Death penalty ensures guilty will not hurt another
Recently your newspaper printed an editorial from the Messenger-Inquirer demanding that Kentucky's death penalty be ended.
I beg to differ. Kentucky's death penalty ensures those who have been convicted of capital crimes and sentenced to death for heinous acts never have the ability to commit such acts again.
Those who have been sentenced to life, even without parole, are alive and able to commit crimes against guards and other prisoners.
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What is the incentive for them to not commit crimes? None. Executing them prohibits them from committing crimes anywhere.
There are about 6,500 people awaiting the death sentence in our state and federal prisons around the country.
I would say 4,000 or more have been judged guilty "to a moral certainty," not just "beyond the reasonable doubt," as is the standard of guilt in a criminal case. Execute them and get them out of here.
As to the others, use the appeals processes and DNA testing to identify those whose innocence may be proven and release them. That is already happening.
Funny thing is, many of those on the left who oppose the death penalty support abortion rights.
Isn't it strange that the liberal left opposes the killing of convicted criminals yet supports the killing of innocent babies in their mother's wombs? That's insanity to me.
I was on my way to the YMCA two months ago when I was involved in a motor vehicle accident at the Harrodsburg Road and Fort Harrods Drive intersection.
More recently, I was again on my way to the YMCA as I approached the intersection, and I noticed a motorcycle officer working the scene of another collision.
A few days later, a friend showed me a cell-phone photo of yet another collision at the intersection. That makes at least three crashes since May 17.
I believe the cause of these accidents is the flashing yellow light in the turn lane. In my case, I was in the intersection waiting for a car to pass. I noticed the through traffic lights turn yellow, so I proceeded into the oncoming traffic, making the turn.
After a car passed, I proceeded to make my turn since I was in the intersection. As a result, I hit a pickup, knocking it off the pavement and snapping a light pole.
I am not certain about the cause of the other accidents, but I would venture to take a bet on the new signal operation.
Is there a way to reverse this light or, better yet, to make it a no-turn lane on through traffic? I know it would have prevented my accident and possibly the others.
A letter writer said that President Barack Obama had "control" of Congress for two years.
That is false.
A majority is not enough to get anything done in Washington thanks to sleazy Republicans like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who have used a filibuster to block everything that the president has tried to do.
Stopping a filibuster requires more than a simple majority and therefore control takes many more votes than it has in the past. So, let's keep them honest.
Republicans have used a gimmick to block action by the Obama presidency.
I just hope the Democrats will do the same when a Republican is in the White House, because they deserve nothing better.
Shortage of character
"Federal prosecutors dropped all charges against John Edwards after his corruption trial." Did I just hear Gomer Pyle's, "Surprise, surprise, surprise?" Did not everyone see this coming from a mile away; more likely, from outer space?
Sure glad he did not have to rely on an overworked, underpaid, often-inexperienced public defender.
Right now I'm also thinking of attorneys Melbourne Mills, William Gallion, Shirley Cunningham, coach Rick Pitino and others whose true characters were exposed only through the judicial system and the media.
Will former Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer join this list? Count me among those disenchanted with his alleged misbehavior and abuse of the public trust.
And then this statement from a New York Times' David Brooks column regarding the good person construct, "Your moral standards will gradually slip as you become more and more comfortable with your own rationalizations." What power and profundity with that statement.
My character and integrity include what I do in secret and what I do or fail to do with the trust, respectability and authority I have been granted.
When I see these men and many others not abiding by this time — and experience-tested principle — especially those who have power or would have power over us — I am extremely disheartened and fearful for America's future, and therefore my own.
Whatever happened to, "The buck stops here?" In other words, I am responsible and therefore, at least by implication, accountable.
Robert M. Atkinson
Paul meddling with D.C.
Never mind the needs of the people of Kentucky, Sen. Rand Paul wants to be a local legislator in the District of Columbia.
Paul killed a bill which would have given D.C.'s elected officials the ability to manage the district's own tax revenues and budgets by saddling the bill with social policy riders.
D.C. residents have no representation in Congress and are sadly used as political pawns by politicians from other jurisdictions who meddle in our affairs.
Paul, a Tea Party patriot and alleged champion of liberty and the right to self-determination, is a hypocrite. He has spent his career speaking out in favor of local control over local affairs.
Yet, Paul wants to play King George and dictate laws and policies for people in a local jurisdiction who are taxed but not represented.
D.C. has produced balanced budgets for 15 consecutive years and is barely more dependent on the federal government for funding than is your commonwealth — 25 percent of D.C.'s 2008 budget came from the federal government while the feds chipped in 24 percent of Kentucky's.
We deserve the right to vote for elected officials who then have the authority to spend our money. We did not elect Paul nor give him our consent to govern us.
Please demand that he works on issues that will improve the lives of Kentuckians, and not micromanage the lives of people of the District of Columbia.
Duke Energy suspect
Oh, gee, it must be summer. The roses are in bloom. Lightning bugs around. Bikinis are everywhere.
But look, is that Duke Energy? Certainly is, making their almost annual rate increase plea.
Has anyone ever checked on what they actually do with these increases? They pay great dividends. Do they really improve their facilities?
I think the Public Service Commission should check Duke out. Something smells rotten and it is not in Denmark.