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Did prayer
shift tornado?
To the Editor:
There is a video making the rounds on the web and the TV news of a woman standing outside with her arms raised to the sky praying to God requesting that that God take the tornado away. The tornado doesn’t come down and she and her family are left unscathed.  
Let me see if I’ve got this straight; a woman prayed to God as a tornado is about to come down and apparently kill her because she is crazy enough to stand out close to it with her hands raised to the sky talking to God. God hears her prayer and answers it and keeps the tornado from coming down and killing her and her family.
 So what we are saying is that God is watching as the tornadoes wreak havoc killing, at last count, over 40 people and destroying homes and communities. God has the power to stop a tornado and we have proof because this lady asked him to and he did. Is that what we are saying? So, why did God not stop all of the tornadoes and prevent them from killing the 40-plus people including men, women, children and tiny babies? Is it because the lady that stopped the tornado was praying and none of the other victims were? Or did God answer her prayer alone because she was the only one that was praying the right way. Or did she belong to the right church and the other victims didn’t?
Or could it possibly be that it was a complete coincidence that the tornado missed her after she was either crazy enough or stupid enough to stand outside talking to the sky with a tornado about to kill her.
May I make a suggestion? If this video is continued to be made available for viewing, a disclaimer should be inserted saying, “This woman was lucky. In case of another tornado, do not try this at home because you will likely be killed.”      
Phil Greer
Pastor’s not
a hypocrite
To the Editor:
As I read Phil Greer’s letter to the editor, “Pharisees get their way,” I come to the conclusion that Mr. Greer is implying that Hershael York and those that stand with him are hypocrites and/or Pharisees. (If I am wrong, please let me know.)
What does seem a little ironic to me is that Phil chooses to use scripture (from a book he has in previous letters denied believing in) to help make his point. Either you believe in the Bible or you don’t. I know Mr. Greer and have nothing against him. I even commend him for not stepping foot in a casino (something for which I cannot same the same). While he confesses to having no problem with gambling, millions of other Americans lose everything they have to this addiction. Just the night before his letter came out in the paper “48 Hours Murder Mystery” aired a story about a 27-year-old professional poker player who decided to kill both his parents so he could receive his inheritance in order to pay off his gambling debt. Not only does the addict lose, the innocent lose as well.
While Phil is to be commended for not struggling with gambling, Pastor York should be greatly commended for his fight against casinos. Being a pastor, he has seen firsthand the devastation that comes from being addicted to gambling. The same is true of other addictions such as drugs, porn and alcohol.
Bringing casinos in is a way to legalize sin. Unlike other pastors who promote sin and try to convince us it’s OK to sin, he wants to keep sin out of our community. Satan’s goal is to make sinning fun and legal, and anyone helping to do the same is doing Satan’s work.
To Phil and anyone else who thinks Hershael is a hypocrite, when you catch him on a gambling boat being a bad steward of God’s resources, then maybe you can convince us of his hypocrisy. Until then, keep up the Lord’s work, pastor.
For all the freedom-loving Americans who want to gamble with God’s money, flights leave for Vegas every day.
Joey Caudle
Let people
have chickens
To the Editor:
What would I think if my neighbor had a few chickens in their backyard?  Well, chickens would be better than a dog that barks and chases bicycles. Chickens would be better than a cat that runs loose and catches birds. Since roosters are the only ones that crow, and since roosters would not be permitted, that would be no problem.  And I would think that the neighbors are pretty smart to have a source of eggs that only cost them chicken feed.
 I lived in Austin, Texas, for years, where hens were permitted within city limits.  It was no problem.  In fact the chicken owners got together each year and sponsored a “coop tour” where a couple hundred people would turn out to see the creative chicken coops and beautiful breeds of chickens.  I was surprised to hear that chickens are illegal in Frankfort. How can people get their feathers ruffled over a few chickens? City commissioners, please, don’t be birdbrains.  Let the people have their chickens.
Rich Rosen
Bring on
the birds
To the Editor:
I applaud Commissioner Wilder’s suggestion to revisit an issue that has prevented the people of Frankfort from doing what others across the commonwealth and across the nation can freely do – raise a small backyard chicken flock.
Each year I eagerly await spring and the declaration from our “hometown newspaper’s” own Philip Case that growing season has arrived! Although I live within the city limits, much of my backyard has been converted to raised garden beds. These beds allow me to teach my family lessons in self-sufficiency. A small backyard chicken flock would take that lesson in self-sufficiency to the next level.
I was disappointed in Kay Harrod’s article in response to Commissioner Wilder comments. I would be surprised if there are more than a few of “us” in all of Frankfort that would be willing to invest in the time and expense to raise backyard chickens. No doubt even fewer will stand in line if a license or surcharge is required – which I would expect and welcome to keep chicks from being purchased as Easter presents or for birthdays by those that have no idea how to care for them.
While a hen will proudly squawk when she lays an egg, the noise is less of a nuisance than the constant barking of an improperly trained neighborhood dog. Yes, chickens do defecate, but their owners will more willingly clean that up than the deposits left haphazardly by neighborhood dogs and cats with irresponsible owners.
Kay Harrod’s article also seemed to indicate that butchering would be a primary intent of backyard chicken flocks. My intent in requesting a flock is  not to generate a constant pile of entrails. The intent is to provide fresh eggs for the personal consumption of my family. Be assured there is no economic savings in this endeavor. The cost of housing, feed and maintenance raises the price well above what a dozen eggs could be purchased at any grocery store or our local farmer’s market (where I regularly purchase my eggs now, when open). My  satisfaction would come from knowing that the eggs I would serve to my family were from chickens raised sensibly within a few steps of my own back door.
Of course, as a person living within the city limits, I do not want a commercial chicken production next door either. The drafting of a reasonable ordinance would address these types of concerns within the community. (FYI to the city commissioners – the minimum mail order for most chicks is six.) Although I understand I am likely in the minority, Commissioner Wilder has my support. If Frankfort joins the likes of a growing number of communities in Kentucky plus major metropolitan areas from New York to San Francisco, I will be first in line at the city offices, with check in hand, ready to purchase my chicken permit.
Glenn J. Thomas
Paper’s mixed
To the Editor:
A certain irony – that on page A4 of the March 1 SJ, “P.R. pitch from hell,” your editors slammed our state tourism commissioner for allowing the perpetuation of “stereotypes that this part of America still struggles to overcome” (“roadkill bingo?”),  yet on the very front page of the newspaper which represents and showcases the capital city of Frankfort, ran an inane and indecipherable multi-color cartoon – bet that grabbed everyone’s attention – and an equally inane feature article (not news!) about a non-issue, backyard chickens in the city.
For what it’s worth, my early years were spent in an urban environment, yet some of my favorite memories, even before I had turned 10, were visits to my grandparents’ small farm in southwestern Ohio, taking grandmother’s basket, with my cousins, to gather fresh eggs from the henhouse. I guess there was a kind of disconnect about where our chicken dinner came from, but I do recall with a grin, getting to take chicken feet back home afterwards, pulling the tendons to make them into claws, chasing other neighborhood city kids with them.  Till my mother threw them out because of the stink.
You can’t have it both ways, SJ – or yes, I guess you can – you make the rules. I can’t even have my “name withheld by request” like in the big city rags.  Cluck, cluck.
Debbie Bramlage
Visions of
To the Editor:
On Aug.6, 1945, the Enola Gay, a B29 bomber, dropped a nuclear weapon called “Little Boy” upon a populated city – Hiroshima. Tail-gunner Bob Caron described what he saw: “It’s like bubbling molasses down there. The mushroom is spreading out. Fires are springing up everywhere – it’s like a peep into hell!”
To quote Dr. David Reagan: “The people of Hiroshima within half a mile of the explosion were seared to bundles of smoking char in a fraction of a second. Thousands of these small black bundles could be seen stuck to streets,bridges and sidewalks. Birds ignited in midair and 70,000 buildings were obliterated. Mankind had entered the atomic age, the end of which was too terrifying to contemplate.”
Robert Oppenheimer, director of the Los Alamos project which gave birth to this terrible weapon, quoted from Bhagavad Gita: “I am become Death, the Destroyer of worlds.”
It should be evident that what we are talking about is a weapon unparalleled in human history. Modern bombs are now thousands of times as powerful as those dropped on Japan.
Thoughout the Scriptures, in many passages, terrible times are forecast for the end of this present age. Here are just two examples:
Isa 24:3,5-6: “The earth will be completely laid waste and completely despoiled, for the Lord has spoken this word. The earth is also polluted by its inhabitants, for they transgressed laws, violated statutes, broke the everlasting covenant. Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left.”
Zephaniah 1:2-3, 18: “I will completely remove all things from the face of the earth,” declares the Lord.  “I will remove man and beast;  I will remove the birds of the sky and the fish of the sea … and I will cut off man from the face of the earth,” declares the LORD.
“And all the earth will be devoured in the fire of His jealousy,  for He will make a complete end, Indeed a terrifying one, of all the inhabitants of the earth.” 
This earth has an appointment with a devastation which shall be horrible beyond imagination. It is under a death sentence from almighty God. God has decreed that this present evil age shall pass away in a flame of fire, death and judgment.
In these last days God’s hiding place will be found only in the arms of the Lord Jesus Christ. (IThes.5:9)
Tom Baker MD
Shelter sets
right course
To the Editor:
I was very pleased to read the info from Sam Marcus with the Franklin County Humane Society in the March 4 State Journal. The article was heartfelt and provided a welcome update to activities and policies for the humane society and the animal shelter.
 I was especially pleased to read that the humane society will accept ALL unwanted cats and dogs from ALL city and county residents. I believe this will go a long way to curtail stray pet overpopulation since pet owners here can be assured the shelter will accept their unwanted pets preventing those unwanted animals from being “dropped,” breeding, and suffering untold miseries.
I further believe that accepting ALL unwanted cats and dogs is the only humane course of action for any humane society. To reject unwanted animals because of their age or their breed or due to the day of the week or current shelter occupation level is a disservice to our community and is treating those rejected animals inhumanely. I hope a requirement for the acceptance of all unwanted pets is written into the contracts with the city and county for animal services provided by the humane society. I hope every phone caller to the animal shelter (875-7297) is told every day they are welcome to bring in their unwanted pets. At a minimum, the shelter should accept ALL pets for a humane end to the pets’ lives but ideally with the best potential of re-homing the animals.
 I am overjoyed to read that the Franklin County Humane Society agrees to accept ALL unwanted dogs and cats from our residents.  My family and I will now renew our memberships with the humane society and as long as the organization operates responsibly and in keeping with the philosophy of providing humane treatment for ALL animals in need, I will support the organization to the fullest.
Please don’t ever buy pets while shelter animals die.
Ceci Mitchell
Food drive
To the Editor:
On Feb. 21, 22 and 24 the 41st District basketball tournament were held at the Frankfort Civic Center.
The Emergency Community Food Pantry of Franklin County held a food drive to collect jars of peanut butter as a competition between Frankfort High, Franklin County High School and Western Hills to help feed the hungry of Frankfort/Franklin County. Franklin County High School donated the largest number of jars of peanut butter.
The following helped to spread the word and make it a success: Bob Minerich at the Frankfort Civic Center and his staff,  Gator at 104.9, Tracy Spickard, Scott Chalk and Joey Thacker at Franklin County High School;  Craig Fry, Steve Wooldridge and Jody Hellard at Western Hills;  Michael Godbey, Deron Norman and Matt Yates at Frankfort High. The players, coaches, parents, John Lile, Willie Lile, Warner Caines, The Kiwanis Club, FCCLA students at Franklin county and the community of Frankfort/Franklin County.
Wanda Atha

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