Greed, acquisition chipping away at U.S. future
America's woes are growing to epic proportions. Our economy, politics and marketplace are broken. We arrogantly believe we are too rich and too powerful militarily to fail.
We are not the only pebble on the planet. For far too many, the most cherished freedom is the freedom to be able to acquire great wealth.
Those who believe the business of America is business are the ones who also believe the marketplace is sacred: capable of running the economy, regulating and policing itself without government interference. Needy people on Main Street are being hurt badly by Wall Street's greed-driven corruption. Don't business and bank executives take university courses in business ethics?
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Unethical politicians who can be bought by big special-interest money also contribute mightily to our brokenness. Politicians and business should be working for the common good of all our people. As long as we allow greed and selfishness to run our intertwined economic and political systems, our woes will worsen.
Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul said it was un-American to criticize business, referring to BP). In November, it will be a huge mistake if Kentuckians send Paul to Washington to be our junior senator.
Paul L. Whiteley Sr.
I have been a constable for 20 years, and I can assure a June 2 letter writer that the constable does not receive any tax money.
The office of the constable costs the taxpayers nothing. We operate using only the fees paid by those who use our services.
We provide civil process services, which is a great help to the courts. This frees up the police department to take care of more serious matters.
First District Constable
Love the real wealth
I have just heard a statistic that something like 40 percent of the world's wealth is controlled by 1 percent of the population, and that many of the richest people in the world reside in the United States. God bless them, but I'll tell you what these folks may not have.
They don't have the particular and magnificent hibiscus I recently purchased for my outside patio. They may have love, but they don't have the special and particular love we personally share with our family, friends and community.
Real love doesn't require money or the things money buys.
Unconditional love has no need to be recognized.
Rand of hope
Beyond any Wildcat victory, I have never felt so proud of my home state as I do right now. We are on the verge of electing the first libertarian U.S. senator in my lifetime.
In the first 150 years of the republic, many senators and presidents were libertarians. The small colonies of the United States produced the most successful economic engine in history. Health and quality of life soared.
That system is now being threatened. Senate candidate Rand Paul represents a hope that America can refire the light of liberty and opportunity.
I am so proud of us.
Turf expert retires
One of the state's top employees quietly retired from the University of Kentucky in May: A. J. Powell Jr.
Powell served as the extension turfgrass specialist for Kentucky for more than 35 years. Regardless of skill level, any athlete who has played on a quality sports field or golf course in Kentucky has probably benefitted from Powell's research and outreach efforts in turfgrass science.
I join hundreds of turfgrass industry professionals in the state and region in thanking Powell for his leadership, his dedication to this industry and, most importantly, his friendship. Henry County has produced no finer individual than Powell.
Mike Goatley Jr.
Our sister put a flower arrangement on the grave of our mother at Camp Nelson National Cemetery. The grave also contains the remains of our stepfather, who was a World War II veteran who saw action against the Japanese in the South Pacific.
Our sister put the flowers on the grave Friday afternoon. When she went to the cemetery to water the flowers Sunday morning, they were gone.
During the Memorial Day weekend, a holiday that our country has set aside to honor our dead and especially our veterans, some poor excuse for a human being stole the flowers from my mother's grave.
Did this animal put these flowers on his loved one's grave? Is this how he brought honor to his loved one?
Rights for all
I agree that Israel should have rights as a sovereign state.
However, I say that there will never be peace in the Middle East until the Palestinians are given rights as well. They have been there for hundreds of years.
Before anyone overreacts, I am not anti-Israel or anti-Jewish. I just believe that every person's rights should be considered.
Lynn Fish Blacketer
Cleanup needs all
Hurricane Katrina was far more devastating to humans and their offspring. But the BP oil spill affects all of us, and other countries as well. The Gulf of Mexico belongs to all of us; it is our Earth. At the minimum, we should all work together to clean it up.
Many of our industries are making money off of this catastrophe, including those that manufacture rubber gloves, detergents, plastic bags and waders. I suggest we housewives purchase some of these home products, send our receipts to those companies and urge them to help or donate the equivalent of our purchases to the efforts of this enormous clean-up.
Capping the spill
When BP tried to cap the well spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the hole in the cap was plugged by frozen elements in the oil. There is a chance that those elements were frozen in the pipe, but were not a problem.
It could be that in their hurry to repair the well head, BP officials overlooked that the flow rate through the cap would need to match the flow rate of the well.
One thing that matching the flow rate of the cap and pipe to the well could do is prevent any accumulation in the cap and pipe as they are being seated on the sea floor.