Christmas parade not planned with children in mind
Who plans the Lexington Christmas parade? It could not be anyone who has children or grandchildren. It was held at 7:30 p.m. on a school night. Come on, people.
The parade, the one with Santa Claus, may not have started before most children's bedtimes on a school night. What happened to a Saturday morning or afternoon?
With a three-year-old granddaughter, I had been looking so forward to the parade this year. Her big brown eyes are sparkling this year with all the excitement of Christmas. Her bedtime is 8 p.m.
So our choice was no parade or a cranky child waiting for Santa and sleepy for pre-school the next day. Not to mention children in school being up that late.
It just seems to be poor planning for what should be a child's event.
A Dec. 8 letter writer had it all figured out: our secular, atheist society killed NFL football player Jovan Belcher and the mother of his daughter. Because of society, the writer argues, Belcher just didn't understand that, "God don't make no junk," and thus considered himself worthless.
Besides the notion that the writer can read the minds of deceased football players, this argument is clearly ridiculous for two reasons.
First, the United States is the most religious nation in the industrialized world by most measures, so asserting that it is a "secular, atheist society" is just plain silly.
Second, Belcher reportedly crossed himself before committing suicide, so he was obviously a Christian. So, let's review: Belcher was a Christian, born and raised in the most religious nation in the developed world.
Wouldn't these facts instead suggest that it was Christianity that is ultimately responsible for his death and that of his daughter's mother?
Well, only if you follow the rules of logic in that Dec. 8 letter.
W. Jay Christian
Workers counted out
The real hard-working American people don't seem to count anymore. We should continue to elect the senators who stood by as the burley tobacco crop died here in Kentucky. After all, we only use it for paying our taxes, and maybe have a little left over to buy some meat and taters.
We should have a sign on the Mexican border welcoming all pregnant women to America, so they can get on welfare and their boyfriends can join them later.
We should continue to help the teenage girl who got pregnant so she could leave home, get on welfare, have an apartment, food stamps, free medical and have a taxi come and take her to the doctor, while the father of that child is on a secret mission.
I don't mind all this, but my boss on my second job is looking down my shirt collar and it makes me feel like an economic slave to the advancement of motherhood.
Don't add to tax burden
The widely heralded fiscal cliff poses quite a number of critical questions for members of Congress. Not the least of these is whether to further destabilize the barely recovering business economy by raising the maximum taxes on dividends and capital gains.
While some may blithely brush off the effect of anything that may affect big business, the fact is that these taxes affect the cost of doing business for all types of business, — big, medium and small — many of which are literally already teetering on the edge of collapse.
Moreover, when you take into consideration the fact that a very large percentage of retirees, no matter what their previous occupation, are dependent upon dividends for their retirement incomes, it appears that increasing either of these taxes would result in damaging the financial security of those unable to rebuild their finances.
I strongly encourage our congressional representatives to hold the line on taxes on dividends and capital gains.
On Dec. 8 or 9, I was listening to radio station 100.1 at 10:18 a.m. when the DJ was asked by a caller why the groups Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Bothers had not been invited to the 12-12-12 event in Madison Square Garden.
He replied, because they were rednecks and pulled up in their pickup trucks with rebel flags.
I feel that this is an abuse of freedom of speech. I, too, am proud of my Southern heritage and am very offended by these remarks.
I would also like for this insensitive person to be prevented from spreading such cruel remarks on the radio and to make a public apology.
Caution on connections
Dr. John D'Orazio's Dec. 2 column about the danger facing future medical advances due to potential reductions in NIH research funding concludes with his observation: "The average life span for an American today is about 80, roughly 30 years longer than it was a century ago. Our quality of life as we age is vastly better as well, heavily influenced by new vaccines and better drugs."
Well, perhaps so. But he runs the risk of mistaking cause-effect with coincidence.
A major gain in longevity over the past century is due to the availability of clean drinking water. Another explanation for increased longevity is the spread of the practice of basic, daily hygiene — such as washing one's hands.
The latter has been especially consequential for lowering death rates and transmission of serious illness — especially in hospitals, clinics and surgical operating rooms. These practices and related gains were quite apart from large-scale research and NIH funding.