Why add hardships to the already downtrodden?
As a social worker, a human being and a Christian, I am so very, very angry.
As I read the paper I notice these trends: Women should have to pay for their own contraception, shouldn't have the right to an abortion, shouldn't receive entitlement money for the children they do have and if that child is gay it should not have equal rights.
So, what are we supposed to do with unwanted children? I see enough of these kids every day without these sanctions in place.
I see 14-year-old girls rearing babies in abusive households with no food, no job, no education and limited parenting skills. I see children being raised by grandparents.
I see kids bullied for being gay or different or poor or for living in a trailer. I see the hopelessness and despair and the feeling that they are not worthy of an education, a job or a better life.
And my heart breaks. I find something to love in every one of them, and they are beautiful and funny and courageous.
Seriously, these people need further hardships? These people need a voice. I dare any candidate to spend a week with me and not feel for my clients.
Martha Parks Johnson
Shake up Congress
Patrick Kelly is a dear friend, a man of deep faith and a true conservative. He is the political outsider we need to shake up Congress.
Career politicians always talk about helping the small businessman, but Kelly is that small businessman. He understands intimately how government gets in the way of hardworking people and how to get the government off their backs.
As a Democrat, I don't always agree with Kelly. But I respect him as a principled neighbor who will push to restore individual and economic liberty to our country. He deserves your vote in the May Republican Primary.
Insanity has been described as doing the same thing over and over, while expecting different results. You don't have to be a genius to see the insanity in Congress.
Trading out the crony capitalism of Barack Obama and Ben Chandler for more of the same with establishment Republicans, Mitt Romney and Andy Barr, is not what Kentucky needs. At least Obama can carry a tune.
Release Beetle Bailey
It's time to consign the comic strip Beetle Bailey to the trash heap where it belongs.
The strip is infrequently funny and frequently offensive. Glorifying abuse, it often shows Beetle in a pulped mass on the ground.
The depictions of the Asian soldiers are racist, which is especially inappropriate given the recent suicides of Asian-American soldiers who were subjected to hazing.
Recently, the punch line of the comic was the hilarious notion that a middle-aged woman might be attractive.
All of this adds up to an outdated and destructive idea that only cute young girls have value in the sexual marketplace; that people of other races only have value as objects of scorn; and that repeated violence is the way to keep these the dominant values of a warlike society.
The control party
Here we go again. Democrats — like a March 12 letter writer — are playing with labels, changing things to "conservative" and "progressive" (formerly "liberal") to try and tarnish the reputations of Republicans.
For the record: Abraham Lincoln, the first Republican president, was a progressive/liberal as to slavery, and a conservative as to secession. He fought and won a bloody Civil War that reunited this country and preserved the union.
Jefferson Davis and Alexander Hamilton Stevens were Democrats and president and vice president of the Confederacy. They were conservatives who led secession to preserve states' rights to continue slavery. Thanks to a Republican, they lost.
Roaring segregationists Bull Connor and George Wallace were Democrats. Sen. Robert Byrd, a Democrat, was a member of the KKK. Yet, the leftist media have minimized their racism.
Instead, they bashed Sen. Strom Thurmond as symbol of Republican racism and repression of blacks. Well, Thurmond was a racist Democrat who became a racist Dixiecrat who then saw the light, got religion, shed his racist ways and became a Republican until the day he died.
Current Democrats haven't changed their ways, though. They are still racist, people-control freaks and history-stealing fools.
Look at the record. Democrats control unions and the unions control working people and our schools. Today, Democrats use unions to control people just like they used slavery and segregation to control blacks.
Democrats should be ashamed of themselves for lying to the people. And the people should be ashamed of themselves for believing their lies.
Edward L. Smith Jr.
I hope no serious news happens in the world over the next few weeks, because all the Herald-Leader is reporting is basketball. Not just on the sports page, but the front page and the Life section, too.
FYI, not everyone cares about basketball.
Likes Pett toons
I just wanted to let Joel Pett know that his cartoon would look great on the side of a barn. I think it would have better appeal than on that garage in Canada. Please keep the cartoons coming. I enjoy them.
Let them speak
In response to "The last word(s)" quotation involving Terrence Jones and John Calipari after losing the SEC championship: Calipari should have let Jones speak for himself.
Jones clearly stated that the coach said the team was "ignorant." And, there was no need for the coach to chime in with "arrogant."
It just brings to mind a hilarious punchline for one of those MasterCard jokes: gasoline to Yum Center, $80; seats to the NCAA Tournament first round, $250; Jones' comment on play, priceless.
Thanks, I haven't laughed that hard in a long time.
Food for thought
I can't believe how ironic this is: The food stamp program, part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is pleased to be distributing the greatest amount of food stamps ever.
Meanwhile, the park service, also part of the federal government, asks us "please do not feed the animals" because they may grow dependent and not learn to take care of themselves.