Letters to the Editor: Nov. 28

November 28, 2012 

End finger-pointing to heal political divide, flourish

It has become obvious that part of the big problem in American politics is not the politicians but the media. We no longer have the "Big Three" networks but a number of networks that we can plug into and listen to what we are told instead of deciding for ourselves what is legitimate and what is propaganda. This is especially true of radio talk shows.

We, as a society, tend to point the finger at the opposition for all the problems and feel good about it by listening to someone who is telling us we are the ones wearing the white hats. Yes, those in power in Washington need to — no, have to — find a way to reach across the aisle for a middle ground, but so do we as Americans.

This fissure has become increasingly wider since the turn of the century. I have good friends and co-workers who I get along with just fine until the discussion of politics rears its ugly head. Cooperation and acceptance of our changing world by both Washington and by its citizens are paramount if this country expects to flourish as a world power and a free nation.

Chris Pruett

Lexington


Bring on Ashley Judd

Ashley Judd making a run at Mitch McConnell's Senate seat? That's a fine idea.

McConnell should be easy to unseat, especially if Republican strategist Ted Jackson has any say in his campaign. I guess Jackson failed to notice President Barack Obama won re-election with an 18-point margin among women voters and that a record number of women were elected to the U.S. House and Senate.

But that's OK, we don't mind if they keep their blinders on. You good ol' boys just keep right on believing women are only smart enough for beauty contests while we quietly overachieve our way into power.

McConnell's only goal for the past two years was to make Obama a one-term president. He certainly failed to achieve that, didn't he?

Perhaps, unlike McConnell, Judd would commit herself to an achievable goal that actually met the needs of Kentuckians. Now that would be some hope and change we could believe in.

Anna Wientjes

Lexington


Climate change costs

Thank you for publishing history professor Ronald Formisano's commentary on the recent history of the Tea Party. I wish he had given a deeper history of the Tea Party, including its funding by the Koch family, and its roots in the John Birch Society. Such a history might explain their refusal to accept the scientific facts of climate change and their insistence that it is a conspiracy of the left, the media, scientists, environmentalists, the United Nations, etc.

Meanwhile, climate change harms us all physically, economically and emotionally. We need Congress to protect us by passing serious climate change legislation that will charge industries and individuals who pollute our air with greenhouse gases. Polluters are now allowed to pollute for free and we pay the price to clean up the floods and wildfires caused by climate change. We pay higher prices for food because of climate change droughts, and higher prices for insurance because of climate change weather disasters.

Its time to make greenhouse gas polluters pay for their pollution and the damage it does.

Judy Weiss

Member of Citizens Climate Lobby

Brookline, Mass.


Reverse the court

Now that the campaign season is over, we can finally get a break from all those awful ads.

Most people know those ads and the huge sums of money that paid for them were unleashed by the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. But did you know we're now one-quarter of the way to reversing that decision by amending the U.S. Constitution? As of Nov. 6, we are.

Matthew Hall

Lexington


Questionable argument

Roger Guffey's Nov. 3 column "Science acumen needs to evolve" attacked belief in God and the Bible's credibility regarding the creation of the universe, affirming atheistic evolution instead.

Guffey didn't disprove God's existence or the Bible's credibility. He merely asked eight questions with sub-questions. But if merely asking questions can substitute for real answers, anything ridiculous could be proved that way. For example:

1. Wouldn't blue skies, blue flowers and blue eyes prove they all came from a "common atheistic evolutionary blue ancestor"?

2. Wouldn't Guffey and sex offenders being "vertebrates" who breathe air prove they "are virtually identical"?

3. Wouldn't the fact gravity and mothers' love are invisible and intangible prove they don't exist?

If Guffey was serious about having his questions answered he should agree to a study. But he wouldn't agree to my July 30, 2007, challenge to him for either an honorable private study or an honorable public debate concerning an earlier article he wrote about the issue of God's creation versus atheistic evolution.

Fact is, Guffey is a capable fellow who apparently lost his faith in God and the Bible when he left Wayne County 39 years ago. Therefore, I sadly paraphrase and hand his opening statement back to him: "One bright spot in the news" is Roger Guffey is not from Wayne County anymore.

Willie Ramsey

Somerset


Chandler's loss

Ben Chandler's defeat at the polls was ironic. A card-carrying Blue Dog, Chandler understands the art of compromise. His political strategy has been to work for progress in incremental steps. That's so obviously a temperament Congress needs.

When the voters replace a Blue Dog with an ideological partisan of either party, they make it a little harder for the state and the nation to find practical solutions.

Tom Louderback

Louisville


Comics quandary

I have often wondered why Pearls before Swine and Get Fuzzy were in the comics, because surely no one read them. Yet another reader writes to the editor that Pearls Before Swine is easily the best in the paper and that the "soap opera" ones should be abolished, as well as some others. All of those mentioned are ones that I, along with many others, follow and enjoy.

Doonesbury, of course, is not a comic but belongs on the editorial page as in many other newspapers.

I have no idea of the thinking of those who now supply us Big Nate, and why the change? It is not for the better.

Joann Walker

Lexington


Bible still enlightens

A letter criticizing the Herald-Leader's decision to often publish readers' views regarding the Bible also indicated the letter writer believes everything that can be said about the Bible has been said. I highly doubt that is true when it comes to religious writings, much less in the media. I would counter that as one is immersed in studying the Bible, especially long-term, one can see completely different nuances that are influenced by changes in our life circumstances.

While it's nice to have a section of the newspaper dedicated to Life + Faith, I for one feel it's refreshing to get readers' perspective on how scripture intersects with life.

John Wells

Central Kentucky Christian Radio public service director

Midway

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