Anti-tax Paul should support Postal Service
If you want to reduce the burden on taxpayers, as Sen. Rand Paul says he does, then keep services in place that do not receive taxpayer dollars and which hold industry prices in check.
I am referring to the U.S. Postal Service. It allows lower-income citizens and communities to communicate with the outside world.
When you vote to privatize or eliminate a constitutionally guaranteed service, you burden your constituents to pay far more for simple communication and shipping.
Without the USPS, the only way for some in impoverished areas to send and receive messages would by the Internet or by paying for private carriers.
In order to receive email service, one must pay a cable or telephone company for access to the Internet, if the infrastructure in the area supports it. Much of rural Kentucky does not have the support infrastructure needed to provide reliable Internet access.
Private carriers charge upwards of $4 to $5 just to send a letter size envelope, and they are not mandated by law to deliver within any time frame. They can actually sit on your letter for weeks, waiting until enough packages build up for a particular area before they make the trip.
Why then did Paul vote no on a bill, S. 1789, that holds the potential to save the USPS? Why would he want his constituents to pay more for simple communication? It simply doesn't make sense.
USPS out of date
Regarding the July 26 letter, "Postal cuts backfire," I am pretty sure in the 1700s the only backfire came from a gun as technology hadn't advanced to motor vehicles, planes etc.
Toward the end of the 1800s we had advanced our technologies to the point where we developed electricity, the beginning of cars, phones and advanced communications. In the 1900s we advanced further to space shuttles, planes, radio, TV, computers and toward the end the Internet
In the 2000s who knows where we will go? For sure our founding fathers didn't envision these technologies. The post office may have been necessary then, but if not for junk mail it would probably not exist now and certainly will not exist at the end of this century.
That being said, if the post office was government controlled it would probably have eternal life like many other government programs that have become sacred cows. Once our government begins a program it is virtually impossible to stop or revise it regardless of its usefulness.
Wrong place for clinic
The Herald-Leader's most recent editorial lauding the HealthFirst Bluegrass clinic on Southland Drive is, again, not such good news to Southland neighborhoods.
The clinic is planned using a tax-funded $11.7 million federal Health Resources and Services Administration Facility Investment Program grant.
This time the Herald-Leader proclaims the clinic a win for the neighborhood while chiding us because our major concern is about "what kind of people were going to use that clinic." Neither statement is correct.
Traffic, parking and drainage effects are direct negative impacts for neighborhoods near the site. The Newtown Pike or Regency Road clinics, for example, are located in commercial areas and neither has residential neighborhoods directly adjacent as the Southland site does.
The secondary and cumulative impacts promise irreversible future problems.
And while accusations of bias are not unexpected ways for agency leaders and the Herald to characterize our opposition, it is actually an issue of the agency grant compliance topping our list of concerns.
The issue HealthFirst Bluegrass is failing to adequately address is the requirement of the $11.7 million tax-funded clinic to be close to the low-income, under-served populations for which the money is targeted. The grant requirements are clear on this, and 2010 census and other demographic data show that Southland is not that area.
Taxpayers in Lexington will be better served when the clinic locates or remains in a part of the city where those most in need reside and can have easier access.
Congress has done it again — left a lot of important unfinished business so they can take a five-week vacation to further their own ambitions and keep all those lovely perks like great health insurance and retirement benefits. I wish I could have a five-week paid vacation.
Why don't we give them a permanent vacation, unpaid, minus health insurance and retirement benefits and elect people who have the nation's interests at heart and who are not obstructionists and infighters?
Horrors! They might have to find constructive jobs (if any jobs are available) and earn their livings.
Scouts on track
Boy Scouts have always been in step. As long as they follow the Scout oath they will always be in the right step and on the right path. They have been on this path for many years, and I hope they stay on this path for many years to come.
Society is out of step on a number of things.
And if you haven't read the Scout oath, you should get a copy and read it.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts don't need to change. Society does.
I was a Boy Scout.
Bible in school
We are living in a world of such social moral decay. I commend the Lexington and Louisville newspapers for excellent efforts to report updated and accurate facts about Kentucky's neglected and abused, even slaughtered, children. I also applaud the NCAA for swift justice on Penn State University, after so many years of denied abuse buried deep. We got shocking news of serial murder, a rapist at large, a former teacher facing molestation charges, and find Kentucky's youth in disadvantaging poverty.
There's a book of books, which Christians believe as God breathed. Christians believe the Bible is God's word and breath, God's spirit, written by God, for God's purpose. Many think this is foolish, and don't accept this as fact of God's truth, or that God exists.
The national Council of Bible Curriculum in Public Schools has successfully helped public school districts implement Bible history and literature, with the Bible as the primary textbook. Bible history and literature is currently taught in public high schools across 38 states.
This Bible curriculum course is constitutional when taught with learning objectives, not preached, and offered as an elective for credit. Biblical allusions are in 60 percent of literature, and there are more than 300 Biblical references by Shakespeare, which English students need to understand.
The students are encouraged to discuss their beliefs or doubts, while teachers and educators aren't allowed to express their beliefs or doubts of a divine existence or miracles. Detailed information at Web site: Bibleinschools.net