Ryan's budget plans follow his party's 'socially unjust' ways
Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney's running mate, cites the social teaching of the Catholic church to defend his budget plan when actually the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has been quite critical of Ryan's "socially unjust towards the poor" budget plan.
The Catholic church finds no common ground with Ryan's belief in the selfish economic principles of atheist Ayn Rand.
Supply-side, or trickle-down, economics did not work during the administrations of our past three Republican presidents. Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush raised taxes. George W. Bush left the economy in a shambles after his eight years.
Republicans and the rich love trickle-down economics. It is morally and spiritually bankrupt and will never work for the overwhelming majority of Americans.
For the next several weeks, I believe Barack Obama and Joe Biden look forward to contrasting their social-justice and economic policies with those of Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan.
Too much editorializing
How fortunate you are to have Tom Eblen on your staff. A lot of his stories are interesting, but one out of about five are editorials — such as those on health care.
I remember The Courier-Journal of Louisville had trouble with its news staff resorting to editorializing, but I am surprised that your paper would do such a thing.
Whose rights violated?
A letter writer claimed the mandate that religious organizations like the Catholic Church provide insurance coverage for contraception and sterilization was the "end of religious freedom."
I'd like to point out that this mandate is that the contraception is to be offered to the worker. If the worker does not believe in contraception or does not wish to avail herself of this option, there is no requirement that she be given it. No religious freedoms are violated.
If, however, the worker wants contraception and the church demands the right to withhold it, then the church is claiming the right to impose its religious beliefs on employees (not congregants) who do not share them. While the church seems to see no problem with this, the worker might object. There is no fairness in giving the church the right to withhold a benefit that other employers would be required to offer.
H. Stephen Midkiff
We've been prudent before
In its Aug. 9 editorial the Herald-Leader makes the very valid point that it is important to be fiscally responsible in our public decision-making. It is also encouraging to note that, every now and again, the public is capable of doing just that.
A case in point occurred in this community just a few years back, when the voters decided against the purchase of the local water company. During that debate, the public was assured that the revenues from the water company would pay for the purchase price and the public would not be exposed to financial obligation. Those revenue projections were based upon assumptions as to future growth, water pricing and expense controls, all of which were being provided by various groups who were in favor of the purchase.
As the editorial correctly points out, such projections are often provided by those with specific agendas and small deviations from those projections can make things go very wrong, very quickly. It appears that has now happened for the KFC Yum Center in Louisville.
At the time of the water company debate, the public was being asked to undertake a process with an unknown price tag with estimated values only. The voters acted in what I believe was a fiscally prudent manner and rejected the purchase.
As the editorial points out, all such public decisions should be made subject to that level of scrutiny and careful deliberation in order for good judgment to prevail.
Thanks for reminding us of this very critical point.
Calvin D. Cranfill
Immigration laws important
I teach my children right from wrong and to obey all laws, no matter how much they dislike them. Now the highest-ranking official in the United States is telling his children and other children, if you don't like certain laws to ignore it. And you might even get rewarded for it.
How can we teach our children right from wrong, when this kind of behavior is going on in Washington D.C. If our politicians tell children not to obey all laws then who will? Once you turn your back on one law, it's easy to turn your back on all laws.
Dennis Howard Sr.
I want to answer the question posed in a letter last month, "Is the NAACP open only to blacks"?
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was founded by a group of concerned black and white citizens in New York City on Feb. 12, 1909.
The NAACP is multicultural and diverse in its membership.
It is my belief that we can all get along if we embrace and empower ourselves with knowledge of each other's culture and history. The public library is a great resource for information, and it's free.