Letters to the editor, June 29, 2013

June 29, 2013 

Veterans pay for faulty Pentagon priorities

A June 14 Associated Press article about a new monitoring program to guard veterans' credit neglected to situate this small step in the long journey to actually keep our promises to veterans.

The truth is, we're far behind.

The Department of Veterans Affairs backlog stretches to more than 800,000 claims. And, although the VA is exempt from sequestration, these sweeping budget cuts have cut homeless shelters for veterans, furloughed medical staff at military health clinics and cut job training.

We know the reasons for these cuts: deficit reduction. But is there really nothing else that can be cut instead? The Pentagon, after all, is spending more than a trillion dollars on a new fighter jet that has become a poster child for cost overruns and performance problems.

Couldn't we cut a few of these fighters, known as the F-35, and save some money to help our veterans? Defense experts say that many of our existing fighter jets fly faster, turn quicker and carry more firepower than the F-35, yet are less expensive. Couldn't we save money by buying more of them instead?

There must be creative solutions to saving money that don't include slashing services for our veterans.

Anthony T. Hawkins

National Coordinator

Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust

Washington, D.C.


Beshear's overreach

I would like to commend David Adams for his courageous efforts in suing Gov. Steve Beshear regarding his attempts to bypass our constitutional laws. Beshear illegally used executive orders to set up an Obamacare exchange and begin the expansion of Medicaid.

No matter your feelings on these programs, Adams is seeking to defend our laws as written, thereby protecting our rights and liberty. Whenever a person in a position of power, such as our governor, superimposes his will over the rule of law, we move closer to tyranny and further from freedom. It is important for each of us to stand as watchmen against lawlessness.

On June 17, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd heard oral arguments from attorney Patrick Hughes, hired to defend the governor, and Adams, who is not a lawyer, though he is a fervent watchman for the rule of law.

I can only hope Shepherd will carefully consider the case with his eyes on law as it is written and not on the strained defense offered by Hughes. Adams is the plaintiff of record, but he is representative of the people of Kentucky. He defends our rights to be represented in due process and not to be ruled over by executive order.

Sue Jaycox

Nicholasville


Legal back alley

Some make the faulty claim that convicted criminal Kermit Gosnell illustrates why abortion should remain legal — to protect women from back alley abortions. They say abortion should be safe, legal and rare but Gosnell's barbaric acts were none of those things precisely because abortion is protected by law.

Rusty surgical instruments; untrained staff; cat feces littering the procedure rooms and Gosnell's method of cutting the spinal cord of a living infant after a botched abortion do not constitute safe.

Gosnell did abortions illegally before the Roe v. Wade ruling in 1973. Abortion is legal in Pennsylvania until 24 weeks but Gosnell carried out the procedure on babies much older. His abortion clinic had simply not been inspected by the health department since 1993.

Gosnell's clinic conducted almost 1,000 abortions a year. One of his employees testified it was "raining fetuses" and he couldn't catch them all. In America, 56 million babies have died from abortion since 1973. Rare? I don't think so.

One might say Gosnell is an exception who does not represent the abortion industry. Wrong again. Abortion is by far the least regulated medical procedure but the complications are real. The repercussions are seldom, if ever, reported because the abortion industry and media stand together. Serious allegations of life-threatening practices have been filed against abortionists in Virginia, Ohio, Delaware, Illinois, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina and Texas. Keeping abortion legal simply allows the back alley butchers to hang a sign out on Main Street and "make a killing."

Ashley Marquis

Right to Life of Central Kentucky

Board of Directors

Lexington


Moooove McConnell

We need fresh, independent voices in government. Our current representatives consist of two types: bloviators, who spew hot air and empty promises and tend to be Democrats and boviators (see bovine), who seek to bury the truth and the best interests of the majority of Americans beneath mountains of verbal bull manure. The latter are generally Republicans, fighting to maintain their own interests and the interests of their elite, wealthy supporters.

Sen. Mitch McConnell is a boviator par excellence. This multimillionaire now seems to have nothing in common with the majority of Kentuckians. His senatorial career has gone on for nearly 30 years. We are reminded of those wise words, "Politicians are like diapers, they need to be changed regularly."

Dan Carey

Versailles


Let God judge

This is a response to the letter writer who was quick to judge the class president who led his class in prayer at graduation. The Bible also teaches "Judge not, lest ye be judged." And let us not forget that the God of Abraham is the only deity who knows a man's heart and motives completely. Yes, the Bible does say beware but would you condemn a preacher as unchristian who prays in front of people daily? Let us all remember that judgment is to be reserved for the God of Abraham and not for us.

Tod Barnes

Lexington

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