurd! But if you repeat it often enough people will tend to begin to believe it."

This is exactly what the Supreme Court has done.

They have repeated over and over, this lie: "Sxeparation of church and state."

We have to keep the church out of government.

This country was founded and built by God fearing men and women, who knew as we are now finding out that if you take God out of government, anarchy will rein!

Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not be done. Romans 1:28. You should read the rest of that chapter of Romans!

Mark Jones

Candidate Snubbed

Editor, Times-Union:
This is in regards to the Kosciusko County Tax Payer's Action Network meeting which was held Tuesday night. I received a phone call on March 10th at 12:30 that the meeting was cancelled. Myself and five other members of my party did not show up. I definitely wanted to be at this meeting. I would have told the members not to underestimate the drug problem in this county just because there are fewer arrests made. That does not mean the problem is lessening, on the contrary, and it's not going to go away on its own. No solution is a cure all, but I would like to make a serious dent in it. I believe in what I am doing for the good of the county, not for just a select group. If I find that I cannot put together a team with my own officers, I will replace them and get a team that will work together for the benefit of the community.

I will have a team that has the same dedication and goals in view that I and everyone else in the county have - a clean safe place to live. Pride in my community and my Sheriff's department and knowing that if something is reported, it will be checked out. That the officers themselves are there to "serve and protect."

I would like to set up a drug awareness program for the older grades as well as the younger grades working along with the DARE program. The goal is to get everyone involved.

I would look into what changes would need to be brought to make this department a good working unit. If there is tension and political problems in the department it usually centers on its leaders. You need to start at the top and work down.

To the phone caller - thanks for the flattery! You must think I'm enough of a political threat that you and yours did not want me at this meeting. Thanks for letting me know. To Mrs. E. Cole and party I offer my apologies. I learned the hard way. Now I know.

Glenn C. Canter
Candidate for Sheriff

Farmer's Creed

Editor, Times-Union:
I was cleaning out some drawers and found this. Since I came from farms on the Clunette Road while growing up I thought that maybe you would put it in the "Letters to the Editor."

A Farmer's Creed
I believe a man's greatest possession is his dignity and that no calling bestows this more abundantly than farming.

I believe hard work and honest sweat are the building blocks of a person's character.

I believe that farming, despite its hardships and disappointments, is the most honest and honorable way a man can spend his days on this earth.

I believe farming nurtures the close family ties that make life rich in ways money can't buy.

I believe my children are learning values that will last a lifetime and can be learned in no other way.

I believe farming provides education for life and that no other occupation teaches so much about birth, growth and maturity in such a variety of ways.

I believe many of the best things in life are indeed free: the splendor of a sunrise, the rapture of wide open spaces, the exhilarating sight of your land greening each spring.

I believe true happiness comes from watching your crops ripen in the field, your children grow tall in the sun, your whole family feel the pride that springs from their shared experience.

I believe that by my toil I am giving more to the world than I am taking from it, an honor that does not come to all men.

I believe my life will be measured ultimately by what I have done for my fellow man, and by this standard I fear no judgment.

I believe in farming because it makes all things possible.

Kathern Wolford

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