Doing slow boil as costs climb
I am told if you put a frog in boiling water, he will immediately jump out, but if you put him in lukewarm water and gently turn up the heat, he will die before he realizes what is happening.
Over the last five years, my federal retiree cost-of-living increases have averaged 1.36 percent. Kentucky Utilities is seeking another rate hike, averaging 9.6 percent for residential property.
The property tax continues to rise, often at the maximum rate allowable by law without a voter referendum.
Grocery prices, even non- convenience foods such as basic staples continue to rise. Sewer rates are to rise 14 percent?
I could go on. Are you a federal employee, currently working? When you're ready to retire, jump on in. The water feels great.
Robert M. Atkinson
Wake up to heroin
Eighteen people have died of heroin overdoses in Lexington in 2015, as of March 30. I know of two young people whose sudden deaths might have been prevented. This is a wake-up call to parents, brothers, sisters, friends and the community.
There is a new strain of heroin that has become the drug of choice for such susceptible young people. This drug doesn't give second chances. Addiction can happen as soon the first dose, and many don't survive to take a second.
We need to help anyone we suspect might have a problem by communicating our concern and getting help for them quickly.
A good site to learn more about addiction is www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/treatment/what-to-do-if-your-adult-friend-or-loved-one-has-problem-drugs.
Let your children know it's OK to talk to you. Warn them of the repercussions and assure them that they are loved by their family and friends and that you would be devastated to lose them. The choice to take this drug is literally between life and death.
As a community, it is time to love one another. Time might be running out for someone you know.
E. Duncan Taylor
Calling third party
The Democrats are foolish and the Republicans are spineless. That leaves the general public disenchanted. Why bother to vote? We are stuck with a corrupt president and can't get anything done about it. We were told that the Republicans were going to stop his agenda, then they get there and cave in to the Democrats.
What good is a majority? They could have sent a bill to President Barack Obama for Homeland Security "alone" without the immigration part.
Then if Obama vetoed it he would get the blame for shutting down the government. What is so difficult about that? We have a president acting like some banana republic dictator. And Congress goes right along with him.
What happened to "home of the brave?" For the politicians it is "home of the cowards." I guess it is time for a third party. We can't go on this way.
Ministers can refuse
Regarding laws that some think require ministers to perform same-sex marriages: A minister is a professional, not a commercial trader. While I support same-sex marriage, no professional can be compelled to take a case he doesn't want.
As a psychologist, I sometimes have to refuse a client because the treatment is beyond my expertise. A lawyer who specializes in trusts may decline to take on a criminal-defense case. An eye surgeon may decline to do a colonoscopy.
A business person, however, is licensed by the state controlling authority to engage in public commerce and derives all the benefits of selling in the free market. In return, he is required to serve all. A flower salesman must sell them to anyone who wants to buy. A banker is allowed to practice usury but must practice it on anyone who wishes to be so exploited.
The freedom of the religious minister to serve only those of his own choosing is not dependent on, or subject to, laws that govern business commerce. It is therefore unnecessary to make laws protecting a religious minister's right to refuse service to someone, since he already has that right.
Harwell F. Smith
Hats off to Gen. Mark Milley, the Army four-star who put duty, honor, country ahead of politics when he ordered that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl be court-martialed.
In reaching his decision, the general faced down the commander-in-chief who had praised Bergdahl as an American patriot, for political gain. It took courage to do what he did, but with four stars on his shoulders, you know he made the right call.