Stories show city's wrong priorities
One need not be a master of irony to notice the amazing juxtaposition in the May 27 Herald-Leader between the key news story "Pay raises for Gray's staff get initial council OK" and the Kentucky Voices column, "City funding urgent to aid hungry families," a plea written by the CEO and board chair of God's Pantry Food Bank.
Perhaps most amazing are the large raises for administrators earning close to six figures, while the average taxpayers paying these salaries are far more likely to be availing themselves of services at the food bank and other such services that need to beg for support in every budget confrontation.
Good thing for the food bank recipients, after paying high Fayette County taxes, that fellow citizens gracefully try to make up the shortfall as best they can with private contributions.
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One typical day in the life of our city is a fine "kick off the campaign" example for Bernie Sanders. Hats off to Marian Guinn, Harvie Wilkinson and the forever stalwart Ginny Ramsay, leaders all Lexingtonians can be proud of.
Tribute to Rice
It was with sadness that I learned of the death of one of the finest gentlemen ever to be among us: University of Kentucky sports information director Russell Rice.
Rice was generous and quietly efficient in everything he did, and this kindness was infectious.
His book, Adolph Rupp: Kentucky's Basketball Baron, with a foreword by Pat Riley, is one of the best you will find about this legend.
To me, Rice was also legendary, and I think those who knew him would say the same. I am so glad he was able to spend his retirement years in Florida with his family. My condolences to his family and all who had the privilege of knowing him.
Wrong view of Israel
A recent letter about Israel was so wrong it is hard to know where to start. First of all, Israel has not started "scores" of wars. Israel has given back all of the land it took from Egypt during the 1967 war.
The other countries have not acknowledged the existence of Israel, so why should they give back any land taken in wars?
Hamas has not acknowledged the existence of Israel, so how do you negotiate with a group if they do not accept your existence? Israel is the only democracy in the region. There are fairly elected Arabs in the Israeli Parliament.
In what countries in the Arab world will you see a fairly elected legislature?
Furthermore, how many have allowed Jewish citizens (the ones they have not forced to leave or killed) to be represented?
As soon as all Palestinian governments agree that Israel has the right to exist, there can be a fair peace treaty.
Israel is our only ally in that region that we can count on. If the letter writer is truly concerned about the welfare of the region, he should pay more attention to the second-class status of women and the existence of tyrants.
Bevin for good ole days
What a nail-biter the Kentucky Republican primary was, but the voters got it right this time. Although it was obviously a tough decision; supporting cockfighting is better than allegedly hitting a girlfriend.
As Matt Bevin so eloquently stated recently, "I support the people of Kentucky exercising their right (to cockfighting) because it is our right to decide to do what we want to do and not the federal government's. Criminalizing behavior if it is part of the heritage of this state is a bad idea in my opinion."
All Democrat Jack Conway wants to do as governor is to move Kentucky forward and focus on things such as broadband Internet access for everyone in the state and creating more high-tech and better-paying jobs.
With Bevin maybe we can go back to not allowing women to vote or own property. No health care for Kentucky's poor citizens. And hopefully prevent those pesky homosexuals from marrying the person they love. This is our heritage.
If only Bevin can defeat Conway, Kentucky can get back to the good ol' days. We can only hope.