Letters to the editor: Feb. 23

February 23, 2013 

Telecom bill needed for modernizing Kentucky

That I'm 57 years old and can remember that my childhood phone number was 55-J shows the history of Kentucky's antiquated telephone technology that in some areas of the state has not progressed much further than the days of the party line.

Senate Bill 88 encourages competition and investment among wireless providers and will modernize our telecom laws to focus on innovative investment as opposed to wasted investment in outdated equipment. For too long the commonwealth has suffered behind other states in our region in economic development.

In attempting to jump-start our economy, big government has tried everything from economic incentives to federal bailouts. Unfortunately, none of these schemes have worked and Kentuckians continue to suffer from high unemployment with too few job prospects.

SB 88 appears to be part of the solution to job creation in the commonwealth, but some wish to hold onto a bygone era of big government regulation that results in Kentucky falling further behind the rest of the world. Encouraging investment by telecom companies will not cost taxpayers but instead will give rural areas access to technologies taken for granted in Louisville and Lexington. It's time we became serious about real economic development throughout the entire state and encourage House members to pass SB 88.

John E. Soper III


Anti-war mush

If good writing starts with the personal and moves to the universal, Robert F. Moore penned a classic (Kentucky Voices, Feb. 6). First he insulted Chris Kyle, the former Navy SEAL who was killed by a fellow veteran. Kyle had served four tours of duty in Iraq, killing more enemy combatants than any sniper in U.S. history. Moore reports hearing of his death and immediately thinking "All who draw the sword will die by the sword." In other words, he got what he deserved.

The country Kyle served, by Moore's telling, is as brutal as he was — a military-industrial monstrosity that constantly requires fresh blood to keep its war hawks happy and its economic motor running. Americans may go hungry, but they stay ready to fight "at a second's notice."

This American is ready for the anti-war left to find some new clichés. Mushy laments to people's inability "to reach peaceful resolution of differences" might have passed as insightful decades ago, but how do they help when one's differences are with, say, Iran? Should Israel meet Iran halfway? Perhaps it could volunteer half its population to be exterminated, rather than all of it, as the mullahs would prefer.

In America, Moore hears the hawks calling for war over "every perceived slight." Is "death to the great satan" a perceived slight, or does it approach the seriousness of an actual slight? Either way, we've never finished a war Iran started in 1979. If we're really bloodthirsty bullies, we're the slowest bloodthirsty bullies ever.

Michael Smith


City steps in

On behalf of Nathaniel United Methodist Mission, I would like to express our thanks to the Urban County Government employees who worked diligently to keep Nathaniel Mission and the rest of DeRoode Street open during a catastrophic sewer failure on Feb. 12. It appears that the failure was caused by work being done on the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's Newtown Pike extension project. At the time of the failure Nathaniel Mission was holding a free dental clinic, the free food market was open, as was a free medical clinic. The timely and hard work by LFUCG employees allowed these vital services to continue

Thanks again for a job well done.

May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

Rev. David MacFarland

Nathaniel Mission


Snake column has bite

My congratulations to Roger Guffey for his Feb. 16 Kentucky Voices column, "Solution: more snake handling."

While Guffey's tongue was implanted firmly in his cheek, his logic is impeccable. If you believe that the Bible is the literal, irrefutable word of God, you can't pick and choose. You can't cite the Bible as the indisputable arbiter on social issues like gay marriage, abortion or women's rights and ignore Mark 16:18.

To those so-called believers who drive around with bumper stickers or put up billboards on New Circle, I suggest you pick up those serpents (the local copperheads or rattlesnakes will do) or pour yourself a Drano or Clorox cocktail. Otherwise you concede that the Bible is allegorical unless it applies to something you feel strongly about.

Tim Underwood


Not all Christians alike

Although I haven't lived in Kentucky in 25 years (Harlan County native) I frequently read the Herald-Leader, especially Paul Prather's columns. His recent column concerning Christians and tipping struck a nerve.

As a former devout nonbeliever who became a Christian later in life, I am shocked by the contempt and intolerance often displayed against Christians.

Unfortunately, gross generalizations about Christianity are accepted without question. Most people would be horrified if someone said all Italians are members of the Mafia, all hillbillies are ignorant, or all Latinos are illegal immigrants. So how can anyone think all Christians possess the same attitudes, beliefs and characteristics that a few people of the Christian faith display? Christianity should be judged solely by Jesus, not by the behavior of individual Christians.

Like the harried waitress Prather wrote about, I too have known some Christians who looked for God too high up and too far away, making it impossible for them to experience a little bit of heaven on Earth. My two brothers died prematurely from drug abuse and I struggled with a drinking problem for 20 years.

Because of my past, when my pastor at a former church asked me to teach Sunday school, a holier-than-thou couple campaigned against me. I was devastated. Yet because of my pastor's encouragement I've now taught Sunday school for almost 15 years.

If you encounter Christians who aren't very Christlike, forgive them just like you would anyone else. Besides, we all need forgiveness.

Harold Voyles

Fernandina Beach, Fla.

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