Income disparity is real problem facing nation
Yes, we have a deficit problem — we get it. But equally menacing is our income disparity problem.
The deficit is an easy target for politicians and Tea Partiers. Their jerking knees lash out toward "your tired, your poor, your hungry, your huddled masses" with brutal austerity.
Even so, austerity alone will not save the United States. According to Timothy Noah writing for Slate, three issues explain the largest part of our income disparity problem.
First, the Taft-Hartley Act of 1947, which marked the beginning of the end for organized labor in our country. Countries with strong labor, like Germany, France and Sweden, have more industry. Can you imagine obscene executive compensation if labor had a voice?
Second, our education system is on the verge of dysfunction. U.S. high school students rank 16th in the world in math and science. Even those with smarts find college tuitions prohibitive. This must change.
Third, gutless politicians have failed to stand up to Wall Street and corporate boards that pamper stinking rich executives. Making on average $7 million a year, a large part of them work in finance, their efforts producing nothing real in our economy.
The Tea Party movement is right to say our country is lost. We still have a democracy with a middle-class majority, but there might not be many chances left to get this right.
Please do not let Washington waste time squabbling over low-hanging fruit like the deficit. We must start picking hard-to-reach fruit.
In same spirit
Sharon Thompson in her Jan. 27 column wrote about Buffalo Trace White Dog Mash No. 1 — moonshine.
May I recommend Devil John Moonshine No. 9 made right here in Lexington by the Barrel House Distillery Company on Manchester Street?
Not a Somers fan
I was interested to read about the lawsuit against Suzanne Somers and her Suzanne's Kitchen in Lexington. I liked the concept and the food, so I purchased a $200 gift certificate for my daughter-in-law for Christmas since she, like I, doesn't enjoy cooking. When she went to pick up her food she found an empty and locked building — no notice or phone number, no information.
She did not get a Christmas present and I lost my money — so I have a bitter taste left for Somers and John Y. Brown Jr.
Proud of King event
Lexington presents an incredible program every January celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy. The program this year was exceptional.
The inspiring music, the welcome from Ann Grundy, the greetings from Mayor Jim Gray and President Lee T. Todd Jr., and Old Man River sung by Kevin Thompson prepared us for the feature presentation, Emergency by Daniel Beaty.
Beaty portrayed a cast of 43 characters reacting to a slave ship that mysteriously emerges in front of the Statue of Liberty. Each character had a great message, some funny, many thought-provoking.
It gave me a new insight into "slave mentality" and what longing to be free really means. It means being free from the shackles of the past to living in the present so that the future is more loving.
I left the program proud to be living in a city where such a fantastic tribute to King's legacy is celebrated. Thank you to all who make it happen. But especially, thanks to all who attended this amazing celebration.
End immigration lures
Concerning the Jan. 29 commentary, "Call for compassion to illegal immigrants" by Stefanie Brock, what about compassion for fellow citizens and not lawbreakers, illegals and criminals?
She calls them an oppressed demographic. I call them lawbreakers and illegals. She is against Senate Bill 6. Me, too. We already have laws in place. We do not need new laws. Enforce the ones we have and get these criminals out of our state and country.
She says when our state fell short on Medicaid, it's our fault. It's our fault for allowing these illegals to take advantage of us.
You know as well as I what's going on. It's called legalized slavery. Big business taking advantage of all of us and, yes, illegals, too.
I'm not concerned about compassion for illegals. I am concerned for Kentucky and my children. Anyone who hires, rents or helps illegals in any way should be put in jail.
She says only God can judge, but in 1 Corinthians 2:15 it says he who is spiritual judgeth all things.
Our state is hurting financially because of these people who do not care about you, me or anything about this country except what they can take at our expense. Take away their jobs and welfare, and they will leave.
It is past time for me to put pen to paper to show my appreciation for the kindness and concern shown to me on Oct. 18.
I was riding my bicycle on Columbia Avenue at South Ashland Avenue when I cut my wheel too sharply and slammed myself onto the sidewalk. As I looked up, there were several kind people gathered around me to show their concern about my condition.
I did manage to pedal home, later got an X-ray at the Urgent Treatment Center, and the following morning began my stay of several days at Central Baptist Hospital.
I had six broken ribs, but with their excellent care and with time to heal, I have since recovered.
Whoever you kind and decent people are, may God watch over you and keep you safe.
Thank you all so much — you were my good Samaritans.
Patricia Ann Ellis
I wonder how many people remember the Ben Ali Theater on Main Street that right after the war had vaudeville?
I remember seeing Buddy Ebsen there. He was sure a good dancer. The next time I viewed Ebsen was when I was watching a Shirley Temple DVD. He was dancing with her in 1936's Captain January. They sure were good dancers.
Joseph M. Heidenreich
Am I the only basketball fan who sees cursing at our athletes on national TV as humiliating, offensive, degrading, condescending, belittling and un-Christian?
What father benefits by browbeating his children to encourage them to do better? None.
If coach John Calipari is worth his salary, he can set an example for all coaches and begin a style of teaching that is positive, not demeaning, when mistakes are made.
Go Cats, to a new beginning.