Questions for Rowan clerk
The Rowan County clerk is doing herself and the commonwealth a huge disservice by wasting time and money suing to impose her religious ideology on us all.
How dare she treat others as if her beliefs are superior to others? What does she hope to accomplish? Does she not understand the concept of separation of church and state? Is she opposed to the Constitution?
Finally she might ask herself: what would Jesus do? I don't think he would judge or reject others who are only expressing love.
Support Iran deal
The news media, including this newspaper, have misrepresented the negotiations and tentative agreement over Iran's nuclear program.
Secretary of State John Kerry and his team are not just representing the United States but also Russia, China, Germany, the United Kingdom and France at the negotiating table.
It was a major diplomatic miracle to get both Russia and China to join the Iranian sanctions — and that is the only reasons sanctions worked. Iran can get all it needs from just Russia and China (their nuclear reactor is Russian for example).
Russia, led by Vladimir Putin, has since had major disagreements with the U.S. and others over Ukraine.
If the U.S. Senate imposes unreasonable additional conditions on the agreement, there is a good chance that Russia — and perhaps China as well — will pull out of the negotiations, blaming the Senate, and lift sanctions on Iran.
I suspect that Putin would be glad to cause such problems for the U.S. Not least would be problems with our German, British and French allies.
The only alternative then is either war (which everyone would lose) or an unrestrained Iran.
As John Lennon said, "Give peace a chance."
Iran deal offers hope
Over 300 years ago Samuel Butler said, "It hath been said that an unjust peace is to be preferred before a just war."
Let's for a moment discuss the Iran nuclear deal. What will the Iranians do if there is no deal? They'll keep building and advancing their nuclear program. What will they do with the deal? Maybe they'll abide by it or maybe they won't but at least with a deal there is a chance they won't build nuclear weapons. With no deal there's 100 percent chance they will continue.
The deal is for 10 years. The Iranian people are highly educated and the current leaders, except one, will be near 80 years of age or older. Presumably in 10 years they will have more pragmatic leaders to govern an increasingly educated nation.
The more educated a populace is the more impossible it is to enslave them. Let's hope that 10 years from now the future won't be what it used to be.
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry just sent America down the path to destruction with the Iran deal.
It seems there is no end to the incompetence of Obama. How in seven years could he not make one good decision?
Oh, don't worry, we are going to have inspections of course. We are giving them 24 days notice prior to those inspections. That's nuts.
Then there is immigration. It's time to send all of the undocumented back. If I were an immigrant who spent thousands of dollars and years to become legal, I would really be mad. They should march on Washington in protest.
Then there is the debt. The total U.S. debt is now over a record $18 trillion. Our allies don't trust us; they all live in fear. We used to be the superpower. Now we are on the way to being relegated to the status of a Third World country.
There are still some people who think Obama has done a good job. Well, I guess ignorance is bliss.
Tell it like it was
Who gets to tell the story? Whose story doesn't get told?
The debate over Jefferson Davis' and John Hunt Morgan's statues reminds us that for a long time only the revisionist and racist story of the Civil War has been accepted in Kentucky's public sphere.
We have always been a state plagued by racism, but between 1880 and 1940, the fever raged like a forest fire.
Lynchings, Jim Crow laws (including the infamous Day law outlawing even private integration) and public tributes to Confederate "heroes" abounded.
Point out that 70 percent of Kentuckians fighting in the Civil War fought for the Union and you get blank stares.
Taking down or removing statues would sooth liberal souls like mine, but would make those who've been weaned on Confederate myths feel as if their story has been discarded.
So let's keep Davis' statue but include his fierce pro-slavery speeches that were at the core of secession.
Let Morgan's mare keep her testicles, but talk about the horrors he visited on peaceful Union civilians.
Above all, make room in public space for Kentucky abolitionists, for black and white Union soldiers, for all those Kentuckians who fought against racism and for equality.
Joseph G. Anthony
Tolerance for statues
Liberals preach tolerance, inclusion and diversity.
If they really believed this, they would insist that the Confederate memorials remain in place, rather than calling for their removal or destruction.
Unless, of course, they prefer the label of hypocrite.
Treasure for book lovers
There is what some of us might consider a hidden treasure in downtown Lexington: the Friends Book Cellar in the basement of the Central Library.
There, a person can find a collection of books covering many subjects (including books for children and teenagers) recent magazines, DVDs, VCRs, records, CDs and even a little jewelry and note papers.
Prices, which are tax deductible, are a fraction of what the items would cost new and it's an excellent outlet for items people no longer want to keep.
Do yourself a favor. If you love to read, watch movies or listen to music, go and browse around.
Patricia Ann Ellis
Pay it forward
Recently, I was in a local grocery store in a line to check out. The lady ahead of me had a lot of groceries and since I knew my ride was waiting, I asked if I could go ahead of her.
With a big smile, she immediately allowed me to do so. As the cashier was checking out my groceries, the handsome lad with the lady behind me looked up at me with a shy earnest expression and asked if they could pay for my groceries.
My first instinct was to say no but my inner voice said I should say yes. His mom said it was something he learned at camp.
Thank you, mom, and thank you, Ashton. I give you my word I will pass it on.
M. T. Martin