Real story of teen runaways not amusing
The recent teen runaways from Kentucky sure made the headlines, didn't they? The cute blonde and her handsome boyfriend were a great story, huh? She, but 13, yet looked 19. Who amongst us didn't know the basic details of their romance?
In my opinion, the media failed big on this one. As one who worked in juvenile treatment, these articles caused me grief. I worried the ending wouldn't be as pretty.
My real concern is the hard facts surrounding teen runaways. The statistics are horrible and even worse are the reasons they run. Many are abused at home and further abused as runaways. It is not a pretty picture.
Now's the time to protect the 13-year-old girl's privacy and hope she regains some semblance of a childhood before it's too late — which it often is. The boy, I hope moves toward becoming a productive citizen instead of institutionalization and further crime, but his odds are poor
There are thousands of runaways in our country now and they are right in our midst. There needs to be another story — the real story — not the so-called, Bonnie and Clyde version we were given this time around.
Michael A. Tyree
Embry's pro-voyeurism bill
Legislators may need to read their bills to lay people before they scurry off to sponsor nonsense. State Sen. C.B. Embry, in a bizarre effort to keep transgender children from using "the wrong bathroom," has sponsored a bill which would pay children $2,500 if they catch the wrong child in the wrong bathroom.
Think about that: He's encouraging children to break the voyeurism law and inciting them to commit what's considered a sex crime for money. Will he pay these kids' legal fees when parents press charges? And when they are found guilty, saying "Sen. Embry told me to" will not stop them from being labeled sex offenders. And what about the children who will have suffered from the voyeurism; his plan would create more victims of sex crimes.
Embry didn't think through any of this plan, not the damage to the children being spied on, nor the damage being done to the children he would use as pawns. He needs to stop treating our LGBT children as the enemy and stop trying to use their friends and classmates as hired guns.
Doing nothing pays well
How about this: $200,000 for not being a University of Kentucky provost, $98,000 for not being a manager at Rupp Arena, $20,000 to $40,000 for not working as a jailer, $50,000 for a non-working judge-executive in Fayette County, $328,000 for not being president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College system? Where do I sign up?
View real American hero in Selma
While standing in an abnormally large movie theater line, it became clear to me that nearly all of the people were there to watch American Sniper. I, along with three elderly couples, bought tickets for Selma.
It troubles me that most people have more admiration for Chris Kyle, responsible for killing at least 160 people (without any remorse), than Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the greatest civil rights activists to walk this planet.
I've realized that self-glorification is easier than self-examination. Believing that America is an exceptional country that never makes mistakes is a much more palatable world-view than realizing that we're an imperfect society in constant need of reform.
The three elderly couples who watched Selma with me experienced the civil rights movement firsthand. They most likely saw the actual marches on television 50 years ago, and they understand how important it was, and still is.
They know how much blood, sweat and tears it took to ensure that the Voting Rights Act became law in 1965. They understand exactly what King and everyone else who was involved sacrificed in order to make their common dream a reality. They witnessed what a true American hero is.
Groceries, sick patients bad mix
Is anyone else out there concerned about health-care facilities operating within grocery stores? Is it wise to expose customers with grocery carts full of food to sick people who are coughing, sneezing, hacking in the waiting areas of these in-store clinics?
We are warned repeatedly by the media about the exposure to flu and other illnesses. We are even requested to don masks when we visit the waiting rooms of our doctors in order to minimize exposure to infectious diseases.
Moreover, in most grocery stores, the entrance has a sanitizing hand-wipe apparatus, ostensibly to be used to help prevent the spread of disease. Obviously, the risk of exposure is known and acknowledged.
Health-care services offered by grocery stores should be accessible only via separate entrance. Why should the health of grocery customers, the employees of the grocery store and the food purchased by the customers be jeopardized by exposure to pathogens transmitted by patients?
Reducing this risk is simple: Keep food and germs separated. Some common sense, please.