Letters to the editor: Sept. 24

September 24, 2013 

Join walk to fight hunger, poverty and heartlessness

Does it alarm you that, if proposed drastic cuts in federal anti-poverty food programs are implemented, the impact on our most vulnerable citizens — the working poor, disabled, seniors and children — will be devastating?

In Kentucky, 875,000 people will suffer more food insecurity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. I can't imagine the burden on food banks if this travesty befalls us.

Hunger and poverty are moral issues globally, too. More than 60 percent of the world's hungry are women. Malnutrition leads to nearly one-third of all childhood deaths before age five, according to data from Church World Service.

Do you care to make a difference? Your opportunity is Sunday at the Greater Lexington CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) Hunger Walk. Everyone is welcome to join participants from five counties at 3 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church on East Main Street as we walk in solidarity to take a stand against hunger in our world. There is no registration fee.

The 3.2-mile walk around the East End includes educational stations demonstrating the relative privileges of our basic needs, as compared to our sisters and brothers without.

A quarter of the funds raised are donated to God's Pantry Food Bank, which provided 27,000 meals with the funds received from our 2012 walk. The rest of is given to the sponsor, Church World Service, for international relief programs.

Please join your neighbors Sept. 29 to share hope and help toward a world that works for all. For more info: Churchworldservice.org,Cropwalkonline.org and Lexcropwalk.blogspot.com.

Judy Maxson

Greater Lexington CROP Hunger Walk coordinator

Lexington


WWJD on food stamps?

From the oldest book in the Bible, Job calls on God to punish him saying; "If I have denied the desires of the poor or let the eyes of the widow grow weary, if I have kept my bread to myself, not sharing it with the fatherless."

Republicans in the House of Representatives did just that; denying the poor, keeping bread to themselves and not sharing with the fatherless by voting to cut food-stamp benefits to the poor by $4 billion per year over the next 10 years.

I quote the Bible because the Republican Party is the home of the religious right. A vast majority of Christians always proudly vote Republican; thus I can't help but wonder if any of these people ever read the Bible.

A member of Congress is paid $174,000 per year. These people just voted to take food from poor people with incomes of $14,532 per year or less, which is what it takes to qualify for food stamps. There are a lot of other facts and figures I could quote, but again I am speaking to the religious right so I will end with James 1:27: "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

If Christians would ever dust off your Bibles and read them they would vote Democratic.

Phil Greer

Frankfort


Fox News hypocrisy

While media personalities on Fox News demand detailed answers to President Barack Obama's Syrian policy, including what day two, three or four of a sustained bombing attack on the Syrian army would accomplish, there wasn't one peep from these same media personalities and their Republican brethren during the run-up to the Iraq war.

They did not question the validity or the policy of an incompetent Bush administration. No questions about day two, three or perpetuity.

Why? The simple answer is Fox is just a mouthpiece for the Republican Party, and any "news" that comes from this network is tilted by it's right-wing agenda, as witnessed by it's silence during the Iraq war.

Norman E. Goldie Jr.

Mount Sterling


Compassion, not guns

Isn't it odd how a lone black woman could stop a mentally ill gunman, set on killing as many children and adults as he could, with kind words of compassion and understanding?

The Georgia school bookkeeper didn't have to fire one single bullet. Her belief in God saved that young man who went there to most likely end his own life in a blaze of gun- fire. That lone woman, with the help of unseen angels, talked that young man into laying down his gun. She knew he was mentally unstable, sad, feeling alone, and she was there for him in his time of need.

Things could have ended on a very tragic note. A bunch of armed guards could have surrounded that young man and shot first then asked questions later. What does the National Rifle Association think about this? Why have they been so quiet concerning this event?

Their response to school shootings was to fill our schools with more guns. I'll bet you anything that if a diehard NRA member's kid or adult child goes to a public place to intentionally kill innocent people, they will be praying to God that another Antoinete Tuff would be there to help save their child's life — not the dozens of law enforcement officials who would show up to end it.

Yolanda Averette

Lexington


Wisdom with age

I think a recent writer blew the elderly vote for Alison Lundergan Grimes with his letter saying Sen. Mitch McConnell, at 71, was too old to be re-elected.

I'm 75 and won't be voting for Grimes. I will be voting for McConnell because with his age, experience, seasoning and accomplishments, he is exactly the right person to be representing Kentucky in the U.S. Senate.

I want to see McConnell become the Senate Majority Leader and Sen. Harry Reid relegated to the back bench. That would be good for Kentucky and the entire United States.

Ted Smith

Park Hills


Lawmaker as role model

Recently resigned state Rep. John Arnold's alleged sexual harassment of Legislative Research Commission employees would be serious crimes, if proven to be true, and the complaints against him sound credible.

That makes two reasons why the Kentucky General Assembly's investigation of these accusations is compelling and necessary.

What bothers me is the limitation on the General Assembly's concern. Had Arnold sexually harassed people at his regular place of business or his country club or his church, the General Assembly apparently would lack jurisdiction. That means their concern is limited to the location of the alleged crime.

Suppose the public expected the members of the General Assembly to be role models. Would that expectation broaden their concern?

Tom Louderback

Louisville


Dream destroyed

Who stole the American dream? Was it you? Or was it a few greedy and power-hungry men who cared not for America but to achieve the power of God over American citizens to do their will?

Democracy is an idea wherein people can live together with love, trust and harmony. Have you failed or has everyone else failed you?

I am a World War II veteran with the 77th Division and have seen this country change from a loving, trusting country to a divided nation since they took God out of the schools and public places.

Cliff Barker

Morehead

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