Sexual-orientation bullying must not be tolerated
The continued hate crimes and school bullying across the commonwealth against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and intersex community must stop.
When did we as a people stop teaching tolerance and diversity? Tolerance and diversity are what make both Kentucky and our nation great, with the right to pursue happiness under both the Kentucky and U.S. Constitutions for all people.
My community wants exactly what every other citizen wants, equality under law and to love and protect our families.
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My community does not seek the approval of hate groups or intolerant people, only their acknowledgement that we have the same right to the pursuit of happiness as they do.
When moving forward, some people have historically fought against change and equality yelling "traditional values," the age-old cry of the oppressor.
But there was a time when only people of a certain sex and race could own land, women could not vote and interracial marriage was illegal. But we progressed in the name of equality for all.
Though hate groups and intolerant people may continue to test our resolve, in the end we shall prevail.
President, Kentucky Equality Federation
Dowd gets bad grade
I am sure with the size of your circulation you get intelligent comments that are insightful and accurate. Some people haven't checked their facts. Isn't it your job to disseminate the truth?
One reader made a "toilet paper" comment about Dick Cheney's book. Should you really be printing statements like that? If the reader had read the book and has an opinion on facts therein, then that might be interesting.
Another reader wrongly implied that Sen. Mitch McConnell wants to cut payments to existing Social Security recipients.
However, there will be no option but to cut existing retirees' payments if Congress and the president don't make changes to FICA withholding and payments to future retirees.
The above are amateurs, but Maureen Dowd is a professional columnist, so there is no excuse for her inconsistencies. When media reported Texas Gov. Rick Perry's college grades, she expressed her negative reaction. Why doesn't she compare them to President Barack Obama's grades? They have not gotten a lot of attention If grades are important, then publish Obama's grades. If they are unimportant, then don't comment on Perry's.
In spite of her liberal leanings, I expect Dowd to be a big Mitt Romney supporter since he gave the commencement address to his Brigham Young graduating class, graduated cum laude from Harvard Law and was in the top 5 percent of his Harvard MBA class.
Fix government at polls
It is truly amazing to me to listen to people complain about the government at all levels, yet they retread these worn out and ineffectual "leaders" every election day.
The members of both parties have completely lost touch with what the American people want. They stand before each other spouting grandiose speeches while looking down their noses at the common man.
Professional politicians need to be cut loose from the public teat. It's time to reduce their pay and staff, and enact term limits. If the president only gets eight years, then congressmen should only get one term each.
Do away with entitlements and partisanship. Recall your multiple-term officials today.
Kentuckians feel dismayed, betrayed and bewildered by Gov. Steve Beshear's steady support for blowing up Kentucky's beautiful mountains.
Our governor is supposed to protect the public interest, including our health and safety. Instead, he has cravenly sided with the out-of-state corporations who dump coal-mining waste into the mountain streams that provide our drinking water.
Despite recent studies showing higher rates of birth defects and cancer in the areas where mountaintop removal occurs, Beshear has even sued the Environmental Protection Agency to allow the dumping to continue.
Why does Beshear ignore these peer-reviewed scientific studies?
Kentuckians should know that they have a choice in the November gubernatorial election.
Gatewood Galbraith opposes mountaintop-removal coal mining. He also adamantly opposes the hunting of sandhill cranes.
I sincerely hope the Herald-Leader will give equal time in the coming month to the independent candidate for governor.
What happened to the good ol' days when employees did their jobs, and had pride not only for their responsibilities but also the company they worked for?
Several times I have purchased cigarettes from a certain gas station only to find out later they have given me the wrong ones.
After returning to the store, and dealing with the same cashier, I get attitude and a speech about state law as to why they will not take them back.
How many of us have been to a public event and had to fend off the affections of an inebriated stranger because the employee selling alcohol did not cut them off?
It used to be that when you would stop to let pedestrians walk across the street, they would run so as not to hold you up. Today, pedestrians sashay across either texting or talking on the phone.
What happened to the days when you could go to the grocery and return with everything you purchased? The days when the cashier or bagger made sure all your groceries were in your buggy? How many of us have had to make another trip back to get something left behind?
What happened to the days when parents taught their kids respect for others? When you could make a doctor's appointment and be seen at the time of your appointment?
How did we get here? Where will it end? How will it end?
The newspaper clamor over the Answers in Genesis theme park is like the playground bully trying to impose his will on a small kid.
Would the Herald-Leader and other outlets have taken the same stance if Universal, Disney or Busch Gardens wanted to build in Kentucky? Absolutely not.
This is nothing more than a bias that leads to prejudice that leads to discrimination that leads to tyranny against Christians.
Bullying is a form of tyranny.
I have visited the Creation Museum and find it professional, entertaining and true to its understanding of the Bible. While I may not agree with all it says, I certainly enjoyed the visit.
Orin M. Simmerman Jr.