Forget body scans; see the country from your car
The controversy over airport body scans offers an opportunity: Quit flying and travel in your car.
Relax your lifestyle, restore your adventurism, travel the old U.S. highways and avoid the interstates. Bring the government to its knees. We will no longer need to improve the air traffic control system and might even be able to shut it down.
If you will do this, you will see parts of the country you haven't seen before. You will see all the unused land around the country, contrary to us running out of land as the environmentalists are saying. Your heart rate will improve, your sense of well-being will improve and you will take control of your own life. Life will slow down to a livable pace.
At nights, you can relax and watch your old body scans on the Internet just like you can now see all of the nations' military secrets. I am sure they are there somewhere and some hacker will find them.
Donald R. Fugette
Not so bad
I recently made a round trip from Cincinnati. I was patted down going and returning and experienced nothing that was invasive or demeaning.
When you hear right-wingers trying to sell tax cuts for the rich as a cure for a bad economy, you should always remember that trickle-down economics has been tried and failed.
George W. Bush cut taxes for the rich when he came into office. In his first term he was the first president since the Great Depression to show net job losses. His second term was worse than the first.
They claim that if you give the rich a lot of tax breaks, it will trickle down to the lower classes. That, of course, is false. The rich have continued to get richer while the poor have gotten poorer. The rich are the only segment of our population that has done well over the last few years. Everyone else has suffered.
Tax cuts lead to reduced revenues and higher deficits. So ask yourself, if the right-wingers want to reduce the deficit, why are they wanting to give more money to the rich, which will certainly add to the deficit?
They want to cut aid to the sick, elderly, poor and unemployed in order to let the rich have more play money, while at the same time they complain about deficits.
Does the right wing make any sense? No, but what else is new?
Quality has eroded
I don't like what's happening in our country any more than the next person does. Our politicians are to blame because they exported our jobs to China, India, Mexico, etc., because of cheap labor; and we were unaware these shenanigans were occurring right under our noses.
I get the angriest when I am sewing because the quality of thread I purchase now is not equal to thread I purchased 25 or 30 years ago. It frays and gets thinner and thinner until the it breaks because the genuine quality is not there anymore.
One would not think it possible to judge a nation by trying to repair clothing or sew with thread that breaks repeatedly. I know because I have a degree in vocational home economics.
It appears common sense is not a part of the Washington establishment at all now. But anyone with common intelligence should remember the fury we felt because President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, with their extravagant lifestyle, actually abandoned the American people. In many ways we were left worse off after their terms expired than Americans were during the Depression. And I also remember the poverty we experienced from 1946 on through the 1950s.
America was built by hale and hearty men and women — real statesmen who endured frigid weather conditions; worked long, hard hours and got very little sleep or time for recreation. And all it took to bring our nation down was electing some educated fools.
Ellouise Stephens Shepherd
Kettles out of place?
Am I the only one who sees anything incongruous, to say the least, in Salvation Army kettles outside liquor stores? Shades of George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara.
Ark park misguided
As to the proposed Noah's Ark theme park, regardless of the religious beliefs of Americans the United States is not a Christian nation, nor has it ever been. It is a constitutional republic, a government of the people, by the people, for the people.
As an adolescent in Laurel County, we believed what we were told by family members, friends, business leaders and government officials to be the truth. If I remember correctly, truth in advertising was enforced by the federal government. Products advertised had to conform to their billing.
In this light, Ark Encounter will have to have a disclaimer at the entrance and exit stating the park was for entertainment only and not based on historical fact.
Sadly, religious myths are delivered to young Americans at Bible school and regular church services by clergymen who either do not care or do not know that the fabrications are mentally harmful to the young and will be carried forward into adulthood. Kentucky's governor delivered another blow to the advancement of our state.
Thomas Jefferson helped Kentucky in a number of ways. One in particular was his emphasis on a wall of separation between church and state. We are a nation of approximately 320 million individuals, and not all believe in the God of Abraham. To support an agenda or project that would further demean our state is criminal.
Billy Ray Wilson
According to We Can Know, a group whose credentials as believers are as impeccable as Answers in Genesis, "Judgment Day" is going to happen on May 21 (see Wecanknow.com). Since that is the case, why is the company even considering an ark park? Aren't they paying attention to the signs that are so obvious to the We Can Know people?
Those who are "left behind" really won't be interested in implementing the Noah's Ark theme park plan. Tim Lahaye and Ken Ham will no longer be a topic of conversation for those with a science background.
Could Gov. Steve Beshear prevail upon Attorney General Jack Conway to advance Judgment Day on the docket?