Horse well cared for by owners, at farm
I want to address one major error in a recent letter to the editor. Jeff Lewis and his mother, Beverly, paid all of the expenses to return Silver Charm home from Japan.
Not only that, they give an annual endowment that will cover all of Silver Charm's expenses and other retirees who weren't as fortunate to have such great owners.
Secondly, referring to Old Friends as an "orphanage" is disrespectful. We are a first-rate Thoroughbred farm that's home to more stakes winners than any farm in history. We attract nearly 20,000 visitors a year to Central Kentucky and are an essential component in Scott County tourism.
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We provide a service to the sport of horse racing. We don't race them or breed them. We are after-care professionals in a non-profit organization that depends on the support of Thoroughbred owners, breeders and fans. And we get it. Our retirees are not orphans and I don't run an orphanage.
President, Old Friends
President Barack Obama is supposedly a constitutional scholar. However, he seems to have a better handle on Saul Alinsky's Rules For Radicals than the United States Constitution.
Not the good guys
My head shakes in disbelieving despair to see certain politicians and others mount a vigorous, desperate defense of torture — the same sort of heinous acts we have previously condemned as war crimes and for which we have convicted past enemies.
I offer this quote from Terry Pratchett's novel THUD! as a succinct response to any insane debate trying to justify torture: "Beating up people in little rooms... he knew where that led. And if you did it for a good reason, you'd do it for a bad one. You couldn't say 'we're the good guys' and do bad-guy things."
Charles Edward Pogue
Waiting for the outrage
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and their minions authorized and supported the torture of hundreds of men. Release of torture details has caused widespread outrage.
The same Bush-Cheney cabal created lies to justify sending our military into Iraq, where 200,000 men, women and children were killed. Where is the outrage, where are the calls for justice and accountability for this much greater crime?
And we are currently killing innocent men, women and children as "collateral damage" in our drone attacks.
This is our America?
Big bad box stores
Big-box stores are a leach on the economy.
Let's say there was a fictional town called Shopville, and there were a bunch of locally owned shops like a bakery, a clothier, appliance shop, camera store, car service and parts shops and a farmer's market, all with local roots. But then a big-box store moves in and soon absorbs all of the business from the shops, and then it kills the shops.
All the business goes to the big-box stores since their prices are cheaper. But most of this stuff is made cheaply overseas under less-than-acceptable conditions for workers. It's causing problems for the economy, putting people on the streets by paying them the bare legal minimum, poverty wage.
If a person has a disability they'll pay them even less. And sometimes they'll kick workers out so they don't have to pay benefits, and when their benefits don't have to be paid, they don't have to pay for expensive health care.
Big-box stores are really not worth the hassle of having a bunch of good old locally owned shops dying off.
Adin Raiche, 11