Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor, Oct. 17

Paper should probe gas prices

Instead of spending Herald-Leader resources on fluff, why don't you do some investigative journalism that Kentuckians care about? Maybe gas prices and possible price rigging and collusion?

Every week we wake up to find prices have been jacked up again.

Over the past few weeks, prices went up 30 cents, then 45 cents, then 20 cents, 28 cents and then 26 cents. I drove from Nashville in September. My wife filled up at 10 p.m.; when I got here at 11 p.m. the price had gone up 30 cents at every station. Five days later, it went up 28 cents a gallon.

Meanwhile it is only $1.98 in Corbin.

Prices here are consistently higher than New York City, Boston, Maine or Miami. I asked a manager at a local gas station how the stations can all raise prices exactly the same amount within minutes and she said that the owners contact each other and "decide" the weekly price and that they contact each other regularly to set the local price. They used to call this price-fixing and it was against the law. I'd rather read about this than some lightweight story nobody cares about.

David A. Saylor


Davis persecuted

In a Sept. 14 article, "Ky. clerk case divides Christian conservatives," Associated Press reporter Travis Loller incorrectly assumed that Peter Wehner is the recognized spokesperson for Christian conservatives.

Wehner stated in a Feb. 10, 2014 commentary that Christians should speak out against the rising persecution of gays overseas. I am not aware of any of his commentaries calling for protests against the persecution of Christians at home or abroad.

Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis has demonstrated the American tradition of standing up for her beliefs. In her case, Christian values which embody the principles upon which our nation was founded, "One Nation Under God," which is sadly becoming one nation rejecting God. Our currency is stamped with the words, "In God We Trust." While there is a movement to remove these words, Davis has taken them to heart and become the voice of conservative Christians who may not be as vocal as those with opposing beliefs.

America is one of the world's greatest nations, where "freedom" and "liberty" and "justice for all" are more than words. Yet a country that supposedly promotes tolerance has no tolerance for Christians who are willing to suffer persecutions to remain obedient to God's word.

Stephen F. Jackson


Need more grid ink

I opened the paper on Oct. 5 wanting some tidbits of our up-and-coming Kentucky football team. Nothing on the front page of the sports section, but there were tidbits about our beloved basketball team. That's fine during basketball season, but we are in the football season.

I looked through the entire paper, but not one Kentucky football tidbit. Volleyball, great, they are currently playing, they should get their tidbit. Oh, finally, page 2, here it comes, college football: Ohio State, Eastern Kentucky. (they played a really good game), San Diego State, Maxwell Smith, Rashaad Penny and Eric Judge. Nothing. Really.

Can we please have Kentucky football coverage every day? How about best offensive player of the prior game, then best defensive player, in our sportswriters opinions? How about a statistical recap of the upcoming opponent?

Kentucky football has not been treated fairly, it's time to give them more than ample coverage.

Graeme Wilson


Columns are drivel

The drivel and crap Tom Ebelen, Larry Dale Keeling, Larry Webster, et. al. spew forth on a weekly basis is mind-numbing.

If their views were polar opposite on the political spectrum I feel assured in saying the Herald-Leader would be classified a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

But take heart, since the paper occupies the moral and intellectual high ground you are safe.

Mark Leaver


Enough Kim Davis

Is anyone else tired of hearing about Kim Davis? She was elected by the people of Rowan County and took an oath to obey the United States Constitution and to do the job for $80,000 a year. Whether or not she agrees with same-sex marriage, issuing marriage licenses is part of the job. She has a right to her own personal opinion but if it interferes with her job she should resign and get one that better suits her.

Could someone please tell me why she is being compared to Rosa Parks?

Rosalie Spegal


Tasteless television

Some current TV ads are unpleasant and confusing.

For example, a Panera Bread ad displays young women stuffing so much salad in their mouths that it is literally dripping out. Is this good table manners?

Hardees ads show scantily clad women. I haven't seen people dress like that to go to fast-food restaurants.

How unprofessional for the historic, wonderful Lexington Clinic to show a television ad with a woman and man "bouncing butts."

Also are fancy-dressed older women buying most Volkswagens? Or, is it just bad taste in an attempt to be funny?

Katherine Ratliff


Love, help homosexuals

I am a retired Christian pastor with a strong love for America, but I'm deeply concerned by the recent Supreme Court decision to approve same-sex marriages.

I love homosexuals and write this letter out of a deep concern for their afterlives. Our Lord has given us a perfect plan for our salvation because he loves us. True Christians believe that homosexuals are individuals of sacred worth. We believe that God loves them and wants to help them out of their sinful slavery.

Christian churches consider homosexuality incompatible with the scriptures' teaching.

Apostle Paul said: "The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."

George E. Wolffbrandt


Winning coach a kick

Congratulations to Paul Laurence Dunbar soccer coach Todd Bretz. With his recent win, he became Kentucky's winning-est soccer coach.

The PLD community and all of Lexington should be proud of his accomplishments. It has been a pleasure to watch Todd's career from our early days at Dunbar. He is a fine man and an excellent role model for our young adults. Great job, Todd.

Mike Meighan


Perfect world, then what?

American exceptionalism must mean we are brilliant. Indeed, we may be smarter than we realize. Just ask anyone in the street. Everyone is wise. We may be so exceptional that we now have a wisdom surplus.

Putting this excess knowledge and understanding into service is important. Wise people, geniuses, mental giants and prodigies all need to be organized and put to work. Masterminds and inventors could then solve world problems.

The next question flowing from exceptionalism is: What shall we do after all the global problems have been solved?

Risto Marttinen