Letters to the Editor: July 9

July 9, 2014 

  • Changes in submissions

    To make better use of limited space, letters are limited to 200 words; columns at 650 words. Letters about candidates in 2014 elections still remain at 150 words.

  • Correction

    A Sunday letter from Don Pratt of Lexington critical of the Rupp Arena project should have read:

    "Don't look for the selected critics, one that you quoted, to look out for the average citizen/taxpayer. The one endorsee quoted is partly responsible for rate rises from Kentucky American's pipeline to its treatment plant in Owen County."

Congress, wake up or go home

Caring people of goodwill all over America need to become as passionate as Californian Richard Martinez in calling out the National Rifle Association and politicians who are afraid to buck the politically powerful gun organization.

Deadly gun violence could be reduced significantly if Congress would develop a spine and pass needed gun-control laws.

Congress and the NRA are very good at hiding behind the outdated 18th century Second Amendment. It is very hard to change the Constitution, but now might be the time to give serious consideration to fixing the amendment.

If Congress and the American people do nothing, gun violence will only get worse.

It is pathetic when political candidates think they have to brandish a weapon in campaign ads to win votes. Voters need to know who in Congress receives money and how much from the NRA and gun manufacturers.

Wake up, Congress. We are tired of being the most gun-violent nation in world history. Wake up, or go home.

Paul Lam Whiteley Sr.


Paul overlooked E. Ky.

I guess it would be expecting too much of Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, the ophthalmologist from Bowling Green and presidential hopeful, to bring his planned medical mission to the poverty-stricken constituents of Eastern Kentucky to help treat patients there who are blind or suffering from vision problems, rather than heading down to Guatemala.

He says the trip doesn't play into his political future "in any conscious fashion." It says to me once again, he doesn't care about the folks here in Kentucky, where he was elected to represent us.

Since elected he has spent nearly all of his time posturing and promoting himself as a presidential hopeful outside of our state, not as a senator working for Kentuckians.

I hope that after 2016 he will be back in Bowling Green working as an ophthalmologist.

James Reiser

Clay City

Prediction was true

In 2001, the Big Sandy News in Louisa had a front page headline that read: "30,000 jobs could be affected over coal permits being held up."

It stated a federal judge was holding up permits like the Environmental Protection Agency has been doing now. I fired off a letter to the editor that said if that happened, this county would be like a ghost town.

I said McDonald's would never pay $18 an hour, and stated examples of reclaimed mines that you couldn't tell had been stripped.

The editor agreed with me and published the letter. Now, 7,000 jobs are gone.

Here we have knuckleheads wanting to shut us down for the sake of green energy. That's not working in Germany. They went whole-hog after solar, gas, etc. in 1997, by 2003 they found out it wasn't working but making electric bills go through the roof. They have built a new coal-fired power plant and have plans for 10 more, saying they moved too far too fast.

Coal means $3 billion to this state, what will you replace that with — horses? No rookie senator will help us either.

Ray E. Davis Jr.

Hager Hill

Founders' Christianity

It is almost becoming fashionable to say that the Founding Fathers were deists, not real Christians.

However, consider the following outlined by David Barton's pro-family group, Wallbuilders:

■ Among Declaration of Independence signers, John Witherspoon was a minister and Bible author, Charles Thompson authored a new Bible and Benjamin Rush started five Christian universities, including the first for women, and started the Sunday School movement.

■ One signer put the Psalms to music. John Hancock issued proclamations for prayer and fasting. Other patriots issued 16 days of prayer and fasting. The Capitol, when built, was designated as a church. John Quincy Adams wrote a book titled How To Read The Bible.

■ During their time, judges routinely gave sermons to condemned men. Ministers, not celebrities, routinely spoke and or preached at graduations. Pastor John Mulhenberg trained church members for combat. His brother, pastor Frederick Mulhenberg, was the first House speaker.

■ There were many documentations that George Washington was a Christian who attended the Episcopal Church whenever possible. Minister Jonathon Trumbull was one of his advisors.

■ Thomas Jefferson said, "God who gave us life gave us liberty."


J. B. Armstrong


Respect for our anthem

Before the excitement of the U.S. World Cup experience fades, I have an observation and a suggestion for University of Kentucky coaches John Calipari and Mark Stoops to institute with our most visible teams.

At the beginning of the games, the players for all the teams stood at attention with their hands over heart and sang their country's national anthem. The majority of the fans in the stands did likewise.

I would love to see the players adopt this same enthusiasm and national pride that seems to be lacking in today's modern athletes. It should be a time to show respect for our great nation and also a show of team unity.

It is disrespectful the way athletes prance, look around the stands and seem oblivious to the playing of our national anthem as do the majority of the fans.

If the players did adopt this under the leadership and example of Calipari and Stoops, the fans may also do likewise and then the Big Blue Nation would be an example for our nation.

Mike Wynn


Liar liar, Mitch on fire

In an ad currently running, Sen. Mitch McConnell accused opponent Alison Grimes of lying, when he is one of the biggest liars.

He voted against the Violence Against Women Act in 1994 and again in its reauthorization this year. He claimed he was strengthening the act, instead he has done everything in his power to weaken or kill it.

The Courier-Journal called McConnell's actions a shameful example of his support of corporations instead of people.

McConnell's desire to kill the Affordable Care Act by "tearing it out root and branch" had no effect on the 400,000 Kentuckians who have obtained insurance under the ACA. The repeal of ACA would mean the end of kynect for those Kentuckians. McConnell claims that kynect and ACA are not connected, this is a lie.

One wonders what planet McConnell is living on that he actually expects people to believe such blatant lies.

Jim Porter


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