Letters to the editor - Tuesday (6-25-2013)
Note to a street preacher: Remember the Golden Rule
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is thought to have originated in the Bible (Luke 6:31). Regardless of our individual religious beliefs, this expression is found in many other religions and philosophies.
While walking down Fisher Street on Saturday, my wife and I were told by a street “preacher” to give our lives to Jesus and fear God; this brought to mind the Golden Rule.
I understand your right to exercise free speech and your need to use the pavement on Fisher Street as your pulpit; however, I do object to having to maneuver around your group and being forced to listen to your verbal diarrhea.
Using hate as a weapon from God, telling others to “stop living on death row and give your life to Jesus” and “fear God” and using a Bible as a truncheon — this raises a question about your obsession and the way you pursue your attempts to convert anyone, be they straight or otherwise. Mainstream religions endorse the love of God, the forgiveness of God, not the fear of God and definitely not the hate of God.
By the way, the basis of the Golden Rule is the universal equality of mankind/womankind. This concept is expressed in most religions and should be practiced by all.
If you feel you need to exercise your vocal chords and want to continue to “convert” people, you might want to try one of God’s commands. God commands us to love each other (John 4:11-12).
I truly hope you read this letter and take the opportunity to look at this beautiful world and think of all the love that we can all share as we practice our particular religion or belief. A friendly “hello,” a smile, a “please” and “thank you” and a good-night kiss make me happy.
I hope you have a happy and enriching day.
— Frank Justin
An unexpected loss
On Sunday, June 16, I went out to get the newspaper as usual. Little did I know a friend’s obituary was included with an article on the front page about the tractor-trailer incident that took Kevin Smith’s life at 48 year old. I met Kevin 15 years or so ago, when he was operating the China Grove Amoco. J.T. Barnhart was another local who was around the service station.
When the Rushers decided to put a convenience store in that location, Kevin moved to Concord. That was really convenient for taking the state-owned vehicles for service. Then, after the Democrats cut my position at Jackson Training School, I didn’t keep in touch as we once did. The last time I had the chance to see Kevin was when his father passed away. I know we lost a good father to his children, husband and friend to more than we’ll probably ever know.
— David Rodgers
Extra service will be missed
Thanks to the sweet guys at the former Exxon station on West Innes (which recently closed). You were so kind to pump gas at the self-service island for me, and I don’t know what I will do without all of you. It’s for sure I will miss you and wish you all well in the future.
— Linda S. Beck