Get ready for more LGBT demands
I have followed with great interest the growing power of the LGBT movement since my family moved here from California five years ago.
It is with sadness I see this very small percentage of people start to promote themselves in Lexington.
In California it has become almost illegal to speak against this lifestyle. The recent pride prom is an example of a tiny minority starting to push for acceptance.
I can tell you it does not stop with parades and drag shows and proms. If there is no pushback by the community, you will see this minority claiming to be oppressed, misunderstood and confused.
They will not only try to co-opt common sense on bathroom issues, but demand that we all accept this lifestyle unconditionally. And for those of us who will dare to disagree, the word "hater" will be thrown around and "intolerance" will be bandied about.
Get ready, it is coming. But please, Fayette County, stand up for what you know in your hearts is right. I hate no one; but kids need direction, not a push into the homosexual lifestyle.
American Pharoah won the Triple Crown of horse racing due in part to a veteran trainer, Bob Baffet, and the confident jockey Victor Espinoza, who relied on his experience to guide the horse to victory.
The only way American Pharoah would have lost this race is if Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was the jockey and University of Kentucky coach John Calipari was the trainer.
Plan for CentrePit
The CentrePointe construction downtown is at a standstill. Why not turn the hole in the ground into a money-making business?
You can erect a screen, its back to Main Street, with a stage down front with seats made like steps of concrete. You can have concession stands there. You can have movies at night and plays during the day. Charge for both.
Don't build a roof, but put a large tent over the area and erect a tall high fence so there is no distraction for motorists.
Vote for rail safety
I was very shocked and horrified about the Amtrak train derailment recently near Philadelphia that killed eight and injured 200.
In the news, people got to see very graphic pictures of that train after it derailed, inside and out, and also a very disturbing video from a surveillance camera showing the train getting derailed.
To make matters worse, Congress, including House Republicans, decided to vote Amtrak funding cuts one day after the derailment. Many Democrats criticized the Republicans for not caring about the safety of passengers and making train travel more dangerous.
This ought to make people angry. We need positive train control in more places more often. Freight rail companies, such as Norfolk Southern, BNSF, Union Pacific and CSX should also support this.
The safety of citizens should be a top priority, whether they ride Amtrak or not. Funding and legislation for this should be a top priority to all politicians, no matter what their party is. Voters should consider where the candidates they vote for stand on safety in their country.
Fast track to job loss
Eric Gregory of The Kentucky Distillers Association wrote that trade promotion authority, known as fast track, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership would increase profit for the bourbon industry and increase jobs in Kentucky distilleries.
Gregory explained that the state would benefit from buckets of tourism money and tax revenue.
We have heard these same promises regarding previous trade deals.
In 1993 President Bill Clinton said NAFTA would "promote more growth, more equality, better preservation of the environment and a greater possibility of world peace." He also said it would "pull down foreign trade barriers" to create 200,000 additional jobs in the U.S. Our government has passed numerous other trade deals, all with these same sales lines.
President Barack Obama is not requesting fast track to benefit Kentucky. Corporations are not interested in free trade or American jobs. These are investment deals that only benefit corporations.
History is the best predictor of the future, and previous trade deals have cost the middle class millions of jobs. The social and economic equality gap has never been greater, we have witnessed horrible destruction of our environment, and we could not be further from world peace.
The American people cannot afford another bad trade deal; we cannot afford the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
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