Illogical

Dear Editor:
Can someone, anyone, state the logical reason that there are speed bumps at the mailbox at the shopping center at the front of Kingwood? Postal patrons STOP there, thus speeding is the exact opposite.

Robert L. Gabler
Kingwood

Why I write

Dear Editor:
If the following conditions were to exist, then none of the many letters/essays I have written on religion would exist: (1) each person keeps his religious views to himself, (2) one’s religious views never lead to actions that harm another person or his property, and (3) holy books teach this principle: “We should strive to make everyone’s time on earth as long and as pleasant as possible.” Unfortunately, none of those conditions exists. Re: Condition 1, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “… religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God.” That is, one’s religious views are none of the government’s business. To which I would add, “or anyone else’s business.” Re: Condition 2, Jefferson wrote, “… the legitimate powers of government reach actions only and not opinions.” That is, the government should step in only when one’s religious views result in actions that harm another person or his property. How can anyone quarrel with Condition 3’s simple principle, which implies a robust moral code of conduct that is free of fear? Unfortunately, holy books don’t teach that principle; instead, the Old Testament has God ordering the killing of men, women, and children – even infants (Deuteronomy 13:6-11; 1 Samuel 15:3), and The Quran (2:191-193; 4:89) sanctions the killing of humans. So I write letters/essays to oppose what I see as a pernicious influence on the human family, while urging folks to think for themselves instead of letting God, Jesus, Muhammad or anyone else think for them.

Bill Bailey
Kingwood

Ban bump stocks

Dear Editor:
As an NRA life member, I am at fierce opposition to the NRA’s stand on so-called “bump stocks.” I fully support Florida Governor Rick Scott’s recent ban on such a malevolent accessory and have asked my federal representative and senators to initiate legislation to make the manufacture, distribution, sale and even possession of bump stocks a felony. Our Founding Fathers could never have conceived of such a heinous item when they drafted the 2nd Amendment. I challenge anyone to cite a rational, sane reason for any owner of a semi-automatic rifle or shotgun to possess a bump stock.

Robert L. Gabler
Kingwood

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