Once again, a handful of people spoke at Tuesday night's city commission meeting, which largely highlighted the many great things happening in our Paducah.

At no time during the meeting -- as in past meetings -- per the posted agenda were there commission discussions regarding Confederate anything, Islamic prayer anything or LGBTQ anything.

However, that's all those who spoke chose to discuss -- again. There wasn't anything about the previously discussed agenda, goals, plans and accomplishments. My take from these citizen comments: some of you guys that addressed the commission must really miss Topix. What is with this obsession with the Confederacy, Fairness Ordinance, and how dare anyone offer a prayer for blessings to all?

You complained about a festival -- if you don't like it, don't go. You complained about a faith leader and his prayer. Aren't prayers for guidance, goodness and kindness a good thing, or are we now just picky about prayers?

Talk about confusing. It's heartbreaking that with all the discord already in this world and the emboldened hate and violence against so many, rather than a heart of gratitude and thanksgiving for this great, loving, fair, diverse community, some folks that claim "Godliness" and angry, superior morality seek to exclude, condemn and promote a symbol of a time when human beings were treated less than livestock.

Paducah is better than this.

I sincerely hope future meetings simply permit citizen discussion regarding items on the agenda, not some free-for-all personal challenge to other human beings' faith, worth, morality and value.

Meet with your city and county leaders with complaints and praise. They are all great people with much responsibility. Playing to an audience at commission meetings looks small.

Blessed are the peacemakers.

Caroline Murphy


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