More news in the newspaper, please
I am admittedly "old school." I enjoy reading newspapers. While I make use of the Internet and watch the evening news on television, I still use newspapers as a valuable resource for local, state, national and international news. Starting each morning with a fresh cup of coffee and today's newspaper is a very enjoyable part of my daily routine.
You can well imagine my increasing frustration with the lack of actual news content in the Herald-Leader. In a recent edition, the A section (which presumably would have the highest actual news content) had 16 pages, of which 10.5 were devoted to advertising (65.6 percent).
I recognize that many newspapers across the country and world are struggling in the face of decreasing circulation and are increasingly reliant on advertising revenue to remain in operation. Despite this, please note that I subscribe to your newspaper in order to obtain the news, not to be endlessly turning pages trying to find the news.
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Go egg-free now
McDonalds' pledge to start using cage-free eggs is only a small step in preventing staggering suffering endured by millions of birds. Hatcheries that annually supply 200 million female hens for U.S. egg production, including cage-free, also kill the same number of male chicks at birth by grinding them up alive in industrial macerators or suffocating them in plastic garbage bags. The female laying hens endure a lifetime of misery, crammed with five to six others in small wire-mesh cages that cut into their feet and tear out their feathers.
Eggs are carriers of bacteria, including salmonella, campylobacter, listeria and staphylococcus. The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that salmonella accounts for 1.3 million U.S. illnesses and 500 deaths annually. Eggs contain saturated fat and cholesterol, key factors in heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes. They are a common cause of allergies in children. Waste from millions of egg-laying hens ends up in waterways, rendering vast areas unsuited for recreation or water supply.
The good news for compassionate, health-conscious, eco-friendly consumers is that our local supermarket offers a number of delicious egg substitutes and egg-free food products. Entering "egg-free" in a search engine returns lots of recipes.
Better use for money
Our Sen. Mitch McConnell has announced he is giving us $4 million of federal funds to fight drugs. Is this a good use of the money?
Government employees outnumber manufacturing employees 1.8 to 1. Wouldn't it be better to invest in manufacturing jobs in Kentucky? What about $4 million to switch to solar energy? The era of fossil fuels is nearing an end. Can't we begin the switch to electric vehicles now? Why not have $4 million for medical research or infrastructure projects that put people to work? Why not $4 million to attract new industries to replace coal? Don't Americans deserve the chance to have a good-paying job to raise a family? Couldn't we build a lake near Lexington? When dams are built on rivers can't they generate hydroelectric power? Wouldn't that create local jobs? A lake would certainly boost tourism and the economy. Why are we stuck in the war mindset? Let's make progress. Money to fight drugs will only go to government employees and generate no revenue for the state. Arresting and imprisoning people will only destroy lives and families and cost us money.
Kim Davis no hollow reed
During the American Revolution, Quakers didn't want to fight in the army but didn't mind paying war taxes (moral conditionalists). During the Vietnam War era's military draft, some pacifists left America to avoid serving or paying taxes (moral absolutists). Other pacifists served in non-combat roles.
Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has talked the absolutist talk in not issuing marriage licenses to LGBTQ couples but has not quit, hoping for an accommodation. Davis suffered the courage of her convictions by going to jail, showing she is more than a hollow reed, despite her flat-earth opinions.
The foggy issues of conscience and digression for executive and bureaucratic officials have always existed. Some of the million laws are enforced vigorously and others not at all. Comparing the minimum digression of a county clerk with the maximum of the president's executive order is absurd. These frailties in our democracy haven't been resolved previously as only the grayest of personalities would be allowed to serve.
Allen T. Kelley