Ag department's maneuvers were cronyism as usual
The Department of Agriculture and the commissioner constantly amaze me by getting attention in your newspaper again and again for all the wrong reasons.
The latest was when two people who were in non-merit positions were transferred to merit positions because Richie Farmer is leaving his position to run for lieutenant governor.
When the new commissioner takes office we would most likely see his political cronies replace these two if they were non-merit employees. Therefore, in order to save them and keep them on the state payroll, they were put in merit positions.
Because it got so hot in the kitchen these two people voluntarily went back to the non-merit positions and now there is an investigation to see if everything is on the up and up.
Out of 200 people that were interviewed, these two people were transitioned into merit positions. Luck of the draw or coincidence or somebody high up put in a good word for them?
So what else is new in state government? Keep your eye out for more transitioning if Gov. Steve Beshear is voted out of office. In a laboratory, one would call this SOP (standard operating procedure).
Unable to coexist
The Department of Fish and Wildlife tells us bird watching and hunting are not exclusive.
Obviously they don't understand the concerns of those who oppose the slaughter of the sandhill cranes:
There are the birdwatchers who are forced to listen to the gunshots all around them. These blasts will cause the cranes to be terrified at the sight of any human, thus decreasing or totally eliminating viewing opportunities.
There are those who have a deep respect for the beauties of creation all around us, even if we never see them. The sounds of guns crippling and killing these fellow travelers in our life's journey is a horror.
Sandhill cranes, like many other birds, mate for life. It is not uncommon for last year's offspring to stay with the parents to help in the rearing of this year's young.
Do the shooters stop to consider the pain and distress their callousness brings? Perhaps they have no empathy because they have never suffered such a loss.
Fish and Wildlife tells us only a limited number of cranes will be killed. Does that mean that a huge siren will ring out across the state when that number has been reached? Will all the shooters unload their guns and go home at the sound of the siren?
We all know the truth: 10 to 20 times that limited number will actually be crippled and killed.
Contact Fish and Wildlife and demand that the cranes be protected, 1-800-858-1549.
Call off the hunt
On behalf of these beautiful, defenseless birds and all of us who have enjoyed observing their majestic beauty, I ask that you please avoid the senseless killing of sandhill cranes.
I'll never forget the only time I witnessed a migratory flock of these birds calling to each other as they passed over my house in Scott County in the mid-1990s. It was an amazing site to see and hear. It would have been horribly marred if I'd seen some of these birds plummeting to the ground at the hand of hunters.
I've known several people who have been fortunate enough to visit migratory sites to see these birds but have never heard anyone express the desire to kill them.
As a native Kentuckian, I want to be proud of my state as a place that conserves and appreciates the beauty and wholeness of nature, not a place that is known for the destruction of our beautiful natural habitat and wildlife. Please do everything within your power to call a halt to this unnecessary hunt.
There will always be exaggeration, hyperbole and outright lies in print about the Republican agenda.
And we saw it in spades in a July 1 letter to the editor that told of the evil voting construct sought by Republicans who, I quote, "want to create France of the 1780s under Louis XVI" and that our goal was to "restrict voting to only those who agree with the GOP."
This represents an increasingly bitter, out-of-touch liberal fringe: always accusing Republicans of wanting to eliminate important welfare programs, attempting voter fraud and seeking to live like kings while the peasants suffer.
In reality, true conservatives want fiscal responsibility and a better life for all classes and races of people. Liberals simply like a good tar-and-feather sound bite and we conservatives will always have a good laugh at comments comparing a period of history (The French Revolution) to Republican core values.
Read the story of Lafayette and his amazing connection to both his country (France) and our fight for independence; it quickly points out the idiocy of the letter's claim and shows that it is Democratic tax theory (go back to the 1950s) that would sooner establish class warfare than what conservatives aspire to.
Learn to shoot
You're more likely to be assaulted and more likely to be injured if you do as the Divas in Defense suggest than if you resist with a gun. You're less likely to be assaulted or injured if you resist with a gun than if you resist any other way or not at all.
There are two reasons not to resist with a gun: You're phobic about them, or you'd rather be assaulted or injured than carry one.
If you take a gun abroad or to visit one of the 12 states which deny your right to own and carry the means of self defense, the police will work hard to hurt you worse than the criminals.
We're lucky to live in Kentucky where we guarantee our rights. If you choose to exercise this right here, the other 37 states will honor it. Here's how.
NRA Women on Target offers safe, exciting, fun-filled instructional shooting clinics, and they particularly welcome women who don't own a gun and have never touched one before.
You can pass the Kentucky Concealed Carry License Course as soon as you can hit a large target with 11 shots out of 20 at seven yards. Your county sheriff will help you find a local course; it costs $75 and eight hours of time. Then you wait eight weeks, and pay $60 more and apply for your license. Then you wait six more weeks, and then you go pick up your license. Congratulations.
In Williams' sights
State senator and gubernatorial hopeful David Williams has fired a shot across the bow of the Jefferson County teachers as well as their labor organization.
Williams called for dissolution of the Jefferson County school board because it is controlled by the Jefferson County Teachers Association.
What could this small slice of Kentucky represent to the rest of the Commonwealth of Kentucky? This is certainly meaningless to the constituents of the 16th district and no more than pandering to potential Jefferson County voters who tend to steer the electorate.
Will his next shot be directed toward the United Mine Workers and mine safety? I think not.