To the editor:

Those of us who live, work and play in Park County know that this great state of Wyoming is a “live and let live” state. 

We are a “fence-out” state. We open carry. We help our neighbors as well as the errant stranger. We have tough weather and tough luck sometimes. We know and respect our creator. We know that we are not the top of the food chain, especially when we are out in the backcountry, regardless of the caliber we carry. And for most of us, we know about ourselves. 

We who live in this great and wonderful state and nation know that the two things in life that we are commanded to do is to love our Lord and to love one another. 

Anyone who tries to pit you against your neighbor should be suspect. Think about that next time you “read” or “hear” or are goaded into a “comment” on an unsavory item.

Here in Park County, Wyoming, most of us have chosen to live here on purpose for all the reasons above. We are all Wyomingites, we do what is right, we protect our children and our elderly and anyone else in need. 

We do a pretty good job, I think, of loving our God and loving our neighbor. No, not one of us is perfect, but we all strive to be our best. Remember your early instructions: Think before you speak, do not get sucked into gossip (most of the time it is not true). 

And if you have forgotten, reread the 10 Commandments. They are the best rules to live by.

(s) robin berry

Cody

(18) comments

P Demoney

A five year old could come up with a better list of tenets to live by.

Freecitizen

If you really believe that is true, the 5 year old could also probably best you in a debate, too.

P Demoney

If you don't see it there would be no reason to debate you.

XMonkey

Care to enlighten us? Most of us are aware of the 10 Commandments, but not your five-year-old version. Thanks.

P Demoney

Sure: Be nice, Share, Help someone who needs it, Pick up a mess, Say thank you, Try your hardest, Don't bully, etc, etc. etc.

Freecitizen

Well, that is about what a 5 year old would come up with, that's true. Wisdom of the ages, or a random list of being "nice". Do your parents know what you're doing right now?

XMonkey

LOL! A 5-year-old came up with those. Right. Well, it's good to know that you and your 5-year-old know what's better for us than God.

XMonkey

Btw, a little theology lesson here, P D. The 10 Commandments, along with other ones you apparently forgot about like, "Love your neighbor as yourself," were not given to us to show us how to be wonderful. They were given to show that no matter how hard we try, we fail to follow them. Did you ever ask yourself WHY you have to tell a 5-year-old or anyone else to do the things in "your" commandments? It's because by nature - sin nature - we DON'T do them. We can't follow them perfectly. That's why we need a Savior. Because we CAN'T follow the commandments - even yours - no matter how hard we try. And that includes you, whose comments in this paper are often in themselves violations of your own set of 5-year-old rules, just as your original comment here is. Perhaps you hate the Bible and Christians? Why not just "be nice" and "don't bully" and keep it to yourself?

Jim Jones

Please tell us which tenets guide your life. (And what five year old provided them.)

XMonkey

Dewey, I'm sure you'd be the first to condemn Christians for being "judgmental" too, as you walk around comparing yourself to others. Well, what I tell folk like you is we need you to attend our churches and show us all how to behave. This may come as a surprise, but "you" are not the standard to which we're all going to be held on Judgment Day.

DeweyV

Dear Monkey - I exited the Methodist Church here in Cody when I was 8 years old. I had seen , heard, and felt enough about those hardwood pews full of stern folk to know that anything based on the placing of so much guilt and shame on top of a mythology was not for me. Sixty years later I do not regret that decision

XMonkey

Mr DewVee, I exited the Roman Catholic church almost 50 years ago, but instead of considering myself better than everybody else, I read the Bible for myself to see what it actually says, not what somebody else tells me it says, and embarked on a study of comparative religions, and found them all to be empty with basically the same message telling me I've got to do this or do that to be a goody goody who's going to some nebulous idea of heaven or nirvana or reincarnation or whatever. I no longer follow a denomination. I follow Jesus, just like people did before there were corrupt denominations that have nothing to do with actual Christianity as taught by Jesus Himself. Don't give up the search. He who seeks, finds.

DeweyV

If only the Believers believed their own words, and acted accordingly.

As a certified Agnostic, all I can say from a lifetime of observing Christians go about their lives and meddling in ours and mine--- hear what they say but pay more attention to what they do.

gus

Amen Dewey. Seems all people need to do is be good to your fellow creatures and be good to the Earth.

Freecitizen

As usual, Dewey, that attack was completely uncalled for. BTW, you don't have to advertise that you're Agnostic. It speaks for itself in typical and some might interpret as hateful, rhetoric.

Jim Jones

He's a CERTIFIED agnostic.

Ruger

I'm rankled since I wrote a long reply to Dewey and Freecitizen and when I tried to post, it said "Sorry, we can't accept your post because of obscene content. Please try again." Knowing nothing I wrote was even close to objectionable, I hit the back arrow and lost everything I had written. If this one goes through, I'll probably try again to remember the sentiments I expressed and lost.

Jim Jones

A certified agnostic? That's like the Office of the President-Elect. Neither exist outside the imaginations of the screwball left.

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