Letters to editor
Published 12:34 pm Thursday, February 14, 2019
Local funeral honored
with southern custom
I was very impressed by something that I witnessed Tuesday afternoon following the funeral services for James “Buck” Merida.
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Upon leaving the services for him at Edgewood Baptist Church, a line of cars followed the hearse on its way to Camp Nelson Cemetery. Shortly after forming a line, vehicles on the opposite side, big trucks as well as cars, had pulled to the side of the road and stopped.
We saw this all the way down there. One fellow had gotten out of his truck and was standing at attention with his hat over his heart, and it was very cold that day.
Tears were forming in my eyes as I realized the respect that was being shown. I suspect most knew where we were headed and had stopped in order to honor a fellow who had served his country many years ago.
I think it is a bit of our southern custom. On a two-lane road it is done more often than a four lane where they usually just slow down.
Because of how much it meant to me, I think I will be more faithful to do it in the future.
Religion promotion should not be allowed at local post office
The Nicholasville Post Office has a radio playing in the public section of the post office which is tuned to a show promoting/preaching fundamentalist Christianity.
The U.S. Post Office is a federal government institution, which should follow the Constitution and not promote any one religion over another. If the postmaster feels that it is necessary to promote religion as part of his or her job, he or she should play a radio station that airs preaching and theology discussions from all religions, not just one branch of the one religion he or she favors.
No one of any faith, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist, should be forced by the U.S. Post Office to listen to the proselytizing of an advocate of only a single religion.
The U.S. Post Office is a government institution that serves every American and should not be in the business of promoting a single religion.
Harwell F Smith