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Letters to the Editor for 3/9/09

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Jesus stood for love

In 1604, King James I of England initiated the process for a new interpretation of the Christian Bible, primarily to consolidate the ecclesiology and orthodoxy of the Church of England under royal control.

He gathered 47 scholars (notably, all members of the Church of England), and seven years later they published what has become known as the King James version of the Bible.

It is a great irony that someone claims Europeans have distorted Native American history to the point of “lies and misconceptions” in one breath, yet in the next cites that the King James version was used in his/her worship.

(This letter refers to a letter to the editor from Lynn Merrell of Elk Creek, published in the Feb. 16-17 edition of The Gazette.)

There may be no more Eurocentric text in the entire English-speaking world. Nearly all major tenets of Protestantism, Catholicism, and Orthodox Christianity were borne out of Europe, from Calvin, Luther, and Wesley, to kings and queens, and throughout the line of succession of popes. Sauce for the gander.

However, to suggest tolerance leads to anarchy is true. Jesus was the original anarchist, killed because he defied authority.

He opened the previously close-hold knowledge of the sanctimoniously religious powerbrokers of his day to everyone.

It's an important distinction to comprehend since Jesus didn't believe in secret worship ceremonies — the whole focus of the New Testament is to shed light upon He who is the Light — of course, that might just be a pesky Eurocentric interpretation.

Obviously, my views regarding Christ’s love will fall on deaf ears as we all tend to believe things based upon solipsistic notions, substantiated or not.

Still, do this. Take a piece of paper. Under one column, write down the instances Jesus displayed anger.

Under the other, note the times he was loving, kind, considerate, gentle, and forgiving.

Which column is longer?

As my intended final words on this whole matter, I cede the stage to my 84-year old mother, widow of my Southern Baptist minister father.

She has read all the letters on both sides of this discussion, and here’s what she says: “You really hit the nail on the head.”

That’s good enough for me.

Peace to all.

Patrick Butler

Galax

Spirit Harbor plan opposed

My husband and I are opposed to the development of the “Spirit Harbor” trailer park and agree with all the reasons stated by others against this destructive project.

I recognize that people who are only out to make money and care nothing for Grayson County don’t hesitate to exploit our natural resources. But it’s hard to accept that the mayor of Independence would sell us out for his personal gain.

Some years back there was a man who also spent some time in the Independence town office. He wasn’t a public official but he was a front man for developers. He worked real hard on their behalf to promote the mining of gibbsite in the Elk Creek Valley.

This would not only have destroyed the beauty of the Valley, but would have turned over all mineral rights to the developers and ruined the soil and streams for future agricultural use.

I’ve worked for project developers as an artist and copy writer for promotional material packages.

I know that when you’re selling people on an idea, you make it appealing. But you’d better not make claims that can’t be fulfilled or are completely outrageous.

From the beginning, “Spirit Harbor” sounded like a scam with all its ridiculous plans. The environmental destruction aside, the guys trying to sell us on this trailer park obviously thought it’d be an easy sell if they said that only Christians over age 50 could buy into it.

If we took them seriously, this would be discrimination based on religious belief and age. Are all people older than 50 upstanding citizens of their communities?

What if someone said he was a Christian but really was not, or what if someone decided to convert to Judaism or Islam, or abandon any religion? Who’s going to kick him out?

Let’s stop this Spirit Harbor deal right now. The land on Fox Knob, and all along the New River, should never be turned into a trailer park.

Lenora H. Rose

Mouth of Wilson

Proud to have met helpful youths

We are writing to say how much we appreciate the young people from Maryland who came from the recreation center in Fries to clean snow off our porches and steps and cleaned a path in the snow from behind our car.

We are so thankful to have had this help, and we want the people at the Recreation Center and those nice young students to know that it meant so much to us for them to take care of us in this way.

I am sure there are other senior citizens in Fries who received help from these students and I know it meant a lot to them as well. There are lots of good young people in this world, and we are proud to have met some of them today.

Billy and Ruth Jones

Fries

Sound economics for Grayson?

Before the Grayson Board of Supervisors votes on the Spirit Harbor proposal, I hope it carefully considers all possible long-term economic consequences.

Owners of the 250 trailers will pay property tax on those trailers to Grayson County, if, in fact, anyone can be found to buy them, in today’s economy.

These trailers will depreciate at a rate of about 10 percent per year. The amount of property tax paid on one of these trailers after it is 10 years old will be very little.

As the amount of property tax collected on these trailers decreases, the cost to the county for public services — garbage collection, road maintenance, law enforcement, etc. — for this development will not decrease.

In fact, due to inflation in labor and other costs, it is reasonable to expect that the cost of public services to the development will increase over time.

What may look like a quick source of revenue for the county today will most likely be an increasing financial burden over time.

Eventually, this aging trailer park will probably have an adverse effect on the value of adjoining properties as well.

As the property taxes collected on the aging trailers and adjoining properties continue to decrease, this tax burden will have to be taken over by the rest of us.

Unlike the nonresident owners of these trailers, those of us who will ultimately take over this tax burden are predominantly voters in Grayson County.

The supervisors need to consider this before voting to approve this project.

Thomas J. Smith

Mouth of Wilson