Kroger should ban activists in aisles packing heat
As a busy mom, I spend a lot of time and money grocery shopping.
Recently, photos from several Kroger stores in Texas and Ohio have made the rounds depicting people with assault rifles patrolling the aisles, one of whom with a baby strapped to his chest.
This is extremely disappointing. I enjoy shopping at Kroger. It's clean and well lit atmosphere is very welcoming. The fresh produce section is wonderful. My favorite location Starbucks is quite a bonus to a tired grocery shopping mom. I take care when selecting my groceries, checking each cantaloupe for ripeness with a thump of my thumb before purchasing. Unfortunately, I have no such method for determining whether the man in aisle four with the AR15 is simply showboating his support for gun rights or if he is unstable and about to open fire in frozen foods.
It is a shame that a store which has done so much to create a great shopping experience for their customers has become a stage for extremists instead of continuing to cater to its largest base, moms. Until store policy prohibits guns, I will go to Costco. They have great prices on melons, and carry far fewer nuts.
Emily Venters Coomes
Vote for conservatives
In Dr. Zhivago, set in post-revolutionary Russia, communists forced Yuri Zhivago's family to turn their Moscow home into a tenement for displaced persons. Everything of value was taken from their once lovely home.
Americans are seeing their things of value taken even without a bloody revolution. Forbes (6/11/12) reported that in three years "Americans' Wealth, Net Worth Down 40%." Those with a $39,600 income dropped 35.4 percent. Due to political malfeasance (Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000 signed by Democrat Bill Clinton) and criminally culpable Wall Street institutions, the value of American homes tanked. The world's economies shuddered and still do.
Forbes reported that real GDP returned to pre-recession levels in the third quarter of 2011. Big deal. Unemployment and under-employment still mean lower household incomes. Obamacare's out-of-pocket costs are more than promised. Fuel prices are out of sight.
Democrats want to squeeze us further, refusing to address important financial matters without tax increases.
We should applaud Burger King maximizing investor returns by moving operations to Canada. It's time to be concerned with how retirees supplement their meager Social Security and how we grow our economy, not progressives' self-serving spending demands.
This November, vote for conservatives.
Love, not hate, for equality
I was born in Birmingham, Alabama and was a teenager when the church bombing killing three children occurred. My family was saddened by this cowardly act.
Marches and protests frightened both whites and blacks in our town. Sounds crazy, but I grew up in a segregated town not knowing segregation was wrong until the '60's. Our family was middle-class with both parents working. An African-American lady, Connie, cared for my sister and kept our house so mother could work. Mother prepared bacon and eggs every morning for Connie as she sat at our kitchen table.
It never occurred to me that I should treat Connie differently because she was not white. I look back now in horror at the hateful atrocities committed against black people in the South. How could people treat other humans this way? We should be fair and reflect God's love towards all. As a human being, I'm sure I've failed many times, but will keep trying.
It upsets me when I read Merlene Davis' column, guest editorials, or hear Rev. Sharpton, whose main objective is to condemn white people. It's counter-productive.
We should be encouraging equality with peace and love — not hate.
Despite pleas to save a rare example of Streamline Moderne architecture from 1940, the University of Kentucky razed the Wenner-Gren Aeronautical Research Lab on Rose Street last week, along with adjacent Donovan Hall. I am deeply saddened.
As an undergrad, I was fortunate to get a job programming the lab's IBM 1800 and Raytheon 704 computers (in assembler language).
I got to meet a lot of brilliant PhD candidates and graduate students and, for reasons I can no longer remember, played foursquare with them at lunch on the smooth concrete floor under the giant centrifuge used a decade earlier to train chimps for the Mercury space program.
I loved my job so much that I would go to the lab on Sunday mornings and write and debug code for hours, even though I couldn't get paid for the overtime.
I'm not sure I ever loved another job that much. Or had a better college experience.
Chapel Hill, N.C.
Union question misleading
The "right-to-work" question in the recent Bluegrass Poll was curiously constructed.
It implies that every employee -- bosses, administrators and all salaried and hourly workers -- must pay union dues if that business "has unions." That is not the case.
The National Labor Relations Act provides that a majority must vote for union recognition. Then, if the employer and the workers' representatives reach a contract agreement, the union must fairly and equally represent everyone covered by the contract, even those who actively work to destroy the union.
No one not covered by the contract pays dues or fee to support the work of the union.
Maybe the question should have been something like "should workers receiving benefits negotiated by a union be allowed to refuse to pay fair dues or a fee for the expenses incurred in preserving their collectively bargained rights?"
The reader who concluded, "unions now, from what I read, are about raising a lot of money," has obviously read anti-union propaganda.
Fair enough. But I encourage people to also read pro-union literature at www.aflcio.org (AFL-CIO ); www.labornotes.org (Labor Notes); and www.faireconomy.org (United for a Fair Economy). Determine for yourself which perspective is supported by credible evidence.
McConnell listens to Kochs
A recent statewide poll showed that 55 percent of Kentuckians believe the minimum wage should be raised.
Yet, Sen. Mitch McConnell spoke at a seminar hosted by billionaire Koch brothers and pledged his fidelity to them by assuring he would do everything in his power to see that the minimum wage was not increased.
In a representative government, it is hard to understand how an elected official can so blatantly ignore the wishes of his constituents. That is unless his main constituency is the monied Koch brothers and the like. Draw your own conclusion.
And you can ignore the hogwash that raising the minimum wage will cost thousands of jobs. History has proven that it just ain't so.
Break free of the past
When I was a boy, my dad lost his job at a company that creosoted railroad ties. The trucking industry was growing and railroads were not. This was the only job he had ever had. At age 55, he found a completely new job. As it turned out, it was a better one.
For years, tobacco put food on many Kentuckians' tables. Through a great deal of research, it was determined that tobacco wasn't good for our health. Now, many who depended on its income had to look for other ways to make a living. And they are finding new jobs.
There are studies that show that burning coal causes negative impacts on the weather, our health and the environment. There are also some who say it doesn't matter, just keep digging and selling coal. The sensible thing would be to put more time and money into research to find a more environmentally friendly way to use coal. If this is not possible, then let's look for new kinds of industry.
Let's not keep doing something just because we always have. We need to pull our heads out of the sand, look around and see what else is out there.
Save People's Bank
I can think of few buildings in Kentucky that would impress our pioneer ancestors more than the People's Bank on South Broadway, which is not only a local treasure but is a national landmark due to it's architectural standing.
Using this property as an access road to an IMAX theater which is in itself an mere unproven financial speculation is a tragedy.
Let's leave something of our own uniqueness behind. Might this hallmark be moved at the owner's expense to a safer place, keeping it away from those that seek it's destruction?
Ken C. Arnold