Letters to editor: Dec. 20

December 20, 2012 

Mayan calendar

Election showed moral degradation of the nation

Our country is changing for the worse. Our entire moral landscape has changed. We learned this election that people who have strong moral values are no longer in the majority. It confirmed the mammoth cultural shift that has been taking place since the counter-culture of the 1960s.

A symptom of an immoral affliction can be seen in the birth rate. The number of children born to single mothers have reached alarming proportions (41 percent of all births in 2009). And many of these children are born into poverty.

Therefore, out of compassion for the children, our society has created safety nets under them. We feed and clothe them, educate them and provide health care.

Since we are not holding the fathers and mothers accountable, there is no incentive for men and women to restrain their behavior.

Even worse, some don't want the responsibility of raising a child and resort to a more tragic solution — taking the lives of their babies.

Consider one frightening Election Day exit poll: 60 percent affirmed they were in favor of abortion at any time.

The cultural tide is shifting away from Christian conservative values. We lost the fight against same-sex marriage in all four states where it was on the ballot.

I'm afraid that if we continue down the road we're on, future leaders may convince the populace that our Constitution is irrelevant and out of date and, further, that belief in a deity or embracing spiritual values has no place in our culture any more.

Henry Fraley


Terminology flagged

I enjoy reading Mark Story's coverage of University of Kentucky football. I think he does a great job.

But in his coverage of the Tennessee game he wrote: "... one of the referees working the Kentucky-Tennesse game ... ."

Being a lifelong football fan and student of the game, I know only one official on a football field is a referee. The other officials have titles such as umpire, line judge, etc. The referee is the official wearing the white hat who makes the calls; the leader of the crew.

Calling football officials "referees" is a common error in conversation, even for broadcasters. But it should have been corrected before it got printed.

I respect Story's writing a lot and this error might go on his editor's shoulders. It is an incorrect term, no matter how common.

I still like reading Story's write-ups. And maybe I taught some football fans something.

Luke Meighan


Not end of the world

I don't know how to write this without saying the aristocrats and the media distort things, whether to drive up their profits or to keep the United States shell-shocked.

No matter the reasons, Dec. 21, the winter solstice, and the Mayans have been trivialized and their calendar system oversimplified to five words: the end of the world.

The Mayans have an advanced calendar system — they use 20 calendars. From my understanding, archeologists found one 300-year-old text, presumably from the Nimahaab or Long Count period, which spans 26,000 years.

Within the Long Count, there are five cycles, each lasting 5,200 years that relate to the movement of the Sun with respect to the Milky Way.

The fourth cycle, Kajib Ajaw or Fourth Sun, has a "definition" (wrongly called the end of the world) that lasts from Sept. 23, 2010 to Dec. 20, 2012, which represents a time of self-cleansing.

The fifth cycle, Job Ajaw or the Fifth Sun, will begin Friday. This cycle continues the spiritual awakening of life on Earth and for the first time in 26,000 years there will be a galactic alignment, which will create a cosmic cross.

This cosmic cross, if traced in the sky, could embody the sacred tree, known to many as the Tree of Life. This alignment represents the end of one era and the beginning of another as we become more spiritually awakened.

Obiora Embry


A real moneymaker

It is exciting to read about the study to restore Town Branch and the Water Street area to its original condition and to restore two-way traffic.

Some architectural firms see the opportunity to make barrels of money and our city leaders see their names going up in glory with the barrels also filled with cash.

Of course, this project will not cost us taxpayers anything.

The best thing that has happened to Lexington is the large grass plot where the old Walgreen store, the Joe Rosenberg jewelry and ten-cent stores once stood.

I have forgotten why anyone goes downtown. I did it some in the 1950s but haven't since.

Donald Fugette


God rejected

A recent letter on the Sandy Hook massacre asked: Where is God? He is not in the schools.

Remember? The American Civil Liberties Union said references to God offend 14 percent of Americans. Therefore, He was removed from the schools.

Things have been going downhill ever since.

Elmer R. Olson

Whitley City

Pot makes a difference

What is the difference between getting drunk then beating up someone, becoming violent, getting in a car and killing someone and smoking some plant that will help with glaucoma, suppressed appetite after chemotherapy or with the cotton mouth after radiation, getting someone to drink enough to keep hydrated?

Oh, you can get one at a local store, the other through the Mexican mafia.

If you never have seen someone die over a period of months, I suggest you do so before acting like you know what drugs do to people.

Andrew Shuman


Already over the cliff

Sure, the country's economic situation appears in peril. But real Americans have already gone over the fiscal cliff.

Many of us have had to deal with foreclosure, auto repossessions, bankruptcy, unemployment and being unable to have our ends met. So who does this pending fiscal cliff affect? Wall Street or Main Street?

It may be a good idea for the country to go over this fiscal cliff. Thus, the millionaires and billionaires can feel what the middle class have been feeling for years.

It's real simple as long as our problems are not theirs. Then there is not a problem. It's when the problems they face are on par with the problems we face, then it's a problem.

My hope is that a solution can be found that will benefit us all. God bless Americans.

Henry Bell


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