Ky. agency slights Madison County
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is hosting three meetings encouraging public comments on the frightening prospect of more oil and gas development, including fracking.
While I admire the decision to hold listening sessions, the locations prevent some of the most concerned and affected citizens from participating. At 6 p.m. July 23, the cabinet will accept comments in Somerset and on July 30 in Hazard. Twenty people attended in Madisonville.
In Berea, Frack Free Foothills — a grassroots organization opposed to the destruction of our property rights, health and environment — brought together 400 people for a meeting in January. Many had already been approached by gas-industry speculators, and we have since learned that oil and gas companies have leased many acres in and around Madison County.
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Madison County Judge-Executive Reagan Taylor requested that the cabinet host a session in his home county. The cabinet refused, putting the closest meeting more than an hour away in Somerset, with the others in areas friendly to the oil, gas and coal industries.
I demand that a session be added in Madison. This would show that the cabinet is listening to concerned citizens, not just those who work in the oil and gas industry.
Protect babies, too
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has voted to recognize same-sex marriage as a Christian act. No mention was made of where in the Bible it is referred to as such. God loves everyone, but the Bible is clear that God established marriage as a union between one man and one woman. Is it any wonder that many Presbyterian churches have left the association.
Now the U.S. Supreme Court voided laws that prohibited same-sex marriage. They reference the 14th Amendment, which provides no person can be denied the equal protection of the laws.
These judges should be consistent and apply equal protections to unborn babies. The presence of a heart beat is evidence of life and it can readily be detected by medical professionals by the fifth or sixth week of pregnancy.
A judgment day is coming when we will have to answer for the treatment of the most innocent among us.
Bruce K. Parsley
I find it interesting that most people fly the square flag, which was actually the battle flag of Northern Virginia, not the national flag of the Confederacy.
Jack Gibson's flag featured in a recent article has no white on the blue cross, so it appears to be an unofficial design somebody put together.
Don't smoke, parents
I am writing in response to the July 6 column by the Kentucky Environmental Foundation's Deborah Payne concerning poor air quality in Kentucky and its relation to childhood illness.
I favor clean air but must stress the impact of tobacco smoke on children's health.
As a pediatrician, if I take care of 100 children, all breathing the same polluted air and half live in smoking homes and half in non-smoking homes, the 50 in smoking homes will have five to seven times as many asthma events and three to five times as many ear infections as children in smoke-free homes.
I am not talking only about secondhand smoke but third-hand smoke — parents who smoke in the car when the children are not riding, permeating the upholstery, and parents who smoke outside but bring the smoke in on their clothes.
Kentucky leads the nation in percent of adult smokers. I wish for clean air but I wish more for parents to be more responsible and not expose their children to toxic tobacco smoke.
William L. Underwood, M.D.
Richard Dawahare's assertion that the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville should remove their sports broadcasts from radio stations which air programs with political opinions with which he disagrees is laughable, but not surprising.
The left continues to seek ways to silence dissenting political opinions whether it be through the use of the so-called fairness doctrine, the application of broadly absurd interpretations of hate speech, or outright bullying tactics like the one he suggests.
He tries to mask his coercive intent by his appeal to the tragedy at Charleston, S.C., but that simply reveals the inanity of his conclusions.
A deranged racist perpetrates horror in a church, therefore we must silence Jack Pattie, Kruser, et al. No doubt, if we do find a way to get these programs off the air, there will never be another such shooting. Who knew the solution was so simple?
Ironically, Dawahare frequently expresses his ideas in a newspaper that is almost exclusively one-sided in its presentation of the news and, certainly, in its opinions. I have heard all I care to hear from Dawahare, but I am not calling for those who control the purse strings to shut him up.