Twenty million slaves around the world today
Feb.1 marks more than a battle of the gridiron. It's an important milestone in the battle for freedom. Sunday is National Freedom Day, marking Abraham Lincoln's resolution to abolish slavery, signed on Feb. 1, 1865.
Although slavery has been outlawed, it persists and is one of the most lucrative criminal industries in the world.
Victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of sexual exploitation or forced l abor. Victims are young children, teenagers, men and women.
Staggering statistics stare us in the face:
■ An estimated 20.9 million people live as modern-day slaves.
■ Around a quarter of a million American children and youth are at risk for sexual exploitation every year.
■ Since 2008, 160 victims of human trafficking have been identified in Kentucky. That number is growing. The youngest victim was two months old.
January was National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Feb. 1 is a day devoted to freedom. Since both labor and sex trafficking occurs in our communities, learning more and taking action is paramount. The National Human Trafficking Hotline (1-888-373-7888) is an excellent resource.
Visit www.rescueandrestoreky.org or www.freedomlex.org to find out what you can do to help in the continued battle for freedom in the Bluegrass.
Cats, not Cards
When I buy your newspaper every day I expect to see only University of Kentucky Wildcats on the front of the sports page. After all, your paper says Lexington Herald-Leader, not Louisville. So why are the Cardinals on the front of your sports page? If you want to put the Cardinals on the inside of the sports page that's fine. We Wildcats fans want to see our boys and our Coach Cal on the front page. I suppose I will have to start buying the Louisville Courier-Journal if I want to see the Wildcats on the front of the sports section.
What the NFL needs is an engineer, or at least a senior high school science student.
Many gases follow what is known as the Ideal Gas Law. Air behaves in close agreement with the Ideal Gas Law.
If we fill a football at a locker room temperature of 70 degrees, what will the pressure be if it goes out to the playing field at 32 degrees?
Why is the NFL looking for a victim? It is just basic science. Fill the balls outside and adjust them just before kickoff. Now, let's just get on with the Superbowl.
UK parking no problem
In response to the letter writer complaining about parking at the University of Kentucky medical center. There is this new thing named Google and an old thing called self reliance. Plan your trip better. Look for signs indicating where parking is allowed. No right-thinking person is going to leave their vehicle unattended while they wander around on foot looking for a parking spot. The areas around UK and the medical center are well marked. There is a five-level parking garage that has never been full the many times I have visited there right across the street from the main entrance. A shuttle bus leaves the garage about every five minutes to go to the hospital.
UK has made parking at it's hospital about as painless as it can be for most people.
John G. Blankenship
Stop blaming poverty for students doing poorly. Poverty is a result, not a cause.
How many poor students are children of one-parent homes? Do you have any understanding of how important fathers are to the raising of children?
Not only is income important, but fathers often offer the structure, guidance, discipline and nurturing that kids crave. Dads become the good and decent role models which children so desperately need.
No one is saying mothers are not essential nor that single mothers cannot raise good children. But if she is the only breadwinner, everything else falls on her.
My heart aches for the child, the mother and the teacher. Where is the lack of fathers even mentioned in the long three-column Herald-Leader article on students in poverty? The schools are not the parents. Do you realize 71percent of African American families have no fathers? Other students experience that same lack. How tragic.
This is a plea to not have sex before marriage. It is a moral imperative for a reason. Yes, we must do everything we can to help every student reach his or her potential, but give the poor kid a chance at the American dream by starting off with two parents who love their children, even if imperfectly
Joanne P. Smith