Prather columns rational, reflective, not platitudes
I'd like to take a moment to commend the Herald-Leader for featuring Paul Prather's writings in the Life and Faith section.
In many years of traveling the country and sampling numerous newspapers, I've usually ignored faith-related articles.
Too often they offer little more than platitudes and, in the worst cases, intolerant diatribes against people viewed by the writers as being spiritually wanting.
But I've found Prather's columns to be consistently rational and compassionate. His personal reflections on his struggles to maintain faith and hope in the face of pain and loss seem to me to be much more helpful than moralistic sermons or retreat to simplistic answers.
I suspect that many readers have benefited from Prather's thoughtful approach.
Grind I-75 bumps
The recent news items about another attempt to find the remains of Jimmy Hoffa are interesting, but all of us south of Lexington know where his remains are buried.
Just as you cross the Clays Ferry Bridge on Interstate 75 entering Fayette County you begin to run over bumps in the right-hand lane. There are several before you reach the Athens-Boonesborough exit.
As we go over one I have been known to say, "Jimmy Hoffa arm" and then the next, "Jimmy Hoffa leg" and then the next big one, "Jimmy Hoffa torso."
If this is not true then would the state highway department please grind down these noticeable bumps?
William E. Ellis
War on women: abortion
What constitutes a war? Killing people. Ironic, then, that President Barack Obama strongly supports killing pre-born children.
Obama supports late abortions, even after the point at which a baby can feel pain. "Obamacare" runs roughshod over conscience objections — forcing taxpayers to help subsidize birth control.
Obama purports to be a Christian, yet an authentic Christian doesn't tolerate the destruction of innocent human life.
Obama has given millions of our tax dollars to groups that advocate and perform abortions in the United States and abroad, including communist China's one-child forced abortion edict.
Obama and Senate Democrats keep Planned Parenthood, undeniably America's largest abortion provider (in 2008, a total of 324,008 abortions), afloat through endless federal tax subsidies ($487 million in fiscal 2010).
Yet, some Planned Parenthood chapters have settled some lawsuits claiming fraudulent Medicaid billing and have been caught in stings concerning underage sex workers.
That's not the mention causing harm to countless women, including the July 20 death of 24-year-old Tonya Reaves, the victim of post-abortion bleeding and hemorrhaging at a Chicago clinic.
Abortion is the real war on women — a wholly violent act that even America's feminist foremothers (Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, et al) counseled as the antithesis of social equality and justice for all.
Employees have rights
A Sept. 20 letter said it all — logically and without rancor. Comprehensive health insurance coverage for all employees of a company or hospital neither mandates nor denies any procedure.
It simply respects the right of all its employees to follow their own beliefs. Respect is the key here. Employees are not children.
Put pot, hemp to work
There are two bills coming up in the legislature in January, about which voters need to let their representatives know how they feel.
The first bill, sponsored by Sen. Perry Clark would legalize medical marijuana. There is a synthetic marijuana pill for cancer sufferers that has been produced in a lab, which is legal. So why is the natural herb illegal? Medical marijuana has no ingredients added to it to keep people "addicted" as with tobacco.
The second bill, House Bill 286, would let farmers grow industrial hemp. If you are a farmer looking for a way back to prosperity, let Agriculture Commissioner James Comer know you support this bill.
There will be no jobs lost; police and Drug Enforcement Agency agents would still be responsible for making sure crops are grown correctly. There would be companies built turning hemp into cloth, paper, rope, fuel etc.
So let's get off the OxyContin train and tell the drug dealers to take a hike. Alcohol prohibition did not work, and marijuana prohibition is not working, so put this herb to work for Kentucky.
Lonnie D. Bowman
Taxed enough already
Another recommendation by a panel of academic experts to a blue ribbon commission? That's just what the people of Kentucky need.
I wonder if the advice that was given by this panel is taxable. For these geniuses to suggest that the people of Kentucky pay an additional 6 percent sales tax on groceries is absurd. Have they noticed that the prices on everything you buy at the grocery store have gone up considerably?
Oh, I forgot these guys are tenured professors who can afford to pay 6 percent more for necessities like food and utilities. Don't we pay enough taxes on our utility bills already? I guess not. They recommend we pay an additional 3 percent.
These same experts say that we should not put any additional taxes on businesses such as lawyers, accountants, and advertising agencies while the giants of industry such as funeral services, dry cleaners, nail salons and auto repair shops would generate an additional $176 million dollars in revenue for the state.
When is enough enough? I for one cannot afford to pay any additional taxes on the basic necessities of life and don't believe that small business can either. Please put your giant size craniums together and come up with a better plan for the people of Kentucky.
Tribute to good teacher
Tim Hill's Sept. 24 commentary about the possible destruction of the historic Ligon and Mathews houses on the University of Kentucky campus failed to mention educator Moses Ligon's wife.
Ernestine Ligon was my seventh-grade English teacher at Morton Jr. in 1941-42. She was a wonderful teacher and taught us all about nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, prepositions etc. and how to diagram a sentence.
At Henry Clay High, I was a nuisance to the English teacher because I knew all the answers and the kids from Lexington Junior High didn't know anything about what Mrs. Ligon had taught us.
She and her husband had a son, Champ Ligon. He was in the Marines at the beginning of WWII; she was very proud of her son. Her grandson was also named Champ. I think he taught and coached sports in Lexington high schools.
Joseph E. Long