Simple solutions to major problems

Wyoming Bars Shrug Off COVID-19 Orders? (Dec. 18 headline)- Is so then a law should be passed allowing healthcare workers and hospitals to refuse service to anyone who has knowingly and willfully refused to follow the requested basic procedures such as distancing and mask wearing. If the individual seeking help from already over-worked and endangered nurses and staff has been known to be an anti-masker or believer that the whole world wide pandemic was been a hoax and they get ‘infected’ by this imaginary disease then there should be no need to treat or baby him/her.

Russia wants to play computer footsie with our government institutions? Ban the shipment of our recently ordained COVID vaccines to them. We’ll then see how well their readily developed vaccines work that miraculously appeared so soon after it was realized that billions could be made with cheap imitations.

Trump refuses to leave the White House- Do what landlords all over the U.S. are doing to their inhabiters who have run out of finances- turn off their water, gas and electric. Let’s see how long the Pampered POTUS lasts without the basic necessities he has always been accustomed to.

Roger Freed

Jackson Hole

Respect

The piece in Wednesday’s Dec. 23, 2020 paper by Patrick Ivers is so over the top I believe I must respond.

I could argue that the logic and conclusions he draws are as much religion as that which he attempts to debunk. But being that belief systems begin in the heart and his heart appears to be fixed I suspect it would be unproductive for either of us.

My issues with this piece are not of a religious nature but issues of respect and common decency. A rather large portion of our community hold views that “The Christmas Story” is a real event that is a cornerstone of our faith.

It is each person’s right to believe whatever they wish and I support that option. It is also not an absolute right to be shielded from the questioning of your faith.

However it is reasonable to expect that others of good conscience would refrain from gratuitously poking people of faith in the eye at this time of their celebration. To do so speaks volumes about the hearts of those who have done so; to have done so just before the celebration of a key Christian belief reveals much of the judgement of not only Mr. Ivers but the Boomerang also. The publishing of Mr. Iver’s piece at this time of joy for Christians does not speak well of either. I cannot speak to Mr. Ivers as I know little about him but the Boomerang can do much better.

PS: After my first draft of this letter I received a reply by the editor of the Boomerang. In it he outlined several problems he had with my letter. In the communication he admitted to being “A feisty old coot” and the communication was frank and direct. While I still disagree with some of his conclusions I was very impressed that he took the time to thoughtfully lay out his case. Only time will tell but find that I actually have hope that he will turn the Boomerang into a first class paper.

Arthur Jordan

Laramie

(2) comments

Pnivers

To Arthur Jordan. From Thanksgiving Day until the end of the year each year, my eyes & ears are inundated by the same old Christmas carols & melodies on the radio & in stores & with holiday-themed tv programs & commercials. While the majority of Americans still say they are Christians – though their diversity of beliefs (lacking in a unity of doctrines & dogmas) range from Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox to a plethora of Protestant denominations to the Church of Latter Day Saints to fringe faiths of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Seventh Day Adventists, & Christian Science – about a third (some 100,000 million people) in this country say they aren’t, particularly among the younger generations. You sound as though you would censure & deny all of them – including me, an evangelical agnostic – from having any other interest to read, hear, or watch in December other than the Christian fiction, since most Christians don’t know the actual accounts in the gospels as I was relating in my piece in the Boomerang. The First Amendment guarantees my right to free speech, & the editor & journalists at the Boomerang have a right to publish as a free press. But then there was an intimidating pronouncement from Donald Trump, when speaking to a crowd in Springfield, Illinois, on November 10th, 2015, on my freedom of speech: “If I become president, we’re all going to be saying Merry Christmas again, that I can tell you. That I can tell you.”

You didn’t find anything I had written in the column of some worth? You would prefer that everyone believe in a fiction of Santa Claus combined with the harmonized nativity (from Luke & Matthew) in Bethlehem? You favor fantasy over truth? Believing in partisan polemics & relying on ideological indoctrination for comfort, accepting disinformation & outright prevarications about the COVID-19 pandemic, science, the climate crisis, theft of an election, this is why we as a nation & we as inhabitants on this lovely planet are headed toward the abyss. We need the actual facts, to agree on them, if we as humanity are going to have a chance to unify & save ourselves, future generations, & civilization from cataclysm.

I expected that there would be a number of hostile reactions such as yours to my piece, but I wasn’t writing just to upset you. Others found what I had to say of value. Here are six of the e-mails I’ve received thus far.

(1) Happy Newton’s MASK!

(2) Saw your editorial in the paper, really enjoyed it! Happy Newtonmas, my friend!

(3) I wanted to take a quick minute to thank you for your concise and slightly humorous historical review of Christmas-time celebrations and the characters involved. I am the father of two young boys and as an atheist, undergo a moderate struggle in how to explain or describe, without crushing the desire to believe in the magic of Santa, all of the characters and traditions floating around this time of year. With time I hope to shift our gift-giving celebrations to coincide with the Winter Solstice but I am happy to hear that Isaac Newton's birthday can serve as a surrogate birth to celebrate.

I suspect you may get some other correspondence about your article that is not as appreciative as mine and simply wanted to say I enjoyed it.

(4) Mathematics and a small bit of faith for the faithless. I just read Patrick's excellent column in the 12/23 Boomerang. As a non-Christian but a theist, majoring in religion at UWYO, thought that Patrick might enjoy the attached paper, which I wrote for a UWYO class earlier this year. Happy astronomical New Year, which I believe starts at the winter solstice.

(5) I liked your column on Christmas Dec. 25. Much I didn't know. Very good. I'm sure you'll get a lot of static.

(6) I loved your opinion on christmas! I find it ironic that there is never a good time to question the "faith." Thanks for doing it in a much better way than myself!

mancinho

Well Patrick it looks like the new editor likes your ramblings. Now that your debating style had killed the religious column in the Boomerang they found another place for you.

I am so sorry that you are so offended by the public celebration of the birth of our Savior. I just do not understand why since you do not believe in Christianity even though you claim to be an agnostic your words indicate that you do not believe in any god. Sorry Patrick but I just had to stand up for the last commenter. People live in Wyoming because they want to be left alone....so leave us alone OK.

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