Shameful lying about killed lion
African lions live to about age 14 and spend about three years dominating a pride before being beaten or killed by a younger, stronger lion. The new lion kills all cubs from the deposed lion. After being tracked for eight years, Cecil was as likely deposed and moved out of his wildlife sanctuary by a successor as by "luring."
Like U.S. politicians, Zimbabweans are trying to cover themselves, maybe from disclosing what they did with $50,000 instead of spending it on lion conservation.
Nobody should believe Zimbabwe sold a permit and passed a weapon into their country unknowingly. Nobody should believe professional hunters would risk their licenses and livelihoods for an illegal act.
But columnist Rekha Basu saw the chance to make an emotional propaganda appeal by ignoring facts and the Herald-Leader should be ashamed to have furthered it without checking facts available on Google.
I am grateful that the people of Lexington came out to the courthouse on July 28. A turnout of 200 demonstrating in protest is an obvious sign that many are shocked and utterly outraged at the recent findings about Planned Parenthood.
The selling of human parts, no matter the size, is heinous. Hard-earned tax dollars are upholding an organization with agendas contrary to the values of many supporting it.
Planned Parenthood has failed its own people by constructing and maintaining transactions for years while keeping its program and collaborations hidden from the very public providing it with these parts.
Not only is the public entitled to answers, but our lawmakers need to rethink backing an organization that allows the harvesting of organs of pre-born children seemingly to acquire some monetary return.
Frankly, if all the parts that make a human being a human being are present in the fetuses already, why is there a question as to whether or not the fetus is indeed human? Is it because that would put a whole new spin on this?
Obama's power grab
President Barack Obama and the Environmental Protection Agency have decided how much carbon dioxide, the gas we all exhale, is permissible in emissions from power plants. They have decreed that all states must submit to their whim in the form of a reduction plan. The heavy cost will be borne by consumers.
Remember how Obama said we could keep our health plan? Remember he said we could keep our doctor? Those turned out to be false for some people, and now here he goes again with wild promises based on suspension of common sense.
We are fortunate to have two senators from Kentucky who will never fall for this nonsense and allow Obama's power grab. Please take a moment to thank Sen. Mitch McConnell and Sen. Rand Paul for standing up to Obama and the EPA's war on Kentucky coal, oil and gas. It's our energy.
Davis no hero
Professional politician Jefferson Davis was the powerless appointed president of the Confederacy, as they never held any elections. All power resided in the secessionist states' governors and military leaders, each a de facto nation.
Davis wrote verbose apologies for slavery and began to flesh out the myth of state rights. Southern ministers wrote and preached that slavery was biblically based.
After the Civil War, Davis continued to embellish the myth of states' rights and, largely from whole cloth, invented the myth of the Confederacy to make himself appear more important. The Confederacy, as a nation, never existed for a moment despite popular misconception.
The aristocrats of the secessionist South were not gentlemen or humane but a pack of arrogant moral pygmies, much like Nazis. Davis was a big-mouthed moral pygmy who was born in Kentucky.
Allen T. Kelley
Sound pension alarm
The Kentucky Retirement System is in crisis, particularly the Kentucky Employees Retirement System-Nonhazardous.
KRS has 350,000 active and retired members and faces a $15 billion deficit, $9 billion from KERS-Nonhazardous alone. The retirement systems encompassing educators, legislators and judges are separate from KRS.
How did KERS-Nonhazardous fall from a 125 percent asset-to-liability ratio in 2001 to the current 21 percent? State officials severely cut their employer contribution (or ARC for actuarially required contribution) in 15 of 22 recent years and underfunded KERS-Nonhazardous by $3 billion.
Kentucky Legislators Retirement Plan is funded at 62 percent. The R.V. Kuhns Asset Liability Study indicates there is no reasonable investment to solve the problem and a 50 percent probability of required asset liquidation. Even with Kentucky paying the full ARC annually, the crisis continues
KRS members worked for lower wages than in the private sector and the Kentucky Supreme Court upheld their benefits in 1995.
Active and retired KERS-Nonhazardous members are urged to write their lawmakers asking for dedicated funding, beyond the ARC, for Kentucky's pensions.
Kentucky Government Retirees group (facebook.com/KentuckyGovernmentRetirees) met recently and was joined by state Rep. James Kay, D-Versailles, who supports additional funding as a dedicated revenue for pensions.