Partisanship paves path to Iran war
Is it possible that the GOP could give the national interest a higher priority than their obsession with opposing anything President Barack Obama favors?
After World War I the Republicans played partisan politics with President Woodrow Wilson's effort to create a League of Nations to prevent future wars. When the Senate did not consent to our entry into that peacekeeping effort, Wilson predicted that there would be another world war within 25 years as a consequence.
Today the major powers are united in their opposition to Iran's effort to build a nuclear bomb. They believe a successful deal has been reached to stop Iran's nuclear bomb, because no one wants the war that will be inevitable if this Congress votes against it.
The GOP-led Congress has an approval rating of only 8 percent. It will soon have to choose between a peaceful deal and a war with Iran in which the U.S. will have no allies and be blamed by the whole world for further inflaming the Middle East.
Will they rise above obsessive partisanship and do what is clearly in the national interest or revert to the kind of sabotage that cost us over 400,000 U.S. deaths and billions in WWII?
Walter A. Dickenson
GOP needs reset
I predict that 10 years from now, we'll still have some Kentucky Republicans running against Barack Obama.
Hint on signals
What a marvelous invention: turn signals in cars. They're used to let other drivers know what your car is about to do so your fellow drivers can proceed safely. One can only imagine the many car accidents that have been caused by the failure to use the turn signal. Wake up, drivers. This common-sense concept only works it you use it.
With the recent media saturation regarding same-gender marriage and the Confederate flag, perhaps it would behoove many of us to consider where our freedom, and, in particular, our civil liberties come from, not the least of which is the right of dissent.
I visited the Kentucky Horse Park recently in the very early morning to see the travelling Vietnam War Memorial Wall to pay my respects to those men and women who gave their lives in what proved to be a very unpopular and perhaps unjustified war.
It was a moving and somber experience for which I am most grateful, perhaps all the more so because I am a veteran. Thanks to all who made this possible.
I am reminded once more that those who served, those who lost their lives and those who became disabled as a result of military service deserve our respect always. "For those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste the protected will never know."
Robert M. Atkinson
Build a better bike lane
The ongoing dual discussions about one-way streets and bike lanes in Lexington came abruptly into focus during a recent trip to Pittsburgh, Pa. I have attached a photo to illustrate the point. The photo shows a one-way street containing a two-lane bike lane.
Note the traffic flow pattern puts the "inner" bike lane adjacent to the car land in the same direction as the traffic. I can't tell you what Pittsburghers, overall, think about it but the bikers seemed to love it. And they had plenty of bike pool operations for tourists to use.
Lewis A. Kelly
Illegal drugs fill demand
An article about a study of Kentucky's 2012 drug law really got me revved up. The article stated that there had been a 4 percent decrease in pain medicines prescribed and that 24 pain clinics had closed. Gov. Steve Beshear is quoted as saying there had been an uptick in overdose deaths. Can't our officials see the correlation between the two? This study doesn't show how much illegal drug purchases have increased because of this law. I am sure it is more than 4 percent. This study and Kentucky lawmakers' understanding of drug use is a farce.
Dora S. Jones
You can meet some real nice people rocking in the rocking chairs at the Morehead Cracker Barrel. I am not sure but I may have seen and talked to people from the lakes of Minnesota to the hills of Tennessee, across the plains of Texas and even Detroit down to Houston and from New York to L.A. and from Rowan, Carter, Bath and many other counties.
Before or after you eat, take some time to relax and rock a while, and if you are old enough it will bring back memories of bygone days when you sat on the front porch and either waved or watched the cars go by in front of your house. Also when we worked in the cornfields and hay fields, after we ate we would rock in our rocking chairs on the front porch.
Let's bring back memories of our grandmas and grandpas by taking time to rock in a rocking chair once in a while.
Church and state
The churches are losing members too fast. Also, there are attacks on them such as the push by some in the homosexual community to be married in a church and have any business do their bidding. There are religious exemptions, but the American Civil Liberties Union will see that they don't last.
It's not likely they will sue a mosque, any temple or a Muslim or Hindu business, so the "fairness movement" is discrimination against Christians.
If the church goes down, we lose the country. Better to support a church and tithe.
Keep park fences white
It is sad to hear the Horse Park is changing its white fences to black to save $50,000 a year. The iconic image of Central Kentucky is white fences, green grass and beautiful horses. It's hard to believe the money couldn't be raised.
First, the General Assembly could allocate the funds. If lawmakers would finish their business in the time allocated it would save the cost of a special session.
Second, how about Keeneland, Churchill Downs, Lane's End, Taylor Made, Claiborne and other horse farms take up a collection? It's their industry after all.
Third, let those who can raise $120 million for an unnecessary renovation of Commonwealth Stadium come up with the money. If none of the above works, maybe we common folks, who take pride in our state and home, can raise the money and preserve this iconic image known the world over.
James B. Todd