Call to action for democracy
What to do when the U.S. political experiment of capitalism and democracy is wildly out of balance?
How about a broad democracy movement that can tear out systematic, systemic and structural discrimination and inequality, root and branch.
Societal institutions in the United States are based on a culture of white male leadership. Take a look at our religious, educational, financial, corporate, political, judicial, legal, communications, entertainment, sports, military/police — and you'll find mostly white male leaders.
Sexism, racism, other "isms" and phobias are embedded in our cultural DNA because of the closed leadership culture, kept intact by comfort zones and put-down denial to "others."
Here we are, in the wealthiest democracy, with only half of that attribution — wealth concentration -— accurate.
It remains newsworthy when a woman (from 51 percent of the population) or minority reaches the highest levels of leadership. Calculate salaries/bonuses/stocks/golden parachutes/turnstile positions in that leadership culture and it's fairly simple to assess one's economic/social pecking order in society.
Experiences from the 1960s participatory activism movements for civil rights, women, the environment, older citizens and gays are relevant. We learned from each other but lacked needed collaborative coordination across movements.
What is needed now is a broadbased democracy movement.
Lincoln over Morgan
When the old courthouse is renovated, let's move John Hunt Morgan inside. The years that the statue has been on the courthouse lawn give it some historical value even though Morgan's role in the pro-slavery rebellion did not make him someone to whom the city should pay tribute.
A suitable replacement would be a statue of the Kentucky presidential couple, Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Lincoln, the only president born in our state and his Lexingtonian first lady, would be a monument that would make all of our citizens proud of our heritage.
Lincoln, the man who arguably did more than any other American to end slavery, and the woman who suffered so much by his side would show our visitors the positive role of state and city in the nation's history.
Raymond J. Linck
The Aug. 4 New York Times column, supposedly about the great American Pharaoh, was obviously an opportunity to present the writer's animal rights agenda.
I was a little shocked that the Herald-Leader, newspaper for our great Kentucky horse industry, would run such a dark downer opinion piece.
Shame on you for raining on the Pharaoh parade.
Action not mud
I was dismayed by the recent Herald-Leader article on the Fancy Farm campaign kick-off. Are people that enamored by the exchanges in vitriol between grown adults from both sides of the aisle? Were any real ideas discussed on the issues at hand to move our state forward?
In the meantime, using data from The States Project (Thestatesproject.org), let's take a nonpartisan look at Kentucky's status and ranking among states:
■ Economic opportunity (No. 49).
■ Educational achievement (30).
■ Health and wellness (38).
■ Total state debt as percent of economy (43).
■ Cost of borrowing (27).
The facts should be compelling. There does not seem to be a lot that we can hang our hat on, especially with out-of-control pension fund liabilities.
We need better leadership from our candidates and politicians and less mud-slinging. When is the insanity going to stop?
Pour it on, Bernie
Keep going strong, Bernie Sanders. Take your Main Street message to all 50 states. America is ready for a president who will take on Wall Street and big money. We are tired of those with the gold making the rules for their own selfish ends. We are tired of voodoo trickle-down economics that never worked for the country's overwhelming middle class and poor majority.
Income disparity between the haves and have-nots has never been greater than it is today. Most Americans do not want a theocratic government of the rich, by the rich, for the rich. Your campaign for the presidency gives our country hope for better days ahead. Stay passionate/compassionate; win the Democratic nomination.
The 2016 presidential election could be a breakthrough election where precious single, solitary votes decide the outcome rather than the millions of dollars from big campaign contributors seeking to buy the election for self-interest reasons.
Paul Lam Whiteley Sr.
Ky. in poor light
This year has brought about much discussion about discrimination, the rebel flag and where to store the statue of Jefferson Davis. These are issues that should have been over with in the 1960s.
Why would anyone want to inflect pain upon another?
The flag represents a time in history when one person had the right to sell another human. My God, what is there to discuss? All of the Civil War shame should be put into a museum.
The truth about Kentucky has been shown in a bright light, and it is not pretty. Man sold his fellow brothers and sisters because of greed and bias. Kentucky shall never progress until all men and women are treated with respect and have all the rights that go with it.
South Carolina made the decision to do the right thing, why is this so hard for Kentucky? Why is it so hard for our governor? I am ashamed to be a Democrat and may change.
LoyallRally unfair to organization
I read coverage of the rally led by Alejandro Capote of Students for Life of America, with absolute disgust; once again Planned Parenthood is besieged by organizations such as his and the Center for Medical Progress, directly responsible for this most recent attack and ensuing misrepresentation.
Capote is well aware that Planned Parenthood does not do abortions in this state; it prevents the need for them. Yet his battle cry was headlined with demands for a state investigation of unethical use of fetal tissue.
Patients who undergo any sort of surgical procedure where tissue is removed, thus requiring mandated disposal protocol, are given the choice pre-procedure of allowing donation to research, or refusing it. Planned Parenthood nationwide follows the same mandate.
The true betrayal of American women is when anti-choice organizations use unethical methods of applying sophisticated editing technique, masquerading as research firms, lying to employees, then subsequently using their dishonest outcomes to demand that legislators defund an organization so vital to impoverished communities.
The true tragedy is the fact that Kentucky leads the nation in infant and toddler abuse and mortality. Why isn't Capote enraged about that fact? Apply all that energy towards education and prevention of the need for terminations.