ELVIS RETURNS

Dear Editor:

That is the best story [on Elvis Tribute, Tribune 7-4-18] I have seen in my 12 years of doing concerts!

Awesome!

Steve Fountain, promoter - via email

DON’T GIVE AT THE CORNER

Dear Editor:

Due to the high prevalence of substance abuse in the chronic homeless community, giving money directly to panhandlers is not helping, only facilitating their addictions. When you are stopped at an intersection or stop sign and you see the homeless holding signs asking for money, please do not give money or items to them. Hold on to your money and donate to meaningfulchange.org. The City of Houston is sponsoring this campaign to help address panhandling in the city as well as to help reduce the number of homeless in the city.

HPD Captain Bill Staney - via email

WHERE’S THE MONEY?

Dear Editor:

A question that I and so many others have for Mayor Turner is: Where have the many, many millions of dollars collected from former Mayor Parker’s drainage fees gone? Houston still floods readily with each significant rain and the drainage fee has been collected for years. We, the people, want that drainage fee ordinance repealed, or at the very least, a cost/benefit analysis performed and published!

Robert L. Gabler - Kingwood

 

THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES

Dear Editor:

Thank you for the promotion and tickets to the Charles Bender performances. I have really enjoyed the concerts!

Arliss Bentley - Humble

ON MORALITY

Dear Editor:

Biblical morality is based on fear. It tries to scare folks into behaving sensibly. The ingredients of Biblical morality are the notions of God, souls, an afterlife consisting of Heaven and Hell, and Biblical commandments describing acceptable behavior. Biblical morality goes like this, where X is any human being: If during X’s earthly existence, X acts as the Bible says one should act, then upon X’s death, God will reward X by having X spend an eternity in Heaven; otherwise, God will punish X by having X spend an eternity in Hell.

Wouldn’t it be better to have a morality that is based on reason rather than on fear? I think so, and so did Einstein, who rejected the notion of souls and an afterlife (but not the notion of God). The following principle implies a morality that is based purely on reason:

Principle A: “We should strive to make every person’s time on earth as long and as pleasant as possible.”

Unlike the Bible (which has God ordering the murder of men, women, and children … even infants!) – see Deuteronomy 13:6-11; 1 Samuel 15:1-3; and Leviticus 20:13 – Principle A displays a genuine respect for human life, and it implies a robust morality. For example, it rules out the death penalty, rape, assault, theft, insults, harassment, bullying, etc., and it demands kindness and charity toward our fellow human beings.

I cast my vote for Principle A and its fear-free morality and against the Bible and its fear-based morality. Principle A also is much simpler than the Bible and all of its fantastic notions [a virgin birth, Jesus walking on water, Moses parting the Red Sea, prayer (a wish addressed to a supernatural being), souls, an afterlife consisting of Heaven and Hell, etc.].

Bill Bailey - Kingwood

 

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