Va. shooting story lacked the basics
I read with interest the analysis of Wednesday's shooting deaths of the two journalists in Roanoke, Va. in the next day's Herald-Leader.
It then occurred to me that the newspaper was also expecting its readers to learn about the tragedy through other media sources, since there was no article detailing the who, what, when, where, why and how of the incident.
As a former radio news colleague of WDBJ General Manager, Jeff Marks, from the University of Kentucky, WLAP-Lexington and WHAS-Louisville, I turned off the painful and repetitive television news coverage in deference to the print version of the story.
Never miss a local story.
Unfortunately, that was not provided in that edition.
Cecilee M. Tangel
Julian Bond inspired
During my first 20 years, I lived in a small town in Kentucky. Many of us played sports with our black friends outside.
During that time, some of us began asking why do we have two separate groups and the answer was usually "this is the way it is."
Later, some of us were in the military and our eyes and minds were opened to understanding integration. We lived together. We ate together. We crawled together. e exercised together. We helped each other. There were black and white officers and black and white enlisted men.
A German friend told me Germany's past was wrong; however, America's present then was in the midst of racial turmoil.
My wife and I lived in Atlanta for eight years during the latter '60s and early '70s. One person who inspired me to become involved with racial equality was the late Julian Bond, who talked about nonviolent ways for opposing the Vietnam War and racism.
As we know, much has been accomplished for racial equality. However, there is more to be done.
Julian Bond — a job well done.
Raise wage in Lexington
I applaud Jesus Gonzales for his Aug. 16 op-ed lifting up the work of tipped workers. I liked the letter from the reader who said restaurant servers make $26 per hour in Australia. This should shame us. It shows we have a long way to go to lift the minimum wage of all low-wage workers.
Some readers suggested these workers get an education. Well, I know many working at low-wage jobs with degrees and some even with advanced degrees. They are working hard and trying to pay off student loans.
So while it may be fine to encourage people to go to school, it is not the solution. Even when some may be able move on to higher-paying jobs, the jobs low-wage workers are doing are still there and someone needs to do them.
No one should work hard and live in poverty. We need to raise the minimum wage in Lexington.
Dissect surgeon's dismissal
The departure of Dr. Paul Kearney will prove a huge loss to the University of Kentucky Medical Center.
Kearney is brillant but profane. Genius oftentimes comes with a bit of baggage. The baggage has always been there — previously tolerated, admired by some.
Kearney is just the kind of individual that a medical teaching center should have. The care he rendered was unquestionably superior.
If Princess Diana had arrived in his ER, she would be alive today. Kearney wouldn't have curried any royal favor, however. He would have called her a damned idiot for speeding through Tunnel Alma with a bunch of drunks.
He would have treated her with the same care given to the poorest of Kentucky citizens, and isn't that a wonderful thing? He contributed mightily to the state of trauma knowledge and he influenced a generation of interns, residents and medical students.
He made a profound impression on my son when he was a house officer at the hospital.
I hope the Herald-Leader will continue to pursue this story so that we can learn the real reason for his dismissal.
Henry P Tutt, M.D.
Respect rule of law
I would like to ask a question to the defenders of county clerks who refuse licenses to same-sex couples on grounds of religious liberty.
Let us assume that a defense of traditional marriage amendment to the U.S. Constitution had been adopted or that the Supreme Court had ruled that states could adopt such measures.
Under these circumstances, could a county clerk still issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples by claiming a religious belief in marriage equality?
If the rule of law is to prevail, citizens cannot pick and choose with which laws they will comply. Of course, the option of civil disobedience has been honorably used throughout American history.
Those individuals have been willing to accept the legal consequences of their actions and have not claimed a right of conscience to avoid those consequences.
Of course, nothing prevents opponents of same-sex marriage from expressing their views on marriage, working to adopt a defense of marriage amendment, or trying to elect a president who will appoint justices likely to overturn the recent decision.
Politicians of both parties and some preachers need to stop pandering to religious conservatives and call for respect for the rule of law as Gov. Steve Beshear has done.
Zingers are not leadership
Fancy Farm was not very productive, given the lack of proposals to the problems our state faces.
I could care less about which Republican or Democrat delivered the best zinger insults against their opponents.
The taxpayers are clamoring for leadership to tackle the issues at hand.
Compared to other states, Kentucky still ranks in the bottom tier for cost of borrowing, total state debt, health and wellness, educational achievement and economic opportunity.
That's not a lot to be proud of.
Would the ruling-class career politicians please retire and get out of the way to progress?
Would the candidates spare us the mudslinging and demonstrate true leadership with solutions to reverse Kentucky's negative trend?
Ky. taxpayers owed full story of legislative disgrace
The story of the Kentucky Legislative Research Commission's sexual harassment suit and subsequent actions by legislative leaders are disgraceful and a genuine embarrassment to all citizens of the commonwealth.
I extend my support to each of the hardworking ladies forced to endure an abominable workplace environment; they certainly deserved a legal settlement. And the 300-plus LRC employees deserve clearly defined job descriptions listing consequences for behavior outside of the guidelines.
I do object to taxpayer money being used to settle this lawsuit. Those who created, hid and aided this toxic environment should solely bear those expenses. Rep. Susan Westrom said the six-figure payout should be a wake-up call for the legislature. But it will not be as long as taxpayers are expected to assume the responsibility for this shameful situation.
The entire LRC leadership, the Legislative Ethics Commission and anyone else involved needs to be relieved of duty. That includes House Speaker Greg Stumbo and Senate President Robert Stivers. And Rep. Sannie Overly, who is running for lieutenant governor with Democrat Jack Conway, should not be elected unless her secret deposition is released to the public.
The daylight of public scrutiny and high moral standards are the foundations of public service with integrity.
Pat O. McGlothin
This can't be fair
The price of regular gas on Aug. 27: In Corbin it was $2.09; in Lexington, it was $2.49.
This is gouging, and immoral.
William R. Elam