Letters to the editor: Aug. 1

August 1, 2014 

Educate public on soring bill's danger

As a lifelong horse owner and enthusiast, I was disappointed to read the July 8 Herald-Leader editorial disparaging Rep. Andy Barr, Sen. Mitch McConnell, the American and Kentucky farm bureaus and others for their position opposing the PAST Act.

Misleading the public by stating "Barr and some of his Republican colleagues don't care about the horses" to make political points has no place in this discussion.

The issues involved have serious ramifications for horse welfare, Kentucky and the horse industry.

We can agree the cruelty of soring must be stopped.

I encourage all interested parties to educate themselves on the PAST Act and the Horse Protection Amendments Act, a bill Barr and McConnell support.

The PAST act is not just about soring, it has potentially far-reaching negative implications for the horse industry — all breeds and disciplines.

It sets a precedent and throws open the doors for federal government bureaucrats with no knowledge of the horse industry to become its subjective micromanagers.

It is critical that both of these bills be thoroughly considered and their broader ramifications understood. This issue deserves nothing less and is far too serious to be misused for petty partisan sniping and short term political gain.

Darryl Leifheit

Lexington

Liberals said it first

Syndicated columnist Mona Charen took an argument put forth by liberals for years that immigrants usually assimilate into a society in two or less generations.

She turned it around to say it is a Republican belief and liberals believe the opposite, insisting on multiculturalism and separatist identities before all things.

This is simply not true. Suggesting we respect and appreciate the differences of others does not mean we do not think they will want to join our society.

I think she has most of the U.S. confused with Texas. Isn't this the Republican state that wants to secede from the United States?

Civilization can be defined as one based on cultural borrowing, ranging from the language we speak to the food we eat. If it was not, people would still be living in caves and not by choice, although evidently Charen does. Immigrants bring a lot of culture with them and it can only make our country richer.

Jean-Ann Kerr

Cynthiana

Ky. bucket-list book

In 2011, the Herald-Leader published "A guide to quintessential Kentucky: The Bucket List" where it had a list of things Kentuckians should do or see in the state.

I think the Herald-Leader should consider making this into a booklet to pass out with Kentucky tourism. It is very inclusive. I do not have a vested interest in this list. It should be available to many, it was very well done.

Mary Ann Denton

Paducah

Flags have stories

This in response to a July 21 letter about a picture published of soccer fans displaying a worn American flag taken from the Seattle Times article.

Of course, we appreciate the American flag and what it stands for each and every day.

Years ago, a song called Ragged Old Flag by Johnny Cash came out. It tells the story of a stranger who walked up to a man sitting on a bench in a southern city.

The stranger made a comment of the tattered old flag and the man sitting on the bench told him to sit down and he would tell him the history of that ragged old flag.

As the story was told, the old man had tears in his eyes because that flag was very special to him and his community.

Let's fly the American flag and be very proud of what it stands for.

The Rev. Ron Moroni

Danville

McConnell betrayed Ky.

Why has Sen. Mitch McConnell not been tried for treason? The dictionary defines treason as "to betray, to be unfaithful in maintaining a trust."

Democracy is defined as rule by the people, the majority. As citizens, we vote and elect those we think and trust will serve our country and all its citizens.

McConnell repudiated this and stated clearly and openly his intention would be to destroy the elected president's programs. He betrayed our trust.

Elane Moore

Lexington

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