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Voice of the People

May. 08, 2013 @ 11:31 PM

Celebrate diversity in all of its forms

First of all, I am a Christian, and I offer no apologies for it. Secondly, not all Christians hate those who are different than themselves. I support all other religions' right to be who they are. I support the right of those who do not believe the way I do or not at all. I support those who are not heterosexual such as myself.

Come on, people. Celebrate diversity in all forms!

Thank God I am a member of a church that loves people in all forms they represent. I am a Christian, and a proud United Methodist!

Paula Hamrick


Drug users should fix their own issues

I must respond to a letter appearing on April 24 in this paper from a writer who was criticizing a local judge for "keeping individuals from receiving methadone treatment."

Granted, people can have addictions to certain drugs, opiates, benzodiazepine and other mind-altering substances.

It would seem recent generations became addicted on their own accord. Many started out taking these substances recreationally for the high, fun, etc. Unfortunately, this "partying" ballooned into overwhelming addiction. The point is they made the choice to start it in the first place. Even those people who are taking prescription pain meds or some anti-anxiety meds make the choice to take the meds as prescribed (as printed on the bottle directions) or take more pills or take it more often than prescribed. Some are taken to "party." They make that decision to start that pattern. True, once they get started on that journey, it becomes an illness. The point is, you can't get to that point until the decision is made to start it in the first place.

Why should employed citizens who don't abuse drugs but pay taxes have to "foot the bill" for those who choose to do drugs, don't work, rob and steal from innocent people?

I think this writer's attitude is typical of her generation. It's "all about them," party 'till you drop and expect the government (the taxpayers) to "fix" them.

As far as I'm concerned, they need to fix their own problems they created. Grow up.

Maria L. Bodamer

South Point, Ohio


Korean War was more than a conflict

It sometimes makes my blood boil when I read the obituary column about a Korean War veteran dying and the obituary states that he was a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Having spent 12 months and seven days in Korea (Sept. 3, 1950, to Sept. 10, 1951), I can assure anyone that we were not in a verbal quarrel with North Koreans about who should have control of the country.

Although the war was called a police action, we were not giving parking tickets to the North Koreans for trespassing. We were fighting to save our lives and save South Korea. For over three years there were 16 other countries, millions of troops fighting along with the United States and South Koreans. In reality, how can this be called a conflict? America had over 103,000 wounded, over 33,000 killed in action. We had many days wondering if that day was to be our last. The weather was unbelievable. Many suffered from frost bite. The objective was to keep South Korea free.

We were successful in our mission, and more important we stopped the growth of communism in the Far East. So please don't write about a veteran of the Korean War being a veteran of a conflict. We are veterans of the forgotten war. Give us some respect for our service to keep South Koreans in control of their country. Believe me, many found out the hard way, war is hell!

I would hope in the future the morticians' obituaries and the newspaper obituary column would read the same, and that would be a veteran of the Korean War, and show the respect that the Korean war veterans deserve.

Carl White

Proctorville, Ohio



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