Letters to the Editor - 4.22

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By The Staff

Drunk in church, not booze, is disrespectful

To the editor:

I choose not to drink alcohol. I have not had a drop in almost 15 years.

The decision to not drink alcohol is a personal decision, just like the decision to consume alcohol is also a personal decision.

I am not anti-alcohol. I keep alcohol in my home so if guests decide to drink a beer they can; it’s their choice.

I do not support drunk and disorderly behavior any day of the week, much less on Sunday. If someone chooses to get drunk and disorderly (any day of the week) they should be prepared to suffer the consequences of the law.

I do support the sale of alcohol any day of the week in Anderson County, to include Sunday. The sale of alcohol on Sunday is an issue of freedom of choice, not “disrespect to a church,” as some Lawrenceburg politicians recently stated in the Anderson County News.

If you choose not to drink on Sunday then don’t buy alcohol on Sunday. People who choose to legally consume alcohol should have the freedom to purchase alcohol any day of the week.

Being drunk and attending a church service is showing disrespect to a church and its members, not purchasing a six-pack.

Andrew Blackhurst

Anderson County

Reward beefed up for missing angel

To the editor:

I am writing in response to the segment in the April 15 edition in regards to the missing concrete angel missing from Joshua Coomes’ grave.

Josh has been one of my good friends since his family moved to Lawrenceburg several years ago, he was in the third grade and I was in the fourth grade and we instantly became good buddies.

As a child, I was taught right from wrong and one lesson I learned as a child was not to take something that’s not yours.

I also find it very disrespectful and rude to take something from someone’s grave. This is about as low as anyone can stoop, stealing from a cemetery. I truly believe and know that in my heart that yes, whoever has done this act of crime might get away with it while they here on earth, however God is still watching and knows who did this. Our country sometimes seems to forget that God is in control and one day we will all answer to what we have done on earth.

This world is a sad place as it is, stealing from a cemetery is as low as it gets.

What saddens me and upsets me about this situation is that Josh was a great person with a big heart who is missed and loved every day by lots of people.

In an effort to make people truly realize that you should show respect in a cemetery, I have added $25 cash reward on top of the $300, for any information leading to the person or people being charged with this crime.

If you have any information, please contact the Lawrenceburg Police Department at 839-5125. A report has been filed and they are aware that I have added to the cash reward.

Brandon L. Monroe


All-star committee says thanks

To the editor:

The Anderson County all-star committee would like to thank those who had a part in the 18th annual youth all-star tournament in March.

It’s not possible without the help of those many people helping to make this a successful program. The committee would like to thank Saffell Street Elementary Principal Derek Shouse and his staff, the Bearcat players, friends and especially the parents of our all-star teams. We would also like to thank our business sponsors. It could have not been possible without your help and consistent commitment.

Ed McKee, chairman

Mark Newton, finance person

Stacey Newton, secretary

Everyone pays for piracy

To the editor:

Recently pirates off the Somalia coast hijacked an American flagged ship containing needed food and materials bound for Kenya.

Although the act of piracy is filled with lore of swashbucklers from years past, it has become an epidemic in modern times. Only since the recent events towards an American flag ship and subsequent hostage taking of the captain for a $2 million ransom has this phenomena become front page news and discussion to Americans.

Piracy toward US merchant ships is not new; it has affected American commerce since our country’s independence. The birth of the United States Navy and Marines is a direct result of the pirates off the Barbary Coast in North Africa. Continued harassment, hostage taking, theft and death from the Barbary pirates prompted President Thomas Jefferson in 1805 to built and send the US Navy to end the terror and exploitation of the Barbary corsairs.

Today we are faced with similar problems. However, piracy is not occurring just off the African coast and isolated to Somali’s. Piracy has also become rampant in the South China Sea, Philippians and Indian Ocean just to name a few. Pirates throughout the world are involved in robbery, violence, hijacking, hostage taking and cold-blooded murder.

Normally what happens with modern day piracy is that a ship is held hostage. For businessmen and ship owners, it’s easier and quicker to pay the ransom than to pursue others means to free their crew. Ransoms paid are in the millions of dollars for each ship. Modern day piracy has become a lucrative business venture for those who lack morals and guiding principles.

Nevertheless, last year it is estimated that the pirates in Somalia made about $30 million. This figure does not take into account the high seas thefts throughout the rest of the world’s oceans. Businesses do not just incur the loss from ransoms but pass this along to the consumer. Muck like when business taxes increase, they just don’t take the loss. They pass these expenses to the consumer who pays for them at the cash register.

Therefore, the recent actions taken by both the administration and the United States Navy are to be commended. By taking direct action and employing the use of lethal force against Somali pirates, the United States has set precedence that ongoing crimes of this nature will no longer be tolerated. Although the shipping crews bare the brunt of the physical and psychological scars from piracy, no one is left untouched by these crimes.

Bill McHugh