Letters to editor: July 31

July 31, 2014 

Israel shares some blame for conflict

News coverage of the Israeli-Hamas conflict almost always gives the impression that the Palestinians are totally at fault.

What is amazing to me is how brutal Israelis are now and were from the beginning of the U.N.-sanctioned invasion of Palestine in 1948.

I would have thought that, after having been so cruelly treated by the Nazis, Israelis would have made a great attempt to act humanely. Very instructive reading is the book, Blood Brothers, by the Christian Palestinian prelate, Elias Chacour. He tells about Israelis coming with force to a Palestinian town and telling the people they had to leave. The Palestinians left but protested to authorities that the capture was illegal. They won the case and the Israelis had to leave. But before doing so they totally destroyed the town.

Israeli leaders could have tried to work out a bi-national solution. Yet they continue building illegal settlements and forcing Palestinians to pass through checkpoints where they are often treated with contempt. Their only recourse is to try to attack however they can.

It is sad to think that Israeli warfare is conducted with the help of billions of American tax dollars.

Lowell Bouma

Berea

Questionable supporters

I found it interesting that Sens. Harry Reid and Elizabeth Warren have recently appeared at political rallies and fund-raisers for Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign.

Reid's primary goals seem to be to promote the Obama political agenda and change the name of the Washington Redskins.

Warren is known to be one of the most far-left members of Congress. She supports expansion of gun-control regulations, the DREAM Act which would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth, and regulations to reduce carbon pollution. She opposes an expanded military and the Keystone Pipeline.

Grimes has received contributions from celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Woody Allen, Ben Stiller, Ben Affleck and Leonardo DiCaprio. Why would Grimes line up with individuals who have no interest in what's best for Kentucky? Is their objective getting someone elected to the Senate who will follow the far-left agenda?

Bruce Elias

Lexington

Social welfare ignored

Kentuckians elected Sen. Mitch McConnell, but he has received over $2.9 million from Wall Street, banks, financial institutions and credit companies since 2009.

The result: McConnell voted to block states from limiting credit-card interest rates, against caps on debit-card transactions and against the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection.

He voted against an agency board to oversee the performance of credit-rating agencies and establishment of home loan regulations to prevent creditors from issuing liar loans.

He voted against the Dodd-Frank Wall Street reform aimed at reining in Wall Street abuses. He voted for the bank bailout bill called TARP, but against lower student loan rates and federal funding for state and local governments risking debt default.

He cares little for social welfare, but greatly about corporate welfare. Since his concerns are not for Kentuckians, let's end our interest in his further representation of us.

Peter Wedlund

Lexington

Paul, is this a show?

The Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment Act, cosponsored by Sen. Rand Paul, encourages states not to send children under 18 years old into the adult criminal courts.

Individuals who commit non-violent crimes would have their records automatically sealed.

Low-level drug offenders would also have their benefits restored. The purpose is to make criminal records less of an obstacle to employment. The U.S. accounts for 5 percent of the world's population, but houses 25 percent of the global prison population.

In Kentucky the numbers teeter on the brink of insanity, thus creating unbearable burdens on the taxpayers of the state.

This piece of legislation is a viable solution to the ills facing the commonwealth. The immediate impact would ease the burden on our taxpayers, create a larger work force, generate revenue and address the problem of recidivism while providing Kentuckians with another chance.

Is Paul going liberal or is this theatrics to secure voters?

Henry Bell

Lexington

Loss of a TV hero

All of my heroes have ridden into the sunset. John Wayne, known as The Duke, passed on some years ago and now James Garner of Maverick fame.

All of a sudden, my peers are discovering that we are the seniors. As teen-agers, we all grew up with Bart Maverick. Later in life, our hero was the star of The Rockford Files.

For those of us born in the early 1940s, most would agree that we had too many friends like Angel, portrayed in the The Rockford Files.

Ben C. Kaufmann

Lexington

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