History paints a different portrait of 'conservatives'
I'd like to comment on the rush to capture the label of "conservative" by many of the candidates in the recent primary. It seems that "conservative" is seen as synonymous with patriotic. However, a review of history exposes conservatism to a different interpretation.
More than 230 years ago, conservatives were Tories, British loyalists who opposed independence for the colonies. Indeed, the founding fathers were "progressives," if not downright radicals.
Since that time, conservatives have opposed, among other things, black emancipation, women's suffrage, anti-trust legislation, child labor laws, minimum wage acts, 40-hour work weeks, Social Security, Medicare and civil rights.
As much as we may recall a bygone era with nostalgia, it does not serve us to dwell in the past. Conservatives look backward to an America which no longer exists. We need forward-looking leadership to address today's changing world. Our future depends on it.
Mayor Jim Newberry claims there are no city monies involved in the Webb CentrePointe fiasco located in downtown Lexington. If the property tax on this land does not equal or exceed the tax bill paid by the destroyed businesses, plus their employees' payroll taxes, then city money is involved — lost money.
Life at conception
I disagree with a recent writer who stated that opposition to abortion rights is premised on religious beliefs. Laws concerning abortion should not be based on religion. There does need to be a separation of church and state, otherwise which religion or which biblical interpretation would we use as our guide?
Let's look at the issue strictly from a scientific and common-sense perspective. Clearly at some point the "fetus" becomes a living being, an entity apart from the mother, even before birth. There is a separate heart beat, it has a sex (often different from mom's), it kicks and moves on its own.
Do we allow the mother to decide to abort this living being simply because it is totally dependent upon her body for its existence? If that is the criteria, do we allow a mother to end the life of her one-year-old child; also fully dependent and unable to survive on its own?
At what point does this life begin? We would be forced to say that this point is conception, when the amazing cell growth suddenly begins.
Life, as we may choose to define it, may be almost imperceptible at this point, but a bit later when we can perceive that moving, kicking entity with a heartbeat, we can only fathom that it all must have begun at the time of conception.
The mother should have a choice. But that choice is one that is made shortly before conception. Once that choice has been made, and if there is conception, the separate entity must have its own human rights apart from the mother's.
Instead of coal, what?
There is hardly a day that goes by without a writer complaining about the coal business. Of all these opinions, I have not read one by any of these smart people that have come up with a real alternative.
With all the laws and regulations in place today, there is no way to mine, haul or burn coal without breaking some law. I once heard a senator say "people should stop burning so much coal and just use electricity."
I mean no disrespect to Sheriff Kathy Witt or Constable Andrew Lynn, but why do these elected offices exist? Both offices are law-enforcement extensions of the courts, serving various process papers. The sheriff also handles auto inspections for vehicle sales.
I don't question how well Witt and Lynn do their jobs, but I do question the need to have these positions in the first place. Why can't these activities be handled by the police division or, in the case of auto inspection, the county clerk's office? Why do we taxpayers need to pay the salaries of three separate law-enforcement management structures when one would suffice?
Newberry the man
I would like to publicly thank Mayor Jim Newberry for helping to resolve a matter I was getting nowhere with. I went round and round with the police and the code enforcement agency. I was fed up and e-mailed the mayor.
We received a reply almost immediately. Within 24 hours, we had calls from two agencies and the police came by several times working on the matter.
By the end of the business week, the offender had been cited, admitted to the action and immediately fixed the problem.
Newberry is the man! It's been a long time since I've seen so many people jump in and take care of a problem so quickly. I am so grateful.
Before we contacted the mayor, no one else could even understand our reasoning for not just letting the matter go. It looked as if we would have to spend hundreds of dollars to clear up the matter legally.
But it was the principle of the matter — we shouldn't have had to go through all that because someone else is doing something wrong.
So, thank you, mayor. We are proud to be supporters of yours. You get the job done.
Way to go, O'Neill
Congratulations to David O'Neill, Fayette County property valuation administrator, on winning his party's nomination for the post. I am so proud of how he conducted his primary campaign: with hard work, integrity and a sense of humor.
Thank you to Fayette County Democrats for choosing O'Neill as their nominee.
In November, Fayette will have the chance to choose between two strong candidates for a position that many people are unaware is an elected, partisan position. (As many of my independent friends and fellow Republicans found out when they were unable to vote for O'Neill in the primary election.)
I can now sleep well at night knowing the Fayette PVA office is finally in safe and professional hands. I hope O'Neill understands if I turn my efforts to one final act that has yet to be accomplished in the PVA office within the past 100 years — and that is to elect a Fayette County Republican PVA.
So with that, let me just say to both O'Neill and the Republican candidate, Jay Whitehead, "Let the games begin!"
Julie Fisher Brown
The Herald-Leader published a May 11 article, "Mayoral candidates move attacks to TV." The second paragraph: "Last week, Vice Mayor Jim Gray aired an ad that faulted Mayor Jim Newberry for his 'mistakes' on the stalled CentrePointe development, an audit of Blue Grass Airport and the city's water supply."
The third paragraph: "Newberry fired back, saying it was Gray who has made mistakes and charging that Gray had done nothing to correct what Gray says were the mayor's errors."
Go to the Internet or to back issues of the paper and read who writes so professionally and evenhandedly. It is reporter Andy Mead.