Weatherford Democrat

August 30, 2013

KELLY: What do you think X?


Weatherford Democrat

— By WILLIAM J. KELLY

Toddler’s death

Are we all perfect? Ever since the unfortunate death of the 16-month-old toddler caused by the 4-year-old who somehow got the keys to his father’s truck, started the truck and it ran over his sibling, many people have been calling into radio stations making the statement that the parents of these children should be brought up on various charges.

Having raised six children I can tell you that I made many mistakes, but fortunately, by the grace of God, I was saved from the many possible disasters that could have occurred. One time my wife happened to look out the window to see our 4-year-old daughter climbing down from the second floor on some old, thin two-wire television cable. Fortunately it did not break, but how can any parent foresee a child doing something like that? I can’t imagine the grief these parents must be suffering; and what about that 4-year-old who might suffer psychologically the rest of his life from this accident?

We Christians and Jews have been taught to have compassion, to have empathy and to love our neighbor in their time of trouble. To me, those people who, in hindsight, want to add more problems to their neighbor in their time of great grief over the loss of their child are not practicing what God taught us all. What do you think?

Immigration law

In the Nation & World section of the Aug. 23 issue of the Star-Telegram was a small subtitle, “Catholic leaders plan immigration push.” It stated in part that on Sept. 8 at Sunday masses some Bishops and priests will “urge congressional passage of a legislative overhaul that includes a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.”

This is entirely wrong thinking by these religious authorities and probably reinforces the founding father’s declaration of “separation of church and state.” I have looked at the present immigration law and in my reading of it there is nothing wrong with it. The present law has set quotas of immigrants for every foreign country with provisions for both our scientific and industrial needs, and for parents and children of legal immigrants to be reunited.

The idea that our Congress should pass some unenforceable law to make 11 million illegals into citizens in 10 years is a joke. The present law should just be enforced. It can be done and perhaps that Arizona sheriff should be put in charge of doing it. What do you think?

Stand your ground

Ever since the Zimmerman acquittal on the basis of self defense, the some have been using that acquittal to stir up trouble in the USA. This extends all the way to Washington, D.C., where our president and attorney general have joined in the debate; of course on the wrong side of the debate.

Leaving the Zimmerman case aside, why should any individual be denied the right to defend his or her self with deadly force? It should not be necessary to be beat up and be half dead before you can justify using deadly force. Jesse Jackson should be preaching to the law breaking blacks and whites and to his own family instead of just to blacks, Hispanics and Asians. I think the principle of the Florida-type law is a good one to enable we law abiding citizens to defend ourselves without the possibility or fear of some district attorney bringing some alleged charge against us. What do you think?

Quarterback Johnny Manziel

Here we go with that amateur-professional squabble again. Manziel’s amateur standing was questioned because he allegedly accepted money for signing memorabilia in violation of the rules of the NCAA. The NCAA ruled he didn’t accept money, but signed items he knew were going to be sold. For that was suspended for the first half of A&M’s season opener against Rice.

I have not read the rule Manziel was supposed to have violated, but I fail to see the connection between signing a football and playing football. Playing football is obviously playing a sport while signing a football for money would be just like making money at some summer job.

I think the NCAA is being entirely too restrictive in having a rule such as this one. I personally would not pay any athlete, amateur or professional, for their autograph, but I see no reason why a popular athlete should be denied the right to do so and still maintain his or her amateur standing. What do you think?

William J. Kelly is a Weatherford resident and regular contributor to Viewpoints.