Thanks to all for honoring sacrifice
Our son, Captain Matthew D. Roland, U.S. Air Force, killed in Afghanistan Aug. 26, was laid to rest with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery Friday Sept.18.
We cannot say enough to express our gratitude to the community for the outpouring of respect for his sacrifice, and the love and support everyone has shown.
Flags in our yard and lining the street; messages of remembrance; kind words and condolences; the heartfelt messages on email, cards, flowers, gifts; and donations to the Combat Control Association, the majority of which will fund scholarships for children of special operators.
The overwhelming turnout at his memorial service was especially appreciated and meaningful.
We are truly touched and grateful. There are so many in the community to thank we don't know where to begin and don't want to forget any one.
Matthew is a true hero and we take great pride in his service and sacrifice.
Mark and Barbara Roland
I am dismayed by the content of Sam Youngman's articles on the 2015-16 election season. I am sure you spent a lot of money hiring him to give his slant on the current political campaigns but his reporting does a disservice to your readers.
I have read your paper's news analysis for the past 45 years and can accurately state that his reporting is the most partisan I have yet to encounter. Not only does he constantly state that Kentuckians must curse and froth at the mouth at the mere mention of President Barack Obama, but he insists upon insinuating the utter inevitability of any Republican candidate, regardless of abilities or experience, winning the election.
It would be fitting that Youngman report the facts as they are, cease the editorializing (that's the editorial page's job), and leave the decision-making to the Kentucky voters.
"Marriage licenses not worth the paper they are written on." So says Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, illuminating the real issues here: power, bigotry and greed.
If those working for Davis have the authority to issue a marriage license in her absence then her hand is not involved.
Unfortunately that outcome doesn't satisfy Davis' need for the power to control the lives of others, bending them to her will. Despite her husband's declaration that "we don't hate anybody," his wife's refusal to acknowledge licenses issued by others demonstrates a blatant bigotry toward homosexuals.
Davis should resign. Unfortunately she is not going to give up her $80,000-per-year job, or her son's opportunity to inherit it at her retirement, as she did from her mother. Bigotry and avarice have put Davis in jail before, and there she should return until she resigns, is impeached, or the term of her office ends.
As for her son, he should just be fired. The stink of rotten nepotism coming from that clerk's office is offensive to say the least. Three generations of this family in public office is three too many. The Davis dynasty should be deposed immediately, not pandered to.
While conservative policy analyst Richard Nelson's Sept. 18 column, "U.S. Constitution did not banish religion from our government," is informative, he completely misses the point of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis' civil disobedience when he writes about the Constitution and the First Amendment. She was not jailed for her religious beliefs, but simply for not doing her job.
Conveniently missing in this column is the language of the 14th Amendment, ratified July 8, 1868: Section 1: "No State shall ... deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
In Loving v. Virginia (1967) a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court struck down miscegenation statutes, stating racial classifications in marriage were "directly subversive of the principle of equality at the heart of the Fourteenth Amendment."
Davis can believe anything she wants, as can anyone. Just remember, prior to Loving v. Virginia, not only was it illegal to marry an opposite-gender person of a different race in Virginia, one could be jailed for doing so, as were Richard and Mildred Loving. They were not jailed for not doing their job.
Robert M. Atkinson