Try walking in military's boots
As a Navy veteran, I must respond to the March 3 letter that spewed rhetoric similar to that heard during the Vietnam War when soldiers were called baby killers. Even actress Jane Fonda got on the bandwagon by helping the enemy then.
The American public, military personnel included, does not start wars. Congress does. I agree that our military should not have been in Iraq or Afghanistan, but soldiers do not get that option. If they did, they would face charges.
To call a sniper a murderer goes too far. I have spoken with several veterans returning from the Mideast who have seen things no one should ever have to. When it comes down to trusting children walking toward you with bombs strapped to their bodies, ready to kill as many Americans as they can, it's either them or you.
I'm fairly sure that the families of the soldiers that sniper kept alive are very grateful that someone was looking after their loved ones.
Before berating someone else, perhaps you should walk in their shoes first and find out what their reality really is. Maybe then you would have more respect.
Robert B. Dalton
I am worn out with the racism chatter. Opportunity is there for anyone determined to succeed. No thoughtful person clings to the ignorance of our past, and we all celebrate the victory won by courageous people in Selma, Ala.
There are so many successful black people that no one can deny there is opportunity for all. Let's stop divisive talk of pervasive racism in America; it just isn't so.
I wish this president had taken a different course. He could have been remarkable and perhaps done more for his race than even Martin Luther King Jr. He could have united us.
You want to succeed? Take responsibility. Get educated. Virtually all successful people of all colors are educated. Nobody is holding anyone down. Want to be a baby-daddy? Make sure you can be a father, as well. Reject any expectation of entitlement; we don't want to enable others by supporting them with borrowed government money that will only further enslave their children and mine.
Honor the courage of the people of Selma with efforts and successes because they — and you — have earned it, and we'll all celebrate our victory over racism.
It has been defeated. We are all brothers.
App for thirst?
What has been overlooked by policy makers in the United States is that like Russia, the Middle East's economy is based on energy exports. This is because water is a scarce resource in that region while Russia has short growing seasons.
Unless desalination of sea water can be improved, there might not be much reason to hope for stability in the Middle East. The availability of water is important for any sustained economic development.
Even here in the United States we are facing water shortages, but it seems innovation isn't something that is promoted in America any more. American ingenuity used to be considered what helped to build America.
Now we ask, "Is there an app for that?"
James A. Lindgaard
Clean coal at risk
Why is the GOP trying to kill clean-coal technology? In December, they refused to extend the deadline on funding for the Future Gen carbon-capture project. Neither will they pass needed legislation to provide incentives for coal plants using carbon-capture technologies through 2030.
These refusals have effectively pulled the plug on the Illinois River retrotfit project. Other clean-coal projects in Texas and California are threatened.
"It makes no sense to pull the plug on $1 billion committed to America's signature near-zero emissions power project at such a critical time for these investments in technology," says Gregory Boyce of Peabody Energy.
Up to now, the Department of Energy has invested $6 billion in clean-coal technology and proposed $2 billion in tax credits for the next federal budget.
Maybe the GOP figures clean coal does not create jobs. Or maybe they want to blame it on President Barack Obama like everything else. Or maybe their biggest political campaign donors are opposed to clean coal.
Support Israel in her quest to remain safe and secure. She's our friend; Iran is our enemy. We're living in a Neville Chamberlain-like fantasy about the dangers presented by Iran in possession of nuclear weapons.
Iran's leaders have repeatedly called for the destruction of Israel, and no one doubts they mean it. They opposed us at every juncture during our recent wars against terrorism. Iran is the leading sponsor of terrorism in the world, and its influence spreads daily with each new venture. Iran is a threat to world peace and blatant about its designs.
If you value Israel as one of America's strongest allies, write your congressman and senators to show support. Let them know of your opposition to allowing Iran carte blanche in its efforts to gain nuclear weapons and dominate the Middle East, its ultimate goal.
Our nation can deal with the international thugs now or later, and later will be too late. Horace, the Roman poet, wrote, "I hate all that Persian gear, boy." If Iran ever gets weapons of mass destruction, we'll all hate their Persian gear.
Disrespect for UK Hoops
Kentucky loves our Wildcats. The men's team is 34-0, which is impressive; but the UK Hoops team has been one of the top 15 women's teams in the country for the entire season.
Recently, the team participated in the Women's SEC Tournament in Little Rock, Ark. Travel was difficult for many fans due to the weather. The storm had been predicted several days in advance ,and many fans made their travel plans accordingly, as well as the team. Why not the band and the cheerleaders?
The team played Thursday against Vanderbilt and won (no band or cheerleaders). The Ole Miss band stepped in. The team played Friday and won against Mississippi State; the South Carolina band stepped in. When they played in the semifinals against Tennessee, the Central Little Rock High School band stepped in.
The band and cheerleaders are the sixth man and help keep the fans engaged in the game. I am embarrassed that our girls did not have that support. It shows a lack of respect to women's athletics at the University of Kentucky.
Thank you for publishing the article "New regulations for fracking advance in Kentucky house" on Feb. 24. The article was well done and informative.
Kentucky is right to enact common-sense rules like base-line water testing and requiring companies to have a plan to reclaim the drilling pads after oil and natural gas production has stopped.
The regulations the legislature has enacted will go a long way toward protecting the environment while allowing the state to develop its natural resources.
Hydraulic fracturing has been proven to be a safe way to produce the energy we need in states across the country. New York is on the wrong side of history with its ban.