Get real about today's warfare
Even leaving aside that three-quarters of service-age Americans exceed military body-weight standards, public readiness problems are much deeper. The public is unprepared for the realities of modern warfare.
On July 22, an armed civilian negligently discharged his weapon near a recruiting office, setting off a scare of another attack. The military has politely asked armed civilians to go home; the reasons are simple. Military personnel have no way to tell a patriotic guard from an attacker in disguise. Welcome to the realities of 21st century warfare.
It's impossible to predict who will carry out the next attack. We've been dealing with this problem in Iraq and Afghanistan for over a decade. It's immensely frustrating and often infuriating.
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That leads to blanket hatred against Muslims. But banning Muslims from your store isn't patriotic, it's idiotic. Yes, there are Muslims waging war against our country. But the majority are not, so why make enemies unnecessarily? Doing so is a strategic blunder.
Putting amateurs in front of recruiting offices is a tactical blunder. Blaming our now president is another blunder. I'm sure our enemies have noted our public's lack of readiness and awareness. We need to fix it and fast.
Don't blame climate
In a July 23 letter, the writer attributes the pine beetle infestation of the lodgepole pines to warmer weather, consistent with global warming dogma.
Unfortunately, the story is much more complex. The major reason for the epidemic is the inane forest management policies forced onto the U.S. Forest Service by environmental activists. They have limited the ability of the Forest Service to institute logging practices for disease and fire control.
Comparative data from the United States and Germany suggest that the current politicized environment for forest management in the U.S. is destructive to forest health. The bark beetles are common in all German forests, yet epidemics have been avoided through active forest management.
One exception was in the Bavarian National Park, where forest management was excluded. In the late 1990s a bark beetle population killed 80 percent of the trees across 60 percent of the park, forcing the Bavarian government to allow foresters to initiate logging measures to control the epidemic. The result is a healthy, productive forest.
American forests are experiencing massive fires and uncontrolled pest damage due to faulty forest stewardship, not warmer weather.
Men gather around the towering apparatus. The sound is deafening. A chemical scent is thick in the air. The ground trembles beneath their feet. People living nearby are complaining of nosebleeds, and headaches. The water from their faucets has the same chemical scent, they can light it on fire. Across the state earthquakes are increasing in frequency, five times as many as last year.
This isn't Lex Luthor's latest plot, and it isn't happening in Metropolis. It's happening in Oklahoma.
Fracking forces a mixture of water and toxic chemicals deep into the Earth. There it breaks apart the shale bedrock to extract natural gas. The process is loud, smelly and generates a massive amount of contaminated water. Then they pump that water back into the ground where it can contaminate well water.
Energy companies are trying to bring fracking to Kentucky. All Kentuckians need to stand up. Tell your legislators you don't want this dirty energy in Kentucky.
Tell the whole story
John C. Breckinridge, a very accomplished man before the Civil War, and John Hunt Morgan made unfortunate choices that hurt our country. Still, they are prominently celebrated with statues in a public setting. Their plaques should speak also to their traitorous decisions and inhuman acceptance of slavery.
But we seem to be stuck in the mid-19th century, ignoring the accomplishments of other Lexingtonians during our 240 years of existence. Most of us can name several important figures who hailed from Lexington, made real contributions and were not soiled by treason. For 100 years, we have honored the wrong people. They are part of our heritage; their statues should not be discarded, but they need not be front and center.
I would like to see a tribute to the slaves — a monument to how they were beaten, whipped, humiliated, and sold like cattle; a monument that would make people uncomfortable. It also should celebrate the many accomplishments of slaves, and their descendants who had to deal with Jim Crow.
We should not destroy our history; rather we should be accurate and thorough in its telling. History is forever. If we don't want it to be unpleasant, we should not do unpleasant things.
Give football time, respect
University of Kentucky Athletics needs to shut up, stop the veiled threats and innuendos, and confess to one of the biggest errors in college sports history.
A July 16 story quoted Coach Mark Stoops as saying, UK football "has little room for error." A trip down memory lane reminds me of a time when UK was on the verge of an athletic dynasty with Adolf Rupp coaching basketball and Bear Bryant football. Rupp received a Cadillac as a bonus; Bryant, a watch.
UK does not give its coaches enough time to build their teams into a unified front. Football coaches and their players are treated in such a second-class manner as to be a blatant travesty. Stoops is a fine coach and an exemplary role-model for his players.
Until UK Athletics gives the same status and other perks to football and all other sports as it does for basketball recruits, nothing will change.
In this matter, UK supporters need to take up this cause of equality and shout down the halls. We almost had it once but Bryant rightly decided that he didn't need or want UK. Just imagine if he had.
Debra L. Stewart
Tired of the blaming
I get so aggravated listening to all this blaming, like putting the blame on the flag for the murder of those great people in South Carolina. The flag didn't kill the people. Put the blame where it belongs. We have taken God out of everything and our leaders are trying to play God.
God laid down the rules a long time ago for us to follow. He gave us two choices of roads, the straight and narrow one or the wide road; this is where our leaders are taking us. Look how far we have fallen.
All we see now is greed in all walks of life, as long as our leaders get their big checks it's never going to change.
Bobby N. Osborne
The calloused and venomous attitude which Gov. Steve Beshear has displayed in dealing with the Casey County clerk reeks of the void of leadership ability and the lack of compassion in regards to the emotional and economic impact which will be exacted upon this family. However since the governor has become a champion of law by insisting the clerk follow the law or quit, I expect him to utilize the same judicious philosophy in ridding our state of all illegal immigrants.
Phillip M. Ellis