We built fences, we can remove them
All our ancestors lived in East Africa and moved to all inhabitable parts of the world. As they entered new areas, they developed feelings of unity by family or clan, and division began.
Other people were different and we created imaginary fences to help define our clan, separated by politics, education, finances, religions and geography. All these fences are our own creation, and are both flexible and dispensable.
We are reluctant to see that those on the other side feel the same way we do. We are always hoping to convince and convert them. This is inevitably a losing effort.
Never miss a local story.
If you are a Republican you know President Obama is a Democrat (Fence One). You also may believe he wasn't born in the U.S. (Fence Two); he is a socialist (Fence Three); he plays golf instead of yachting or cutting timber (Fence Four); he wants to work a deal with Iran to prevent their development of a nuclear weapon instead of building a higher fence between us (Fence Five); he is of mixed blood and therefore is black (Fences Six, Seven, Eight or more).
Bring in Roy Rogers to sing Don't Fence Me In.
Value modern architecture
A recent reader responded negatively to the Blue Grass Trust's placing the colorful Peoples Bank building on South Broadway on our list of endangered properties.
In his letter, he asked some good questions and made some cogent observations about that particular building and mid-century modern architecture in general. While we disagree with the reader's conclusions, the BGT greatly appreciates his interest in our endangered list and his comments. Intelligent disagreement is healthy.
In fact, the BGT invites the public to learn more about modern architecture and engage in a serious discussion of its importance and place in our community.
Local architect and historian, Sarah Tate will present, "What's To Love? Mid-Century Modern Buildings Speak Out" at the Thomas Hunt Morgan House auditorium, 210 North Broadway, on April 28 at 6 p.m.
There will be a panel discussion following Tate's presentation and plenty of opportunity for questions and comments from the audience. Please come and share your thoughts — supportive or critical.
Director of preservation Bluegrass Trust
Right to not vote
After shattering our right to self insure, using the IRS as a political pit bull, threatening freedom of speech and religion, and defying the Constitution by opening our borders, supreme leader Barack Hussein Obama now wants to eradicate democracy by making voting compulsory.
One may ask how can demanding that you vote destroy democracy? Isn't voting what democracy is all about? The fallacy of this interpretation is that a right is never and can never be mandated.
A right to freely express one's opinion is dependent on a right to refrain from self-expression.
In a general election my right to vote for Tweedle Dee over Tweedle Dum necessarily requires my right to refuse to vote for either of them.
Obama's comment that maybe voting should be obligatory does nothing less than seek to turn a right into an anti-right.
Let poor run country
Why do people say that we are living in such bad times? A few weeks ago my sister and I went to town. We ate at a very nice restaurant. As we came out we saw that just about every car in the parking lot was a newer model.
When we were kids the only snack we had after school was peanut butter and sugar mixed together. Sometimes our milk tasted strange because the cows had gotten into a patch of wild onions.
We used an outside bathroom. Our water came from a hand pump. We carried water from the creek to do laundry in a wringer washer. We didn't mind wearing clothes from the Catholic Church rummage sale. The priest was Father Ralph Beiting, a man of great stature who was instrumental in the Christian Appalachian Project.
Work: That is a beautiful word. I remember thousands, millions of people in Chicago, where I grew up, who immigrated to dear America to find work, hope and a better way to live. If some of us poor, country people could run the country, it would be perfect, because every able-bodied person would be on the job. May God bless America.