Paul misleading on international firearms treaty
In this season of misinformation and robocalls, there has been none more outlandish than Sen. Rand Paul and Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association in their dissemination of lies regarding the U.N. global gun treaty.
Their statements that by signing the treaty President Barack Obama would rip the guns out of American citizens' hands is totally bogus.
The treaty has provisions that protects individual countries' gun-ownership laws. Not even an article about the treaty by Fox News on Aug. 5 by Maxim Lott made these absurd claims.
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Lott stated that the treaty was to hold gun manufacturers responsible for whom they sold their products to and require them to verify who it was that they were selling their arms to. By having to do this, it could negatively impact their sales. If they're caught selling to a group who used the weapons to hurt innocent citizens, they could be fined.
Another article that will verify that Paul and the NRA lied is found at Factcheck.org/2009/12/international-gun-ban-treaty.
Who could guess that Paul and the NRA would tell such an egregious lie to protect blood profits of gun manufacturers?
They protect gun manufacturers' profits — not your rights — at the cost of innocent civilians' lives.
Shake up sports radio
How long must this go on? For the past 10 years, The Sports Huddle has been on the air, starting with Alan Cutler, then Drew Deener and now Mike Cameron and Matthew Laurance.
But the real problem is Chris Cross. For starters, he's getting too old. His topics are nowhere near what sports is today. He's boring, a homer and he doesn't take criticism well.
I used to be a loyal listener, but Cross thinks his show is the second coming of Mike and Mike. This is not New York, so stop always talking about the Yankees. And we don't want to hear about the days with the Bulls. Besides, who cares that you had a post-game show 20 years ago.
What Lexington needs is a fresh sound, a fresh outlook, a fresh face. What gets me is when the NFL Draft was going on, WLXG-1300 AM wasn't covering it. Why? The Legends were on. I love baseball, but I feel the draft should have been broadcast.
Lexington sports radio from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. is boring, boring, boring. I think Cameron is very good, insightful and willing to listen to fans and not berate them.
If you take away the prizes, would people still listen or call in? Cross, retire. Bring in someone that knows what they're talking about. Lexington did have a sports voice here, and that was Dave Shore. Too bad he couldn't come back.
I watched Coach John Calipari on WKYT-TV recently and came away very impressed with his comments, his insight about sports and his willingness to speak openly about all questions and reasons for his decisions and purpose for the University of Kentucky.
His sincerity about his job at Kentucky leads me to believe that he, too, now "bleeds blue."
The only drawback, as I envisioned it, was the silly looks on interviewer Sam Dick's face during the entire show.
Sorry, Sam, but a great presentation by Coach Cal.
An expensive camp
What do I get for that much money at John Calipari's fantasy camp? Come on, now. How many loons in this state are going to not feed their kids for the rest of the year to fund this exploitation of basketball?
What kind of a tax break is Calipari working on here? Yes, I agree basketball is a wonderful game — until you involve the money. Maybe Calipari can have a lottery and let some poor kid enjoy the fantasy moment?
GOP's controlling ways
A recent letter writer said conservative Republicans "advocate less government control and more individual liberty." This is a false statement.
Republicans want more government control when they expand domestic-spying agencies, increase the size of the military, advocate torture and fill our prisons with non-violent prisoners.
They want to hire more police and are in favor of the death penalty for nonviolent drug offenders. They are pushing to make abortion illegal and create a new criminal class.
It is the Republicans who have pushed for stricter drug laws to target victimless crimes, and they are in favor of putting people in jail for years without a lawyer or a trial. It is the Republicans who have made America the world's largest incarcerator of its own people. It is the party that has supported the Patriot Act, which allows for wiretaps and home searches without a warrant. It is the party that wants to wage wars and be the policemen of the world.
Let's be clear, conservative Republicans are for more government control and less individual liberty. Look at what they do, not what they say.
Many letter writers have expressed opposition to same-sex marriage based on their view of its traditional meaning and the will of the majority.
However, marriage has had many definitions over the years and around the world. Men married each other in ancient Greece and Rome. More recently, Mitt Romney's grandfather had five wives.
And I don't hear these same writers wanting to hold on to the tradition of women being treated as property under the law as they once were in this country, not to mention the former traditions of decimating the Native American populations, allowing child labor or owning slaves.
But, there is another big issue here. One of the noble ideals our country was founded upon is that the majority cannot suppress the minority. Obviously there are times such as when electing a president that we must go with the majority — at least of the Electoral College.
But in other matters, our government was set up to protect minorities from being treated dishonestly and hatefully by majorities.
Where do some people get the idea they have the right to demand big-government intrusion into other people's love lives? Why would they want to?
No one would be happy to be told he or she couldn't marry the person he or she loves because it doesn't seem right to someone else. People should spend more time on their own love lives and less worrying about others'.
I was at Kroger buying a few groceries when I saw a basket full of pasta on sale for 25 cents per package. It was wheat wagon wheels.
There was a woman standing by the basket on her cellphone. I reached in to get a couple of packages. I got only one when the woman said she was buying the whole basket for church and told me to get away. I reached in and got one more.
If it had been white pasta I wouldn't have bothered getting it. My husband is diabetic and I get wheat products.
I have never met someone from a church that was so rude.