Letters to the editor: March 9

March 9, 2013 

Speak the truth about our political divide

Much has been reported about sequestration, yet rarely does the media provide the complete story. Instead, we hear about how the two parties cannot reach an agreement, try as they may. That is a factually deficient representation.

When will the media include the fact that one side of Congress wants to cut entitlement spending while the other side wants to increase taxes for the very rich? Entitlement spending includes food stamps, which help the poor. Because the poor must spend the money to survive, this program actually fuels the economy, which we need.

An increase in taxes for the very rich was something voters overwhelmingly supported in the 2012 presidential election. This would also improve our economy. The money could be spent on vital infrastructure projects, which would mean more jobs.

I wish the media would grow a spine and finally figure out that this country desperately needs to have the important questions asked and complete information given. Members of the press should give answers not dependent on their party affiliation but their love of country.

Let's call this what it is: a war between cutting entitlements (what most economists have argued against) and raising taxes on the greedy, crybaby Republican rich.

Angela Arnett


Unfair attacks against church

When the Religious Freedom Act, House Bill 279, came to the floor of the House on March 1, Rep. Kelly Flood, (D-Lexington), rose to speak against the bill. But instead of addressing what was actually in the bill, she attacked the bill sponsor and charged that he and the Catholic Church were using the bill to lower protections for children in cases of clergy sexual misconduct.

Of course the bill had nothing to do with clergy sexual abuse. Rather, it raised the level of protection for the freedom of religious exercise to the level it enjoyed before a 1993 U. S. Supreme Court decision lowered it.Ignoring the actual language of the bill, Flood railed on about children who had been harmed by clergy sexual abuse, and accused the Catholic Church of "a disdain for human decency" for protecting and reassigning priests who were involved.

Flood made special mention of the fact that she was an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. This admission was ironic for a number of reasons, including that her own denomination has experienced child predatory sexual misconduct.

In fact, all churches — and every institution in which there is significant interaction between adults and children, including schools — have dealt with this problem.

Before Flood began her personal attack on the bill sponsor and her all-encompassing indictment of the Catholic Church, she claimed she was "devoted to religious tolerance and to respecting religious diversities."

"I would like that," she said, "to be the grounding from which I speak."

Martin Cothran

Family Foundation


All politics is loco

Compare the similarities of the politicians in Frankfort and the politicians in Washington.

The politicians (aka clowns) in Frankfort (aka Jokerville) can't work to get a pension plan together, but they are well taken care of with regard to their own financial plans.

Call a special session to waste more money and let's put a committee together to figure out this pension plan. As they say in the country, "useful as nipples on a boar hog."

The politicians (aka clowns) in Washington (aka Jokerville) can't find a way to avoid sequestration, which doesn't affect their pay, and down the road shortly we will have more entertainment when the federal government supposedly could be shut down. If they avoided a government shutdown my guess is it would go down to the wire again. These clowns are about as useful as nipples on a boar hog.

Ira Fink


Hope springs eternal

Chicken Little is Garry-Cooper-calm compared to the Tea-Party hysteria manifested by Eric Wilson ("Tea Party flailing against forces defending status quo," Feb. 21).

Alas, alas, our liberties and our mores are in shreds. We now need licenses to drive our cars, run our businesses, even to hunt, fish or get married. Next, people will have to prove they've been to medical school before we allow them to call themselves doctors. Is there no end to this government overreaching?

Wilson has hope, however. The coming collapse will rescue us. His sanguine prediction is that out of the ashes will emerge a new order — much kinder to his vision of a serf-less community. Of course, we will still have serfs — but corporate-serfs, serfs whose natural duty is to serve the strong. No more overreaching collectives trying to check abuse. A wonderful robber-baron future awaits us all.

In this gleeful anticipation of the apocalypse, Wilson is very much akin to friends of mine on the far left who also envision a time when people get their just deserts and change their backward thinking. But I do sympathize with Wilson. I, too, have often found the results of democracy troublesome. I, too, like Chicken Little, want sometimes just to run around in circles proclaiming that the sky is indeed falling.

Joseph G. Anthony


Missing the action

I've always been a rabid UK fan. The fact that most of the early-season and exhibition games are available only on limited outlets, which I and many of my fellow fans have no access to, has made my devotion to UK basketball suffer. I no longer am able to understand the players' strengths and weaknesses because I have been denied the opportunity to see so many of those early games.

Please, UK athletics, consider your statewide fans when making contracts for airing UK games. We love UK, but the less we are able to watch our players, the less interested we will be.

Jonathan Morris


More spending

At a time when the legislature is trying to intelligently oversee the expenditures of the many special districts responsible for libraries, fire, water, airports, etc., the House passes a significant expansion of the perks of school board members, namely allowing members to participate in their district's health care as if they were teachers or administrators.

Health care is costly and if board members get this perk some will be tempted to run for the office to get affordable health care. If board members get this perk, why not extend the benefit to members of the sewer, fire, historical, park and other boards?

Our government budgets are already greatly overextended due to the generosity of past legislatures. Do we want to add to the problem and also make serving on boards of all types less of a public service and more politically self-serving?

Gordon Liddle


Ads misleading

I have worked in long-term care for eight years and am asking for support of Senate Bill 9.

The ads on TV are misleading. They stereotypes nursing homes as horrible places to live where people are neglected. We would be glad to invite you to our facility any time or day of the week. We take pride in the care that our residents receive and we care about our building, too. We strive to improve the quality of life for our residents. We do this by going above and beyond to meet their needs and by making each day as meaningful to them as we can.

We support SB 9 and ask you to join us.

Kathy Thomas


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