America is not the enemy
Recently I have read many articles on this "all lives, black lives, yellow, purple lives matter" issue. The fact that we have this issue in America is ridiculous.
Anyone with common sense would know that all lives matter. I would like to point out the uniquely western idea of the abolition of slavery and the fact that America gave over 300,000 of its soldiers' lives, and four years of bloodshed, and an amendment to our Constitution to eradicate it.
Slavery still exists. Not in America but in the Middle East. Who's talking about that?
Do we have racial tension, racial issues still? Yes. But I contend that a majority of Americans are not racist. The politicians are. The media are. Period. America is not evil. Our founders knew that they could not abolish slavery in their lifetimes, but they put into place a system of government that in the hands of good men would.
America is not the enemy. What's hurting America is the enemy. Abortion, progressivism, psychotic Islam, the breakdown of the family, to name a few. Let's be logical and tackle one of those.
Fill in the blanks
This business with the county clerks should end within the next 10 days. The best way would be for the governor to get signature stamps. Pre-stamp signatures of these two clerks onto blank licenses and let one other employee fill in the blanks and send them on their way.
You should then deduct at least 10 percent from the clerks' salaries and give it to whomever is going to take over that portion of the clerk's job.
There, problem solved. You're welcome.
Why, in 2015, would an evolved and enlightened citizenship still want to revere a cause that we know was evil? By displaying a monument of a Confederate leader at our state Capitol, or in the heart of our city, we are holding that leader, the horse he rode in on, and his misguided cause in high esteem.
What kind of history lesson is that for our children and grandchildren?
I have a suggestion: Hold a public auction so that fans of the Confederacy might have a chance to own one of these statues. The high bidder can pay for the removal and relocation of the statues to private property.
Our shared history encompasses the good, the bad and the ugly and we need to remember it all, but let's only edify and memorialize the good.
Do black lives matter?
No, they don't matter to the young black males who are killing each other faster then the casualties in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The top cause of death among black males is not racist cops but other black males. Start checking facts and look at the obvious truth instead of race baiting and cultural failures. Look at Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit or Memphis. No one seems to care.
It's just cultural, the media give the numbers every week and then just move on. Some blame it on guns, not the killers. These cities have some of the most strict gun laws in the country.
The media blame it on guns, racist cops, Confederate flags, anything but the killers. People need to realize that the biggest threat to their lives is themselves.
Save the trolley
Why is LexTran going to stop the trolley around the first of 2016?
It's the only way I have of getting around Lexington. I travel about three times a month or more to Kroger on Euclid to get food since I don't drive.
I wish they would charge a small fee like Wheels rather than stop it altogether.
Ronald T. Winkler
Up a tree
I just received a notice from the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government that I need to trim the street trees in front of my house but located on city property.
This is an interesting quirk in law, I guess, that I could be required to trim trees on someone else's property. The next thing you know they will want me to wash police cars and garbage trucks. I will probably also need to clean the pavement surfaces in front.
They also dictate what kind of street tree I can have and the list is these weak sapling trees that cannot stand any wind or disease. This requirement is dictated by people who have probably never planted or trimmed a tree in their lives.
Actually, there should be no trees located in the utility strip, or for that matter they should not be planted within one-half of the canopy width of any paved surface. They effectively shut down the street lights when they have foliage on them; they block traffic signs and traffic signal lights as well as street name signs. They provide roosting places for hordes of bird pests and are a disaster.
Donald R. Fugette
Poor treatment of juveniles
The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice needs to answer numerous questions raised by the front-page article, "Group warns state: allow anti-gay talk or be sued."
David Wells, a Baptist minister, volunteered at the Warren Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Bowling Green. For years he and a team counseled youngsters as young as eight.
The children and adolescents incarcerated at the center have had difficult lives, and many of them have been victims of adults who have forced them into dangerous, demeaning and sometimes life-threatening activities.
What credentials do Wells and his team have that qualified them to conduct psychological and psychiatric therapy with these vulnerable children? What gave him the authority to impose his bias on young people who are virtually a captive audience?
How was Wells helping these children when he essentially shamed and judged them as he imposed his views using hateful phrases of intolerance? Wasn't the ministry of Jesus all about compassion and love?
The department was wise in enacting an anti-discrimination policy, and Wells was told to leave for non-compliance. He threatens to sue. The policy must stay in place.
Barr to the rescue
I am writing to commend Congressman Andy Barr and his staff for their service in helping me obtain my passport renewal.
Five days before I was to depart for Haiti as an adult chaperone on a youth mission trip with my church, and with the July 4 holiday approaching, I had not yet received my passport renewal.
I contacted Barr's office to see if they could provide assistance. I do not typically vote for candidates of Barr's party and I have never made a contribution to his campaign fund.
Nevertheless, his staff took very quick action in contacting the U.S. State Department while keeping me informed at every step of the process. Two days later, my passport arrived via overnight UPS service.
I am grateful to Barr and his staff for their attentiveness to my situation.