Friday, November 22, 2013

Letter to Editor

I wrote a letter to Editor for the Opinion page to the Herald Journal. It was published today.

Here is the letter.

To the editor,

Over the past few weeks I have noticed that people are constantly trying to push their beliefs on others, be it complaints about the alcohol amendment in Hyde Park, or complaining about Oasis Books selling books that are not all LDS or match up with the supposed standards or teachings of the LDS Church.

The main thing that is irritating with all of this is that we are allowing the wants of the few to out weigh the needs of the many.
I have no problem with alcohol being sold at the Hyde Park Maverik. Most of the things being said were way off base about what it would mean to the city and how it would affect everyone in a negative way. They are not looking at the big picture in ways of seeing that the amount of taxes taken in by Hyde Park from just these sales alone will help the city in being able to afford to beautify the city and to be able to pay for things without asking for a take hike or extra fees. Just because you don’t drink or agree with it, does not make it right to force how you are on someone else. I couldn’t care less either way. I don’t drink, but I am not going to condemn someone who does.
And with Oasis Books selling literature not in tune with the LDS Church, big deal. I for one am glad that they have an open mind and sell what they deem acceptable in their eyes and for what others have asked for. They would not sell it, if it was not wanted. It’s great knowing that people want to know and learn about other religions and other ways to be spiritual outside of the what is the norm here in Cache Valley, Utah.
To believe in something because someone tells you to is the height of stupidity. We are given senses to receive our information from within. With our own eyes we see, and with our own skin we feel. Without our own intelligence, it is intended that we understand without knowing or feeling what we want to understand. Each person must put together their own life and knowledge puzzle for him or herself and not let outside influences dictate what and why they believe the way they do.
Jon Marshall
Hyde Park

I have lots of problems with people trying to dictate and force beliefs on others. I could care less who drinks and who reads literature that is not of the normal religious fare around here. It is their life, not ours to decide what they should do.

Quote of the Day:

" The only freedom which deserves the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it."
- John Stuart Mill-

Video of the Day:

Stand Up: Five for Fighting


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