Another commentator finds God hates Jews
The column by Mike Rivage-Seul ("'Chosen people' are the oppressed," Jan. 19) about Jews and U.S. foreign policy made both valid and annoyingly jarring points.
1. The United States should act in the interests of its own citizens and not that of any other country.
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2. As people and in our foreign policy endeavors, we should care about the downtrodden, and specifically we should be mindful of the plight of the Palestinians.
Despite these valid points, there are points of concern from this "professor of Peace and Social Justice" in the debate about whether Jews are in a positive sense chosen by God.
Any student of history and social justice knows that if Jews were chosen for anything, they were chosen to be persecuted and slaughtered throughout history, and to be the subject of political commentators in every generation who serenely and sanctimoniously pronounce judgment that sacred texts indicate that we Jews are actually disliked by the ruler of the heavens and the earth.
Faith in people found
I am writing to express my deepest gratitude to the dedicated employees of Good Foods Market & Café — Ricky, Chris and Beth — whose caring assistance on Dec. 18 reassured me that there are good people in this world. Their actions lightened my heart made heavy by recent events: the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, the continuing economic crisis, and the horrific slaughter of innocents in Newtown, Conn.
On that Tuesday, amid errands, I realized that the beautiful diamond bracelet my husband gave me for our 40th anniversary was missing. Quickly, I pulled into a parking lot and frantically searched my sleeve and car. Trying to remain calm, I headed to Good Foods to retrace my steps. I told several employees of my plight and left a description of the bracelet, my name and phone number with customer service.
Aware of the minuscule chance of finding the bracelet, I nevertheless decided to drive back to Midway in the waning daylight to search the area where I had parked and walked there. As I arrived, I received a call from Beth with the amazing news that my bracelet had been found at Good Foods and was in a safe awaiting my return.
As grateful as I am for the return of the special bracelet, I am equally grateful that I was reminded of the honesty, conscientiousness and kindness of good people who do the right thing as a matter of course. Thank you, Ricky, Chris and Beth, for that Christmas gift.
Keep up defense against flu
Believe it or not, spending a few bucks and taking some hand sanitizer to work might be one of the best investments you could make this winter. Nationwide, it's being called the worst flu season in a decade.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says nearly 30 children have died from the flu this year in the United States. In addition, the CDC has estimated that annual influenza epidemics result in an average 3.1 million hospitalized days and as much as $10 billion in direct medical costs a year.
In Kentucky, no deaths have been attributed to flu so far. So besides buying that hand sanitizer, here are three simple tips to avoid the flu in the workplace:
■ Vaccinate. The flu shot is still the best weapon. Flu season is likely to hang around at least another five weeks. It's still not too late to roll up your sleeve and get one. The rule on flu shots is simple: everyone six months of age or older should get one.
■ Educate. Germs can live for two to eight hours on surfaces after someone coughs. Wash your hands.
■ Keep out. Encourage sick co-workers to stay home. They won't be as productive if they risk getting others sick. The rule here: Don't come back until you're fever-free for 24 hours.
Stay healthy. Let's get flu season behind us, so we can begin focusing on a more pleasant season: spring.
Dr. Laddie Tackett
Medical director, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky
Barr's Sandy aid vote correct
I am glad Andy Barr voted against the Sandy storm bill. If the complainers read the bill they would see all the extras added to it. Hundreds of millions of dollars for things that were not affected by the storm.
If a congressman or senator wants the government to spend $50 million of tax money to plant trees on private land unaffected by the storm, then let him stand up and admit to it, not hide it in a storm-relief bill.
I hope Barr votes no every time extra stuff is added to a bill to waste tax money.
Sugar Bowl's bitter aftertaste
I am once again appalled at the blatant disrespect the Herald-Leader and its editors show against any college sports team that is not the University of Kentucky.
I understand why UK gets top billing in the news (online, mobile and print). However, with the University of Louisville football team's recent win over Florida in the Sugar Bowl, I expected to see it on the main news on my mobile device. It was not. It was also not at the top or close to the top on the website. "John Clay: Prepare to have your mind blown, Calipari style" took top billing on the website, with various other stories including property purchases and Andy Barr taking the oath of office getting play over U of L.
Why can this newspaper not give better billing for our neighbor down the interstate?