A few ideas on workers' rights
Though long opposed to the so-called right-to-work laws on ethical grounds, I don't believe such laws would harm many working people if our commonwealth enacted pro-worker laws first.
Begin with corporate democracy laws that would encompass worker participation in decisions, workers on every board of directors, and a shareholder right to refuse deductions of political expenses from their individual profit distributions.
Naysayers will cry that corporations have inalienable rights. They've gotten used to the notion that corporations are born like people when actually they are artificial structures authorized by laws made by people.
Just think. Whose economy is it anyway?
Consider also a reform of our commonwealth's heartless at-will employment doctrine. By current Kentucky law, workers can be terminated any time, without notice and without reason.
That means there is no obligation on employers to be honest, fair or consistent.
So, we have a double-standard. Most workers have no rights to defend themselves against mistreatment or false accusations.
Add to those reforms a civil right to enter collective bargaining. Let workers take their employers to court when their rights are violated, instead of quasi-judicial boards susceptible to political retaliation.
Tom Louderback, Louisville
By now many of your readers have seen or heard of the disgusting undercover videos that show Planned Parenthood executives talking about the body parts of aborted babies.
One even joked she wanted a Lamborghini in exchange for the organs of aborted children.
It's sickening that this happens in our society, that tiny children are more valuable dead than alive. What has this nation become that allows such a thing?
Planned Parenthood works very hard to stay in the good graces of elected politicians because they receive an astounding half a billion a year in taxpayer dollars — money from hard-working Americans.
Any politician who has ever received money from Planned Parenthood should immediately return the funds and publicly condemn the abortion giant for its atrocious acts.
Furthermore, they should publicly pledge to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal and state funds.
All 2016 presidential candidates, in both parties, should also publicly pledge to defund Planned Parenthood.
Alejandro Capote, Lexington
Paul's second choice
I've never known anyone who likes being used or being someone's second choice, but that is what all Kentuckians have become as we go into the upcoming election season.
Our junior senator, Rand Paul, wants to be president and is running a campaign attempting to achieve his goal.
He is also going around our law that prevents a candidate from being on Kentucky's ballot more than once, just in case he fails at becoming president.
Donald Trump perfectly summed up Paul when he said: "I feel sorry for the great people of Kentucky who are being used as a backup to Sen. Paul's hopeless attempt to become president of the United States. Sen. Paul has no chance of wining the nomination and the people of Kentucky should not allow him the privilege of remaining their senator."
For once I agree with Trump.
Kentucky deserves a senator who wants to be our senator first, and not our senator as a backup job in case he doesn't become president.
And at this point, it does not look like he will become president.
Kentucky deserves much better than being Rand Paul's second choice.
Walter Frazier, Lexington
Thanks for laughs
Some of my favorite headlines of all time have been in the Herald-Leader recently:
"Vulture vomit most plausible cause." Admittedly, this was a subhead, but it was page one and, at 6:15 on a Sunday morning, it caught my visceral attention.
"Frustrated Daly puts 3 balls and 1 club into Lake Michigan." Speaks for itself.
"Turn old bras into knee pads for gardening." Heloise column.
I'm still chuckling.
John C. Wolff Jr., Lexington