It's time to show oil companies who's in charge
Some of the television newscasters on the Sunday talk shows and on the regular news programs have said the federal government was slow to react to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
If our contract with the oil companies is to keep our nose to the oil companies backside, then our nose is going to get awful greasy.
This used to be America, before former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney took over for the oil companies.
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Let our wonderful lawmakers pass laws to regulate oil companies, including prices. No oil will be brought into the United States that costs more than $20 a barrel.
Then, President Barack Obama can bring our soldiers home to work instead of killing the people of other countries for the control of their oil.
This would be a great time for our lawmakers to decide who regulates whom.
What are the odds Rep. Ben Chandler will actually show up in the district to campaign? He's refused to before, citing citizen "incivility."
I'm not buying it. Chandler, the efficiency expert, has found a shorter, easier route to success: fund-raising the stimulus way. Mumbling incoherently about "infrastructure," Chandler pulled out more than $17 million for one stimulus project. Grateful associates of the recipient handed back contributions.
An added bonus: Chandler on center stage among 2,600 unemployed applicants as they stood in line, hoping to land one of the 100 temporary jobs. Smiling and pandering, he played the part of the condescending benefactor perfectly. What a lovely photo for his web site.
The unattractive alternative? Chandler subjecting himself to town hall meetings with the "great unwashed," appearing before people he doesn't like, listening to complaints he doesn't want to hear and questions he can't answer. He risks appearing incompetent and angry, all for perhaps a lousy $50 in campaign donations.
Chandler, January 2010: "We hope we can get more and more (stimulus) out there. We'll have to see what happens." Since $5 million in projects awaited contractors, we know what will happen.
With his current $1.6 million war chest, Chandler can afford to just call it in; campaign in absentia. He'll swamp us with ads declaring that stimulus, government spending and infrastructure offer the way forward. For whom?
Will he show? I'd call it a long shot.
Through evolving legal precedents developed in recent times by the Supreme Court, the Second Amendment has come to stand for the individual right of each U.S. citizen to acquire, keep and use firearms.
However, when the drafting and passage of the Second Amendment are viewed from the historical setting of the 1780s, it had nothing to do with the right of citizens to have and keep firearms.
The founding fathers of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 were drafting the structure for a new national government for the United States with enhanced national powers. This required a corresponding relinquishment of such powers from the 13 state governments; giving Congress the power to create military forces and to put down insurrections and invasions and making the president the commander in chief.
In order to placate the state governments and to balance the succession of these military powers to the national government, the states would retain the right to establish and control a militia force through the adoption and ratifications of the Second Amendment.
In 1780s, no founding father would have any reason to question the right of citizens to have and use firearms. Communities had to rely on themselves for protection from Indians, criminals and foreign forces. Firearms in the hands of individuals were the recognized means for such protection.
The right to keep and bear arms was established and recognized in the 1780s by other means or customs, but this was not the purpose of the Second Amendment.
John J. Davis
Many joyful voices
I was disappointed that the May 23 Festival of Choirs pictorial story did not give credit to all the choirs that participated.
They should be mentioned here: Jimtown Missionary Baptist Church Choir, Greater Liberty Baptist Church Choir and St. Peter Claver Church Men's Choir.
Though they did not have the same number of voices as the Lexington Singers, they indeed raised a mighty voice. Even in an outdoor venue, each choir met the challenge of making a joyful noise heard throughout. In the finale, the combined choirs made a magnificent sound even though they had not sung together previously.
The spirit of the community was evident in the enthusiasm of the audience, and in the location — a corner adjacent to the Lyric Theatre and to the newest addition of Lexington's artful bus stops.
Nukes still a threat
During the April Nuclear Security Summit, President Barack Obama declared the world will be safer because of the steps taken to reduce arms. While the summit made for lots of pretty "photo ops," there's just one problem.
Bible prophecy assures us that nuclear war will still kill a third of mankind — that's nearly 2.3 billion people. It also assures us that a military force of 200 million will be formed.
China and India alone have over two billion people, plus nukes. Iran and North Korea do, too; they defiantly stayed home from the summit. Pakistan's nukes have been feared to be overrun by the Taliban. One day, these nuclear nations will unite (much as it has been discussed by Canada, America and Mexico) and form this 200 million-man force.
As a World War II veteran, I'm concerned about two controversial issues facing the United States: the Arizona law to fight illegal immigration and the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
I suggest the following to help solve these two issues:
We've had 25,000 or more troops in South Korea for 50 or more years. But we have failed to protect our own borders for 30 or more years from illegal immigrants, drugs and terrorists. President Barack Obama could bring our troops home from South Korea and use them and other troops to seal and protect our own U.S. borders.
The other issue is the BP oil leak. During the OPEC oil embargo, Presidents Jimmy Carter and Richard Nixon put a 55-mph speed limit on our highways and were successful in defeating OPEC. For every mile over 55 mph, people use more fuel and increase accidents, air pollution and costs. Obama and Congress could reinstitute the same restriction. It's a winner.
Unless we take positive actions, we could end up as a third-world country. Let's not let it happen and continue to be a first-class country.
Richard W. Fenzel