Letters to editor: Aug. 23

August 23, 2013 

Still no gun laws to help protect school children

Absolutely nothing.

This is what our lawmakers have done to protect our children from gun violence since the Newtown massacre in December.

Most of the nation's children have been back to school only a few days, and yet another elementary school has been threatened by a mentally unstable man with an assault rifle and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Where is the outrage? Where is the action? When should we expect our lawmakers to protect our children, instead of gun sales?

Ninety percent of all Americans support expanded background checks on gun sales, and 82 percent of Kentuckians do. But unfortunately, this is a very silent majority. They are not calling on their congress members to insist on passing this common-sense legislation.

Who is calling Congress with frequency? Gun rights groups with extreme agendas. Anyone who supports this common-sense legislation should speak up now.

We simply cannot wait another moment to ensure the health and safety of our schoolchildren.

Pam Mangas


Pipeline greased

I believe Kentucky legislators think they gave private pipeline companies the power of eminent domain a couple of sessions ago.

If memory is correct, the legislation passed both houses and became law. It passed 95 to zip in the House giving private pipeline companies the power of eminent domain to construct pipelines to transport CO2 for storage and disposal and other products, as part of President Barack Obama's green-energy scheme.

As a landowner I was shocked this slipped by without notice. I continue to be shocked it has taken this long to begin to come to light.

I, of course, corresponded my displeasure to Reps. Rocky Adkins and Greg Stumbo. I have not heard from either of them.

Robert Murphy


McConnell's 'no' needed

I am in total agreement with the Aug. 13 letter, "Questions about Grimes," about U.S. Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes.

Grimes kind of rhymes with "crimes." She sent fund-raising emails to county clerks and was reprimanded for doing so.

It appears that the person with no clout in Washington has only the president and Senate majority leader for allies. We need someone who can stop the spending and have proper checks and balances, even if it means voting "no" on every bill.

I am a Democrat for Mitch McConnell.

Clyde T. Gillespie

Dry Ridge

Tell the full story

Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times wrote a column published in the Herald-Leader Aug 13 suggesting that Edward Young is serving 15 years in prison for simply helping his neighbor and possessing shotgun shells.

The obvious problems with the criminal justice system are not well-served by the media distorting facts or presenting stories that only tell half-truths. I am surprised that the Herald Leader brought Kristof's column to me without telling me the rest of the story.

Why make me go to the Internet to get both sides of the story, including the extent of Young's past criminal history?

If Young is as innocent as Kristof made him out to be, why isn't everyone petitioning the governor to fix this problem for this particular individual?

Ross Brown


Don't settle for less

Many black women out here would love a good husband: someone who's gainfully employed, has his own residence, owns reliable transportation and loves his fellow man, God and country.

If these men were more in abundance, more black women would be married. But they're not in abundance and most of us aren't stupid.

Do I marry someone who wants to be "a banger" with his pants hanging off his rear end, who turns his nose up a 9 to 5 job or any regular job for that matter?

He lives in a constant state of denial when it comes to being 100 percent responsible for himself. He doesn't want to pay any real bills like rent or insurance. He just wants to find some chick who's lonely and doesn't want to live alone to take him in, so she can take care of him like another dependent.

When he finds a woman who's interested in him who has more to offer, he's out of there without even saying goodbye.

Do you really want your daughter to marry a man she has to support financially, just because he is the children's father?

Yolanda Averette


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