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Letters to the editor: March 9

March 9, 2014 

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Gun control group threat to freedom, less violent society

In response to Tracey Goodlett's Feb. 23 op-ed, I find it hard to believe her hatred for the Constitution of the United States. It was also quite surprising to read her threat to normal Kentucky law-abiding citizens that she was going to do everything in her power to take away our rights.

I don't remember when Goodlett, of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, was placed as the supreme ruler of Kentucky.

Her group appears to be nothing but a mouthpiece of former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. If she would do any research, which is critical to making an intelligent point, she would know that the FBI report on gun violence and the Harvard study on global gun violence found that the number of guns in society does not equate to more violence, but a lot less violence.

Maybe Goodlett should go back to her freedom-hating Democratic friends and decide the best phrase to use on a would-be violent criminal in a situation when her life is in danger.

Thomas Eigel


Ky.'s dark age of animal abuse

I was very disheartened, but not surprised, to see that the Kentucky League of Sportsmen and Kentucky Houndsmen are once again opposing every positive animal bill in the General Assembly.

They have opposed all pro-animal legislation, including House Bills 409, 408 and 30, which would protect pets and strengthen dogfighting laws, respectively, as well as House Bill 222, which would ban gas chambers as euthanasia.

Nothing in any of these bills would in any way infringe on the rights of hunters or farmers. The only people who would be negatively impacted by them are abusers.

Please call 1-800-372-7181 and ask your legislator to support these and any other animal bills. As one hunting leader recently stated in a meeting: "The animal people say Kentucky is last on animal laws, and we plan to keep it that way." Don't let the small hunting minority senselessly keep Kentucky in the dark ages on animal protection laws any longer.

Melissa Bowman


Landlines safe with SB 99

I've read several letters recently in this newspaper from Kentuckians who have been misled about supposed problems with modernizing our state's telecom infrastructure.

This is very unfortunate because the updates Senate Bill 99 would bring are critical to the future of our commonwealth's economy.

Under SB 99, no Kentuckian would lose their land line, as some claim. Consumers would however have the option to try out new and better service if they wish. And, if they don't like it, they can go back to basic home phone service.

More importantly, SB 99 paves the way for greater investment in advanced broadband networks and a more connected Kentucky. And that's something we should all want for our next generation.

Gary Gerdemann

Citizens for a Digital Future Kentucky


City failing moral test

In a moral travesty, our mayor, vice mayor and six other city council members once again displayed their lack of courage and compassion.

They voted to table the extensively researched and validated critical need for affordable housing.

It's amazing how a few million dollars can be found, set aside or given to support projects for the haves in our community (redesign of Rupp, 21c Museum Hotel, fund to target high-tech jobs, etc).

Shouldn't the needs of our most vulnerable citizens come first? Are they not worthy of living in a safe, affordable home?

Isn't the ultimate test of our city how we treat our sisters, brothers and children in need? Why is it so difficult for our leaders to do what is fair, right and just?

Judy Maxson


Lexington stuck in past

What is wrong with Lexington? Why is it stuck in the past?

The CenterPointe project was whittled down to a square box from an ultra-modern building.

Now there is a proposed IMAX theater moving Lexington forward into a modern city, but city officials just can't stand it. What's wrong with these people?

They're afraid it will compete with the stinky old Kentucky Theatre, which brings back memories of porn movies being shown there.

Stop the madness and let Lexington become a new modern city.

Ronald T. Winkler


Love defeats fear

We woke up one morning last week to reports of a shooting near our home on Idlewild Court. As I walked my son to school we were asked by a woman in a news van if we would like to talk about this, particularly, if I felt safe.

I did not take her up on this invitation. In fact, I was sort of rude. (I am sorry, we were running late for school.)

But given the chance to respond to the question of safety, I would say that no, I do not feel safe. But safety is not the point of a life.

I do feel a deep affection for this place we have chosen, this place that was good when we moved here in 2006, this place that we are learning to make even better.

I do not feel safe, but I feel love — love for my neighbors, for the victim and his family, for the person who shot this man, who felt that he had no other recourse.

I do not feel safe, but I feel grateful to get to raise my children in Lexington, despite these dangerous things that happen around us.

These feelings outweigh my concerns regarding safety, and would not make sense to try to communicate in front of a camera in 15 seconds or less. They make much more sense in the context of a life in a community, in a particular place. I remain hopeful, and am glad to live where we do.

Ryan Koch


Conway leading way to justice, equality

Attorney General Jack Conway has distinguished himself as a rare politician by not appealing a federal judge's ruling that Kentucky should recognize same-sex couples married elsewhere.

Conway, a likely candidate for governor, has put principle and justice above ambition. Although Kentuckians by poll numbers object to same sex unions, I know Kentuckians care about justice and equality, and I know Kentuckians will eventually embrace the concept of equality of marriage rights. Kentuckians can be proud to have an attorney general who leads.

Frank Close


Founding fathers would be proud of Heyburn

Martin Cothran of the Family Foundation needs to retake a basic course in American government. In his Feb. 28 commentary, he criticized the recent decision by federal Judge John Heyburn that portions of Kentucky's marriage law are unconstitutional.

Cothran argues that the judge has subverted the will of most Kentuckians, and he claims that this violates the U.S. system of democracy. He is wrong.

The U.S. has never had a system of democracy based on just majority rule. The Founding Fathers, most notably John Adams and James Madison, were quite concerned about a form of government based solely on majorities. They realized such systems can create a "tyranny of the majority" in which minority groups could unduly suffer restrictions of freedom.

They created the judicial system in order to place limits on majority rule. Some of American democracy's finest moments have come when courts have stepped in to restrain actions supported by majorities, and this case is another example of the founders' genius.

The Kentucky constitutional amendment violates the rights of a minority with no evidence whatsoever that the majority would be harmed if gay marriage were to be recognized. Heyburn has acted exactly as the Founding Fathers thought the third branch of government should.

Cothran should not criticize a judge for subverting a phantom form of government that this country has never had, and, I hope, never will.

David Westneat


Public should submit to enlightened judiciary

It is understandable that some folks are puzzled and confused regarding the status of same-sex marriage. However, it is clear that the Constitution guarantees the right of marriage to any two people, different sexes or same sex. Just read the Bill of Rights.

True, neither the courts nor anyone else had any inkling of this right for a couple hundred years. Thankfully we now have a more intelligent and enlightened judiciary.

I hope the masses will acknowledge their wisdom or at least submit to it without resistance.

J. Robert Ross


Nation built on black labor cares little for black lives

The March 4 Joel Pett cartoon is an accurate depiction of the circumstances in which we find young men of African descent today with the first African-American president powerless to do anything that would change their circumstances, but half the story has not been told.

Systemic racism from the days of forced enslavement of Africans through today's mass incarceration of African-Americans (men and women, boys and girls) has been the real culprit that has allowed this society to deem it OK that black men are murdered, whether by George Zimmerman, Michael Dunn or each other. African-American lives have little value in a consumerist economy, although this country was built on the backs of the ancestors of these same people. I guess we should be thankful just to be alive.

The gun lobby makes it easy for children to purchase guns and use them on each other. The drug business — whether crack cocaine, methamphetamines or the current-day heroin found rampant throughout Lexington — has not only beset African-Americans with a barrage of related physical health problems but it serves as the main entry for the mass incarceration of African-American males into a criminal injustice system filled with corruption.

Finally, the Zimmermans, Dunns and other vigilantes continually represent the whole of a nation that devalues the life of African-American males. Until the value of black lives become as important as white lives in this country, cartoonists like Pett will only see half the story as the truth.

Danny Anthony Everett

Lead Christian social activist

Nia Community of Faith


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