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Dear Editor,

My comments are in regard to drug testing for city employees. Is it true that the city does not do routine random drug testing of its employees in all departments?

Most employers do routine drug testing. Shouldn’t the city employees who are paid by our taxes be held at or above the standards that the rest of us in the work force are being held to? Many city employees drive city-owned and insured vehicles and one would think that for safety and insurance issues we would want to make sure those drivers are drug free, not to mention the employees using dangerous equipment or putting themselves in harm’s way on a daily basis.

In response to recent issues in some of the city’s departments, it seems evident that random routine drug testing should be a must for all city employees.

Sincerely,

Sarah Shirley

Glasgow

Editor’s Note: Glasgow Mayor Darrell Pickett told the Daily Times that the city does require drug testing of city employees.

Obey government, but follow Christ, stand up to leaders

Dear Editor,

As we move toward the midterm elections, I must remind myself of my Biblical responsibilities and my legal rights under our United States government. I hope you will remind yourself to.

First of all, I must submit to my government. Peter instructs: “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king who is the supreme authority or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right” (1 Peter 2:13-14; cf. Romans 13:2-5). Christians, of all citizens, ought to be model citizens. We ought to obey the laws of the land.

Then Peter says in verse 17 that we are to show these authorities respect. Now sometimes respecting our government is a tall order. Yet, God’s word says we are to respect the governmental authority. We may not have much respect for the man of the office, but we must respect the office of the man.

The second thing I must remember is I can stand up to my government here in the United States of America. George Washington is credited with saying that “Government … is a troublesome servant and a fearful Master.”

The midwives disobeyed Pharaoh’s command to kill all the Hebrew baby boys (Exodus 2:15-21). Daniel disobeyed King Darius’ order not to pray to His God (Daniel 6:1-23). Christians in Asia Minor disobeyed the imperial edict to swear: “Caesar is Lord,” (Revelations 2:8-10; 2:13). Peter who wrote that we should submit to the government’s authority and respect the King is the same Peter who boldly told the religious rulers who ordered him to stop preaching about Jesus: “We must obey God rather than men!” (Acts 5:29).

As citizen Christians, we need to use our freedom to defend our freedom or we may lose our freedom. Decisions are being made by our government on the great moral issues of our day and on our rights as Christians, so we cannot afford to be silent.

But Jesus said: “You are the salt of the earth… the light of the world!” (Matthew 5:13-16). The Bible says “Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!” (Psalm 107:2). Moses warned Pharaoh. Nathan confronted King David. Elijah brought charges against King Ahab. Daniel pronounced judgment on King Nebuchadnezzar. John the Baptist pointed out the sins of King Herod. We must stand up and let our voices be heard in the same way.

We must persuade our government of the truths of God’s word as they apply to the policies and laws of our nation. We need to stand up with righteous rage and say: “Killing babies in a mother’s womb is wrong!” We need to speak out with holy fury and say: “Redefining marriage is wrong!” We need to remind our officials of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage, and shout: “Taking away our religious freedom is wrong!”

Nothing is politically right that is morally wrong! Sometimes we must stand up to our government and say: Enough is enough! Yes, we need to support our government and submit to our government, but sometimes we need to stand up to our government!

Charles M. Padgett

Glasgow

Several key political posts to be decided

Dear Editor,

There are a couple of positions that are to be filled with the November election. First, let’s consider jailer. This, believe it or not, is a powerful position due to the control the jailer has over, not only the prisoners, but their friends and families as well.

I agree that jails should not be a resort or lodge, as such, and all food that the inmates are allowed to have should come from the jail’s kitchen. No deliveries or such. I also agree that there must be a control on personal items, like socks, underwear and toiletries, but that’s not where the jail’s authority stops. Please correct me if this has changed; but I had a friend that served time in Barren County jail. His family would try to provide cash so he could buy needed items at the jail. Suppose the family left $50 to buy cigarettes, toiletries and some reading material. When they did, the jail charged 50 percent of the money left for him for keeping, controlling and administering the funds.

I can see charging a fee, but shouldn’t it be flat rate and not 50 percent. To me this is punishing the families and friends as well as the inmate.

The next thing is phone communication. If a person calls home from a jail phone, it is like it is a toll call, even if it is local. The person being called is informed who is calling and asked if they will accept charges. Why is this done? Why not have an outside line furnished by the jail for all prisoners to use, with a five-minute call limit?

The jailer should make some positive changes now to be in place when they move to the new jail.

Next is Mr. Wing’s position. Where has this man been hiding the last 75 years? Why would he even consider a chain gang for the prisoners? After all, the people in jail are there on minor charges; not felonies. This is Barren County jail, not Alcatraz; that was designed to house prisoners who were worthless in life and had no place in society. Additionally, nobody in jail is “Cool Hand Luke” and he certainly is not “The Boss”!

I believe that Mr. Wing hurt himself beyond recovery with that position.

Next is sheriff. You will recall a man named Nixon trying to weasel out of an incident that only fed the news media and public with denials, half truths and just plain lies. Without admitting guilt and assuming responsibility for his charge, and putting Watergate to rest, he held out and it cost him our nation’s highest job.

Sheriff is certainly not to be considered on the same level as president; but he is the person responsible for every aspect of that department. If things go well, he accepts the accolades. He should do the same when things go wrong, and bear the responsibility for the mistake.

In the Ikner case, rather than trying to avoid blame and making a statement that he didn’t have the missing evidence, but it wasn’t lost, he just needed to determine where it was. Wouldn’t it have been a lot better for him to say that even though he may not have had physical contact with the tape, that he must accept responsibility for it being missing. Something went wrong with procedure. He would investigate the problem, and if or when the tape was located he would find how procedures broke down, make necessary corrections, and inform news media and the public of his findings and correction.

I believe such an approach would be much better accepted and respected by everyone.

With my two cents worth expressed, I will close with the hope that everyone gets involved with this upcoming election, and for goodness sake, vote on election day. It’s one of our most valuable constitutional rights.

Joe Grimsley

Glasgow

Legalized drugs would cause fewer problems

Dear Editor,

Marijuana legalization issues will never end; many people accuse all marijuana users as being “junkies,” while many of these so-called “junkies” are also severely-ill patients who even run the risk of dying in a jail-cell from neglect, such as Jonathan Magbie!

American society condemns drug-users, going as far as criminalizing the drugs, such as marijuana, while having no justification in the Constitution to do so. I have read through the whole Constitution, which the ACLU had provided me a few months back.

The first amendment issues a separation of church and state, whereby anyone is free to exercise their religion under the law, and marijuana use is like a ritual that many should be able to enjoy.

The second amendment gives everyone the right to defend themselves, “bear arms,” in this case to defend their marijuana use.

The fourth amendment protects our right to privacy, where marijuana use is our own personal decision. And the list goes on, such as the fifth amendment, that is mostly known for the “right to remain silent,” but it also guarantees the right to own private property, without having to worry about it being seized and given to the public, unless given just compensation, as possession of marijuana would be protected.

Whether you like marijuana is up to you, but a right is a right.

Joseph D. Smith

Glasgow

AARP offers thanks

Dear Editor,

AARP and Landshark Shredding Truck would like to thank everyone who brought their papers to be shredded on Saturday, Sept. 25. About 2,000 pounds of paper were shredded.

Again, thanks to everyone.

Marjorie Town

AARP Chapter President

Glasgow

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