Letters to the editor, July 12, 2014

July 12, 2014 

Infinite options for Eric Cantor

Rep. Eric Cantor's shocking loss to Dave Bratt was a blessing. His opportunities are endless.

He could be a Fox News fact-checker, consultant for Sen. Mitch McConnell, offering critical insights about self-destruction. Or a Drudge Report columnist against anything President Barack Obama supports, on Dad Dance with Jimmy Fallon or a Bain Capital executive.

He could master the paso doble with Maksim Chmerkovskiy, while being the first same-sex couple on Dancing with the Stars. Barbara Walters returns with prime time Cantor interview. Cantor crashes a White House black-tie event with Michaele Salahi, and becomes cast member in revival of The Real Housewives of D.C.

Cantor could be a Koch brothers strategist, celebrity blogger, collect a lucrative lifetime congressional pension, rebrand himself as more ultraconservative, home-school children, do a self-deprecating skit on Saturday Night Live, win the Kentucky Derby, do a podcast or be a co-host on The View.

He can do a motivational speaking tour with Elaine Chao, Tommy Lasorda, Duck Commander Willie Robertson, Dick Vitale, Dr. Jill Biden, Suze Orman, Rev. Jerry Falwell, John Madden, MC Hammer and a hologram of Ronald Reagan. Isn't losing appealing?

James Juett


War on typewriters?

Sen. Mitch McConnell keeps talking about the "war on coal." If there is such a war, natural gas must be a factor. But blaming natural gas is like blaming ball point pens for a war on fountain pens, or blaming computers for a war on typewriters.

McConnell tries to manipulate our sympathy for those miners who have lost their jobs as a path to his reelection. Does anyone think that if he is reelected, those miners who have been fracked out of their jobs will get them back?

McConnell bears major responsibility for the fact that the present Congress has the record of being the least productive in history.

He has led the war on productivity by minority rule through filibuster, a thoroughbly undemocratic process. It's time to ditch Mitch.

Al Crabb


Art generates crowds

I agree with the Herald-Leader editorial that Councilman Kevin Stinnett should be held accountable for attempting to censor art in Lexington.

Despite some of the difficulties with future construction in Rupp Arena and the convention center, Lexington and the University of Kentucky are inseparable partners. Much of the commerce generated by tourism and other travelers is linked to the university.

Frequently large conventions come to town, many related to various departments of UK. Once the 21c and CentrePointe hotels come, we'll realize the next level of convention participation.

Imagine Stinnett censoring artwork in one of the hotels. That would be bad in any community, but in a college town it's an effective way to kill business and stifle creativity attractive to potential students.

Stinnett is running for council at-large. Contrast his attitude toward Lexington with candidate Jon Larson, the only veteran in the race, proudly wearing his uniform to help protect the rights of all, which Stinnett so cavalierly disregards.

Censoring art conjures up past slippery characters. It's a step towards tyranny, and we will not give up our freedoms to these folks. We cannot allow Stinnett to occupy a position of authority in Lexington.

Bill Marshall


Put an end to soring

Kentucky Rep. Ed Whitfield is championing the PAST Act to end horse soring. While soring is illegal, current law allows the walking-horse industry to police itself.

The PAST Act ends self-regulation and puts enforcement of the law into the hands of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

In response, Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are backing a competing bill that would leave self-regulation in place.

Kentucky is the horse capital of the world. We expect our legislators to protect horses from abuse. Please urge them to abandon these competing bills and join the over 300 bipartisan members of Congress in co-sponsoring the PAST Act.

Go online to www.house.gov, enter your zip code, then click on the link to your congressman's office. If we all act together, we can get the PAST Act voted into law.

Faith Harders


U.S. not a theocracy

In a well-intentioned, well-written, but wrong-headed June 28 letter, a writer complains that our nation's heritage is endangered because the Ten Commandments may not be publicly displayed.

People should stop and think. What are you advocating? Do you not see that our democratic system has thrived by preventing theocratic governmental problems that arise when states adopt one or another official religion or even a religious sect of the same religion?

Do we want a "Christian Republic of the United States" like Iran's "Islamic Republic?"

Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland routinely blew each other to smithereens over such nonsense.

In Iraq, we are constantly talking about Shiites against Sunnis. Soon that country will be carved up into separate entities based on different versions of the same religious belief system. This time, our president refuses to become involved in this argument.

We are not a theocracy, thank God, and we should keep it that way. Let's continue to steer our fair-minded secular democracy clear of parochial infighting, clear of favoring any religion. We don't need the Ten Commandments. Instead, we have a fair legal system improving every day.

Darryl Habrooks


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