Jail, not a stage, for Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby was a national treasure of comedy. Not anymore. I do not think the two dozen women have made up these stories. They all corroborate being assaulted sexually, raped and drugged. One was just 15. All felt powerless and vulnerable. Cosby reportedly used his power and influence that could help their careers over them.
Cosby has a team of lawyers and publicists. They attack the victims' credibility. Cosby's wife broke her silence when his team released this statement: "There appears to be no vetting of my husband's accusers before stories are published or aired. None of us will ever want to be in the position of attacking the victim. But the question should be asked — who is the victim?"
Really? Perverts, pedophiles and rapists should never be called the victim, even when we thought we could look up to them. Society's consciousness has been raised by past blatant abuses that were overlooked because we thought the person too credible to do such a terrible act.
Sexual assault is a crime. Cosby coming to the Singletary Center for the Arts on March 15? The only place he needs to go is jail.
Jessica C. Bollinger
Wars not for freedom
People like to say that soldiers protect our freedom. That is not true. Modern soldiers are mercenaries who are sent around the world on wars of conquest.
American freedom was not threatened by Korea, Vietnam, Iraq or Afghanistan. The last American soldiers to fight for American freedom were Northern soldiers during the civil war. The Southern soldiers fought against freedom for blacks and minorities.
During my lifetime there has not been a single war that affected American freedom. Civil wars in Korea and Vietnam had nothing to do with freedom. Who cares if a country selects communism as its ideology? Who put us in charge of the world?
The American version of democracy doesn't even work, so why should we select governments of countries on the other side of the world?
If you sign up for the military, you are doing it for personal reasons and will be a mercenary sent around the world to secure corporate interests. You aren't defending my freedom in the slightest.
Pension shell game
People ask me if the pension obligation bond is a good idea. Compare it to a consolidation loan for consumers to pay off high credit card debt.
The bonds can theoretically work if the state does the equivalent of tearing up (or paying in full each month) the credit cards, which is committing to paying the full actuarially required contribution to the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System every year.
Over 75 percent of consumers end up running their credit cards up again and in the end doubling their debt.
From what I hear, the state is not even pretending to be responsible and is actually planning on reducing its already partial payment in exchange for this balloon of cash.
Unless the judge in Louisville enforces the injunction in a lawsuit demanding transparency in the pension system, KTRS will likely be sending this $1 billion in bond proceeds straight to Wall Street in secret no-bid contracts.
This is the type of shell game which keeps Kentucky No. 1 on the state corruption list.
Bad cops, bad cops
We all saw Eric Garner choked to death by police on video. It is a simple case of murder, yet the police got away with it.
I noticed that cops piled on Garner and helped kill him while others held the crowd from rendering aid that could have saved his life. People like to say that "not all cops are bad" but I disagree.
When cops form a wolf pack in a feeding frenzy, they are all bad.
I have seen hundreds of videos of police abuse that later caused the officer to get fired or resulted in a large settlement against the city, and not once have I ever seen one of the "good" cops arrest a "bad" one. In all of the videos, we see the cops stand around and do nothing to prevent the abuse. Since Garner's death there have been at least another dozen unarmed black men murdered by police.
In Lexington, we have narcotics squads that smash in doors looking for marijuana; and when they don't find it, they plant evidence. When a formal complaint is filed, it gets lost. Cut police budgets and there will be less abuse. Smaller government means fewer cops.