PBS, NPR represent best society offers
One of our favorite family stories is about our then 4-year-old twins digging for dinosaur bones in the gravel bed of our driveway. The evening before, they had seen an episode of Nova about the subject and their imaginations were aflame. There is simply nothing on commercial television — cable or over the air — as good as Nova or American Experience or Great Performances or Frontline or ... well, you get the point.
Public Broadcasting Service and National Public Radio have enriched our lives the way for-profit networks can't or won't. A great nation generates great culture, and public broadcasting reflects the best our society has to offer.
What is particularly irksome to me is that the party that was handed a budget surplus and squandered it on illegitimate wars and unwarranted tax cuts now suddenly has gotten religion on fiscal matters, and has conveniently used that angle to try to get rid of things it doesn't like.
Dissolving PBS will not come close to balancing the federal budget, but will result in the gutting of something truly valuable: a resource tapped into by over 170 million Americans. The last couple of times I have ridden in a cab, NPR has been on the radio.
Public broadcasting — like education, transportation infrastructure and the national parks — is an investment in our society.
Return levels of taxation to pre-George W. Bush days and let those who benefit most from living in a great nation pay their proportional share.
Esther E. Randall
U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves needs to withdraw his opinion on lawyers' speech ("Judge upholds lawyer restrictions," April 13). The Kentucky Bar rule, adopted from the American Bar Association's Model Rules of Professional Conduct, only prohibits false speech, and only false speech the lawyer knows is false or false speech made in reckless disregard as to whether it is true or false.
A false statement negligently made cannot be punished, nor can any true speech be punished. Reckless truth, if such a thing exists, cannot be punished.
Richard H. Underwood
Williams a hypocrite
A hypocrite is someone who says one thing yet does another. There can be no greater example of a hypocrite than state Senate President David Williams, who opposes expanded gambling in Kentucky while admittedly having engaged in much gambling himself.
Even more disturbing is the appearance of impropriety created by his gambling at neighboring states' riverboats, which stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars if Kentucky adopts expanded gambling. The riverboat executives are comforted by the knowledge that one man who can prevent that from ever happening is downstairs at their gambling tables. Such comfort doesn't come cheap.
James L. Avritt Sr.
Can jobs stay here?
We were very surprised that the paper would give such a large amount of coverage to a business ("Hands-on approach," March 21) that "brags" about having their products made in China and hiring only two workers here.
With Kentucky's unemployment rate higher than most other states', it seems feasible that this business could find a way to provide much-needed income for our residents.
We do not intend to support this company and would appreciate more coverage as to the reason for sending this work overseas.
Doyle and Hester Stewart
I didn't think Joel Pett could get any lower than his usual liberal views, but I was wrong. His April 6 cartoon should make everyone sick. He basically says one way to shrink the welfare state is to allow more abortions. Why stop there? Just go ahead and terminate the elderly and any other unwanted children and unnecessary people. That way, the elite liberal crowd could live in its Utopian world (until they turn on one another).
Jesus said, "The poor will be with you always." How true that has been. We must help them, but not by propping them up with big government programs that turn them into welfare zombies.
The help needs to be local: family, community, the church and even themselves. Government is there for those who can't. The super rich can do more, too. They can (and should) fund free clinics, shelters, food banks, adoption centers, libraries, gyms, parks, youth centers, museums, etc. As for Pett, some say he's a nice guy. I hope at some point he can reclaim his soul.