The May 16 commentary “Ky. right to challenge an anti-mining regulation,” by National Mining Association president Hal Quinn, stated that coal is supplying roughly 35 percent of the U.S. power generation.
To advise Kentuckians to avoid trained professionals — psychologists, licensed clinical social workers and others — and to seek advice from “a friend, family member or clergyman” rather than people who have been educated and trained to deal with psychological/social problems is the equivalent of telling Kentuckians to avoid medical professionals and just read ads for miracle cures in your favorite magazine.
There has been much political hoopla recently about bringing broadband to Eastern Kentucky. I speculate it’s political but hope it’s merely lack of information. In communities we serve, broadband has been here for years.
At the recent NRA event, Donald Trump proposed eliminating public gun-free zones. The presence of many armed attendees would deter killers, and good people could go places once again “without feeling frightened.”
Why, oh why, did we stop teaching civics in high school? There are so many false beliefs out there. As just one example, some politicians are saying that if a rival becomes president, he or she will abolish the Second Amendment. Where to start?
I am appalled that Hillary Clinton’s use of her private e-mail account while secretary of state led to more than 4,500 American troops dying and tens of thousand more being seriously injured and maimed in Iraq.
I hope the Tea Party conservatives have better sense than to vote for Donald Trump. They have screwed up three times by electing carpetbaggers in Kentucky. I hope they don’t screw up again by electing Trump.
I am sure that military leaders in many countries were pleased to see Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley’s recent comment: “Today, a major in the Army knows nothing but fighting terrorists and guerrillas, because he came into the Army after 9/11.” Milley went on to suggest that our Army is not ready to fight a large land war. What rubbish.
Over the years, two facts that have become self-evident to me are that “bright does not mean one is right,” and “learned does not sanction one’s conclusions as correct.” They’re disturbing and unsettling facts, which mean that the experts, who represent the consensus, are not infallible.
In a country that holds great disdain for anything that bears the ugly appearance of inequality, Medicare and insurance companies gladly classify seniors based on age. It is the worst form of discrimination having your insurance provider force gravely ill seniors to write letters of appeal for much-needed medications, only to crush their last hopes with unthinkable co-pays and drive them into destitution.
With Donald Trump as the Republican Party’s likely presidential nominee, many who, like me, considered themselves traditionally and morally conservative are beginning to feel displaced. We are now prompted to consider who is the lesser of two evils, Hillary Clinton or Trump, and to vote accordingly — and there is plenty of pressure to hold our nose and vote against our convictions. This is not something I am willing to do, and it represents a key misconception about the nature of a vote.
I am tired of Republicans rewriting history. Another example of the lack of honesty and knowledge of history of the right wing is apparent in a May 19 letter. Here are the facts — you know, the things you can actually look up — in the history of the Republican Party.
When Sarah Chrisman Gipe was about six years old, a picture of her lemonade stand made it into the pages of the Herald-Leader. Thirty years later her daughters teamed up with their neighbors to run a stand of their own at Gipe's childhood home.
Chinoe Road lemonade stand repeats history
High school seniors speak on significance of graduation