Give law enforcers training, guidance
As the debate on the use of force continues, we must first establish the legitimacy of the governmental objective that force is intending to accomplish.
Governmental objectives can range from the signing of a traffic citation to preventing serious injury or death.
It is only through extensive training and supervision that an employee can be educated and trained to reasonably recognize and appropriately respond. It is only through close supervision that such events can be monitored and evaluated to determine if outcomes are reasonable.
Failures in hiring, training and supervision almost always result in undesirable outcomes. In the last 10 years we have cut personnel, minimized training and retired competent supervisors to monitor events. Is there any wonder why we are seeing undesirable force usage in law enforcement and corrections agencies.
Let's cut more taxes, continue to reduce the size of government then blame government for the inadequacy. Officers and their victims are both harmed when we fail to hire, train and supervise our public servants.
Let us hold ourselves accountable for the failure to adequately fund the hiring, training and supervision of our law enforcement and corrections staffs.
Cutting waste is acceptable, cutting justice resources only produces more victims.
Wrong on EPA water rules
I have to reply to Sens. Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul. The Environmental Protection Agency's Waters of the U.S. rule doesn't classify small ponds and ditches as navigable. The regulation does not protect any new types of water.
Their column is filled with so many untruths I can't address all of them. The rule will not force any new burdens on farmers or private property owners.
In fact, the EPA makes it clear that groundwater, gullies and ditches are not regulated under the Clean Water Act and makes it clear that they will never be regulated. The rule also does not change for farm or stock ponds.
I suggest the senators read the EPA proposal and not resort to scare tactics. Only the facts, please.
Marriage ban hurts Ky.
As a native Kentuckian and mental health-care professional who works with couples, I cannot sit by while Kentucky denies all its people the right to marry the ones they love.
There are 37 other states and Washington D.C. that have offered to legally wed and recognize the bond of marriage shared by two loving and committed individuals.
We have failed LGBT individuals by demanding that they respect others' needs and values while theirs are ignored.
Denying LGBT couples the right of marriage hurts our citizens by breaking apart families when these individuals leave our great state because they are forced to choose between the family they were born into or creating a family they choose.
It weakens our economy when they take tax dollars with them. It excessively and needlessly burdens our mental health-care system because of the increased need for services to help them cope with this discrimination.
Opponents have argued that same-sex marriage could hurt population growth in Kentucky due to a decrease in child births. However, denying same-sex marriage already hurts population growth as LGBT individuals leave and we fail to attract new businesses to locate here.
It's time we open our hearts to all families.
Isn't it ironic that, just as the Kentucky Theatre's Mighty Wurlitzer organ gets refurbished and re-installed about 90 years after being ruined in the 1928 flood of downtown Lexington, our city government is planning to bring Town Branch to the surface again?