Pay attention to the recommendations of health experts

My use-by-date passed several years ago, so I read with concern that a coronavirus attack has a 15% chance of shutting me down. Younger members of society might get by with nothing worse than a cold. Let’s hope that summer weather will slow down its spread, and by next flu season a vaccine will be available.

Nobody dares to guess how many deaths this virus might cause in the U.S., but rough estimates are scary. Some say mortality is 10 times that of regular flu, which causes 35,000 deaths each year. Go figure! Comparison with the Spanish Flu of 1918 is meaningless because of the advances in medical science in the last century.

Recommendations of health experts are getting my full attention. I cringe to see so many people cover a cough with bare hands as though that were enough. Those hands go on to touch communal objects and be used in greeting. Better to cough inside your elbow or into your shoulder and better yet to stay home. Better a fist bump than a handshake. I wish that doctors’ waiting rooms offered face masks as a matter of routine. I wish paper towels in restrooms could conveniently be used to open the door.

Once this virus has completed the rounds, there will likely be enough immunity in the human population to make it less of a worry. More such viruses will likely appear with increasing frequency. We will have to get used to it.

Hervey Howell


Fairness ordinance grants everyone basic civil rights

Why do we need a non-discrimination (fairness) ordinance? Everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, should feel safe and free from discrimination. A job should be based on your skill set, a residence rental based on your finances, and you should be able to do business wherever you choose in the public marketplace. These are basic civil rights that should be granted to everyone. The LGBTQ community seeks nothing more nor nothing less than what the rest of us already enjoy.

I have listened to arguments against the ordinance. Some said it is not needed because there is no discrimination. Listen to the disturbing testimonials of members of the LGBTQ community, their friends and families about prejudice and discrimination they frequently experience.

Some said that we can’t legislate fairness. Look at our history of passing laws for fairness to women, blacks and those with disabilities.

Some said that homosexuality is a lifestyle choice. Read the scientific studies that show that it may be rooted in fetal development when chromosomes are subjected to chemical modifications.

Some said that homosexuality is a sin and against their religion. Fairness does not require condoning. Fairness means treating others as we want to be treated. This ordinance will do that.

Read the ordinance to see the exemptions and protections which cover a wide variety of people and groups including churches, religious schools and organizations.

I ask our county commissioners to make us the 19th governmental body in Kentucky to pass a non-discrimination ordinance guaranteeing the civil rights everyone deserves.

Suzanne Guyer


Non-discrimination laws are part of a larger agenda

Those who battle for moral sanity are not against basic rights. We cherish a culture blessed by the quality of life and freedom that Christianity brings. However, an agenda is afoot that aggressively seeks much more than non-discrimination laws. A leftist lobby will stop at nothing until it silences opposition, and thus compels compliance to an ideology that offends conscience.

U. S. Attorney General William Barr spoke at Notre Dame last October of a culture war, assessing the left’s ruthless effort to silence opposing voices and promote their own.

In California, Resolution 99 calls upon clergy to recognize sexual orientation or gender identity lifestyle choices as normal and pressures them to abandon conversion efforts. An adopted resolution is likely to become law — and that’s the concern.

In Kentucky, there is support for bills in the Legislature to revoke the license of counselors, be they clergy or not, if they attempt any type of “conversion” therapy.

Jesus is all about conversion, and so is the church which follows Him. Christ converts the soul and then the lifestyle of those who come to Him. “Go and sin no more” were his words to the woman taken in adultery (John 8:11).

From Oregon to New York, non-discrimination ordinances have been used to put Christians out of business. Our local ordinance is but a splinter in a large plank, but we need to reject any measures that hasten us toward a society which has no room for historical Christianity and its followers.

Pastor Tim A. Hall

First Free Will Baptist Church


Our job is to trust in Jesus

A few weeks ago the Messenger-Inquirer presented a column by Jonathan Carroll. He accused everyone that was against the fairness ordinance of being a “bigot.” I was disappointed that the paper would allow name calling to be published.

It seems we are all bigots in one form or another if it is just because we don’t want to go along with someone else’s viewpoint. I guess then all the strong pro-life or pro-choice people are all bigots. I guess I am a bigot because I try not to allow people to walk across my carpet without taking their shoes off. We could come up with several scenarios.

At the recent “fairness forum,” there were people sitting side by side, some strongly for and some strongly against the proposed ordinance. It was a well-run, peaceful meeting where people were tolerant of each other. Of all the different views presented, only one stood out to me as knocking on the door of hateful, and it wasn’t coming from a person against the ordinance.

I was on the fence for a while, but in reading the testimonies of former LGBTQ people that can be found on the internet, it shows me that a person does not have to live that kind of lifestyle. Through Jesus they can live a different life.

Someone may say “I tried it, and it didn’t work for me.” Does that prove that it is not true? God does not always work exactly the same for every person.

Our job is to trust in Jesus, who understands all that we deal with and allow Him to be the Lord of our life, persevering in faith and obedience.

James Johnson


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