Horse-drawn carriages do not belong in a city
Lexington native and horse carriage driver Christina Hansen's defense of the cruel horse carriage industry is predictably self-serving.
Hansen, recently the focus of a Tom Eblen column, makes money from the servitude of horses, so she has every reason to push for the status quo.
The New York City of today is a far different place from the fledgling metropolis of 150 years ago. Unlike now, horses did not have to dodge impatient drivers, speeding taxis and lumbering buses.
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They weren't sucking in noxious exhaust fumes either. The horses of old times weren't pounding asphalt all day long.
One thing that hasn't changed much is the horses' grim living conditions while not hauling. They are stored in grim multi-story warehouses and wait in stalls in which they can barely move until the next shift begins.
We're living in modern times and horses don't belong on city streets.
No prayer in court
On May 5, the Supreme Court supported public prayer in local government meetings.
So, if at a meeting Beelzebub and I decide we are not into the prayer, is it OK if we talk of partying and young girls?
Will that disturb the praying and will their God not hear the prayers?
In 2005, the Lord told me to pray how I want for what I want. There is nothing wrong with the prayers. But, soon that council will make a rule that Beelzebub's young niece and I should not laugh about our frolicking the night before while prayers are sent to the heavens.
And, soon of course, those praying the next time council voting comes around will point out there is no praying in the schools by their children.
So, here we go again Supreme Court. You're not there yet, but keep trying. When does the Christian radical arrive as the Muslim radical version does too? I'm sure across the globe it has in many places and for years.
Keep prayer out of the government functions. Meet in the parking lot and pray or take it to the church.
Floyd C. Shipley
Legalize gay marriage
I am absolutely dumbfounded by the argument on behalf of Gov. Steve Beshear's attorneys for restricting marriage to heterosexual couples because only they can produce children.
Given that there is no moratorium on marriages in Kentucky, how can it possibly matter who gets married?
The state needs population growth to thrive economically, the lawyers argued. Who in the world reduced this to mean that same-sex couples should be barred from marriage?
Since when has it become law that heterosexual couples must produce children or even prove there are no fertility problems?
I back Judge John C. Heyburn II's ruling that requires Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and countries that allow them.
That being said, it is long overdue that Kentucky also recognize same-sex marriages.
Jane Halley Ireland
Selfish UK fans
An April 24 letter writer demonstrates the myopic misunderstanding of the NBA draft process and the somewhat selfish attitude of many University of Kentucky Wildcat fans.
To answer the question he poses: How much more interested will the pros be if the players wait longer to enter the draft? In cases such as Julius Randle and James Young, not at all.
In fact, recent history has shown that interest may even drop should they play more college basketball once they have reached the status of being highly drafted.
To most, whatever other great experiences college life provides, its primary purpose is to prepare a person to provide himself a good living.
If one year of playing basketball gives a young man an opportunity to earn a life-altering amount of money, and to do so playing a game he loves, then one year of college has served that purpose.
And as much as UK fans want to see these players here for four years, it is selfish to expect them to bypass such an opportunity. And I highly suspect something almost no UK fans would want to prevent their own child doing if he had the ability and opportunity.
Nothing comes free
It's real interesting to check Heritage.org and see the Congressional Budget Office and Joint Committee on Taxation chart of taxes raised by the Affordable Care Act beginning this year and going through 2022.
In 2013, the taxes are estimated to be about $30 billion and increasing to $120 billion in 2022.
They used the same-old ploy of bait and switch to get your votes and place them in power by telling you that under Obamacare you would get something for nothing. But, in actuality planned on giving you nothing for something.
It is unfortunate that the African-Americans, the Hispanics and the elderly bought into their plan without knowing what was going to actually happen. The old adage nothing comes free is certainly applicable in this case.
The result according to Heritage.org is that the high tax rates on higher incomes and investments will further slow economic growth, leaving hard working American families and businesses worse off.
Donald R. Fugette
ACA, wrong direction
Recently, the Herald-Leader joined the cheerleading as President Barack Obama announced the goal of 7 million Affordable Care Act participants was met.
There was no supporting detail and no mention of the 44 million Americans who didn't have health insurance when the law passed.
Sorry, but "rah, rah, we solved almost 16 percent of the problem" doesn't go well with pom-poms.
Herald-Leader's repetition of Gov. Steve Beshear's ACA press release follows the same pattern. According to Beshear, 413,410 Kentuckians signed up, and three in four of them did not previously have insurance.
That means one in four — roughly 103,353 people — already did, many of whom were forced into Obamacare when their existing policy was canceled.
Of those who signed up, 82,795 bought health insurance and the rest signed up for Medicaid coverage paid mostly by the rest of us. That means we now have 20,558 fewer Kentuckians paying for health insurance and 330,615 freeloaders. Plus, there is an estimated 226,590 still without health insurance.
If your car has a cracked engine block and a blown transmission, rotating the tires won't help. Obamacare is far more broken than a John Calipari "tweak" can fix.
Any solution for this mess needs to promote free-market competition, which has been shown time and time again to provide the most efficient allocation of scarce resources, rather than to squelch it. Dictatorial government mandates like the ACA are steps in the wrong direction.