Letters to the editor: Jan. 30

January 30, 2013 

Murray State threatens to destroy its heritage

I am writing to express concern regarding the proposed destruction of Ordway Hall on the campus of Murray State University.

Ordway Hall was one of the first buildings to be constructed on campus. It was completed in 1931, a year before the Pogue Library was completed.

In those days, Murray State's campus was considered to be one of the most beautiful in the South.

Wrather, Wilson, Wells and Ordway Halls, along with Lovett Auditorium and the Pogue Library, are the heart of our school.

Architect G. Tandy Smith created a vision of a campus that we enjoy to this day. We still have these historic (and hard-fought for) buildings that connect us with the past. It is a physical connection that cannot be approximated with a memory or photograph.

It is the responsibility of each generation to preserve cultural property so that subsequent generations can inherit and appreciate historic treasures, just as generations before ours have done.

All of the original buildings on the Murray State campus are over 80 years old. They cannot be replaced. If they are demolished they are simply gone, along with part of our heritage.

Heritage cannot be purchased. It is inherited and is totally dependent on the stewardship of the current generation.

Let us not reject our responsibility to pass on our rich heritage to future generations. Let's find a way to save Ordway Hall.

You can contact the board of regents through the office of the president at Murray State University.

William G. Hart

Murray


Support gun legislation

We should all give thanks to Bob Terrell of Corbin for his rational and humane Jan. 16 commentary on gun control.

This month, we read of a Kentucky family, including a child, being shot to death with a gun purchased only hours before the incident. A three-day waiting period might have prevented this tragedy.

I am tired of the argument that the Bill of Rights, written in the late 18th century gives us the right to purchase and use any kind of gun available in the 21st century.

Assuming that the Second Amendment does give to all citizens the right of gun ownership, we must take into consideration the types of guns that were available at the time of its writing.

The Founding Fathers could not possibly have imagined the firearms available to 21st century citizens — guns that can shoot multiple rounds of ammunition without reloading.

Or, that citizens of a rational society would gun down numbers of fellow citizens of all ages because of some personal vendetta.

We, as citizens of a supposedly rational and caring society, now have the opportunity to support legislation with a reasonable and constitutional remedy for stopping the indiscriminate purchasing of weapons that should be used only for war.

Please, for the sake of the children gunned down over the last few weeks, let's get it passed.

Jean G. Pival

Lexington


Gun deaths out of hand

The U.S. Constitution protects your right to own a gun if you are a militia member. The modern-day equivalent of a militia is the National Guard and the Reserves.

If you want the right to own a machine gun or an assault rifle then join the Guard or Reserves.

Every day there is another gun massacre or the typical "accident" where irresponsible gun owners let their children use loaded guns to shoot themselves or their friends.

Regular people don't need machine guns and assault rifles any more than they need hand grenades, land mines or bazookas.

The daily parade of gun deaths is making this point pretty obvious. The gun nuts say the answer is to arm everybody to the teeth so that we can have a virtual wild West in America where everybody carries a loaded gun in their gun belt and the fastest draw wins.

They want you to believe that in school you can have the teachers and janitors packing guns and everything will be much safer. More loaded guns in school is not the answer to school shootings. Fewer guns is the obvious solution.

There are no more militias. Without militias there is no reason for a militarized public.

William Hurt

Lexington


What about aborted?

There were 8,775 Americans killed by guns in 2010, according to the FBI.

Over 70,000 lost their lives to alcohol use and abuse during 2010, according to the Centers For Disease Control.

Over 1 million were killed by abortion in 2010, according to Kentucky Right To Life.

In 1993, Pope John Paul II said, "A nation that kills its children has no future." Shouldn't the 55 million lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade cause a much greater hue and cry for change than a couple of hundred lost to mass shootings per year?

Where are the future truck drivers, UPS and Fed Ex workers, the waitresses, the mates for your children, the workers to pay for your Social Security?

They were aborted.

J.B. Armstrong

Bardstown


Tipping point

The senseless massacre in Connecticut must be the last such call for our country to enact serious gun-control measures.

The gun laws in Connecticut worked. Adam Lanza was prevented from buying a rifle, but therein lies the flaw with the current gun laws which do nothing to restrict the types of guns available.

Lanza's mother, Nancy, was a gun enthusiast who legally purchased the guns that Adam took and used on his killing spree that began with her.

Every day in America, eight children or teenagers are shot to death, 75 adults are shot, 83 lives lost every day, 365 days a year — 30,295 gun deaths yearly.

The standard NRA refrain is that guns keep you safe, but they don't. Nancy Lanza's guns didn't keep her safe.

Another National Rifle Association refrain "Guns don't kill; people do" is also untrue. The 28 dead in Newtown were killed by bullets fired from guns. Guns have only one purpose — to kill.

The president and Congress must find the same courage those teachers exhibited in trying to protect the children and enact legislation outlawing the sale of assault rifles, multi-bullet magazines and handguns.

No one hunts with an assault rifle or handgun — those weapons should be restricted to use by the military and law enforcement. Hunters don't need 30-round magazines, and the hunters who claim they do are hunting something other than game.

Pro-life just isn't for the unborn, but includes the living.

James F. Wisniewski

Lexington


Not self-protection

Let us look at the self-protection provided by guns.

There were 536 gun-related deaths annually on average in Kentucky during the years 2005-2010.

An average of 372 per year of these fatalities were suicides by a firearm.

Shooting oneself to death accounts for over 69 percent of all lethal gunshots in Kentucky.

This publicly available data (Kvdrs.ky.gov) comes from The Kentucky Violent Death Reporting System.

Not much self-protection.

Steven Lippmann

Louisville

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