Unfair to kill a bear for just being a bear
Kill the bear? No way.
This bear was in his forest on his turf. This bear killed no one, was possibly provoked and it was ridiculous to close Red River Gorge and surrounding trails, like closing all the beaches in Florida for a shark attack.
I vehemently beg to differ with the man who was attacked. The Herald-Leader quoted him as saying, "It (the forest) was his before it was ours."
Fact is, it has never been ours and will never be ours. The forest is still his forest. This bear was part of those introduced so the population would flourish and increase in this state, and that's a good thing.
It was where it belonged, doing what bears do — trying simply to survive. We can certainly learn better to co-exist with them in Eastern Kentucky before exterminating them for no good reason.
Letters to the editor based on faulty logic and/or faulty information appear almost daily. Two recently caught my attention.
The first stated that science is imperfect, and therefore we should reject any scientific consensus regarding global warming, no matter how overwhelming the evidence or how nearly uniform the opinion of the scientific community, because there is necessarily an element of variability in all scientific research.
Should we then disbelieve that the Earth circles the sun? After all, evidence demonstrating a solar system with the sun as the center and the planets as satellites is based on science and science is imperfect, so the multitude of scientific observations might be wrong. What reasonable person would believe this?
The second letter declared that President Barack Obama is a "dictator" because he is forcing us to buy something "I didn't want to buy."
I hate to burst the writer's bubble, but at age 86, he has been forced to purchase his premiums for Social Security and Medicare for many years, and is now no doubt enjoying their benefits, blissfully ignorant of the dichotomy between his indignation and the benefits he currently enjoys.
I truly wish letter writers would do a bit of research or at least exert a bit of intellectual effort before hitting the "send" button or putting that envelope into the mailbox.
It will be interesting to see whether the good folks of Kentucky remember how much the media promoted the hope and change theme in 2008.
So far, those high expectations have resulted in disappointment for many. This election year, the media is behaving the same way, promoting Democratic candidates and taking every opportunity to make Republican candidates look bad.
Some day, the majority of reporting may be unbiased, but we are not there yet.
A filter fix?
About this oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico: People have known for years that oil and water don't mix.
Tankers have been taking oil across the oceans for at least 60 years. There have been numerous oil spills in the oceans.
We have a lot of technology that deals with filters. So why isn't there a filtering system that can quickly, easily and inexpensively separate the oil from the water and pipe it into a tanker?
Do it for the people
Rahm Emanuel, through Bill Clinton, offered Sen. Joe Sestak a presidential appointment to drop his bid for Senate.
The non-litigious would normally not make a fuss over this.
However, President Barack Obama was elected largely on a promise to end "business as usual" in Washington while presiding over "the most transparent administration in history." He and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed to "to drain the swamp."
Apparently Sestak doesn't really mind business as usual, saying, "If I ever thought anything had been wrong about this, I would have reported it. I understand Washington, D.C., is often about political deals."
Even more offensive is their primary defense that the position offered was non-paying. This is irrelevant because the position is established by the government.
Second, how arrogant is this administration to think that Americans will accept this deal-making as what's best for the country?
On June 1, Obama spoke about the gulf oil spill: "If our laws were broken ... my solemn pledge is that we will bring those responsible to justice on behalf of ... the people."
The president should apply this solemn pledge to his administration and gain control again.
For the people.
A candidate's thanks
I would like to thank the Democratic voters of Kentucky for coming out in the May primary and supporting me in the U.S. Senate primary.
With the resources we had, it was a very difficult race to run, and we still received 20,000 votes. We received votes in virtually every county, and I only made it to 20 counties. Can you imagine what we would have accomplished with $300,000, several thousand volunteers and a full year of campaigning?
The message was right: Cut spending, produce jobs, protect Kentucky jobs from "cap and trade" and support life. It rang true with many Democrats across the state. Many conservative Democrats returned to the polls able to finally vote for a regular guy who thinks like them and has the same or similar values.
This reflects what I told Democratic committee representatives at debates across the state. Kentucky Democrats are conservative in thought and want a candidate they would be proud to support without excuses. Someone to make Washington live within its means, get out of our pockets and off our backs.
If there is a next time, there will be 20,000 people who are familiar with me and will support me. This is a far cry from where we stood when we began this campaign.
Cox for council
I have had many occasions to observe young men and women in positions of leadership with responsibility to teach, train, motivate and carry out assignments. Some involved the safety and very lives of others.
That was during my service in U.S. Army Headquarters in occupied Japan and later over 12 years as a proud member of the 106th Tank Battalion ING.
I urge voters in Lexington's 4th District to meet and listen to a new voice — that of Sam Cox.
Cox is a very bright, enthusiastic young man who has a strong desire to represent you on the Urban County Council. He has assisted other campaigns and regularly attended council meetings.
Although he is supported by well-known politicians, he has no political ties and, if elected, will not be indebted to any person or group.
One question in our form of government has always been: "Was I elected to vote my personal views or those of the majority of my constituents?" Cox has only one answer to that. "Any position I may have on an issue will be subordinate to my constituents."
Let's give this young man a chance. Support Sam Cox for 4th District councilman in the November election.
James M. McGlennon