Letters to editor: July 25

July 25, 2013 

A solution to question of gay rights, marriage

What has been missed in the legal analysis following the Supreme Court decision is that if two gay people, male or female, apply for a marriage license in a state where it is illegal, they would have grounds for a discrimination complaint based on their sexual orientation.

And since they would be aggrieved by the offending statute, it would answer the question quite directly as to whether the Constitution allows gay people the same rights as minorities and women.

James Lindgaard

Richmond

Paul chose long ago

Referencing your July 12 editorial, "Paul's aide raises questions for him; 'Southern Avenger' tarnishes image":

It begins with the statement, "It's time for Rand Paul to decide." I must ask: Even with the news that this aide is resigning by mutual consent, is it not already apparent that Paul has decided?

Paul is what he is. He was what he was. There's a thread of consistency running all the way back to his father, Ron Paul.

If you're treating the Southern Avenger story as a "wow, I didn't know that" moment, you haven't been paying attention. Did you forget Rand Paul's comments on the 14th Amendment, his position on voting rights or his blunders at Howard University and Louisville's Simmons College, where he mangled history to fit his fantasy?

What he said in those appearances, including his historical references, reflects his former aide's statements.

I disagree with Paul on many things. I have discounted race as a division in this nation. But it's come to a point that racism cannot be ignored. As to Paul and his decision point: What's Rand Paul got to do to demonstrate his position: stand in a schoolhouse door and shout, "segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever?"

Bill Adkins

Williamstown

GOP's death wish

The Republican Party, under the leadership of its most powerful politician, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, is in the process of committing political suicide.

Just playing the role of obstructionists and lacking the ability to appeal significantly to African Americans, Latinos, the LGBT community, immigrants, women, youth, seniors, the middle-class and poor, the GOP could become a minority party for decades to come.

Since 2010, when McConnell introduced the "make Obama a one-term president" strategy, he has expediently embraced radical Tea Party policies and ideas.

For two years preceding the 2012 presidential election, Fox News, ultra-conservative newspapers, conservative talk radio and Republican politicians falsely proclaimed how terrible a president Barack Obama was. GOP demonizing of Obama and refusing to work with him didn't stop our president from being re-elected.

McConnell and the Republican Party could title the book they are living out: The Power of Negativity -— Thinking and Doing. No political party should want or choose to be just a "party of no."

The best thing that could happen for the GOP and America would be for McConnell to go down in defeat in 2014.

He is a master strategist, champion fund-raiser and proud obstructionist, which makes him hard to beat. But I hope, for the good of our country, voters will finally see the light and send him into retirement.

For far too long, he has been a major player in keeping Kentucky and America from moving forward.

Paul Whiteley Sr.

Louisville

Texas right on abortion

The July 9 Washington Post editorial, "Sneak attacks on women," decries states adding laws that restrict abortions after 20 weeks.

They insist that all laws concerning abortion be open to a public hearing. Do they mean like the one in Texas where security officials collected feces, tampons and bricks to keep them from being thrown at lawmakers? And where some screamed "Hail, Satan" at pro-life people?

Many protestors were influenced by Planned Parenthood which in 2010-11 provided almost 334,000 abortions.

For those who say that this organization's main aim is women's health: contraceptive services dropped by 12 percent and cancer screenings by 29 percent in 2010-11. Forty-five percent of its budget in 2010 came from taxpayers.

Since Roe v. Wade, there have been 54 million abortions. When speaking of attacks on women, would you guess that around half of those aborted were girls?

Rather than an attack on women, it seems as though it's an attack on babies in the womb. The baby has no voice in her/his life or death. I wonder which he or she would choose if their mother had asked.

If a pregnant woman is murdered, the unborn baby is also considered a victim of murder. Pro-choice proponents fought against this because it gives personhood to the fetus which means it is a human being.

A Huffington Post poll found that 59 percent would approve of restricting abortion at 20 weeks, which is what the Texas legislature finally voted for.

Nancy Davidson

Georgetown

Congress v. N. Korea

A July 16 article implied that Americans dislike North Korea more than Congress. For many of us, that is not true — we just fear Congress less. North Korea is much more unpredictable than Congress and when they talk about the nuclear option, they mean nuclear war.

Congress is very predictable. We know that they will act only in their self interest or that of their political party. And nuclear option to them means a change in the rules that govern the extreme brinksmanship that has become the congressional norm.

We also know that there will be near or actual congressional gridlock for everything ranging from immigration to health care and tax reform to government spending, global warming and appointments to the courts and government agencies.

It is clear from their words and deeds that the majority of people in Congress are more interested in personal power, pork barrel and party politics than they are in actually governing our country in a fair and effective manner.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was right. I may fear North Korea because they do not appear to be entirely rational but I dislike Congress much, much more.

Mike Cibull

Nicholasville

Speak up for water

In Kentucky we already suffer the impacts of rampant pollution that have led to high levels of asthma, drinking water laced with heavy metals and many dead streams throughout the state.

Kentuckians need less pollution, not more. So when the Division of Water, along with the legislature's Administrative and Regulation Review Subcommittee, passed new selenium standards and an ineffective selenium sampling method, it was pretty hard to stomach.

Even more disheartening was the fact that these standards were approved despite the hundreds of public comments made in opposition from private citizens and environmental organizations around the state.

Now the Environmental Protetction Agency has an opportunity to deny these new standards and implement a safer selenium standard for Kentucky.

Join the Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition in urging the EPA to deny these standards. Call or email the EPA Region 4 office and stand in solidarity with Kentuckians across the state who want protection from pollution.

Cara Cooper

Kentucky Student Environmental Coalition

Lexington

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