Letters to the Editor: Jan. 24

January 24, 2013 

Paul's plan for armed educators a half-baked idea

Our junior senator continues to embarrass himself and our state. His latest is a proposal for teachers and principals to carry handguns.

While this fantasy will please his prospective financial backers at the National Rifle Association and would certainly enrich the firearms industry, it's inconceivable that it will resonate with teachers or principals.

One wonders how they would carry their handguns. Perhaps they could patrol their classrooms and hallways like gunslingers in the old West with a gun belt, a holster and a six-shooter on each side.

Or they could arm themselves with shoulder holsters and automatics like TV detectives.

These half-baked ideas continue to spring from the bizarro mind of Sen. Rand Paul like mushrooms in a manure pile. He apparently gives little thought to the practicality of his suggestions or of life in the real world. What have we done, Kentucky?

Jack Blanton

Lexington


Dysfunctional leader

Congress is dysfunctional, a fact Sen. Mitch McConnell should be ashamed of and should be trying to cure. Instead he continues to use procedural manipulation to block any and all programs or appointments that just might have led to a speedier recovery.

Perhaps someone needs to hand him a mirror, a stronger pair of glasses and some hearing aids, because to find the dysfunction he need look no further than himself, nor listen to more than his own words. Congress' 14 percent approval rating is not reflective of individual members' popularity; it is a reflection of congressional leaders' popularity and effectiveness.

McConnell is one of those "leaders." He has not only failed Kentucky, he has failed our nation.

I accept that it would be his party's intent to prevent President Barack Obama's re-election. What I, my fellow Kentuckians and the public reject utterly is his methods.

Instead of debating the merits of proposals or appointments, he chose to use procedure (a record number of filibusters) and rhetoric to block programs or appointments.

That is what a selfish, lowly politician does. A statesman would instead have been presenting new ideas or additions to the proposals being presented.

It didn't matter who or what was proposed, all he could bring his lips to utter was no, no, no. Kentucky and America deserve better, much better than that from our five-term senator. He is supposed to represent us, not his party.

Charles A. Bowsher

Lexington


Good news

It was nice to read the headline announcing Lake Cumberland's "Dam repairs ahead of schedule."

Either the dam workers didn't have to take as many days off as allowed or the contractor just stepped up the dam repair schedule to maximize profits. Whatever, this is good dam news for everyone.

Joseph P. Fox

Lexington


Slogan effort vulgar

Again the naughty "A" word appears in the press. The "A" word has become quite common one assumes among the social media cognoscenti. My momma taught me it was a bad word back in my youth.

The "A" word appeared in two articles on April 8, about Kentucky women and now appears blatantly in a piece about finding a new slogan to replace "Unbridled Spirit."

I, too, have always thought "Unbridled Spirit" a bit silly, but can't we come up with something without vulgar physical references to bodily parts.

I do not choose to check out the website Kentuckyforkentucky.com to see what apparently has become "viral" in a Kentucky sort of way.

Thinking people in Kentucky and almost all of the sane folks outside the commonwealth will again think of us as rather stupid. They will undoubtedly add "dumb" before the "A" word and it will fit those who espouse changing the slogan without serious consideration about wording and taste.

"Education Comes First" is my nomination for a new state slogan on our license plates.

It's often been said that it's better to be in Kentucky when the world came to an end, because Kentucky was always 20 years behind the times. I reckon that was right.

William E. Ellis

Richmond


Beshear, pro-gay leader

At no time in history have we had a governor who has openly rebelled against our state sodomy laws as has Steve Beshear.

With his executive order granting employment protections for gays and lesbians in the state government and his promise to oppose anti-gay, anti-same-sex partner benefits bills, he has become Kentucky's first pro-gay governor as in the affluence of President Barack Obama.

With the support of the community, the Masons followed Beshear's policy and voted against outlawing openly gay men in 2010.

Somehow, Beshear has captured the heart of the homosexual community and the Bible Belt, that has led to speculation about the state's homosexual agendas and its futuristic policies and practices.

At this point we're just left wondering if the homosexuals and Beshear aren't going to just end up dumping tea in the Kentucky River at Fort Boonesborough or just rallying at Jacobson Park crying "Liberty must at all hazards be supported.

"We have a right to it, derived from our Maker. But if we had not, our fathers have earned and bought it for us, at the expense of their ease, their estates and their pleasures."

Richard Hellstrom

Lexington


Transy shunned

Jan. 5 was Alumni Day at Transylvania University for all former men's basketball players. Three games were played — an alumni game and men's and women's varsity games. Former men's basketball players were introduced at halftime of the men's varsity game. It was a very festive occasion and I'm sure it was enjoyed by all present.

My question is: Where was the Herald-Leader? The University of Kentucky wasn't playing, so that could not be an excuse. Is it because Transy is a Division III school and its athletic teams do not warrant the same coverage that Division I teams do?

Most likely none of Transy's basketball players will ever earn millions playing pro ball, but you can bet they'll all have a college education and they will make an impact on the lives of many people — not athletically but surely intellectually.

One last comment. Alex Risen of WTVQ-TV (Channel 36) did cover the game. He had some very good video of the game and aired it on the 11 p.m. news. So, kudos to Channel 36. More than I can say about the Herald-Leader.

Bill Ward

Lexington


Cranes in danger

There have been several sightings of whooping cranes mixed with sandhill cranes during migration in Kentucky this season.

During sandhill crane hunting, all the cranes are wildly disturbed and have to find other feeding grounds or fly to other states farther south. Therefore, the whooping cranes that are migrating with the sandhill cranes are also displaced and deprived of a safe haven in Kentucky.

For those of us who love watching birds and other wildlife, the opportunity to see these amazing birds here may be eliminated if hunting sandhill cranes continues.

Linda Craiger

Glasgow

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