June 9, 2013: Our readers write

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Double standard

We all heard about the horrible tragedy in Newtown, Conn. Twenty precious first graders and six of their teachers and leaders lost their lives at the hands of a mad man with a gun.

I am the mother of three wonderful grown children. My heart still goes out to those families. I cannot imagine losing a child. Parents are not supposed to have to bury their children.

These precious lives were taken because a man by the name of Adam Lanza took his mother’s guns and, for whatever reason, decided to go to the school and start shooting.

The first thing you heard after this senseless tragedy was gun control. Everybody was wanting to rid the country of guns. The guns were not the problem and taking guns away from law-abiding citizens is not the cure. Without Adam Lanza those guns would not hurt anyone.

Last month, we marked 25 years since the Carroll County bus crash. Twenty-four children and three adults lost their lives because of a drunken driver. Again, I cannot imagine what the parents went through and still are going through.

So many precious live were cut short because of alcohol.

When this happened, you never heard an outcry to close all the beer joints around. Al you heard was how awful Larry Mahoney was and is.

Yes, Larry Mahoney was wrong for drinking and driving just the same as Adam Lanza was wrong for taking guns to Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The double standard is Larry Mahoney got the blame for the bus tragedy and guns got the blame for the Sandy Hook tragedy.

Larry Mahoney made a horrible mistake and tragic decision to get behind the wheel after drinking too much.

Adam Lanza took guns from his mother’s house, killed her and made a decision go kill someone at Sandy Hook.

The gun without Adam Lanza is harmless. Larry Mahoney without the alcohol would not drive head-on into a busload of children.

So you tell me, how can a man get the blame for one and an object get the blame for the other?

Mary Jent



Decisions lead to disappointment

I am disappointed in any local church that cut ties with Boy Scouts because of  acceptance of gay youth. 

The church leaders gave conflicts with Biblical convictions as their reasoning for not wanting gays in the Boy Scouts. 

Spare me the Bibical verses as I know them by heart but there are a few Bibical teaching my Christian brothers are ignoring.

Keep in mind that all teens are under a lot of pressure as they try to establish their identity. Pressure at school, pressure at home — the list goes on and on. I only can imagine the pressure gay teens must be under. They certainly don’t need a group of Christians putting more pressure on them with judgmental attitudes.

One pastor said: “We hate the sin but love the sinner.” I hope these Christians never love me if this is how they show their love. They certainly aren’t being “Christ-like people” and setting a good example.

I would like to remind my Christian friends that the Bible teaches that we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. Every Christian sins in one way or another. Every Boy Scout sins. He might use bad language, use dope, drink beer, lie and a host of other sins that even the parents wouldn’t believe or know about. So who is any Christian to say which sins are permitted and which are not? Is one sin any greater than another? Who are we to judge?

Did not Jesus say, “let the one without sin cast the first stone.” 

Must I remind you of Matthew 7, which teaches not to judge. “Why worry about a speck in your brothers eye when you have a board in your own. ... First get rid of the board in your own eye then you can see to help your brother.”

The Boy Scouts have done an excellent job with teens in the past. We need to stay out of their hair and let them do their job. We need to be part of the solution and not part of the problem to help teens adjust at a time when teen suicide is high. 

Jerry Cooke