Lexington needs livelier July 4 parade this year
Why can't Lexington have a decent Independence Day parade? There are so many wonderful participants we could have in our downtown parade. Instead, our city's parade has just become a collection of politicians, business advertisements and other groups who want to be noticed. Lexington's parade fails to demonstrate the good qualities we have.
We have many institutions in Lexington to be proud of. We could have the wonderful high school bands in our parade. The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts could march. Our beloved veterans, military personel and police could come out in full force.
In addition, we have many actors from Lexington who could put on a great float. I would also like to see our hardworking mayor and city council proudly escorted down Main Street. How about inviting some well-known Lexington authors, athletes and celebrities?
One sees warning labels on pill boxes, propane tanks and chainsaws even though we know that pills don't kill, propane tanks don't blow off their tops, or that chainsaws don't maim without some action.
But let someone suggest similar cautioning on a gun, and all hell breaks loose. A man wraps the Constitution around the most lethal weapon he can find and claims the right to own it. Even to conceal and carry it anywhere he chooses because it is vital to his life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. He asserts his right over other rights guaranteed to every other. He defies the very spirit of the flag he waves and the document that defines the integrity of our democracy.
Theoretically, our republic has Congress and the Supreme Court to ensure justice. Today, however, Congress is so dedicated to self-perpetuation that it rarely responds to the voices of the people — unless they are backed with significant amounts of money.
Members of the Supreme Court enjoy life tenure in their lofty benches, disclosing split personalities on almost every case they deign to hear. If those venerable patriots who fashioned the Constitution were alive today, how would they interpret this farce?
The court has gone so far as to give rights to corporations by taking away the rights given to men. No Picasso painting could approach the madness seen here.
Not exactly saints
If there is one thing I think we can agree on, it is that those who hold government jobs are not saints. That being said, why would anyone want to entrust them with power over us, the citizenry. It makes absolutely no sense.
Many people are taught in school throughout their lives to support the government at all times, no matter what crimes they commit. Why let them determine who can own a gun?
Abuses of power are common-place and the power-mad crazies in charge are quite dangerous to the citizenry. The power elite who want to limit guns from falling into the hands of criminals or the mentally ill don't realize that they are worst criminals themselves.
President Barack Obama gave an encouraging speech in Berlin to the people of the world. I had initially intended to criticize the Beshear administration's handling of the coal severance tax money, but I was instead inspired by a number of positive stories in the news.
In light of Iran's election of a much more moderate president in the cleric Hassan Rowhani, I am encouraged that this could be a positive for the Middle East.
Recent news that the Taliban has indicated it is open to negotiations with the West also gives me hope for more peace and stability in the world. I am sure I am not the only one who was praying for events such as these to take place.
In no way do I wish to diminish efforts by government agencies to negotiate peaceful solutions to the world's problems.
But I am very optimistic that, with God's help, we may be able to accomplish some of the things we have considered impossible.
I love classical music but can't attend concerts. I've listened to Central Kentucky classical music FM radio, averaging two hours a day, since 1995.
Before Scott Terrell was appointed director, I turned the Lexington Philharmonic off whenever it came on. I particularly tried to make sure my out-of-town visitors didn't hear it. It was an embarrassment.
Now I thoroughly enjoy the Philharmonic. Terrell has improved the orchestra from abysmal to on par with the one in Buffalo, N.Y.
The orchestra owes him thanks. Lexington owes him thanks — and so I thank him.