Catholics miss meaning of religious freedom
The complaining by the Catholic Church and others, as illustrated by the recent demonstration in Phoenix Park, that the Obama administration is restricting their religious freedom is perplexing and does not even pass the fundamental logic test.
Religious freedom is the personal freedom to practice, or not, whatever religion one wishes. Religious freedom is not the right to impose your religion on others against their will.
When the Catholic Church owns a large hospital, for example, employing hundreds or thousands of people of diverse religions and beliefs, what right does the church have to arbitrarily tailor the benefits of those employees to fit the strict Catholic doctrine? They are no longer a church but a business, and must follow state and federal laws covering employment practice and discrimination.
By the way, most mainstream Catholics quietly ignore the church's anti-contraception stance because they know it makes no sense. The irony here is that many of these people get their contraception covered by their non-Catholic employers. This is true religious freedom.
Nazis aren't liberals
In the June 6 edition of the Herald-Leader, a letter writer compared liberals to Nazis.
Since he obviously reads this newspaper, he surely read the April 22 news story about the Detroit-based National Socialist Movement coming to Frankfort (with the KKK) to protest illegal immigration and homosexuality. I doubt neo-Nazis (or the KKK) would consider themselves liberal, and I have never read a statement where neo-Nazis (or the KKK) were referred to as anything other than right-wing.
Nice job on Clays Mill
I am responding to a letter posted Friday regarding the widening of Clays Mill Road.
We've lived at our address on Clays Mill for 22 years. The construction has directly affected us daily for the past 18 months. For several years prior, we and our neighbors fought vigilantly to make sure we didn't have another Nicholasville or Harrodsburg corridor through this residential-, school- and church-filled neighborhood.
After much discussion with city hall and state affiliates, a compromise was reached. The plan settled on and initiated is for a three-lane road, the third being a center turn lane, and bicycle lanes on both sides, with new curbs and sidewalks. This plan is what's being done.
Because we chose to live on this busy road, our input on its outcome made sure it worked for as many folks as possible.
My congratulations to the state, city hall, Woodhill Construction and all the residents in the construction zone for making this area safe enough for all.
I was watching a talk show the other evening on TV and a gentleman named Michael Brendan Dougherty was on. He is a contributing editor to The American Conservative, hardly a liberal, left-wing publication, and he stated he had met recently with a Republican senator who told him Mitch McConnell had told the Republican senators they would not move any legislation prior to the election, they would filibuster everything.
This goes right to the point McConnell made shortly after the 2008 election when he said his main priority was making Barack Obama a one-term president. It doesn't matter to him what is good for the people of this country, it's all about political power.
Now McConnell is opposed to the legislation that would allow us to see who is contributing the millions of dollars of donations to super PACs and candidates. Guess they are afraid we will see who is buying our elections. Don't believe for a minute those making these huge donations are not interested in getting something in return, people be damned.
I hope the people of Kentucky realize what this Howdy Doody look-alike and his hand puppet Rand Paul are doing to our country and throw them out of office next election. Either that or try them for treason for what they are doing to this country.
Goodwill next time
Recently, I took on the chore of cleaning my garage, and I thought a trip to donate was a good idea.
I have done this a couple times a year — always meeting helpful, polite people at the Salvation Army donation center.
This month, in Lexington, that was not the case. My deceased mother had a solid wood kitchen dinette set; one chair was left, and it needed minor repair. A revolving record holder/coffee table was wrapped in plastic. There were boxes of dishes, pots, pans and miscellaneous items.
I was astounded to have the chair and coffee table placed back in my pickup, and a rather rude young man inform me it was "outdated and not a sale item" and that the Salvation Army no longer does repairs.
My husband served 28 years in the military and has been in a number of Third World countries, and I have served in many charity organizations, so I know donations are not required to be "sellable." I also know for years the Salvation Army helped rebuild lives by training and employing people to restore items.
Having seen domestic violence shelters funded and stocked by the Salvation Army, I know donations are often the only items families have to try to rebuild a home environment.
We must have come a long way from the original Salvation Army concept in Kentucky if it operates and treats its donating sources in this manner. I guess I'll be calling Habitat for Humanity or Goodwill in the future.
Mary Ann Larson
To vote or not to vote
The U. S. House of Representatives had rejected a bill to ban abortions performed for the purpose of selecting the sex of the baby. The bill would have made it a crime for a doctor to knowingly abort a baby because the mother didn't want a baby of that sex.
I wanted to learn how our Kentucky representatives voted on the measure, especially my representative, Ben Chandler. I telephoned Chandler's local office and spoke with a very nice lady. I asked her if she could please tell me how the congressman had voted on this bill.
At first she said that I would have to call the congressman's Washington office to get that information. I explained that I simply wanted to know if the congressman had voted yea or no on the bill. She asked me to hold and later came back and said that the person who could give me that information had not come to the office yet. She took my name and telephone number and promised that the person with that knowledge would call me.
Later, I went on the Internet and found that, of Kentucky's six representatives, four had voted for banning sex-selection abortions. Third District Congressman John Yarmuth had voted against the measure and Chandler had not voted at all.
Although I have difficulty imagining how anyone could support abortion for the purpose of sex selection, I do have some appreciation for Yarmuth. At least he had the stones to cast a vote.