Obama’s political correctness won’t defeat terrorism
Americans should not be surprised when terrorism comes to America again, considering the weak-kneed national leadership misguiding this nation.
When the president of the most powerful nation in history can’t call terrorism by its proper name, Islamic fascism, you know the U.S. has a weakling as a leader.
He can play golf, campaign, make fun of his opponents, cut military funding, mock ISIS, disrespect those killed at Fort Hood, cuddle racial thugs and use soft words to define terrorists, but he’s a dismal failure in protecting the American people.
Our police forces do that despite his disrespect of them. Some world leader, somewhere, must stand up and finally call the monsters what they are: Muslim terrorists. Liberals will never do that, it may hurt someone’s feelings.
French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen may be the hope the world needs to start the process to nullify the distemper of political correctness threatening the world. She has no fear. Terrorism is getting worse and will until we face it like a war. Political correctness won’t defeat terrorism, killing bad guys will. The people of our country need to wake up. Turn off the games. God Bless America.
Don’t give in to terror
The satirists for Charlie Hebdo lost their lives in Paris this week because they offended violent extremists. While we’re rightly shocked and outraged over this blatant attack on free expression, here at home that same freedom is quietly fading away.
Take a look at the number of people in the last two years who lost jobs because of something they said. If its wrong to shoot someone for expressing their thoughts then isn’t it also wrong to fire them?
Beware the mindless digital mob who gleefully act as the global thought police, attacking and vilifying anyone who utters a thought or sometimes just one word they don’t like.
The recent cancellation of a debate on abortion at Oxford due to threats of physical violence against two male speakers from self-described feminists is not an isolated incident. Here in the U.S., speakers have been turned away from college graduation ceremonies because the colleges didn’t want to offend Muslims.
Add the threats over the film The Interview and its clear free speech is under attack in the U.S. and abroad. Don’t give in to terror, tyranny, or threats. The First Amendment is the core freedom upon which all others are built.
I find it more than ironic that in his Jan. 9 cartoon Joel Pett obviously found it necessary to point out that not all Muslims are terrorists or represent their Prophet Mohammed. He certainly never bothers to point that out while he’s depicting Christians as judgmental haters or conservatives as hating the poor or minorities now does he? I guess that doesn’t fit his agenda. Hypocrisy at its best, but then we have to expect just that from Pett and the Herald-Leader.
Keep on prodding, Pett
The tragic events in Paris should make us treasure Joel Pett’s sometimes acerbic contributions even more. Please encourage him to keep on prodding us to be thoughtful, even if it is occasionally uncomfortable.
Newspaper sports sellout
The Herald-Leader owes the people of Kentucky an explanation as to why it continues to put University of Kentucky sports, specifically men’s basketball, on the front page. In the Sunday, Dec. 14, edition, sports was on the front page of three separate sections.
The world is on fire, and our federal government is completely broken and you relegate something like the Congress passing a bloated budget of $1.1 trillion to page A4.
You should feel embarrassed and ashamed that you have so easily surrendered your integrity as a news-gathering organization to become an arm of the UK athletics department, but I doubt you will.
William R. Elam
UK women play hoops, too
We were under the impression that newspaper columnists always checked their facts very carefully. However, John Clay informed on Jan. 4 that Kentucky folks would have nothing to do all weekend, as there were no basketball games on either Saturday or Sunday.
He suggested that we might have to roll out a tape of the University of Kentucky-Louisville game to watch.
Perhaps Clay is not aware that there is a women’s basketball team at UK and they play some good basketball, including on the weekend his column was printed.
We suggest that he be assigned to report on some of these games. We are proud to support our great women’s basketball team and its outstanding coach.
John and Patricia Ireland
Prof wrong on police state
There have been few times in my 78 years that I have disagreed with someone’s opinions more than the Dec. 15 column by former Berea College professor Mike Rivage-Seul.
He says our nation’s police are criminals and thugs, that we live in a police state and that our diplomatic policy is to kill and maim. A police officer is killed on duty somewhere in the United States on average every 58 hours. I don’t argue that on occasion a mistake in judgment is made that costs a life. These fatalities are made by both black and white police officers.
The research I did revealed that although black officers make up about 10 percent of the police forces nationwide, 78 percent of the time when they used their weapons the subject was black.
This tells me that when a police officer thinks someone is a threat, it does not matter the color of skin.
The professor is freely allowed to use reckless and abusive language in his column and I assume he’s free to travel as he pleases. If we are a police state, how does he describe countries such as North Korea, China, Iran, Syria or Cuba?
Ashamed that U.S. tortured
As part of the 36 percent who believe torture is never justified, I thank the Rev. Paul Prather for his recent column. If we are Christians, we are quick to condemn the Roman torture of Christ. American and Allied forces executed Nazis and Japanese for torture after Word War
II. And it is not ancient history. Sen. John McCain and many others were tortured by the Viet Cong. It was wrong then and it is wrong now.
We were led down this road by a rogue vice president and later, I think, the president himself. Civilized nations define these as war crimes. But it is highly unlikely that they will face these charges in any court, certainly not in our country where such action would likely unleash the unhinged under the influence of “Faux News.”
The thousands of deaths of our military, plus many injured who cannot be healed and the deaths of innocent people resulting from a war based on lies, will never be acknowledged by those responsible.
We are blessed in this nation to freely disagree with all our leaders. For the first time in my life, I am ashamed of what this country did in violation of common decency and civilized behavior.
Betty Rae King
Fix crosswalk buttons
In the past few months, several pedestrians have been struck by cars and killed or seriously injured at or near the intersection of North Broadway and Loudon Avenue.
A memorial with flowers has been placed on the sidewalk near the intersection to mark the exact spot where one person was killed.
Several weeks ago, clearly in response to these tragic events, the city placed two large, flashing yellow signs near the intersection instructing pedestrians not to jaywalk but to cross at the lights at the intersection.
This was a futile exercise because most of the crosswalk buttons are broken and have been for months.
I told a police officer about the broken buttons. He said that he would call in a repair order. After a couple of weeks passed, I again told another officer, and he also said that he would call in a repair order.
Now several weeks later, the signs have been removed, the memorial remains, fresh flowers added regularly. And the crosswalk buttons still do not work. I can’t help but think that if the broken crosswalk buttons were located, say, in Hamburg , they would have been repaired promptly.
Include students in search
I, along with other members of the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, share columnist Richard Day’s Dec. 26 sentiments regarding the inclusion of students in the hiring of Fayette County’s next superintendent. As the school system’s chief constituents, we believe this is essential to the vision of a system that aspires to be “About Kids.”
We appreciate the board’s encouragement of our efforts and are doing our homework to grow that support.
In recent weeks, we have held productive conversations about reexamining the 25-year-old law with representatives from the Kentucky Education Association, Kentucky School Boards Association, Kentucky Department of Education and Kentucky Association of School Councils, among others.
But the involvement of students in the current search should not wait for this change to occur. As Day notes, the school board already has the ability to create an advisory committee to review and provide feedback on candidates. This is consistent with efforts to get input from the District Student Council.
Informal participation is far more advantageous than having no student voice at all. However, we will continue to push for decision-making privileges at deeper levels of governance.