+"What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him 'unclean.'" (Matthew 15:11).

HEAR POLLUTION

I've got a brilliant idea! Why not tax people for every foul word they speak? Or at least fine them. The deficit is on the rise even as I type. So why not put a vulgarity tax on people who don't know how to utter sentences without expletives? If we did I'm sure our $4 Trillion debt could be erased in a matter of months.

A craze on radio these days is to see how much garbage one can spew on a single program. Shock jocks will say practically anything that pops into their small minds. One such profanity peddler was recently fined $600,000 by the FCC. Good for Uncle Sam! Now we're getting somewhere!!

We are inundated with vulgarity, profanity, verbal pornography and trash talk by way of the media. The grotesque is in. The more depraved the guest the higher the ratings. So TV, motion pictures, radio and the printed media pander to the abnormal appetites of certain viewers. Isn't anyone angry at being bombarded with this kind of sleaze and slime on a daily basis?

I'm glad I grew up in an era where cussin' wasn't all that cute. Never heard my folks swear. Sometimes kids would cuss but it was the exception and not the rule. I know, I can hear the bleeding hearts now crying "censorship" and "freedom of speech denied." Freedom is not license!

The right to bear arms doesn't give some false Messiah the right to shoot federal agents. Freedom to smoke doesn't grant someone the right to blow his noxious fumes in my face. If so, why aren't tobacco chewers allowed to spit in people's faces with impunity?

Is anybody reading? Freedom of speech doesn't grant the right to yell "FIRE" in a crowded theatre nor speak filthy words to whomever will listen. Soap was once used as a cure for bad mouths. Maybe it's time to try a monetary remedy.

President Clinton could begin funding "hear pollution" tax for his recent unbridled scathing of one of his aids. Mr. President, how dare you use the Lord's name in vain! - Steven Clark Goad