Crunch Time driver made it a monster event
I wish I could thank Paul Cohen in person, but I have not been able to, so I want you to know what a special young man he is.
My brother has been in a wheelchair all his life and now lives in a group home in Lexington.
He was taken to Crunch Time at Rupp Arena, which he loves. I called Neal to see how he liked the Monster Jam and he was so excited I had to talk to his caregiver to see what had happened.
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To make this event one thing my brother will always remember, Cohen got out of his truck, took off his flag, signed it and took it to my brother Neal Nalle.
Thank you, Cohen, for giving him a lifetime memory. We will never forget you.
Betty Nalle Reynolds
Get tough with kids
I would just like to congratulate the woman who made her son stand on the street with a sign saying he was a thief, a liar and drug dealer who did not obey the law. It's about time more parents stepped up and took responsibility for their willful disrespectful children.
As for the parents who made such a fuss abut their children being placed in a scream room when they misbehave at school I suggest you start teaching them respect and better behavior if you don't like it.
Teachers have to put up with your disrespectful children all day and you want them to just let them do as they like. What kind of responsible adults do you think they will be?
Children learn from parents, so if you don't like how school deals with them I suggest you start teaching your children there are consequences and stop letting little Ginny or Johnny run riot over yours and other people's lives.
Help vets transition
Let's see: a man is trained to kill, serves in a war doing what he was trained to do, comes home and is then cut loose in a civilian society ("DA: Homeless killings suspect stalked victims," Jan. 17, Kentucky.com). He's expected to make a transition back to this world with virtually no help, despite many indications he was having trouble with the transition of becoming a "civil" person — where killing is, in fact, against the law.
Does any of this make sense — expecting a transition with virtually no help? No. Should this man be prosecuted, when he's in need of care and rehabilitation, not incarceration? No. '
Something is seriously wrong with this picture, in terms of what our society is expecting of this individual — and many others with experiences like his.
Where is the Department of Veteran Affairs' responsibility in all of this? Did they pick up on what needed to be done to assist this man in transitioning back to civil society — from one where combat and killing are the norm and in fact expected?
Does the VA have a program in place? We have heard absolutely nothing about it.
It's the VA that's broken down here, not this young combat soldier. Help him, don't lock him up. He is ill, needs care and assistance.
The VA has failed in its assigned mission for decades. Are we going to hold it accountable? That's what should be happening here, not the prosecution of this young soldier.
House of cards
Some claim a church is "the house of God." This is an idea based on housing. Why would the ruler of the universe take up residence in Kentucky real estate?
Such "house heresy" is building idolatry. The Lord's Prayer explains in the first five words where the father resides — and it is not a man-made structure.
And when the money changers and dove sellers were thrown from the temple, it was made clear what the temple's purpose was — meditation and prayer, not a domicile for a homeless divinity.
Fake religionists should be exposed wherever they are. Their novel ideas and unfounded inventions need to be laughed at. It is always open season on religious fakers and inventors of nonsense. The blast is their due. The discharge will come from the public. And it will be well deserved.
The "house of God" claim is nothing more than shameless boasting disguised as faith.
I understand that one of my favorite places, Perkins Restaurant, may be forced to close down because of actions by Southland Christian Church. This is a travesty.
It appears that a church that is supposed to be following the teachings of Jesus Christ is instead trying to close down a small family business during one of the worst economic times in history.
Most times, Southland Christian Church, like most churches, offers help and support to the needy and does an enormous amount of good. This is not one of those times. This time, Southland is motivated by greed, which is just about as un-Christian as one can get.
I urge every member of Southland to petition the pastor to stop the litigation and harassment.
Theresa Griffin Monahan
Under the law
Gatewood Galbraith, beloved by so many for his honesty, integrity and passion for social justice, was in the process of representing Mark Perkins, owner of Perkins Restaurant, in his battle with Southland Christian Church. Now, sadly, we have all lost Gatewood, and Perkins has lost his advocate.
Southland alleges that Perkins did not renew his lease or live up to all his obligations. If this were true, he most certainly would have been evicted by now.
Southland would have moved quickly, having shown its true colors, had they been given the slightest opportunity under the law.
Southland has demonstrated its avarice and should be stopped.
In regards to the writer feeling compassion for undocumented immigrants, especially Mexicans, I do not feel his passion. Never will. What doesn't he get about illegal?
I'm more outraged at the Irish lobby for asking for amnesty along with all the illegal Mexicans and others.
My father's ancestors came over from Ireland the right way — through the front door.
They never had their hand out for freebies. They worked hard for a living. My father supported his 10 children to the best of his abilities.
Illegals are taking jobs away from Americans. I have had Americans tell me so. Americans hire illegals for one simple reason — money. No taxes, no insurance and they are allowed food stamps and free health care, all at the expense of the American taxpayer.
Don't need him
In response to the Readers' Views letter inquiring "Where is Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman when you need him?"
Since Sherman died in 1891, it is my humble opinion that he has been burning in hell for 121 years and may be somewhat indisposed.
I hope that I may have been of some small help in your research.