Eblen, liberal media intolerant of FOX
Tom Eblen's column "Men who love war stories sometimes don't live them" leaves me with questions. He devoted one paragraph to Robert McDonald wrongly claiming he had served in Special Forces and two paragraphs to NBC newsman Brian Williams, suspended for claiming he was in a helicopter hit by enemy fire in Iraq. He devoted ten paragraphs about a charge from far-left Mother Jones magazine that Bill O'Reilly of Fox News had misreported his experience covering the Falklands War in 1982.
Obviously, Eblen is not a fan of O'Reilly, whom he describes as "bombastic." Then he says: "O'Reilly and Fox News might not be concerned about their journalistic credibility, because they don't really have any beyond their loyal base of conservative viewers." No credibility. This is an amazing claim, especially after the Dan Rather and Brian Williams controversies. It is also condescending toward conservatives.
The far left organization Media Matters makes Fox News its chief preoccupation. When the O'Reilly story broke, it put all 45 of its researchers to find instances where he "lied" about his personal experiences. It wants to bring Fox News down.
The larger story here is the absolute intolerance of those on the left toward any contrary views.
James V. Heidinger II
Where is Opinions section?
I went trash-diving for the Herald-Leader's Sunday Opinions section two or three times, thinking I had tossed it with the ads, before realizing that it doesn't exist any more. It's now inside Bluegrass Sunday, in such a disjointed layout it's hard to tell my Blue from my Grass. And we also lost half the section.
Readers pay for a print subscription to be told to read "full" opinion columns online. Online grazing is amazing, but seldom provides contextual connection among citizens coping with complex, often intertwined, issues. That's what a separate editorial section provides. We need a reinstated, expanded Sunday opinions section that follows what Kentucky politicians do to and for citizens. Instead we have pundits pontificating about polls and politicians' campaign-scripted nuggets.
How about a trade-off, with some of the space allotted to political posturing and mens' sports? Inquiring minds want to know.
Lex should lead on wages
With the Urban County Council sending the minimum wage increase to the Budget Finance and Economic Development Committee this leaves time for us to get the facts straight on this issue. We always hear that minimum wage will hurt businesses, that only teenagers work minimum-wage jobs and that minimum-wage earners are part-time.
According to the Department of Labor in 2014, nearly 53percent of minimum wage earners are full-time. These are parents, disenfranchised workers and hard-working Americans. 88percent are adults. The argument that it will cause companies to cut jobs is simply not true.
Seattle has suffered no consequences from the minimum wage increase to $15 an hour, in fact they have seen a jump in investments from businesses. It's time for Lexington to lead. We have been a leader on many other issues, like the smoking ban and looking at faster Internet speeds. Let's tell businesses that if they come here to benefit from our publicly-run Internet, they must pay our workers a decent wage.
Get glasses, refs
Your story about Calloway County defeating Knott County was a little confusing. With help from the referees, ignoring obvious fouls and creating calls against Knott, the final score doesn't really tell the story. This was as blatantly one-sided a game as I have ever seen, with no effort from the refs to disguise their actions. Why should they? There is no review of questionable calls.
These young athletes have worked hard to achieve a goal of playing for their school at a state level. Each team deserves a fair and even chance to achieve this goal. A ratio of 42 to 17 free-throws in favor of Calloway County is obviously not a fair and even chance. KHSAA needs to look at reorganizing., and it is time to review disputed calls.
Congrats to Calloway County. They played a great game and had no control over the officiating.
Founders not all Christians
Despite what a recent letter said, this country was not founded by Christians alone.
Christians came to this country to escape the persecution of the far right in the old world, much as the conservatives are doing today to the the rest of us.
This country was founded by the American Natives, period. A bunch of heathens. Then along came us white people, a bunch of hard-nose crooks who didn't have faith in anything. Those were the only people they could get to explore, who didn't fear dropping off the face of the Earth. They didn't have enough nerve to send out the middle class people. Yes, there probably were Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus and heathens in this first bunch of people.
I am 72 and I know people didn't begin to get religious until the '50's, '60's and '70's when people went to preaching to supplement their incomes. Then preached "hellfire and brimstone," built megachurches and stopped paying federal taxes, which they need to do to help get this country out of debt. I know my family got off of the ship in 1632 and I am Jewish.
Cheers for Cornelison
My four-year-old, Jaylyn Rose was at the UK vs Cincy game. She had her picture and video taken by your photographer, Mark Cornelison. She is UK's biggest fan and was getting the crowd going with her cheers.
It was the cutest thing I have ever seen. On the way to school today she said: "Mommy, I would like to hug that guy who took my picture...He made me famous with BBN...I would like to give Coach Cal and the team a hug for good luck, and if they are lucky I will give them my special wink."
Then she melted my heart: "Mommy is it OK if I pray for that guy and the team? They are my heroes . . . I will pray that if I can't hug them, that someone else will, so they feel special like me."