Paul's civil-rights views pose danger to our society
It was disturbing to hear replays of Rand Paul's interviews with The Rachel Maddow Show and MSNBC regarding race and disability discrimination.
Apparently, Kentucky's Republican Senate nominee does not understand the ramifications of the U.S. Constitution and federal civil rights laws.
To unequivocally tell Rachel Maddow that a private business has the right to refuse to serve black people on national television demonstrates his shallow views of law and order and his backward ideas of discrimination.
This issue of public accommodation integration was fought over and decided more than 40 years ago, but Paul wants to reopen the wounds of racial discrimination that tore this country apart for years, reverse the efforts of Martin Luther King Jr. and give the "locals" final say on discrimination issues. He made the same argument regarding the Americans With Disabilities Act.
During my days with the civil rights division of the U.S. Justice Department in the late 1960s and early 1970s, Southern officials who wanted to keep segregation as the law of the land made those same statements, with emphasis on permitting the "locals" to make the final decisions on segregation.
Paul's attempt to make segregation a free-speech issue reminds me of the segregationists arguing they should have "freedom of choice" to decide whether "locals" should continue segregation.
The Republican Party needs to distance itself from Paul. By espousing these views in 2010, he is a danger to society.
With such views, Paul is not qualified for any local political office, let alone the U.S. Senate.
Andrew J. Ruzicho
Paul a step back
Rand Paul's view of private ownership of a business is troublesome on so many levels.
This sort of Libertarian/Republican small-government idea would set back our state and country at a time in history when our leaders must look more to the future.
Could this movement lead to discriminatory practices by many business owners? Doubtful.
But in the real world, without public roads, police and fire protection, water and sewer systems, all paid for with taxpayer dollars, the business owner would not exist.
Norman E. Goldie Jr.
Stand fast, Paul
There is definitely a double standard in effect.
If Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut's attorney general, can be endorsed by the Democratic Party as its candidate for senator after lying about having served in Vietnam and falsely claiming to have been captain of his Harvard University swim team, I think that Rand Paul has nothing to worry about.
Liberal opponents will continually go after Paul with innuendos, out-of-context quotes and verbal attacks that will hurt him even if he defends himself well. Liberals taint their opponents by this political strategy of destructive statements and accusations.
Paul should quickly repudiate questions and accusations that are made with the intent to trap him and move on to issues important to the citizens of Kentucky and his plans for protecting them from the consequences of the progressive government in power.
Rosemond off mark
John Rosemond's May 11 column, "Soon, no child will be called 'normal,'" makes wild, offensive and unsupported accusations about the increased diagnosis of learning and developmental disabilities in the United States.
Rosemond suggests that millions of Americans suffering with learning and developmental disabilities are just "normal" people who happen to fall on the left side of the bell curve.
He then implies that schools hand out diagnoses in exchange for federal funds. Conspiracy theories aside, Rosemond's article reads as though he is fundamentally unaware of the way in which cognitive disabilities are diagnosed.
Over 100 years of psychometric research has produced reliable criteria for the diagnosis of cognitive disabilities.
In particular, dyslexia and Asperger's syndrome, two disorders which Rosemond names in his article, have clear metrics for their diagnosis and are well studied.
These disorders are serious conditions with consequences extending far outside the classroom. No conscionable practitioner would make these diagnoses lightly.
Rosemond is right to be concerned about the rise in the diagnoses of disabilities over the past few decades. This alarming trend is not understood, but researchers have proposed numerous biological, genetic and environmental hypotheses.
As an authority on parenting, however, Rosemond does a disservice to children with disabilities by encouraging the outdated belief that all children are "normal."
Children who are struggling at school or with social interaction should be evaluated for disabilities. Though more evaluations will lead to more diagnoses, more diagnoses and proper intervention will lead to more successful children.
Paul should debate
Rand Paul has been challenged by Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, to debate the 1964 Civil Rights Act. As a candidate for the U.S. Senate, Paul is obligated to state how he intends to lead those of us in Kentucky, and throughout America, as a lawmaker.
Paul has clearly stated his opposition to parts of the 1964 act by suggesting that the government overstepped its boundaries by forcing private businesses to end discriminatory practices.
He claims to personally oppose racism and discrimination, while suggesting it should be legal. Paul's attempts to restate his position make his support for discrimination stand out more clearly.
Which Kentuckians and Americans will Paul represent if he goes to Washington?
An open debate will give Paul the opportunity to let us all know what he believes and what kind of leader he will be. He should accept the invitation to a debate with Jealous.
Consider your vote
Rand Paul has called President Barack Obama's criticism of BP "un-American." It would have been totally and utterly irresponsible if Obama hadn't said something about this atrocious oil spill. BP has put many out of work in the fishing and tourism industries, killed and or damaged wildlife, and it still has no idea how to clean up the spill.
If Rand Paul can't see this, he has no business being a senator. I sincerely hope voters of Kentucky think long and hard before casting a vote for this man.
BP needs to change its name to A&G: Arrogance and Greed.
Months ago, this same oil company suggested that regulations could be loosened on deep-sea drilling because it could handle any situation.
This should teach all citizens lessons about the future — let's remember this when corporations assure us they can handle any situation.
The United States is owned by corporations, and U.S. citizens are their serfs.