Letters to the editor: Aug. 19

August 18, 2014 

  • Correction

    Shirley Baechtold's Saturday letter critical of telephone polling should have said, "the $3.50 I pay every month to keep my phone number unlisted does not disallow recorded messages."

Why shouldn't killers suffer?

Talk about double standards. In the midst of all the hype about a drug to put someone to death, a horse was euthanized without any pain or trouble. Why don't they use the same stuff on a human? And, by the way, what if a convicted murderer suffers for 90 minutes? I am sure his victims suffered more than that.

I am getting tired of hearing about someone overdosing on illegal drugs. Would someone please explain to me what a regular dose of cocaine or other illegal drug is? If someone overdosed on something, that suggests there is a correct dose.

Okey Smith

Lexington


Shadowy group

The Kentucky Opportunity Coalition has no problem telling you in a campaign commercial who is behind Alison Lundergan Grimes. But who is behind the Kentucky Opportunity Coalition? As President Bill Clinton once said, "If these people are so proud of what they are doing, why don't they tell us who they are?"

Matt Makaveli

Georgetown


Abortion is violence

In Freakonomics, Steven Levitt tries to make a convincing argument that legalized abortion reduces violent crime. However, one need go no farther than Lexington to find this is not the case.

The first half of 2014 has seen an upswing in violent crime despite the presence of the EMW "abortuary" on Burt Road.

One cannot overlook the millions of innocents who have been slaughtered by legalized abortion in the United States and not be concerned about human rights.

First they take the lives of the unborn, then it is the aged, then children, and the list goes on and on. Human life becomes cheap.

Patrick Henry said, "give me liberty or give me death." He did not say give me liberty and death, which is what the U.S. Supreme Court has done in its Roe vs. Wade decision of 1973.

David B. Pokrywka

Lexington


U.S. support of terror

According to John Loftus, a former federal prosecutor, the Muslim Brotherhood was wanted for war crimes after World War II.

But instead of being prosecuted, it was trained and utilized by Britain to strike down the infant state of Israel.

The CIA reactivated the Arab Nazis (the Muslim Brotherhood) against the Soviets in Afghanistan and renamed them MAK. This is the first American employment of Osama bin Laden, I think. Then it became al-Qaida.

Now that Israel is being attacked by the Muslim Brotherhood (Hamas) the administration seems to again be siding with the Muslim Brotherhood by selling Qatar $11 billion worth of Patriot missiles and Apache helicopters in June.

Qatar is the primary financier of Hamas at about $1 billion a year and provides Hamas in Palestine most all of its weapons. Israel, Egypt and Syria don't want to live under the Muslim Brotherhood, but in all three cases America is supporting the Brotherhood yet trying to distance itself at the same time.

The Muslim Brotherhood took in $66 million in Europe last year in ransom money from kidnappings.

Richard Hellstrom

Lexington


Support PAST Act

Most of Congress backs Rep. Ed Whitfield's legislation to end cruel, illegal horse soring. But a few Kentuckians, swayed by a small faction of the walking-horse industry, want to maintain the status quo.

State Sen. Sara Beth Gregory, R-Monticello, has come out, unfortunately, in support of harmful, unpopular federal legislation that only pretends to address rampant abuse in the walking-horse industry.

The Prevent All Soring Tactics, or PAST, Act is the only bill that will truly end soring. More than 360 members of Congress from both parties have cosponsored the bill, which will increase penalties to create a meaningful deterrent, end failed industry self-regulation and ban the devices used in soring.

The bogus alternative bill makes none of the needed reforms to crack down on abuse in the "big lick" circuit. Embarrassingly, Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul are on the paltry list of supporters of this sham legislation.

I want to see the sound, prosperous future for walking horses that the PAST Act offers, not more of the same. I urge Kentucky's congressional delegation to stand with Whitfield and Rep. John Yarmuth, and cosponsor the PAST Act.

Lourdes Spencer

Paducah

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