Not keeping up with the Matt Joneses
Before we called it Big Blue Nation, folks who listened to Kentucky basketball always turned off the sound on the TV and listened to our beloved Caywood Ledford call the game. There's a banner in Rupp Arena, our hallowed hall of basketball greatness, where Caywood's legacy lives on, hanging alongside all the championships and titles.
It was with great dismay that I read another basketball radio announcer wants to use his fame, which is only derived from University of Kentucky sports, for more personal political gain. I wasn't happy when Matt Jones inserted himself into political debates, and really not happy when he was the emcee at the Fancy Farm political picnic.
Now this fellow is talking about running for Congress and dragging more politics into the last place where we can all go to get away from that: the sports arena. I would never vote for this person because he's cashing in on our Kentucky Wildcats.
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This sets a very bad tone and who knows what's next? Maybe Coach Cal runs for mayor? Will the players be used in political commercials? No good can come of this. Go Big Blue, go away Matt Jones.
Thank Dems for Iran nuke deal
The leaders of the three most important U.S. allies, Germany, Great Britain and France, submitted a joint editorial to the Washington Post supporting the joint (USA, Russia, China, Germany, France and UK) nuclear deal with Iran.
Our allies mention that a deal with Iran could lead to joint efforts against our common enemy, ISIS.
Unstated is that U.S. sanctions, or Western-only sanctions, will have minimal impact on Iran. Iran can get all that it needs from Russia, which sold Iran a nuclear reactor, and from China.
It was a diplomatic miracle that the U.S., Germany, France and Great Britain were able to get Russia and China to join sanctions against Iran. If Congress had rejected the agreement and kept sanctions on, Russia would almost surely have ended it's sanctions. China would probably have ended them as well. Even our Western allies might have ended sanctions against Iran, for Iran was willing to make a reasonable deal that they supported, but that Republicans scuttled.
The ability of Americans to organize joint efforts - already damaged by Colin Powell's lies at the UN about Iraq - would have been dealt another heavy blow. Fortunately, that didn't happen. Congress did not block the American, Russian, Chinese, German, British and French nuclear deal with Iran, thanks to 43 Democratic senators.
I freely admit that when Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was referred to as an Apostolic Christian, I did not know anything specific about the church. I decided to do a little Internet research and found the "official website of the Apostolic Christian Church of America."
On reading the "Statement of Faith," I was not surprised by anything I read until I got to Article 17:
"Governmental authority is respected and obeyed. Members serve in a non-combatant status in the military. Oaths are not taken, but truth is affirmed." I hope this helps provide some insight into our present situation. If I am wrong, I am sure other readers will provide better information.
John C. Wolff Jr.
Silent Hail Marys?
There's a simple solution to the issue of prayers before the football games at Bell County High School — and it comes from the best source.
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said "And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
"But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."
In other words, God hears silent prayers. At football games or any other Bell County High gatherings (including classes), those who choose to pray silently, unobtrusively may do so to their hearts' content without running afoul of secular laws or offending anyone.
Pro-life terrorists despicable
I am so sick of reading the "reich-wing" diatribes, misinformation, and downright lies by Diana Maldonado of Kentucky Right to Life that I could hurl. Just why the paper gives her space to spread her lies and hatred is beyond me.
First off 97 percent of Planned Parenthood's work does not involve abortion. The small women's health clinics that are in existence now are in no way prepared to pick up the slack if Planned Parenthood closes its doors.
But that means nothing to zealots. They don't give a fig for women's health, family planning, or any other aspect of women's medical care. They just want to be sure that no woman is able to have an unwanted pregnancy terminated in spite of the fact that abortion is legal throughout these United States.
The ideas that she so breathlessly quotes were filmed surreptitiously by a fake, made-up entity (James O'Keefe was behind it) and the footage was edited by extensive cutting and splicing so that none of it is to be trusted.
Planned Parenthood clinics throughout the country are being fire-bombed and doctors lives are being threatened by zealots from right-to-life hate groups. Mere words cannot describe how much I despise these people and their terrorist organizations.