Do black lives matter in Douglass shooting?
First, condolences to the family of Kwame El-Amin, who was killed during the shooting at Douglass Park. But as of writing this, 12 days have passed since this murder with no witnesses from a park filled with people.
Aisha, Kwame's sister, is quoted as saying "unfortunately, we live in a community that often lives in fear or praises silence."
If black lives matter in the minds of the community, why doesn't it result in the pointed fingers of their fellow neighbors?
This hypocrisy must end for the family to find peace and the community to find civility through social justice.
Replace Davis with Brown
I have great respect for journalist Al Smith and I appreciate his suggesting a statue of Lyman T. Johnson to grace the state Capitol Rotunda in place of Jefferson Davis. However, Johnson does not meet the criteria for the statue of a person in the Rotunda. He has not been dead 40 years.
I believe, though, that I have the perfect replacement for Davis, the president of the Confederacy, who indeed should be exiled from the building.
William Wells Brown (C. 1814-1884) should take his place. Brown, a native of Montgomery County, was a fugitive-then-freed slave who was an abolitionist and writer. He wrote the first African-American novel as well as other genres. An elementary school here in Lexington is named in his honor. I have given my suggestion to the state Historic Properties Commission.
Read Prather on gay marriage
I want to thank Paul Prather for his excellent July 5 column. He stated so well the need for calm with regard to the Supreme Court ruling legalizing gay marriage.
No one is trying to lessen someone's religious beliefs by asking them to take a stand. Gays and lesbians just want to be able to get a marriage license which will allow them access to the rights and privileges that marriage provides. A marriage license is a civil right, not a religious statement.
I hope that people will read Prather's column and realize that, as a pastor himself, he is only emphasizing the basic fundamental freedoms of our great country. "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
Wise, courageous justices
I read with interest the column by Martin Cothran of the Family Foundation concerning the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage. He asserts that the Supreme Court judges are an "elite caste of nine un-elected justices" acting as a super-legislature freely overruling the will of the voters.
I know something about negating the will of the voters. I grew up in Texas and lived there when the Supreme Court struck down the segregation laws of the South. Jim Crow was the law of the state — the "will of the people." They wanted it and they voted for it. Blacks didn't vote but they were outnumbered anyway.
I remember the vociferous condemnation of these "elite" justices who had the audacity to overrule the will of the people.
If a majority of the people support an unjust and unconstitutional law, then I'm glad that we have some judges with the courage and wisdom to do the right thing. We could use a few more. They made the right call on marriage rights.
Take that, Trump
I stopped by Jeff's Car Wash on Nicholasville Road in Lexington a recent morning. As I was exiting my vehicle and entering the building, a young, male Mexican worker approached me and said, "Hello, sir."
Then he handed me the cash and credit cards I had accidentally left on the console of my vehicle.
Hey, Donald Trump: Kiss my taco.
Are we unintentionally providing support for terrorists? I ask because of the media's insistence on naming jihadist murderers as "lone wolves."
What deranged teenager wouldn't want to boast that he/she was that?
How about we label them "lone lunatics?" It wouldn't have the same appeal.
What's the dif?
Regarding those county clerks who are refusing to issue marriage licenses because they do not appove of same-sex marriages: Attorney General Jack Conway, current candidate for governor, defended Kentucky's constitutional amendment favoring traditional marriage in federal district court but refused to appeal the unfavorable decision. What's the difference? Progressives are allowed to get away with it?
Not elected to preach
I hope Gov. Steve Beshear does not cave in to demands of county clerks refusing to issue gay marriage licenses. If he allows them to customize their job descriptions to fit religious beliefs, he would set a dangerous precedent.
Imagine if county clerks could refuse to issue a marriage license to an interracial couple because they still believe interracial marriage is a sin. Imagine if judges could refuse to hand down the death penalty because they believe capital punishment is a sin.
Imagine if firefighters and police officers could refuse to respond to emergencies on Sundays because they believe working on the Sabbath is a sin. Imagine if waiters could refuse to serve alcohol because they believe drinking is a sin. If pharmacists could refuse to fill contraceptive prescriptions because they believe birth control is a sin.
Thankfully, we live in a country where personal religious beliefs do not override job duties. If you do not agree with your job description, you find another job. County clerks are not elected to be preachers.
As public servants, they must uphold the laws of the land, whether they agree with them or not.
Show us your God
So, Casey County Clerk Casey Davis' pledge to God will not allow him to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It is beyond obvious that Davis is in violation of the law. My initial outrage at his actions, was to call for his dismissal, arrest or at least legal action to force his compliance.
But upon further reflection, I think Davis or any of these law-violating hypocrites (they're all over the "rule of law" until the law doesn't suit them) should have to show evidence that this "God" who commands them to deny human rights to others, actually exists.
This hard evidence, at long last provided, would solve many problems. It could not only answer the great questions that science seems to ask of religious fundamentalists, but it could justify once and for all, the claims such people make for their various brands of brutality, unfairness and downright nastiness done in the name of this God person.
In fact, if they could produce him, I suspect he would tell the dummies they have misunderstood what he has been trying to say all these centuries.
Do job or resign
County clerks in Kentucky need to obey the law, do their jobs and issue marriage licenses when two consenting adults wish to get married.
If those clerks cannot do that in good faith, then they need to resign from their positions so they can be filled by someone who is willing to uphold the law.
I am a Christian, but this is exactly why we need to have division of church and state. These two issues are not related.
White fences are critical to tourism and the state's image
The move to cover the iconic white fences at the Kentucky Horse Park with black paint will cost Kentucky much more in lost tourism and resulting tax revenue than the savings generated. It will be the destruction of brand recognition known around the world. It will turn one of the most striking landmarks in our state into just another dull and ugly ho-hum stretch along a boring interstate.
The park's executive director is quoted as saying: "We know there's going to be some people very upset, and I appreciate the tradition, but there's more important things, and if you look at all the horse farms, except for Calumet, almost everybody uses black fence."
I beg to differ. When tradition — even nostalgia — are major ingredients of the theme being marketed, there is nothing more important.
And as for the statement that most everyone else is doing it, those other farms are in the business of raising Thoroughbreds, not marketing and honoring the tradition of the Kentucky horse culture. Big difference.
It would be a sad day if Calumet changed its colors. It would be just one more destruction of a beautiful feature that defines, in a good way, our state.