Truth is, Trump is embarrassing
We are reaping the consequences of not emphasizing critical thinking in education. Poll numbers supporting Donald Trump make this painfully apparent. People say they like Trump because "he speaks the truth."
Which sixth-grader-styled insult qualifies for the truth? Perhaps it's how he demonstrated his appreciation for the courageous military men and women who protect us — protect him — by insulting POWs like Sen. John McCain.
Maybe the truth lies in proposing a "great wall" to be constructed across the southern U.S. that many have calculated would cost billions and would not be a practical solution to illegal immigration.
Where is there any truth in insulting minorities? I would hope that adults who swear their confidence in this man of insults would hate to hear their children say or do the same things Trump has, but perhaps not.
Trump was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. He hardly cares about poverty, the economy, our quality of life. He is concerned with his own money and power. He is a buffoon who doesn't care what comes out of his mouth, whom he insults, whether he looks and sounds like a whiny sixth-grader. Trump is an embarrassment to us all.
Angela Arnett Garner
Kent Ostrander, executive director of The Family Foundation, seems befuddled by simple definitions.
An elected official being sued because he refuses to perform the duties of his office is not having his "religious liberty curtailed." He is being sued because he is attempting to impose his religious will and views on others. When someone does that, it is not called religious liberty it is called religious tyranny.
Charles Edward Pogue
Majority should rule
The Supreme Court overstepped its bounds by telling the country that our votes do not matter. We voted as a state on what we wanted marriage to be, and now nine people are telling millions of people that our votes and therefore our voices mean nothing.
The Supreme Court should have no say in something voted on by the people. Just because some people did not get what they wanted is no reason to make others live by what the few want.
As a Christian I believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. I have prayed about this and searched my Bible to confirm my belief. I looked for both sides of the argument as I was taught in high school and could find no basis for marriage between two women or two men.
I have friends and family who I love who are gay or bisexual. I tell them I love them and I do not say that lightly to anyone, it comes from my heart. This has not been easy to express because I know it may hurt people I love.
Vicki Boyd Ingle
Tom Eblen's suggestion that Lexington add an African-American memorial to the Old Courthouse lawn rather than remove the Morgan and Breckinridge statues is excellent. That is the most reasonable solution to the recent controversy, one that acknowledges Central Kentucky's place in history rather than sweeping it under the rug.
Richmond, Va,, has taken the same tactic, erecting statues of Arthur Ashe and other prominent black citizens on their Monument Avenue alongside those of Robert E. Lee and others.
My preference would be to leave both statues where they are and erect complimentary statues of black Union regiments that included former slaves from Fayette County. An equestrian statue honoring the 5th United States Colored Troops cavalry could stand opposite the steps from Morgan, while another representing the 124th USCT infantry could be on the other side of the pavilion from Breckinridge. Together these would provide excellent opportunities to explain both Lexington's role in the Civil War and the different eras in which the statues were erected.
Kentucky's Civil War history is complicated. We produced tens of thousands of troops and dozens of generals on each side. We had stars on both flags and representatives in both governments. We should tell everybody's story.
Thanks for sidewalks
I want to thank city officials for making sidewalks on Tates Creek Road. It makes it possible for me to ride my bicycle with my father instead of sitting in a car and waiting in traffic.
There has been quite a rush to judgment about the Confederate flag. Amazon, eBay and many other businesses and municipalities have acted to remove the flag, as it seems it is a symbol of racism.
Truth is, the Confederate flag was active from 1861 to 1865. In those four years, how many slaves did the South import? Few, if any, because of the Union blockades. So, what flag was flying when the majority of the slaves were brought here? When the atrocities were committed against the Native Americans? That would be the stars and stripes. I ask, is the Confederate flag the true symbol of racism, or is it Old Glory?