Buy some peanuts, not Cracker Jack
As a white individual, I have to say I am really offended each time I go to the grocery store. Entering the snack aisle, I notice a sign that says "crackers." Then I see that word on boxes and packages everywhere.
I am most offended when I see a box of Cracker Jack; not only is Cracker Jack racist, but it's also sexist, I mean, have you ever seen a box of Cracker Jill?
So, in the spirit of fairness, I think groceries should take down all products or signs that display the word "cracker," which is a derogatory term directed towards white people, mainly in the South.
Let justice fit crimes
The June 24 Herald Leader reported the proposed removal of an artifact representing history from the state Capitol, the Jefferson Davis statue representing the Confederacy. This appears to be retaliation for the tragic South Carolina murder of wonderful African-Americans by a white man.
The newspaper also reported the indictment of two African-Americans, accused of murdering a white Marine and assaulting his wife. Both events were tragic and senseless.
The problem here is not the statue or a Confederate flag, but the perpetrators of these crimes. Should white people try to change history by erasing remembrances of Al Sharpton or similar bigots in black history, when the problem is the criminal?
We all need to forgive what has happened in the past. Demand that the criminals in both situations get the appropriate punishment (death penalty fits these crimes) after a fair trial. This is a problem where race is not the issue but a need for justice to fit the crime is the answer. Political correctness won't solve the hatred, and healing won't happen until race is not the issue.
Amidst this kerfuffle over gay rights to marry versus some county clerks' refusal to issue licenses, what about the heterosexual couple who learn their infertility prevents them from having children? Is their union a sham? Must they be forced to divorce, since, like gay couples, their only recourse is to adopt? I'm just saying.
Paul S. Worboys
Race politics complex
Before jumping on the politician's bandwagon, please take time to learn about Jefferson Davis. Davis was called to serve as president of the Confederacy because of his preceding accomplishments. He attended Transylvania University in Lexington and graduated from West Point. He served honorably in the U.S. Army. He was a war hero at Buena Vista in the Mexican-American War. He served as U.S. senator. He was secretary of war under President Franklin Pierce. Few of Kentucky's sons have accomplished so much. Debate devoid of historical fact devolves into benighted push and shove. Study Davis and you will understand why he was honored with a statue in the first place.
The state Capitol rotunda holds Kentucky sons Davis and Lincoln in a balance indicative of Kentucky history and, indeed, public opinion in Kentucky today. The rotunda as it stands, encompassing two points of view, shows what tolerance looks like.
I guess Tom Eblen was born yesterday with his low ride on the "arc of the moral universe." It definitely isn't a high ride. He doesn't know the difference. Maybe this will show it. In 1962 I was in third grade in Burnside when the teacher came in one morning and said we couldn't pray in school anymore. I had a sinking feeling but everything seemed OK, no big changes you could see.
In a mere 35 years it went from getting in trouble for paper wads and chewing gum to school shootings, hiring police, etc. I guess to Eblen that's laughable.
So now the highest court bows under pressure saying it's OK, overruling God. But God isn't mocked or overruled. Israel did the same kind of things 2,500 years ago and got their nation taken away. It always works that way. Israel is the only one to make the comeback. It won't take 35 years to find out where this ends up. LGBT has a new meaning here: Leaving God behind is treacherous. In Psalms it says he who sits in the heavens laughs. I found with my boss long ago at times when he laughed, you'd better not.
Ray E. Davis Jr.
Yes to Trump, no to Pett
I appreciate Joel Pett's acknowledgement that Donald Trump is willing to get down and dirty in the fight to rid America of the noxious consequences of progressive liberalism.
On Joel Pett cartoon about northeast states' garbage being shipped into Kentucky:
"Should have added Bevin the carpetbagger to the train." -- Johnny Blevins, Somerset
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