On Sudan, Clooney just doing what Kentuckians do best
I want to thank George Clooney for his stand against the atrocities that are taking place in Sudan.
Here in Kentucky, we are fortunate that those things cannot happen. But when bad things do occur, like the tornadoes a few weeks ago, we have a strong government to step up and take care of us, and we have thousands of other Kentuckians who literally "come a runnin' " to help out.
Clooney has recognized that no one is stepping up to help the people in Sudan survive. His actions will bring attention to what is happening and hopefully make a difference.
He's a proud Kentuckian, and I guess when he heard the Sudanese people needed help, he came a runnin'. I'm proud of him.
This letter is in response to the letter writer who thought the Fayette County sheriff is an outdated position. I beg to differ. The office is a very important one, even in Fayette County.
I realize we have a Division of Police that stands at the ready to help citizens in need, but the sheriff's office has many duties to perform, and our Sheriff Kathy Witt does them with excellence.
The office serves both criminal and civil papers, transports fugitives, does vehicle inspections and, now, as a help to the community, provides funeral escorts. Escorting funerals was a job the Division of Police eliminated as a result of budget cuts and our sheriff took this duty on with no additional compensation to her office.
I am sure that she did this because it was the right thing to do.
The Office of the Fayette County Sheriff is well run and Witt operates with the utmost in honor and with the community as a whole in mind. I, for one, am proud of her and her office.
Would it be possible to find a few more people who can think in a logical and critical way? Or, another one, I mean, since Gatewood Galbraith passed away.
And, could we rename Pine Meadows Park after him? I used to shoot hoops with him there when I was a teenager. He was a great sport, a true and honest friend to see at that park.
His words of not "being afraid' should be remembered every day by every one of us, especially at that park at night.
The biggest myth today is that those who don't pay taxes are among the poorest of our nation.
The truth is many corporations also don't pay any income taxes. In 2010, General Electric, a fine company, paid no federal income taxes at all on a $14.2 billion profit and actually got a $3.2 billion tax credit.
Not only did GE not pay any income taxes in 2010, neither did Exxon Mobil or CitiBank or Bank of America.
Corporations have lobbyists who spend millions of dollars to make sure our good congressmen and congresswomen think just like they do and, unfortunately, it's very effective.
When you send that tax check to the IRS, remember to thank a lobbyist for how much it cost you.
GOP attacks seniors
I absolutely marvel at the complete and utter disrespect the Republican Party has for America's senior citizens, of which I am one. As we are all painfully aware, Congress is mired in deadlock, for which Republicans are almost entirely to blame.
The newly unveiled Rep. Paul Ryan budget slashes everything from Medicare to Pell grants but fails to address the neediest item of all: allowing the Bush tax cuts to expire, and finally taxing the rich who remain almost completely immune to taxation.
The malignancies of the Bush administration must not be allowed to continue. If Republicans as a whole would concentrate their efforts creating new jobs and lowering the deficit in a manner that makes sense, instead of channeling all their efforts into making Barack Obama a one-term president, we would all be better off for it.
Sen. Mitch McConnell is a cancer on the legislative process. It is time he packed up his dog-and-pony show and went home.
Douglas J. Audette
Power too concentrated
The last census indicated there were some 311 million persons in the United States. One highly important statistical fact relative to this census is there are only 545 federal-level officials making decisions for all 311 million.
This consists of 435 members of the House of Representatives, 100 senators, nine judges and one self-proclaimed king or dictator.
When this much power is delegated or assumed by such a small number of politicians, corruption will ensue. This is the situation the United States finds itself in today.
Beginning in the White House, our nation has been led down a road of evil consequence for the past three years. Our rights and freedoms are being taken from us.
Those sworn to defend the Constitution are trampling on it instead. I would have never believed that during my lifetime a person would occupy the White House who supported the killing of unborn babies and is using my tax dollars to kill babies in other countries. This makes me and other Christian anti-abortionist taxpayers accomplices.
True Christian voters who were misled during the last presidential election and supported the current occupant of the White House have the opportunity to rectify part of their mistake this November. They can do it even with baby blood on their hands.
God's place in politics
The people who are shouting "Keep church out of politics" are correct, historically, because the founders of our country were seeking to create a secular state free from the kind of tyranny people had experienced in Europe.
History shows that when a denomination gets in power, it seeks to impose its will. It has not been reluctant to oppress, even persecute.
But the founders of our country never intended to exalt atheism as the official philosophical basis of our republic. Belief in a creative power greater than human government, and greater than any individual, was essential to the preservation of liberty and civil order.
The great leaders who broke away from England and carved out our Constitution believed in God. Whereas churches, when they wield political power, tend to oppress and persecute, a belief in a sovereign creator tends to relieve the harsh bondage of religious oppression.
A stable political and civil order needs an ultimate reference greater than any human government. The experiment of atheistic government we know as communism shows that the most cruel rule is wielded by those who think they have final authority. The Russian people threw off that oppressive system, and now religion, to some extent again free, is thriving there and all across the former eastern bloc.
A conviction that all people, leaders and subjects alike, have a responsibility to God tends to promote humility and openness.
Separation of church and state, yes. Separation of God and state, a definite no.
John F. Thornbury