Letters to the editor: March 1

March 1, 2014 

Paper's coverage of gay issues is more crusading than reporting

The Herald-Leader owes its readers balance in coverage of the gay marriage and homosexuality issues.

On Feb. 8 you had the front-page story, "Ky opinions shifting on gay marriage." On Feb.10, another front-page story focused on the football player who came out. A follow-up story was in the next day's sports section.

On Feb. 13, there was another front-page article that a federal judge says "Kentucky must recognize same-sex marriages." On Feb. 15, you had yet another front-page story, "Ky. suit seeks same-sex unions." Then, on Feb. 16, several columnists addressed the issue.

The paper seems not to be reporting but crusading.

Your readers deserve to know that the "civil rights" paradigm being applied to homosexual behavior is not affirmed broadly. Many African-Americans reject it. A coalition of African-American pastors, some 6,000 strong, strongly opposes the comparison.

The surprising surge in support of gay marriage — from dream to dogma in just 10 years — is one of the most rapid shifts in moral opinion in U.S. history, which should frighten us. It's a steady sacrifice of critical thinking and dissenting opinion under withering social pressure. This is an elitist crusade, strongly supported by Hollywood, the media, academia and some judges, in support of behavior opposed by 57 percent of the American people (May, 2009 Gallup Poll).

What's missing is a fair presentation of the view acknowledged by several thousand years of teaching about marriage and sexuality — the view recognized universally by world religions.

James V. Heidinger II


That sinkhole feeling

I read about the sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green. Why don't you do an article about the rock quarry under Lexington and scare everyone to death?

Ivan Lawless


False equivalence

Dr. Cameron Schaeffer's column on the Affordable Care Act demonstrates he does not understand false equivalency.

His argument is if "reimbursement for medical service is set below costs the service will disappear, unless you can find a doctor or hospital that will work for free."

The criticism of the American medical system until the ACA was that there was no mechanism to control costs.

The false equivalency is that there is a correlation between health care costs and care. Our costs are the highest in the world, but our care is not the best; the World Health Organization ranked U.S. care 37th. The Commonwealth Fund found no correlation existed between spending and results since the U.S. spends twice as much as six other industrialized nations on care, but got worse results.

U.S. health care cost $7,290 per person in 2007. In the Netherlands it was $3,837; that country had the best care under a universal health-care system controlling costs.

The assertion that cost control affects the quality of care is contrary to the world's experience. Schaeffer resurrects the Tea Party's bogeyman of governmental death panels, but the only death panels described are not governmental but those of service providers who he threatens will withhold medical services if their costs and fees are regulated.

Since most of the world already has some variation of universal health care, there are not many places in the world for physicians to go without some type of governmental control of costs and fees.

The United States is merely catching up.

James F. Wisniewski


Use Ky. wood products

The economic impact of the forest and wood products industry in Kentucky was recently released. The industry directly employs over 59,000 people. Kentucky is the leading producer of hardwood logs in the South. This results in a $12.8 billion total economic impact with $7.9 billion in direct revenue. One in nine manufacturing jobs in Kentucky is forest and wood-products-related.

The University of Kentucky is currently in the middle of a large expansion and renovation of the buildings on campus. Why not use Kentucky forest and wood products for this endeavor? The university currently utilizes over $1 million in agriculture products in dining services.

By using Kentucky products, we can keep and grow jobs in Kentucky. This will also reduce the carbon footprint as less transportation is required.

I encourage President Eli Capilouto and the administration to use local products as they construct and renovate the campus.

Alan Richardson


Bronze-age scribblings

Another Bible-believing Christian has died by snakebite. His folly was in believing that the scribblings of Bronze Age sheepherders were divine truth. Yes, the Bible says that you will handle snakes and drink poison and not be harmed, but why would you believe such nonsense? Christians have falsely declared the end of the world was near for the last 2,000 years. The world has not ended.

Christians worship an idol made of paper, they worship a book and call it a god. They will declare that "God says...." when no God is saying anything, a book written by men says it. In the past people worshipped idols made of wood, isn't paper also made of wood? Isn't your book also made of wood pulp?

Where is their God? Why can't he speak? Where has he been for the last 2,000 years? Why is he invisible? He can't do a simple CNN interview? How do you tell the difference between a silent and invisible God, and one who is imaginary? Don't they both act the same way, by doing nothing?

I will believe in their God if he can do a simple interview or a "State of the Universe" address. Otherwise, your paper books are no more important than any other book made of paper. Either produce a real and living God for us or shut up, we don't care about your book or what it says. You can believe the bible all you want, but you will still die of snakebite.

Ellen McGrady


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