Letters to the editor: June 28

June 28, 2014 

Stumbo stumbled by blocking Paul from ballot

Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo thwarted the will of Kentuckians by blocking a House vote on a bill that would change an archaic state law forbidding a name to appear twice on a ballot.

In 2016 Sen. Rand Paul will be running for Senate reelection. A lot of us think he would also be a wonderful president.

Even among Kentucky Democrats, I bet a large majority would root for fellow Kentuckian Paul to win the Republican presidential primary even if they might not vote for him in November.

Stumbo should show some class and allow consideration for Kentuckians to vote their choice for president.

Barry Burchett


Summer solstice joy

Every year since I was a young adult I've loved the summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year from sunrise to sunset.

In years past, I tried to be in Yosemite National Park, a true treasure that more of our foreign friends visit than Americans, which is very sad.

The summer solstice brings magic to everyone, from farmers working their fields to geologists searching for unfound glory, or to anyone in search of majestic scenery such as Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, Yellowstone National Park and many more.

I just wish you could have enjoyed it as much as I and our foreign friends did.

Darrell G. Gross


Liberators, not liberals

A recent letter to the editor claimed that the Founding Fathers were liberals.

What kind of revisionist history is that? Our founding fathers were liberators, not liberals.

They liberated us from a tyrannical, all-consuming government in England. They crafted the Constitution that expressly limits the powers of centralized government.

Liberals or progressives as some would prefer to be called, believe that government is the answer to everything and have spent the past several decades doing everything they can to trample on the Constitution.

The author of that letter exhibits the all-knowing arrogance that defines today's liberals.

Ray Depa


Heritage is important

The heritage of this nation is under attack. Frequently, lawsuits are filed to prevent the display of the Ten Commandments in public places.

The cross and other religious symbols are not allowed. In schools, God is not to be mentioned and Christmas observance is often replaced with a winter festival.

Yet, our nation has a spiritual heritage that our founding fathers gave us. George Washington said: "Reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in the exclusion of religious principles."

Thomas Jefferson said, "Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure, when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God?"

Benjamin Franklin said, "I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proof I see of this truth — that God governs in the affairs of men."

They passed that conviction on to Americans in a constitutional guarantee of religious liberty that says "Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."

Eisenhower administration Secretary of State John Foster Dulles said, "Our greatest need is to regain confidence in our spiritual heritage."

Woodrow Wilson said, "A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do."

Our nation has given us a great spiritual heritage. Remembering our heritage is important.

Howard Coop


Animal abuse ignored

Recently I received a summation of the bills drafted to protect animals in the 2014 Kentucky legislative session. House Bill 408 would have made it illegal to own, breed, train, sell or transfer four-legged animals for fighting purposes. There was no mention of two-legged animals. The bill stalled in the House chamber.

HB 30 was a proposal that would require forfeiture of animals in cruelty and torture cases and prohibit future ownership of the same species for two years. This bill was not even debated in the House Judiciary Committee.

HB 409 added sexual assault to the list of animal cruelty crimes and allowed veterinarians to report suspected abuse. This bill was not heard in the House Judiciary Committee either.

Sexual abuse of animals? How demented are people to allow the sexual abuse of any animal? To blatantly turn your backs on abused and tortured innocent animals is beyond disturbing and morally corrupt.

Politicians, how do you want to be remembered? What is your agenda? Why do you do what you do? You keep rejecting legislation that would help innocent lives.

I don't believe you have any vision nor do you care about consequences. As for myself, I will continue to fight you on these issues. That's who I am and I will never stop being thankful for it.

Jack H. Taylor


Troubled generation

My people are in bondage. People in Eastern Kentucky are in bondage from drugs, alcohol, meth and prescription pills.

The funeral homes are seeing young people with drug overdoses. Lack of jobs is part of the problem.

One generation ago, the Christian people would tell people where to turn to in times of trouble.

Now, we send them to the doctors and psychologists for help. Doctors give them narcotics and after a while addicts will buy additional drugs from dealers.

We have a generation of people who don't know where to turn. As a church, we need to work with kids and start a generation teaching them they can turn to God for help. Let's do something about this problem.

Paul Bailey


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