Letters to editor: May 21

May 21, 2013 

Kentucky Daily Life

A Model T Ford keeps up with traffic along U.S. 68 in Maysville, Ky. Friday, May 3, 2013. (AP Photo/ The Ledger Independent,Terry Prather.)

TERRY PRATHER — AP

Why did Kentucky legislators vote for Sharia law?

I had thought that conservatives were worried that somehow Muslim Sharia law was going to gain a foothold in the United States. I was not too worried about this; I could not conceive of it actually happening.

However, recently, conservative members of both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly have overridden Gov. Steve Beshear's veto of the Religious Freedom Act, which allows someone with a "sincerely held religious belief" to defy state law.

Compliance with Sharia law is a "sincerely held religious belief" for conservative Muslims. So it seems to me that such Muslims are now allowed to claim that Sharia law overrides Kentucky law.

Surely I'm missing something here. Can one of the legislators who helped pass this horrible law please point out the flaw in my logic?

Or has Sharia law indeed come to Kentucky?

Chris Heinz

Lexington

It's takes a king

I note with both amusement and dread the May 6 commentary by former Kentucky pension board member Christopher B. Tobe, "State on path to a bailout; with pension crisis unsolved, pain for all unavoidable."

At the end he says, "I see only one (option); a bailout of some type. If the auto industry and Wall Street can be bailed out by the federal government, why not Kentucky?"

What he is saying is that it is perfectly moral and proper to force people who had nothing to do with creating a problem to pay the costs of those who did. He would have people in 49 other states pay for dumb decisions by Kentucky politicians. True, this has happened elsewhere, but that does not make it morally justifiable or constitutional.

Tobe is basically saying that big government should fix Kentucky's problems and use force to do so. Thus, he probably would not object to an all-powerful king.

Such a king could easily do what Tobe wants. A king could decree that any unfavored group; enemies, Jews, Christians, Muslims, whatever, must pay for the retired care at any level of any group he chose.

A king could also have, on whim, Tobe shot or hanged or boiled in oil, anytime his objections became objectionable. It seems he has not carefully read our Constitution or noted what happens in other countries. He certainly should.

William H. Rees

Brooksville

Vote Crews for 56th

Lyen Crews is the Republican candidate for the 56th Kentucky State House district and is an accountant. He works at Midway College and helps keep the books. He's been there for 13 years and has done similar work as an accountant in the hospital business.

Now I don't want to offend any of the lawyers in Frankfort, but we really need some more accountants in the House, especially when it comes to budget time.

We've seen the nonsense coming from President Barack Obama and the Democrats in Washington with closing the White House tours and attempts to punish Americans with flight delays for even considering being more responsible with the budget. We can't afford those shenanigans out of Frankfort from elected Democrats.

Crew's opponent is a strong supporter of Obama and the last thing we need in Frankfort is more of Obama's influence. He's done enough damage already.

This election is about showing that the good folks in Kentucky are not happy with the overreaching rules and bad programs that have come from Washington and Frankfort since Obama was first elected. Make no mistake, elected Democrats follow closely what comes from Washington, and try to follow suit.

We need to tell them enough is enough. If you live in Woodford County, and parts of Fayette and Franklin Counties, please join me in voting for Lyen Crews on June 25.

Bill Marshall

Midway

Kay best for 56th

On June 25, the residents of Woodford and parts of Fayette and Franklin counties will have an opportunity to elect the first member of a new generation of leaders in Frankfort.

I have known James Kay for several years and was excited to hear that he was entrusted to be the Democratic Party's nominee in the upcoming special election.

He will be a hard worker, and someone we can send to Frankfort whose only agenda is to represent the people of the 56th District. It has been my experience that Kay will work with anyone, regardless of party affiliation to move the commonwealth forward and that's exactly the kind of leader we need.

Michael Moynahan

Lexington

Statements tell all

As reported in Wednesday's Herald-Leader, the election for 56th District representative will be between James L. Kay, II, and Lyen Crews.

When Kay accepted the Democratic nomination, he said he believes he can contribute to the residents of the 56th District. When Crews accepted the Republican nomination, he said, "I would like nothing more than to represent our district and send a message to Barack Obama and the liberals in Washington and Frankfort."

I don't know either candidate, but the contrast in these statements tells me a great deal about what I need to know about both men. Our district continues to need Democratic representation.

Larry P. Totten

Frankfort

Need battery recycler

My husband and I are trying to do our part to help the planet by recycling our paper, plastic and any other things that can be recycled, but are having a hard time with flashlight batteries. Where do they go to be recycled?

We have called different recycling places but they don't take them and say to keep them in the garage. One battery shop wants 50 cents a pound to take them, which would add up fast.

Always heard about not putting batteries in the landfill, so my question I need help with is "What do people who want to save the planet do? Any answers out there?"

Jan Kayse

Lexington

Rogers' bully show

I saw a TV clip of Kentucky congressman Hal Rogers questioning an Federal Aviation Administration official. Remember, Rogers said, "la-de-dah?" Rogers went on to claim he was never warned about the effects of sequester on air travel. Of course, most of us remember the many warnings about the effects on air travel.

His obvious dishonesty was not the worst part. The really bad part was just how entitled Rogers obviously felt. He came across as an arrogant bully. The people of the 5th District have my sympathy.

Rich Fairbanks

Jacksonville, Ore.

The right model

The black Ford in a May 4 Associated Press photo was not a Model T as stated in the Herald-Leader. The Ford is a Model A and likely a 1930 model. Yes, mine was black and a fine runner.

Andy Grimes

Lexington

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