The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

September 10, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013

What I would share with a mind reader

If you could mindmeld (share your intimate thoughts/experiences) like the character Spock on “Star Trek,” what would you share? Or would you want to bond? Love or hate?

About my area: In my city of Pineville, I would take my mind rider to the Pineville Public Library, show them what made Wyoming great. Then I would visit the dark, little-looked-for and out-of-the-way Peyton Places that most residents shy away from (if not shrug). No scandals? You don’t know Wyoming!

I  would like to show my visitor the beautiful mountains (quickly being leveled by gas, lumber and coal companies) and flowers and valley I grew up in. It’s nowhere to be found except for tattered remnants in dark, haunted and secluded spots of my cranium. Utopia — gone with the wind!

My area is famous for sports stars, a few writers (that have yet to be honored fully by county officials), countless soldier tombs/bridges and recently the illegal Ten Commandments monument on the courthouse lawn in Pineville: a proud place for some (where according to our county commissioners, etc., no controversy is to be seen as far as a blindfolded man can see). I picture mentally instead an iconic figure of an “I see no Evil, Hear no Evil and Speak no Evil monkey” jeering at passers-by.

I like to walk the roads of Wyoming to observe how citizens behave in private surroundings. Some very different than they do in public. Private officials are more private than public.

I would watch favorite, edifying movies with my soul watcher: classics such as ... on the other hand forget. What great or minor movies have been created for atheists? What plays? What musicals? Yet atheists overrun the airwaves, the book stands, websites?

My favorite books: Darwin’s “Origin of Species,” “Moby Dick” by Melville, “Contact” by Sagan, “The Selfish Gene” by Dawkins and others like Lovecraft’s works, Asimov’s Foundation trilogy; etc.

Sharing: I would  like to know why my visitor believes the things she/he does. If religious — why? If not, why not! Be sublime!

Me: What’s a good way to catch a squirrel?

Visitor: I don’t know.

Me: Offer them a Bible and see how they crack.

Me: What happens when you cross a holy man with an uneducated man?

Me: Another candle is blown out in the dark. Another child is taught nonsense.

Me: What is produced when Allah, God and Jesus meet in a wrestling ring?

Me: A mixed assortment of nuts and a bad case of diarrhea!

Lonnie Bailey

Pineville

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