Executions delayed, why not abortions?
Derek Selznick, ACLU of Kentucky's Reproductive Freedom Project director, wrote "... politicians still try to restrict the rights of Kentucky women with legislation designed to interfere with reproductive health decisions."
Did it ever occur to him that perhaps these politicians are trying to carry out the wishes of a constituency strongly opposed to abortion?
He writes of the "undue burden on women" of Senate Bill 4's requirement of an in-person counseling session between a woman and physician 24 hours before an abortion. And another bill would require physicians to perform an ultrasound to provide detailed descriptions of the fetus to their patients.
Yes, both bills would delay the abortion, but we are talking about the killing of a human being. Our society spends far more time and money delaying executions of convicted criminals. Aren't the most innocent and vulnerable of our society deserving of the same consideration?
When Selznick writes that these bills would be detrimental to Kentucky's taxpayers, is he hinting of future lawsuits which might be brought forth by the ACLU? Do we just roll over and give up because of these threats? He also references the unfunded pension crisis as another reason to not pass these laws.
If we cannot save our babies for moral reasons, perhaps we could at least save a few for financial reasons — so that one day they can pay into the coffers of the commonwealth,
Try political Super Bowl
The debacles of primaries and general elections have been resolved. The answer was right there in front of our eyes: Super Bowl elections state by state, player/politician's performance records right out there on spreadsheets even FOX News couldn't fake.
Every politician's bobble, fake, drive, fumble, score, loss, vote and bench-sitting statistic out there like Super Bowl fans get blasted for months leading up to the big day: Super Election Day.
The Super Bowl had over 13 million eyes on the ball and could recite every player's scorecard. That's the kind of attention to details and truth no bad politician could compete against.
Billionaire owners have no fear throwing in undrafted rookies with no PAC money for exciting wins. Voters likewise should trust their guts; spend the same amount of energy and knowledge on politicians who will help not ruin their lives.
Stop the Congressional Fantasy Football. Become your own free agent: Claim the game ball you need to win.
Fracking endangers land
Kentucky sits on top of a very extensive network of caves much of which has not been explored, some of which we may not even know about yet. Mammoth Cave is the largest cave in the world and 80 percent of it has not yet been explored. We do not know how far or even where all of it goes.
Landowners have the responsibility to safeguard the integrity and stability of the land on which all of our living, working, shopping, etc. structures sit. Fracking affects all of the surrounding land, not just the area directly under any spot.
Everyone loves cheap gas prices, but there are no free lunches and we will pay for it in the end. This is just a carrot dangled in front of the donkeys that we are if we allow fracking to be legal, accepted practice anywhere.
And remember, all the money in the world will not be worth it if there is no usable water left to drink, cook or irrigate with or to fish, swim or play in. We can live without food for a while, but not without water.
I am pretty sure that no property or house insurance policy will cover fracking "acts of man" if Kentucky goes the way of the Corvette Museum, which it very well could.
Little consumer protection
From Jan. 20 to Jan. 23, oil averaged $46.52 per barrel. Speedway and Kroger gas was $1.87.99. Then they raised gas to $2.29.99 over the weekend. Jan. 26-28, oil dropped to an average of $45.27. Jan. 29 it dropped to $44.45.
I called our attorney general's office Jan. 26. He was out of the office. I left a message about the above subject and asked him to call me back. He never called. I called him Jan. 26, and got him Jan. 27.
He told me they could raise their prices as high as they wanted to. Not a good reason. I am sure glad our officeholders are watching out for us.
David V. Willhoit