Gas prices merit state scrutiny
State regulation of gasoline pricing is needed more than ever in Eastern Kentucky where gasoline companies have a monopoly on prices, and some are taking full advantage of it.
The week of Aug. 10, prices in Perry and Floyd counties averaged around $2.34 a gallon of regular gasoline. The next week, prices jumped overnight in Floyd and surrounding counties from $2.34 to $2.69. Prices in Perry County were still averaging $2.34 a gallon. Why? It's the same brand name stations and they all have the same fuel providers.
Gas prices in Floyd, Pike, Magoffin and Martin counties have a unique way of jumping 40 cents a gallon on the first of each month.
Why are officials ignoring this problem? Could it be money, free gas or just political apathy?
No matter the reason, Eastern Kentuckians are feeling the brunt of price gouging, depending upon in which county they reside.
Price gouging exploits consumers. In recent days I have seen large numbers of cars from these counties purchasing gas in Knott and Perry counties where the price remains low. At least a few consumers refuse to be shaken down each time they fill up.
David G. Duncan
In 2007 candidate Barack Obama, speaking to the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said, "In my mind, reproductive care is essential care. It is basic care, so it is at the center and at the heart of the plan that I propose."
In 2010 President Obama and his congressional allies passed the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare, purported to make health insurance affordable for the uninsured.
Kynect, Kentucky's Obamacare exchange, is heralded as a model.
Obamacare's most contentious provision requires employers to pay for contraception and sterilizations through compliant health insurance plans. In July, a federal court ruled that even the nuns of the Little Sisters of the Poor are not exempt from the onerous mandate.
With the promulgation of Obamacare (and Kynect), we are told that millions who were uninsured should now have access to affordable health insurance, including full coverage for reproductive health care.
Why, then, is Louisville Metro directing federal tax dollars to Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky for health care services for the poor? Notwithstanding recent revelations that Planned Parenthood sells donated fetal tissue.
Title X federal grant money specifically excludes abortion funding. Planned Parenthood operates 23 family planning clinics in Indiana, four of which perform abortion procedures.
Assistant director, Right to Life Educational Foundation of Kentucky
Turning on Obama
An Aug. 18 letter was a shocker. After seven years of defending the president who promised to fundamentally transform us, the letter writer describes Obama's America as a miserable land where "voodoo trickle-down economics" has ground the poor and middle class into dust while the rich buy elections and make all the rules.
So the seven years of cheerleading were about — what, exactly?
The letter writer seems to have moved into the camp that questions President Barack Obama's legitimacy. He speculates that 2016 could become a "breakthrough election" — meaning one whose outcome is decided by votes instead of money.
Look, I'm no fan of this president, but if someone claims he bought his office, I want to see evidence. Without it, I see an accuser making common cause with the birther crowd.
Bible relevant to all
In a recent column, Paul Prather makes the valid point that the Bible should not be used as a bludgeon to foreclose discussions on ethics.
Then he betrays a profound misunderstanding of the Bible's nature by recommending that Christians confine their discussion of its ethical claims to the church.
For 2,000 years Christians have understood the Bible to be a revelation from Yahweh, sole creator of the universe. If that understanding is correct, the Bible defines the nature of reality and terms of human existence, not just for Christians, but everyone.
That means it is incumbent on Christians to explain to the world on the basis of the Bible why they believe certain behaviors are acceptable and others not.
If the Bible is less than divine revelation, it is of no more value than the Iliad and Odyssey, and the church is no more than a social club.
But one need only compare the worldwide impact of the Bible to that of the Greek masterpieces to know that the Bible has an excellent claim to be just what it says it is. For the sake of the world then biblical claims need to be talked about far beyond church bounds.
John N. Oswalt