Letters to the editor: April 30

April 30, 2013 

UK shows lack of commitment to climate plan

Coal mined under Kentucky soil has undermined Kentucky progress.

Though coal is losing its grip on Kentucky, Kentuckians remain passive about energy progress. Nowhere is this more evident than at the University of Kentucky.

Heavily influenced by the coal industry, UK derives the vast majority of its electricity from coal-burning power plants and even maintains two coal/natural gas boilers on campus.

In an effort to curb the university's impact on global climate change, President Eli Capilouto instituted a Climate Action Plan committee designed to reduce the university's use of nonrenewable energy resources and set goals to reach "climate neutrality" in the near future.

Out of good intentions, the CAP committee was formed at the start of the fall 2012 semester with a goal of creating a university climate plan by the end of the spring semester 2013.

However, these plans went awry. Only meeting twice in the fall semester, the committee has not met since November.

Evidently not committed to meeting the university's energy goals, the CAP committee has yet to boast an organized effort, much less a plan to commit the UK to a more sustainable future.

Richard Grewelle

Lexington


Rights can be limited

In a recent commentary, Tea Party activist David Adams suggested that supporting both the right to bear arms and the right to gay marriage demonstrates legal consistency.

I must take issue with how he characterized advocates of stronger gun control laws as wanting government to "round up your guns." The notion that sensible restrictions on gun ownership are tantamount to the confiscation of all guns is National Rifle Association propaganda, fueling the paranoia of extremists and tending to push others toward that extreme view.

There is another, more compelling argument of legal consistency. The First Amendment right to free speech is one of our most cherished and fundamental rights. But even this is not an absolute right. Speech cannot, for instance, be used to incite violence nor to defame or libel.

Few people would claim that such restrictions are evidence of governmental overreach and most would agree that considerations of national security, justice and personal safety override the right to unlimited free speech.

Similarly, it is legally consistent to allow some restrictions on gun ownership. Extending background checks to all gun sales is a sensible step. There are other measures of minimal gun restriction that would be reasonable and would very likely, over time, impact gun-related deaths in this country.

Reasonable and thoughtful members of the gun rights community must stop their fear-based rhetoric and paranoid insistence that government is coming into our homes to take our guns. Such language impedes our ability to have a real discussion about how to stem gun violence.

Katherine L. Bright, M.D.

Danville


Apples and oranges

Our Milwaukee Journal Sentinel apparently felt if necessary to go all the way to Kentucky to get such a shipment of "apples and oranges" for Tea Party activist David Adams' guest column.

From a legal point of view, the right to keep arms is protected by the Second Amendment, with its too-ignored "shall not infringe" provision, and declared an individual right by the Supreme Court, which also limited (also ignored) the states in restricting that right.

Marriage is not mentioned in the Constitution and is a matter for states to regulate. The people, through democratic elections, have defined marriage as between one man and one woman in the great majority of states.

From a historical point of view, traditional marriage has been recognized as the basic building block of any orderly society and civilization for thousands of years.

At least in the United States, the right to keep and bear (modern) arms has been recognized as the essential defense against the tyranny of "ordinary criminals" and other tyrants since April 1775, when Americans resisted the efforts of a tyrannical government to take away munitions from the people.

The right to bear arms was confirmed by such truly great men as George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. From a journalistic point of view, who (beyond you and your writer) identified Adams as a "Tea Party activist"?

James Pawlak

West Allis, Wis.


Logic to marriage

Logical reasoning is based on valid premises.

Therefore, Tea Party activist David Adams' dissertation concerning the logic of restricting marriage to heterosexual unions needs to amend its premise that the end goal is "protecting a cornerstone of Christian civilization." The modifier "Christian" must be deleted.

It is fact, not opinion, that heterosexual marriage is the cornerstone of civilization.

Indeed, not just preservation of its civilization, but preservation of the human race itself depends on the procreation that can be accomplished only in a heterosexual union.

The nurturing environment necessary for survival and flourishing of individuals, and of the society on which they depend and to which they contribute, has proven to be best accomplished through monogamous, lifetime marriages.

Recent science on sexual bonding has confirmed it produces optimal sex and happiness, and thus, stability.

It is a recorded fact in the history of civilizations, that in nations and empires, deviant sexual behavior accompanied their demise.

Despite the cries of denial that this information is sure to produce from history revisionists, the proof is there for anyone willing to approach it with an open and honest mind.

Donald G. McPherson

Nicholasville


Congratulations, Cards

What a thrill to see the Louisville Cardinals complete a fantastic journey to the national championship.

The entire commonwealth was elated to see this "band of brothers" go to back-to-back Final Fours culminating in this year's championship.

Congrats to Coach Rick Pitino and the entire University of Louisville athletic family, especially the national runner-up women's Cardinal team.

What a way for the Big East to bow out, with five of the eight teams in the men's and women's Final Four Championships.

We say so long to the greatest basketball conference in the history of college basketball.

Donald Bell

Harrodsburg


Spring, at last

All the craziness going on elsewhere may give us cause to reflect.

Springtime is (finally) here, let's appreciate its glories and celebrate our happy corner of the world.

Pete Nelson

Lexington

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