Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Oct. 16

U.S. can't ignore plight of refugees

Immigrants are running from horrific turmoil in their own countries; families are looking for relief and sanctuary, and one of our Christian representatives from the "greatest country in the world" wonders if Syrian refugees just want our cable TV.

How callous and embarrassing. Are people so worried about our country being devastated by outside forces or ethnicities that we become indifferent to what is morally right?

Who told our society that if we helped refugees running from a war-torn country that we might be taking away from our son's or daughter's happiness? Jobs?

People justify their reluctance or outright insensitivity to help as securing the safety of their own. Good luck with that. I wonder desperately at what point in the Bible it states, save your own at the sacrifice of others.

According to the Bible, Lot let the angels into his home in a time of chaos. On CNN, a person can see tired fathers carrying children on their backs, or infants sitting on buses or trains that never seem to leave, like sitting in a sweat box.

America should save them all — and we could, if we were not so selfish.

Brian Theodore


Obama, Trump similar

I was drawn to a couple of recent letters. One writer warned Donald Trump of all the things a president "has no say" on.

One wonders if the writer has been paying attention to President Barack Obama in the past few years and the many things that he has had a "say" on in no uncertain terms.

Another writer asks if we, the voters, would want to hire "a pilot who has never flown, a surgeon who has never been in an operating room, or a college professor with only a GED?"

The American electorate has done exactly that — not once but twice in consecutive elections.

Sue Nall Allen


Need pension action

Once again we are coming up on another legislative session in Frankfort. And once again our legislators will meet and do nothing to fix the Kentucky pension crisis.

It's time for all members within the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System, Kentucky Employees Retirement System and the Kentucky State Police Retirement System to demand results from our elected legislators.

We can no longer accept excuses; we deserve action.

About the only way for Kentucky to pay reduced benefits to current retirement system members is to declare bankruptcy for the state's pension systems. Even if a state filed bankruptcy, a judge might not allow it. In 2012, a U.S. bankruptcy judge in Hawaii dismissed the Northern Marianas Islands Retirement Fund bankruptcy filing. The judge wrote that the fund is a "governmental unit ... not eligible for relief under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code."

This set legal precedent and serves as a guide for other troubled pension systems. I urge all members of the Kentucky Retirement Systems to call and write their legislators and demand that something be done this session.

We can't wait any longer.

James Jeffrey Coleman


Blue and white, get it?

Was football Coach Mark Stoops not told that the University of Kentucky's color's are blue and white? They are not gray, not silver and not black. Blue and white, the crowd chants it, and everyone wears it.

I know he likely gets a nice little paycheck from Nike, but he and the company are a little misguided. You wanted a sellout crowd for the Florida game and the crowd was all blue and white for it, but your team comes out with gray pants and silver helmets.

We hired you to change the team to be more competitive, not change the school's colors.

Greg Taylor


Trees over billboards

Is there no limit to what is sacrificed to the insidious creep of advertising?

We need to protect and preserve the trees along our highways. Trees make our planet livable; they should be cared for by those who understand this, not by the billboard industry. Flashing billboards can only distract us from the constant focus needed to drive safely.

I am deeply disappointed at the Beshear administration's lack of concern for the safety of Kentucky's citizens and its lack of appreciation for the lush beauty that attracts visitors from all over the country to our state.

Patricia Bright