Message to paper: Police lives matter
I was saddened after reading the Aug. 3 mention of the Memphis police officer killed in the line of duty. I'm thankful I saw it since it was on page A6 in the bottom right-hand corner. It was just three sentences.
I noticed that the races of the officer and suspect were not mentioned, but I went back and read it again to make sure I didn't miss it, since it was such a lengthy article. Oh well, I guess skin color isn't really relevant. It's not like the Herald-Leader would ever use race to inflame tensions.
All one can ask of a newspaper is to report facts as objectively as one can (because aren't we all biased to varying degrees?) and employ journalistic consistency and your newspaper sets a fine example. Not.
But my pathetic attempt at sarcasm pales in comparison to the tragic, senseless loss of a young man's life. As some have said recently, all lives ... oh, never mind.
David A. Smith
Lincoln, Davis, Hitler
To House Speaker Greg Stumbo and everyone else who clings to this false mentality that erasing everything regarding the Civil War will appease the black vote: Are you really that stupid?
Because to the Black Lives Matter movement the war never ended.
Kindly remember the words of someone smarter then you, Booker T. Washington, who aptly described these present-day purveyors of dependency, not self-reliance: "There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs."
Since Davis and Lincoln were both born in Kentucky, you can't have it both ways. You don't get Lincoln without Davis. Remember Hitler telling others how to think didn't work too well, did it? The land of the oppressed and the home of the wimps. Sad, really, really sad.
Teresa Reynolds Vogt
LGBTs not like Nazis
A letter writer recently compared the LGBT community to Nazis, arguing that a small group controlled everything and that this control led to World War II.
Clearly the writer doesn't understand history because what actually happened was that a vast majority of the German population convinced themselves (through propaganda and their own insecurities) that the existence of a minority (Jewish citizens) was a threat to everyone's way of life.
The National Socialist Party (Nazis) then segregated and murdered a large swath of that minority. If the writer knew anything about brainwashing or propaganda, he'd realize that his callous comments are not only insensitive and idiotic, they are the exact same doublespeak that would've made Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels proud.
Car insurance cheats
It is time the laws of the road are enforced, including that you must have auto insurance to operate your vehicle.
The popular thing to do now seems to be to buy insurance, get your tags, cancel insurance and get money refunded. Then you can cruise along scot-free; and if you cause an accident, the innocent party must pay.
In a lot of other states, when your insurance is canceled, they come and get your tags. This should be done in Kentucky. I, for one, am tired of paying for those who choose to skirt the law.
For the past six years, I have been taking my grandchildren to the Explorium in Lexington. It is a great, clean place for kids to learn and have fun at the same time.
In my estimated 100 visits, neither of my grandchildren has ever asked to leave even after staying for hours. They are always eager to see the new things that are there. The wonderful employees are friendly and helpful.
Family memberships are under $100 per year and grandparents are included. This is the best deal in Lexington.
Timothy A. Cantrell