Letters to the editor: March 30

March 30, 2013 

McConnell once was great, now should go

Thank you, Sen. Mitch McConnell, for your years of service to Kentucky. We have been proud of you as a leader in the Senate, and Kentucky has benefited from your efforts. But you bet your job on keeping Barack Obama from winning re-election, and you lost.

As a major part of that effort you led Republicans to vote against any legislation that might reflect well on the president. You voted against the jobs bill while Kentucky’s infrastructure deteriorated, its roads and bridges awaited repair, and new bridges across the Ohio River were desperately needed.

You embraced the illogical and debilitating sequester that, among many other items, may further delay the destruction of World War II chemical weapons at the Blue Grass Army Depot. You have prevented the appointment of many nominees to head offices and judgeships.

You have consistently and unceasingly led the Senate to subvert the democratic process, not for the benefit of Kentucky or the nation, but for the short-term goal of a political party.

We need a senator who will work for Kentucky and the nation, so we ask that you decline to run again.

As one who has been retired for years, I know you will enjoy that status. Like many politicians, you have gotten rich during your years of service and you will have benefits that are exceptional.

We will still remember with gratitude those earlier years when you worked for us instead of the political party. Don’t wait till the voters make this decision for you.

Al Crabb

Lexington


Opposition buoys faith

Last week’s Cold Case Christianity author event at the University of Kentucky — about an LAPD cold case detective who investigated the death of Jesus — got me thinking about Easter and how it is important to investigate what we actually believe. In a culture where truth is advertised and information overflows, we find ourselves swamped with preconceived ideas that infect our thoughts without investigation or testing.

People who blithely go through life too busy or indifferent to ask hard questions about why they believe as they do will find themselves defenseless against either the experience of tragedy or the probing questions of a smart skeptic. Only if you struggle long and hard with objections to your faith — or lack of it — will you be able to provide grounds for your beliefs to skeptics, including yourself. Such a process will lead you, even after you come to a position of strong faith, to respect and understand those who doubt.

We all believe certain ideas and situations without really giving two minutes of thought toward them. As Easter approaches, let’s all investigate what we believe in.

When we allow ourselves to adopt opinions without understanding the opposing views, negative social forces such as bigotry, discrimination and hate worm their way in. Let’s be a people with a solid foundation of what we believe in.

If we disagree, it’s OK. I just ask that we understand why we disagree.

Jeremy Eaton

Lexington


UK Hoops a class act

In the article about the Kentucky women’s basketball victory over Navy on Sunday, I was pleased to see that the UK team honored Navy. They stood behind the Navy players as the Navy band played their alma mater Blue and Gold. I think this shows class.

I am thankful, as a UK fan, that Coach Matthew Mitchell can set an example for his young ladies. It makes me proud that our sports teams honor the brave young men and women who will serve our country. All teams should pay their respect after competing against one of the U.S. service academies.

Luke Martin, 12

Winchester


A fair amount

In an interview with Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, Andrea Mitchell of NBC News asked if he thought he might be too fat to be president. Now, in the name of fairness, shouldn’t the same thing be asked of Hillary Clinton?

Oliver Purdom

Versailles


Ambulance chase at noon

Having been disgusted by the increasing number of commercials by law firms during the noon news hour, I decided to count them. In one hour March 13 there were 11 ads for these ambulance chasers. The winner with four commercials was Morgan and Morgan followed by three each for Becker Law Firm and Kaufman, Stigger and Hughes. Morgan, Brashear, Collins and Yeast was last with only one. As you might suspect, insurance firms are the main target of these lawyers and these insurance companies are actually paying for the advertising of the lawyers in the end. Guess who pays the ever-increasing bills to the insurance companies? The television stations are competing to bring us more news programs and dropping network shows. Thus they provide more spots for the law firms under the guise of bringing us more news. Considering the number of commercials, the law firms must find it very profitable.

Joe Younger

Nicholasville


Rand Paul’s vision

As an ophthalmologist, Dr. Rand Paul has helped many Kentuckians to see. As our senator, he is opening many more eyes. His vision for personal liberty and peace can help restore America’s creativity, opportunity and prosperity. Kentucky can be proud to provide Paul with a platform to project his insights to envision a better future for us all.

Barry Burchett

Lexington


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