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Voice of the people

Apr. 06, 2013 @ 09:50 PM

Courts have more power than people

I just watched Brian Williams tell us that polls now show that "gay marriage" is finally supported by a majority of Americans. This is very odd since, in the last few years, every time the issue has appeared on a ballot all around the country, it is soundly defeated. In fact, in California, the issue has been voted on by referendum recently and was voted down twice. The people of the most liberal state in the union voted to legally define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

However, the judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided that the people did not really know what they wanted, so they struck down the law as unconstitutional. No court or judge should ever be allowed to dismiss a citizen referendum. Now, as every major issue in our society gets tossed around, the issue is being decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Since liberals don't accept defeat as conservatives do, but instead head to the courts for sympathy, we are essentially being ruled by oligarchy. Everything important is essentially decided by a handful of smart people, which is like Iran but without the religion.

This brings rise to a few questions. First, will anyone step forward to say that we don't alter the 6,000-year-old institution of Holy Matrimony because a small number of people enjoy performing unnatural acts with people of their own gender? Second, when we don't know what constitutes something as basic as marriage, are we too far apart to have legitimate discussions about any issue? Lastly, how long will citizens tolerate having their votes discarded by the judicial branch of government?

Mike Midkiff


Commission should support airport

I think it's great that FedEx Ground is coming to The Point in Lawrence County, Ohio. Any growth in the Tri-State area is good for us all. The Herald-Dispatch article stated there could be 110 new jobs. Wonderful!

Wouldn't it also be wonderful if the executives and business partners for FedEx could use the Lawrence County Airport. Wait! The Lawrence County Board of Commissioners does not support the airport. The commission president was quoted as saying "those who use the airport" should pay for improvements. This is the same people who turned away HUNDREDS of thousands of federal dollars available for the airport. Those who use the airport applied for these FAA monies -- NOT the commissioners! The commissioners will not even pay to have the grass mowed, much less replace any lights needed for safety or make any other improvements.

Sorry FedEx, if you want to fly your people close to your new facility, the Lawrence County commission says you need to buy some runway lights first! And don't even think about building a hangar for an airplane!

Bethany Sprouse




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