Letters to editor: June 19

June 19, 2013 

Loose guns laws are the problem, not the solution

Pro-gun advocates kill me. In a recent letter to the editor, a reader smugly held up Chicago as an example of why gun-control legislation doesn't work, citing the exorbitant number of shootings there.

It doesn't require a degree in logic to realize that just as no man is an island, a community with reasonable gun-control measures will always be undermined by the easy, uncontrolled access to guns in neighboring communities.

Why fool with the hassle of inconvenient background checks when one could purchase unregulated weapons elsewhere?

If this reader had dug a little deeper, had channel-surfed a little longer — instead of relying on talking points served up like so much fast food by the good, drive-through folks at Fox News — he might have stumbled upon an enlightening interview by New York City's police chief, in which he responded to this same shallow argument.

The chief explained that the overwhelming majority of gun-related crimes in New York were committed with weapons purchased elsewhere.

I grew up in a dry county in the southern part of this state. Despite the prohibition of alcohol sales there, anyone with half a notion to drink did not have to go without.

However well-intentioned, our little island was a happy little place on Saturday nights. And however well-intentioned, gun-control measures will be doomed to failure in the absence of uniformity.

Steven Wilson

Lexington


Repeating our mistakes

We continue to see our fine, intelligent government do the same old stupid things over and over again. It is almost amusing to see how after all these years of ignorant and outright stupid mistakes, they continue with the insanity.

Secretary of State John Kerry just released $1.3 billion of our hard-earned money to Egypt, the country run by the Muslim Brotherhood, which makes no secret of hating America.

Did we not learn anything from Iraq? We armed them to fight Iran, then ended up fighting them ourselves. Why do we walk so softly when it comes to Muslims? Some sure make no qualms about voicing their hatred toward America or our religious beliefs.

Any God that would condone the taking of innocent lives is no God that I would want to associate myself with. But that is not the true meaning of Islam; it is the distorted view of many. Isolationism is not the answer but it makes you wonder when you turn on the news sometimes. Can't we all just get along?

George Greeeup

Lexington


Balancing act

Those who say the Herald-Leader only prints the liberal side of things have to only read the June 4 commentary, "IRS woes just a symptom of bullying government," to be convinced otherwise.

To your great credit you gave this piece a prominent place in your balanced publication, balderdash and tommyrot though it is. Keep up the good work.

T. J. O'Sullivan

Lexington


Costly courthouses

At a time like this, when Pikeville, as well as the entire country, is trying to survive a recession, or maybe even a depression, why are we accepting a $40 million courthouse that we do not need?

I would have admired our leaders' courage if they had decided that we just cannot afford it.

In 1998, the chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, Joseph E. Lambert, decided that elaborate halls of justice should be enjoyed in every county of this state, whether or not we can pay for it.

Questions have since been asked by sensible citizens as to why he should have the authority to make such a demand. But worse than that are Pike County officials making the county part of the national debt problem. Forcing my grandchildren to pay the Chinese government for someone's office is unacceptable.

Scotty Gillam

Pikeville


Umps and chumps

It would seem that several people, including the editor of the June 7 Scott County vs. Male story, are mistaken about the actual "controversial" play that disallowed a runner from Male to score.

Here's the quick version: After Kennedy Bishop scored, the ball was then thrown back to Marlee Tevis. There were runners on the corners when time was called, at which point the second base umpire looked directly to my daughter, Jordyn, and called it.

She then went back to her playing position. The home umpire had his back toward third and was cleaning the plate when Mandy Johnson broke from third. He turned when he heard players yelling just in time to see Johnson slide into home, calling her safe.

Now I ask, how is play still live when an umpire at second base indicates time out and the home umpire is cleaning the plate? She should have been called out.

Nick Franchino

Stamping Ground


Unwelcome negativity

Kentucky House District 56 residents (Woodford county and parts of Franklin and Fayette counties) have a special election on Tuesday.

Recently we received a campaign flyer in the mail from a political action committee supporting Republican candidate Lyen Crews.

Sadly, the only thing we were able to learn about Crews was that his supporters have the Photoshop and name-calling skills of a bullying kindergartner.

Come on, Crews. Talk about Kentucky's issues. This flyer was an insult to the intelligence of voters.

Jan Scherrer

Versailles


Angel administration

If Sen. Rand Paul were president, who would want to work in his administration?

Once again, in response to the Internal Revenue Service boondoggle, he called for heads to roll.

Who would want to work under someone if he or she were under the constant threat of being fired? No one would want to say or do anything that might elicit the ire of their leader.

Obviously Paul would need angels working for him, since they are without sin. Has he forgotten the aphorism, "To err is human?"

Robert Hoeller

Lexington


Good interview

Charles Ramsey, the rescuer of the three women missing for a decade in Cleveland, was in Kentucky several weeks ago.

When the rescue story broke, the national media flocked to get interviews with Ramsey, including CNN's Anderson Cooper.

However, the best interview of Ramsay that I heard was over Kentucky Sports Radio on Matt Jones' popular sports radio talk show.

After the interview, it dawned on me that a sportscaster had just conducted a great news interview with a national hero.

When sportscasters start beating those who supposedly report the news, like Jones did, it becomes apparent that media outlets should consider using sportscasters to report news events.

Alvin Brown

Lexington

Election letter deadline Letters about candidates in the June 25 special election for state 56th House District must be received by 5 p.m. Thursday. No letters from candidates' families and campaign staffs.

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