Letters to the editor: July 20

Catholic Church guides world back to morality

Retired professor Marty Solomon recently wrote in a commentary that the Catholic Church is "out of step with the modern world" and its "very foundations are its own worst enemy." The reverse is true. It is the modern world that is out of step with reason, morality and sanity. The Catholic Church is in step with eternity.

The church is now engaged in a massive effort to rescue modernity from its own savagery, simple-mindedness and narcissistic philosophy. Modernity is collapsing, having been enervated by the dictatorship of relativism, by its barbarous campaign to shred millions of babies.

While the Democratic Party is addicted to unworkable schemes of atheism known as fascism and Marxism, the Republican Party is addicted to profit above all else.

To what drum beat, tapped out by a shrouded figure, does modernity march? It marches in step with a prideful parade of the worshippers of youth, the mall culture, the Hollywood "family" and our drugged and slovenly booboisie.

No entity in world history has come close to the magnificent record of the Catholic Church in advancing the status of women, in liberating slaves, in education, in science and arts and in care for the poor and sick.

It is laughable to think the church is sex-obsessed. Only one who views it through sex-obsessed lenses could think that. As Pope Francis said, "The church is a love story. If you don't know that, you don't know anything about the Catholic Church."

Charles Coughlin


Ban drivers' cell phone use

Regarding the July 10 "Crash follows chase" story, in which a speeding stolen SUV wrecked and wrapped around a utility pole (causing two injuries), it appears that the toll could have been higher by five. As reported, Delores Robertson noticed the SUV very rapidly closing in on her from behind and quickly swerved out of the way. That impressive heads-up driving avoided trauma to her family and friend.

This could be a telling episode to help convince the state to pass a law against use of cell phones by drivers in moving vehicles. It has long been proven that proper driver attention and cognitive abilities are greatly reduced by cell phone use.

Those who insist that they can safely multitask in this manner should notice that what they are really doing is watching for unusual movement or events directly in front of them, but they are not actually reading the normal dynamics of traffic very well, particularly on the sides and to the rear.

I'm sure Robertson's family is very thankful that she had a fully functioning 360-degree awareness that day. Clearly, our roads are dangerous enough even without semi-conscious drivers. I implore our representatives to move quickly to enhance the safety of Kentucky citizens.

Bruce E. Davis


Transy will work together

As a faculty member at Transylvania University, I appreciate the kind of things the writer of a July 9 letter said about the Transylvania faculty and the importance of faculty to any institution of higher learning.

But the writer should have quit while he was ahead. He proceeded to attack the board of trustees, accusing it of intentionally attempting to humiliate the faculty — an allegation clearly without foundation.

The writer advocated support from alumni for the faculty. While this is again appreciated, he misses the mark. What is needed is support for the university as a whole.

The faculty, administration and trustees all share the commitment to provide the best educational experience for our students. We can, and will, work together to continue achieving this important common goal.

William T. Baldwin


Severance funds misplaced

It is a shame that coal severance tax money is going to the remodeling of Rupp Arena in Lexington. Why should the money that comes off of the backs of our miners go to help a college where the students have protested mountaintop removal mining and use of coal in Kentucky? That money should go to southeastern Kentucky to help build roads, infrastructure, schools and bring other jobs other than mining in our area.

What is the raise in students tuition going towards at the University of Kentucky? Should that money be used to at least help in the Rupp construction? If Coach John Calipari wants Rupp to be remodeled then why not give a portion of his salary to get it done?

But as usual the people of southeast Kentucky are demoralized, demonized and forgotten until the government wants to use the money that should be rightfully ours for another pet project in non-coal-producing counties.

Vanessa Joseph


Ky. county history

One of the "Ten reasons to celebrate the Bluegrass State," published July 3, should be corrected. The first county in the United States to be named for the first president was Washington County in 1792 (the same year Kentucky became a state), not in 1780 as stated.

In 1780, the Virginia legislature created the three original counties from Kentucky County of Virginia: Jefferson, named for Thomas Jefferson, who was governor of Virginia at the time; Fayette, for the French General LaFayette; and Lincoln, named for General Benjamin Lincoln.

Washington County, the first created by the Kentucky legislature, was carved from Nelson County, which was created from Jefferson County in 1784.

From 1785 to 1788, Virginia added Bourbon, Mercer, Madison, Mason and Woodford counties, giving Kentucky nine counties prior to official statehood. Kentucky entered the Union as one of four states designated as a commonwealth.

Kentuckians occasionally assume that Nicholasville is in my home county of Nicholas but the town is in Jessamine County. However, both are named after Col. George Nicholas, a prominent lawyer at the time. Folks frequently confuse my hometown of Carlisle with Carlisle County, bordering the Mississippi River in the Purchase area, the next-to-last county created in 1886. McCreary completed the "Cavalcade of County Creations" in 1912 as number 120.

Don J. Dampier