Equality under the law includes gay marriage
In response to a recent letter concerning gay marriage, the United States is not a true democracy, but a representative democracy.
Our judicial branch interprets the law based on the Constitution. If the U.S. had true majority rule, we would've never had Brown v. Board of Education, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act or Loving v. Virginia.
The courts are meant to step in to prevent mob rule or "the will of the people," when it is clearly in the best interest of the people.
The writer's contention that marriage has always been a union of one man and one woman is historically inaccurate.
In two different books in the King James Bible, marriage is defined as a union of one man and at least one woman; polygamy is rampant throughout the Bible. In human history, the definition of marriage has evolved.
This is not a religious issue, but a civil rights issue. No religion or church has been mandated to sanction any union it feels is counter to its beliefs.
The government has found itself involved in defining marriage, given the fact that only the state can issue marriage licenses.
Many couples who marry may or may not follow any particular religious doctrine, decide to procreate, be of the same race or religion or have any other common traits.
The Supreme Court building is inscribed with "equal justice under the law" and the 14th Amendment guarantees equal protection under the law for all.
Friendlier use of coal
When I was a young boy, my dad lost his job because his company closed. The company creosoted railroad ties.
The trucking industry was growing and railroads were not, so there was no demand for railroad ties. This was the only job my dad had ever had, and he had a limited education. At 55 years of age, he had to look for work.
Tobacco put food on the table for many Kentuckians. It was determined that tobacco wasn't good for our health.
Now, this crop that was so vital to the economy of Kentucky was being phased out and all who depended on it had to look for some other way to make a living.
Coal is being looked at to see what kind of impact it may have on the environment. Studies show coal might have a negative impact on the weather, our health and the environment. We have a senator who says we should go full steam ahead and keep producing coal.
To me the sensible thing to say would be, "Let's see if we can find a better way to use coal and make it more environmentally friendly. If this is not possible, what kind of industry could be brought to the area that would provide new jobs?"
Don't say that we will keep producing coal no matter what, like our elected officials are saying. Let's pull our heads out of the sand.
Grateful for experience
As a World War II Navy veteran and a recipient of the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. on June 6 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of D-Day, I want to thank everyone who made this trip possible for me and the 80 veterans from Louisville and Lexington.
A special thank you goes to the Honor Flight organizers, the attendees, the donors and all who made this and all the other Honor Flights possible.
This was the highlight of my life and I am sure that all the other veterans would say the same thing.
One of the emotional times for me was the welcome we received at the Lexington airport when we returned — the water salute by the Lexington fire department, the great number of people, the Boy Scouts, the ROTC, the service personnel, the children and the bagpipes.
We say thank you from the depths of our hearts.
When we returned from the war, we received no welcome and were only given our mustering-out pay and a bus ticket home and told to get out of our uniforms in two weeks.
This reception was overwhelming and so unsuspected that words cannot express how we felt.
To everyone who made this trip an experience of our lives, we say thank you for showing that we Americans do not forget and appreciate our freedom and the cost it entails.
E. Owen Edwards, U.S. Navy, retired
President Barack Obama is long overdue to be impeached. There are more than 10 to 12 reasons why. He is an embarrassment and disgrace to our society and to the Constitution. Our senators and representatives need to take charge and act.
If the president's actions continue, the American voters are going to have to vote to replace these representatives and elect someone who will take the necessary action to impeach him.
If Obama worked in the corporate or small-business world, with his record of leadership he would have been fired years ago.
Please contact your senators and representatives and let them know your feelings on this matter. They will respond to you. God bless America and you.
Recognition for Hall
As a Wildcat fan, I hope that during any Rupp Arena renovation there will be an area designated as "Hall's Hall," in recognition of Joe B. Hall's contribution to the extension of the University of Kentucky's reputation as a winning program.
Infant trauma is real
National Attachment Trauma Awareness Day, celebrated June 19, is to bring awareness of childhood trauma. Many who experienced early neglect or abuse end up in foster care — some are eventually adopted by a new family.
Some are orphans, others may have needed painful medical procedures or were separated from their parents for health reasons.
They are misunderstood by those outside the home and struggle with the impact of this early trauma throughout their lives.
The first years of life are important to all children. Babies attach to their caregivers in a healthy way. They grow close and learn to trust the world around them, with their brains continually stimulated and emotionally healthy.
But when that crucial beginning is full of uncertainty, babies are stressed and fail to develop a secure attachment.
Instead, they learn the world isn't a safe place. Anti-social behavior takes root and swells unless a parent focuses on healing and breaks the cycle.
Neuroscience confirms that early life trauma often leaves behind a disconnected brain, underdeveloped in key cognitive and psychological ways and over-connected in harmful behavioral ways.
With the need for treatment through post-adoptive services, families must have access. The day of awareness shines light on the need for comprehensive treatment-of complex trauma and attachment disorders.
More information is available at www.attachu.org/events/nata-day.
Let us spread the word that early life trauma is not for a day, but for a lifetime.
Jane Durkin Samuel
Board member, Attachment Trauma Network