A state UPike would be a positive step
I continue to be amazed at the negativity toward the people of our part of the state by our "friends" in other parts of the state. Recently, a letter writer from Winchester found it worthy of his valuable time to write in opposition to a state-supported "research" university in Eastern Kentucky.
I have always been of the opinion that if something positive happens in any part of this state, then it's positive for all parts of this state. Obviously this does not resonate with people as they look eastward.
I haven't always been a cynic. Almost 50 years ago, I grasped my only chance at an education beyond high school when I was able to attend a rustic but wonderful Alice Lloyd College.
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This two-year college was started as a testament to the belief of two wonderful young women that the youth of Eastern Kentucky, given a chance, had the potential to achieve great things. They saw the need and the longing to learn, and as much as they could they tried to fill that need.
Almost 100 years ago now, two ladies from New York did more to educate the young people of Eastern Kentucky than our brethren in this state are willing to do a century later. Sad.
In order for President Barack Obama to get re-elected he must secure several sectors of the voting population, including women, Latinos, rich people, the middle class and gays.
So, the question is why would these groups vote for Obama for re-election?
Women should vote for him because he has shown support for women and nominated two women to the U.S. Supreme Court. And he recently defended Sandra Fluke, the young lady Rush Limbaugh publicly insulted when he called her a slut.
Latinos should vote because Obama has not drafted a federal law to enforce sending illegal immigrants back to Mexico, nor proposed federal measures to prevent their entrance to the United States.
The wealthy should vote for his re-election because he extended the George W. Bush tax cuts that allowed them to accumulate more wealth.
Obama fought for the middle class against a stubborn Congress to get a job bills passed along with payroll tax benefits, and extension of unemployment relief. Also, he has shaped the economy to include the middle class.
Obama brought an end to "Don't ask, don't tell" and has not engaged the federal government to prevent state laws that support same-sex marriage.
Obama has embraced the above-mentioned voting groups during this first presidential term, and they should reward him by voting to re-elect him.
All the wrong moves
I was recently listening to National Public Radio and heard President Barack Obama bragging about bailing out the auto industry and saving jobs, but I did not hear him bragging about all the jobs he destroyed in the coal industry.
They decided to give the auto industry tax dollars and in turn look how thankful the auto industry is, by charging almost double what a vehicle should cost, so the working poor can never afford one. That's the thanks you get.
As far as the coal industry, our politicians need to stop listening to the Environmental Protection Agency as it hinders jobs by believing the lie of global warming.
These politicians will not listen to the American people, as they are bent on destroying our nation and our nation's economy with their foolish agendas of going green. If they wanted our economy to boom, then they would let more oil wells be drilled here.
Furthermore, the Afghanistan and Iraq wars have not helped our nation nor helped theirs. All these people know to do is to hate Israel and America.
If our politicians would get the price of gas down to $1.50 a gallon, our economy would go through the roof. And get this foolishness of global warming out of their heads and let this nation go back to work mining coal and drilling for oil.
Need creative thinking
It is common knowledge that we humans are built anatomically, physiologically and biochemically to live by the laws of nature, not by the laws of religion, economy or technology. Religion is not giving rules for survival on this planet, and it seems, that even the experts don't comprehend present economic problems. We are obsessed solely with economic growth.
Technology is not part of nature. It gives us tools to facilitate our work and toys for our entertainment. We are addicted to artificial gadgets, to the detriment of education, environment and human contact. We are behaving like addicts with withdrawal symptoms and confusion if deprived of these toys. And there are no rehab programs available.
The world around us is changing so rapidly, that past experience is worthless. To ensure our citizens' well-being in the future, our leader has to base his decisions on creative thinking and have the ability to foresee and assess present and future problems. Diplomacy and knowledge of facts, not beliefs, are indispensable tools for our leader.
Only President Barack Obama has the needed intelligence and competency to be our president.
No right to refuse
Judging by Hands On Originals owner Blaine Adamson's column and several letters, many Lexingtonians seem to have little awareness of the history of the struggle for public accommodations.
Before the civil rights era, Woolworth's operated integrated lunch counters in the American North, but dared not integrate them in the South for fear that white patrons would boycott them.
Laws that require those offering a service to the public to accommodate all people, regardless of personal preferences of their proprietors, offer a protection to small-business people and franchisers: That they serve people does not indicate approval of those people. In a capitalist society, that functions as a primary rule of doing business.
Hands on Originals has the right to refuse clearly obscene messages, but I see nothing obscene about the message they refused.
I think this decision amounted to both bad business and bad ethics on the company's part.
Right choice on T-shirts
This isn't a choice that Hands On Orginials made lightly. It is a bold and brave stand to claim what Jesus has taught and charged us as believers to make, love the sinner, not the sin. To choose providing the T-shirts for this event would be nothing short of saying "we support the sin."
I ask myself, "What would Jesus do?" Exactly what Hands On Originals did. Was there prejudice in their choice? Absolutely not.
Hands On simply made a choice based on their beliefs. Isn't that what the gay/lesbian community did? They made a choice to live their lives according to their personal belief.
Refusing to recognize and respect Hands On Originals has the same right of choice, the Gay and Lesbian Service Organization would prefer to bash the company for its convictions, bring charges against it, and cry discrimination. That says a lot.