Celebrate our heritage, secure nation's futureIn Kentucky, we fly the stars and stripes with much pride.
Our flag means many things to many people. Some of the things that come to mind are: Old veterans saluting our flag as it goes by in a parade. Small children enjoying the floats of red, white and blue as parents and also grandparents watch proudly as the flag goes by them. Teenagers holding hands as they watch their American flag go by above them.
It reminds you and me of the birth of our great nation and the founding of independence and democracy and this great nation's fight for freedom.
In these days of national emergency, let's all rise up to the occasion and display our courage and inner strength.
Let's show them that we may be wounded but not defeated and that we will, by all means, come out victorious.
Fly our American flag high and let the rest of the world know that we will by all means help our brave troops overcome the menace of terrorism.
The freedom we enjoy as true Americans is something we will never take for granted.
The best way to help protect our freedom is to get involved in making our very own community, city and state a better and safer place to live. United we stand in saluting our great heritage so that we may help create a safe terrorist-free future rich with promise.
William Jerry Ayers
No shame in U.S. origins
The Fourth of July should be a day of celebration and pride for all Americans, including the sourpusses who inevitably remind us to pause and pull out our eyelashes, one by one, because we stole our country from the Indians.
Most people rightly leave this kind of guilt to those who enjoy it. While we can inherit physical characteristics (as Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren points to her high cheekbones) from our forefathers, we can't inherit their sins. Nor can we redeem them.
Progressives who strive to make way for a second American Revolution by discrediting the first one hope that we'll try anyway. To set the mood, they've helpfully constructed a companion myth: That there is something unusual, and uniquely shameful, about the colonial origins of the United States.
In fact, the Europeans who conquered North America had fought among themselves over territory for ages, just as Native Americans and people on other continents had. We all live on land that once belonged to someone else; America's history in this regard is morally indistinguishable from Sweden's or Somalia's.
Modern nations honor the boundaries established by wars because no other kind of boundary exists; the alternative is to wipe the map clean and start fresh. Americans who bemoan living on "stolen" land should ask themselves how many new wars such a do-over might entail.
Pillar of UK, community
In regard to Chester Grundy being let go by the University of Kentucky, I would like to express my deepest appreciation and thanks to Grundy for the man he is and what he has done for this community.
To this young black man who has succumbed to many vices and is currently suffering the consequences thereof, Grundy has stood apart as a man who has forgiven my past mistakes, embraced my present struggles and continues to believe in my unknown future.
He has stood as a pillar for the black community in this city; played a major role in my own spiritual, mental and emotional growth and maturity; and he has encouraged me to strive toward the possibilities of my future.
Grundy is a source of "reckless hope" for me and countless others. He stands as an exceptional mentor for young black men and women, and I hope UK and its leaders recognize that they have lost a remarkable shining light. I pray Grundy will continue to let his light shine in hopes of drawing more men and women from the darkness that permeates our world.
Best care for a son in need
I read with much interest the article concerning Bluegrass Oakwood Intermediate Care Facility.
My son has been a resident of Oakwood for over 30 years and has received the best possible care and training he could receive anywhere. My son is in the profoundly retarded range, non-verbal with numerous physical problems. He requires constant monitoring and attentive care.
One of my biggest concerns as I grow older is that my son will be taken care of. My wife and I know this will happen if he is a resident of Bluegrass Oakwood. These are the most professional and caring people in the state of Kentucky.