Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Sept. 25

Kentucky troopers need more funding

The Kentucky State Police is one of the greatest organizations in the whole world. One of my late friends who was on the force went on to help form Interpol.

Why do our governor and lawmakers keep cutting the KSP budget while young people risk their lives to keep our state safe?

KSP doesn't have enough men and women, enough equipment or enough pay. You can travel the Bluegrass and Western Kentucky parkways and never see a trooper.

Support KSP to keep others from dying on our dark, lonely highways.

Ronald T. Winkler


Dangerous for cyclists

I was traveling east on Ironworks Pike toward Russell Cave Road when all of the sudden there was a westbound car in my lane heading straight for me.

It was attempting to go around two cyclists riding in the middle of the westbound lane going 15 mph. A caravan of cars was backed up a half-mile behind them.

What in God's name were either of them thinking? Who would attempt to pass anybody on a steep hill? They never gave a thought to the idea there could be a car traveling in the opposite direction on the other side of that hill.

The car nearly struck the cyclists because it had to swerve back into its lane to avoid hitting me, which caused the cyclists to crash into each other when they hit their brakes to avoid the car.

Anybody familiar with Ironworks Pike knows there's barely enough room for two vehicles going in opposite directions between Paris Pike and Newtown Pike. There's no room for bicycles on that stretch of road. For cyclists who crave excitement or have a death wish, I suggest Old Frankfort Pike. Now that's a road sure to get your adrenaline going.

Yolanda Averette


Lights, camera...

Mike Huckabee and Al Sharpton have at least one thing in common. Give them a crucial situation, a television news camera and it's showtime. Grrrr.

Tom Dixon


Not the real deal

Donald Trump says whoever negotiated the deal that keeps Iran from producing nuclear weapons should have read his book, The Art of the Deal. He appears to believe that artful dealmaking involves getting the better of the other guy, rather than when both sides believe they benefit. I fear many Americans agree with him.

Clinton Collins


Opportunity appreciated

I have read an article and seen several PSAs regarding Saturday's Blue Grass Honor flight. I am a bit baffled that none mentioned the trip that departed Blue Grass Airport June 6, 2014, the 70th anniversary of D-Day

I was one of 40 World War II and Korean War vets, along with congressman Andy Barr, who left that morning. The trip was sponsored by Hallway Feeds. The terminal had set up a special drop-off point, a large reception area with volunteers and refreshments and signs that thanked us. We were given our T-shirts and name badges.

On arrival in Washington, D.C. we were met by a two-star Army general, given a police escort and visited the WWII, the Korean War and the Iwo Jima Memorials. Barr stayed with us the entire time.

We arrived back at about 8:30 p.m. and were met by over 1,000 well-wishers, including a large group of Patroit Guard Riders.

It was really a great day.

P. S. "Steve" Sitzlar


Hypocritical sermonizing

In a Sept. 9 letter, the Rev. Albert M. Pennybacker, referring to the "controversy over issuing marriage licenses," insisted that American freedom must be protected from religious tyranny.

He wrote that godly religion has always been distorted by arrogance and ignorance. He cited "the so-called victim (Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis) and her defiant piety."

He is an expert in this regard. He launched the Clergy Leadership Network, a 527 organization for tax purposes, in November 2003.

The first paragraph of its mission statement: "As clergy — pastors, rabbis, imams, and other religious leaders, both men and women — we are deeply concerned about the well being of our country, we are committed to sweeping changes — changes in faltering political leadership and its increasing lack of credibility and rejection of public policies increasingly seen as not only failing but actually destructive of the quality of current life and America's future."

The sole objective of CLN seemed to be the defeat of George W. Bush. The method was obvious. Religious leaders, contrary to church and state separation considerations, united to achieve a political, governmental action, notwithstanding the requirements of their respective churches and organizations' tax-exempt status.

This was an explicit example of religious arrogance.

James L. Clark