'Amanda's Bill' fails to fully protect abused victims
In light of the tragic slaying of Amanda Ross, allegedly by former state Rep. Steve Nunn, several concerns regarding last month's passage of "Amanda's bill" should be brought to attention.
While this tragedy has instigated action within our state's legislature, the law falls short of addressing the inadequacies of the criminal justice system.
This law proposes that judges can make repeat offenders of domestic violence wear a GPS monitor in hopes that the victim will be notified if the offender breaks a predefined exclusion zone around the victim's home and work. Therefore, this law only applies to those who have already had a protective order taken out upon them.
Why are we waiting to take action until offenders break their protective orders? In the case of Amanda Ross, there wouldn't have been enough time to get an order for a GPS monitor because the violation of the protection order ended in her murder.
Instead, a bill needs to be passed that removes the perpetrators' weapons as soon as they are served a protective order or charged with domestic violence.
Such a measure could also include making perpetrators ineligible to purchase weapons from retail stores.
While this will not stop the violence completely, it may help to reduce the chance of another impulsive shooting. Federal law currently supports this, but the state of Kentucky does not.
GPS monitoring is a reactive approach to domestic violence. It is time the state of Kentucky demand a preventative approach.
Iraq in great shape
I object to an April 16 letter that called U.S. operations in Iraq Bush's "folly."
President George W. Bush and our troops liberated 50 million Iraqi people from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein. Thanks to Bush, Hussein was deposed, captured, indicted, tried, convicted, sentenced to death and hung. The Iraqi people voted to establish a new national sovereignty. A new constitution was drafted and ratified by a democratic vote of the Iraqi people.
An Iraqi president was elected, a prime minister selected and an Iraqi cabinet established. The Iraqi people voted to establish a new parliament and have held local elections. The Iraqis have just had their second parliamentary election and are now forming a second new government since the fall of Hussein.
All of the benchmarks for establishing a stable Iraqi government and assuring Iraqi security had been established, including a plan for equitable distribution of oil revenues among the provinces.
Things in Iraq are going so well that Vice President Joe Biden has given the Obama administration credit for the successes, even though he and President Barack Obama voted against the surge when both were in the Senate.
Criticism of Bush is out of line.
Where's the money?
An April 20 Herald-Leader article said that Yum Brands is paying $13.5 million for naming rights for a new Louisville arena. It did not say who gets the money and what they are going to do with it.
It would be nice to know.
John C. Wolff Jr.
On April 20, I was in Shoney's restaurant in Hagerstown, Md., and was talking about my wife receiving chemotherapy treatment.
A man and his wife were in the next booth and they asked me if they could pray for my wife. They did. I don't know their names. All I know is that they were from Lexington, and that they paid for my meal and left.
Thank God for people like these. You should be very proud they live in Kentucky.
Thanks for concert
I would like to thank the Herald-Leader and Transylvania University for helping to bring the United States Air Force Band and singers to Lexington.
The concert was flawless, the music uplifting, the voices perfect. The band was a wonderful representation of the U.S. Armed Forces. Almost every member of the audience had either served or had a family member who served. It was a marvelous evening. Thank you.
The McConnell spin
Somebody needs to remind our great Sen. Mitch McConnell that he was elected to go to bat for average, working Kentuckians, not Wall Street banks.
I am aghast that after an economic meltdown of this magnitude he would oppose financial reform and additional protections for American consumers.
What's more appalling is McConnell's claim that this reform legislation would ensure future taxpayer bailouts of big banks.
He says he is concerned for community banks in Kentucky. Right. A little hard to believe after hearing he has been meeting with Wall Street lobbyists and also discovering that his talking points about taxpayer bailouts come directly from a memo by a political strategist named Frank Luntz.
Politifact.com, a fact-checking center, recently discovered that these claims have no basis in truth.
McConnell must stop standing in the way of Wall Street reform. Kentuckians are sick and tired of his obstructionist political games.
Every morning as I drive to work downtown, I can't help but wonder why the University of Kentucky's new hospital will offer (according to its signs along the construction fence) lavishly decorated rooms, art glass, fabulous cafes, a wonderful chapel and a litany of other amenities to create a resort-like atmosphere, when the university can't provide a bench, let alone a shelter, for the workers and visitors who ride the bus.
Every morning, rain, sleet or hail, they are standing or sitting on the curb by Transcript Avenue and Limestone Street in front of the emergency-room entrance.
When a wealthy public institution can spend thousands for art glass, yet not a dime for a bus shelter, this community has a fundamental problem in its priorities.
War with Mexico
We are currently engaged in an all-out war with Mexico. With its total control of the border, Mexico will be able to arm the invaders as easily as it pours illegal drugs into this country. The drug cartels are already doing this.
Our politicians, along with half of our citizens, fail to recognize that the invasion is on or they support it. We are doomed as a nation, since many of our citizens are liberal Democrats, Mexican, African, Islamic or other nationalities.
We must energize our states to follow the lead of Arizona in fighting illegal immigration. If not, we will be at civil war in the next two to three years. Be prepared.
Donald R. Fugette
We need to wake up regarding President Barack Obama.
The wealthy know what's happening, but they are cushioned by the government. One-half of the poor in this country may be ignorant of the facts or not interested, and perhaps the other half think they are powerless to demand change. I am a Democrat and I voted for him. We all make mistakes.