Having rich pay more not morally fair solution
I appreciated the thoughtful comments of two philosophers in the Kentucky Voices column: "For fiscal, moral reasons, the rich should pay more."
Fiscally, it makes sense the rich should pay more. Morally, I'm not so sure. Our moral commitment is to treat all people with equal respect and support equal opportunities for self-sufficiency.
Realizing the significance of individual sacrifice and effort, I doubt our founding fathers expected all for whom our freedoms exist would achieve equal outcomes.
I'm frightened by sociopolitical systems that support, if not encourage "freedom from want."
Some people legitimately need help. Those who are capable but unmotivated may want it and think they're entitled, but I do not believe they deserve taxpayers' money.
There is a dangerously increasing mind-set that government and wealthy others should provide for all who cannot or will not provide for themselves.
Where is the fairness in this idea?
A final note to the authors: I wish we would stop taking the us-versus-them ("conservatives" and "they") stance on issues.
Use of dichotomous language polarizes people who could be looking for common ground instead of focusing on differences.
Why so happy?
This letter is in reference to the July 29 editorial from the New York Times applauding New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg's recent $50 million Sierra Club donation to block construction of coal-fired power plants and shut down existing ones.
I just don't understand why a newspaper in a coal mining state, like the Herald-Leader, is always so genuinely excited about the prospect of putting an entire region of that state out of work.
I don't have any clear choice in the fall election for governor — Steve Beshear or David Williams — so I want to use this letter to ask your readers for their online comments.
What I would ask of each person commenting is to be specific as to the candidate's position on an issue (rather than just a bias). If there were a study conducted which generated statistics that would be very helpful.
Negative comments would also be helpful, say, if the candidate voted against something, or vetoed something.
Having been a resident of Kentucky for only a dozen years, I find politics here somewhat confusing. In a 60-40 Democratic state, both senators and four of six U.S. representatives are Republican. The state House is Democratic; the Senate Republican. The governor has been Democratic for decades, except one term.
Keep an eye out ...
The Los Angeles Times commentary in the July 24 paper, "We have gods because we need them," mentioned that one of the authors, Anderson Thompson, serves as a trustee of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science.
Your readers might be interested to know that there is a chance that Richard Dawkins, world-renowned evolutionary biologist and best-selling author, may speak at Eastern Kentucky University in October.
You can Google "EKU Chautauqua" in late August or sometime in September to find out more about this possibility. The new Chautauqua schedule cannot be published until all programs in the series have been finalized.
Eastern Kentucky University English professor
Gamble on Tea Party
The far right is of the opinion that the U.S. defaulting on our debt payments is no big deal. Perhaps they are the enlightened ones whose time has come.
We'll never know unless they are given free rein. Consider it like going to the track or casino. If you're lucky or good, you can leave with more than you came with. However, there's a pretty good chance you'll leave a loser, but that doesn't stop you from going.
So, let's view the far right in the same manner; that is, take a gamble. Support all of their ideas. Make that wager on the Tea Party movement.
The payoff: The economy becomes stronger than ever, we manage to clear our debt in record time, unemployment hits a new low and entitlement programs are saved. All accomplished with no new taxes.
But as in any gamble, there is no certainty about the outcome. What if the far right has it wrong? Inconceivable, I know, but still possible.
So are you up for the gamble? Are you willing to hitch your future to the Tea Party? To me, it's a no-brainer. Let's support the movement's inane assumptions and no-compromise mentality.
If they are right, then our wager should pay off handsomely. If they are wrong, there will be consequences.
Yet, I would take the risk, because if they are wrong, it's likely we would never see them on our airwaves again (except on Fox). Now that's a risk worth taking.
Job well done
I just read an article Jim Warren wrote about me. This is one of several he has written regarding the Bath County School District.
Warren and the Herald-Leader are to be commended for maintaining their integrity, professionalism and unbiased reporting. When interviewing, Warren is always very professional.
These days we all witness plenty of the other kind of reporting in multiple venues. I assume the paper's management appreciates his good work and his setting a good example for others.
Bath County School District chairman
I am so thankful for the glorious opportunity our Lord gave me to meet and talk with Bishop Gene Robinson on a recent weekend in Lexington at The Church of St. Michael the Archangel.
He is the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church. He is bishop of New Hampshire. Many hundreds attended. The bishop has two granddaughters.
We wrote out questions to be asked after his very learned talk. He has roots in Kentucky and was valedictorian of his class.
He chose my question first, which was: What should I say to my son who is a pastor in the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church and who tells my granddaughters I am very wrong because I am gay?
His answer was very helpful.
He said always use "I" statements and not to challenge him. He said our faith grows by such discussion.
He pointed out that all of us are always growing and the "concept" of gay came long after the Old Testament.
He pointed out that Jesus told his disciples there was much more to know, but that they were not ready to hear all of the message from God.
I wish my son could have been there with me.
North Bend, Ohio