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Fairness is the Christian way
In the article about the City Council’s non-action on the proposed Fairness Ordinance, one councilman was quoted as saying, “This is a very Christian community whether you want to recognize that or not.”
I do recognize that we are a Christian community. In my opinion, our belief in Christian values compels us to support a Fairness Ordinance and is precisely the reason such an ordinance must be enacted.
On the wrong side of history
The Shelbyville City Council is on the wrong side of history concerning the Fairness Ordinance. I grew up in this town and still visit and have close family ties to this community.
I am an openly gay businessman who has several employees and pays taxes just like everyone else.
What I cannot understand is why everyone else is concerned about who I love or who I am. Whomever I decide to marry is my decision and it in no way affects who anyone else is married to or can marry.
In fact, the one thing that all persons around this argument agree is that marriage provides for stability and encourages growth for those who are married. Kentucky just argued in front of the 6th Circuit and your representation was completely off base and discriminatory.
Shelbyville has a proud history and even prouder people. Shame on the city council for failing to recognize that all persons (gay or straight) desire fairness is this lifetime. I know this letter will bring out a lot of religious points of view in response, so I want to at least state that your religion is your religion.
My religion doesn't agree with what yours does, that is why I don't go to your church.
The laws, however, DO affect me and you have created laws that discriminate based on your religious beliefs.
The time must come to recognize that fairness means fairness for ALL, not just a few. Please do the right thing and be on the right side of history.
Tom Runyan, Jr.
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Cyclist finds most drivers safe
After reading “Country Road Bicyclists” I feel compelled to address the issues presented by Ms. Bohannon. I am both a motorist and cyclist. I explore the roads of Shelby County on a regular basis on my bicycle. I would gladly pay a tax if it meant I had well maintained bike lanes to utilize throughout the county. I would not hesitate to take a test to prove I can operate my bike safely, either. However, neither of these things ensures that individuals who drive cars/trucks are safe drivers and would not ensure that all cyclists would ride safely.
If you feel that cyclists move too slow on the roads and thus are a danger I would suggest that you also ban tractors, tobacco wagons, mopeds, etc. These vehicles move slower than the posted speed limits and could be perceived as a danger to drivers.
As a motorist, I have found myself following other cyclists on the road. The decision to pass or to continue to follow them ultimately falls on my shoulders not those of the cyclist who may be waving me around them.
I know there are a handful of drivers who do not like to share the road with cyclists but that does not keep me from exploring the roads of Shelby County on my bike. Truth be told, most motorists I encounter are patient and respectful, because of this I encourage other cyclists to enjoy the scenic beauty that abounds in Shelby County.
Stoned on GMOs
Even some of the anti-technology folks like technology when it suits their desires. Like, GMOs are evil unless you can manipulate marijuana to make it more potent. That seems to be the sentiment in Oregon and Colorado—states where marijuana is legal—where there's a movement to exempt genetically engineered marijuana from proposed GMO-labeling laws.