McConnell's fetal tissue hypocrisy
I just read Sen. Mitch McConnell's screed regarding Planned Parenthood and the donation of fetal tissues for medical research.
In 1988, the Reagan administration began a moratorium on using fetal tissue from elective abortions in scientific research.
Congress lifted that ban in 1993 with the National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act, which allowed research on human fetal tissue regardless of whether the tissue came from a voluntary abortion. McConnell voted for that bill.
So here we have a senator railing against Planned Parenthood for doing exactly what he voted to allow them to do. The videos McConnell talks about have the stench of James O'Keefe, notorious for hidden cameras, gotcha tactics, and editing that distorts.
Some 97 percent of Planned Parenthood's dollars are spent on women's health services such as pap smears and cancer screening, birth control and prevention and diagnosis of STDs. Only 3 percent is spent on abortion services which is a legal medical procedure.
So McConnell can distort to his heart's content, but my reaction is to double my contributions to Planned Parenthood.
Support Iran deal
President Barack Obama should be congratulated for an historic achievement that, when implemented, will roll back Iran's nuclear program, limit nuclear activities going forward, and prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. It will ensure that should Iran break the terms of the deal both the U.S. and international community have a far greater chance detecting it and are in a far stronger position to quickly determine the most effective response.
Soon Congress will review this deal. The success or failure of the deal will have huge national security implications for the U.S., Israel and the world. Members of Congress should reject partisan politics, refrain from grandstanding and reject pressures to pander to outside interests. Congress should support this deal which averts another unnecessary, costly, painful Middle East war.
American Jewish organizations, including local ones, campaigning against the deal should cease and desist. Rather, they should help identify and amplify legitimate concerns and work to find further avenues for U.S.-Israel assistance and cooperation.
It is unfathomable how some U.S. Jewish groups believe that undermining this hard-won, prudent, internationally supported diplomatic agreement serves the best interests of Israel or the Jewish people.
UK's witch hunt
I am not, nor have ever been, affiliated with the University of Kentucky but the behavior of the trustees and others involved with Dr. Paul Kearney's case is nothing short of appalling. It doesn't take an advanced degree to identify a witch hunt.
The reputation of the university was built by those who were dedicated to making the school the best it could be. Threatening clinicians who supported Kearney is childish and reeks of a powerful person in the administration who has a serious ego problem.
Granted, Kearney's language at times was not polite but I would challenge the powers that be to find a physician who has not done the same at some time. Egos clash, it is just the way of the world, but it takes a bigger person to say he made a mistake.
Surgeons who save lives, and in 27 years Kearney has done that many times, are scarce. Administrators are a dime a dozen.
Run past drive-thru
I just read an article about genetic obesity. When I was a child, we ate breakfast and were sent outside to play. We might have come in for lunch but for the most part we remained outside all day.There was no TV or video games. Unless it rained or was very cold, we remained outdoors. Obesity in children was almost unseen.
I have lived in nine states. I see more of a problem in Kentucky. There is a complete lack of self control and it is simply easier to pick up fast food. It isn't genetic, except in rare cases.
We are teaching our children to be overweight and helping them do it. No exercise, more video games and a constant diet of fast food. We are even doing beauty contests with overweight people. It is not about beauty. It is about health.
We are saying, "Be happy with your body; obesity is OK." It's not OK to be stick thin and it is not OK to weigh 300 pounds. It boils down to three problems: lack of exercise, no interest in cooking nutritious meals and an overactive fork.
Shirley G. Kelly
Leave it alone
Why in the world do you keep digging and digging into our past? The article about the Jefferson Davis statue is the dumbest thing i have ever read in my life. I am 72. Give it a rest for everyone's sake.
The more you dig, racism keeps growing. People like you have let the killer have his own way and destroyed many things lately. Why can't you leave it alone? That statue is made out of marble; it cannot hurt anyone.
God help us.
Dorothy J. Kinman