Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Oct. 24

Davis joins party of bigotry

The Kentucky Republican Party anticipates receiving a flood of former Democrats joining the GOP in the wake of Kim Davis' stand against having to actually do her job. Channeling Strom Thurmond, she said, "I've always been a Democrat, but the party left me."

Yes it did, about 40 years ago during Lee Atwater's Southern strategy, when conservative Southern Democrats bolted the party to protest the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the GOP scooped them up.

Inherited party affiliation didn't matter to Davis until "the gay thing" shot a round across her bow. First the race bigots, now the sexual-preference bigots; it's unfortunate the GOP continues to attract them.

As the saying goes, "When the end of the world comes, I want to be in Kentucky because it's always 20 years behind the times." It seems Kentucky has only grown safer over time.

David Henderson


Kudos to BCTC play

Kudos to the Lexington Herald-Leader for printing Candace Chaney's review of The Katrina Project: Hell and High Water at the top of a recent Saturday's Living section. The production at the Downtown Arts Center brought together the best Lexington has to offer theater audiences.

Director Tim X Davis collaborated with the Diana Evans Dancers for a 10th anniversary celebration of the agony, compassion and teamwork brought on by Hurricane Katrina.

Kathy Swango's heart-rending performance of Charlene Donaghy's Who You Got to Believe connected seamlessly with the ensemble performance of Michael Marks and Mackenzie Westmoreland's docudrama. Vocalist To'Nia Ruby and trumpeter James Poole III, a Katrina survivor, turned in soulful blues interpretations.

Screened projections and a water element provided an effective backdrop. Capturing the roiling waters and emotions, the dancers' exquisitely executed choreography drew the audience into each stage of the disaster. A full cast dance number closed the play.

In Davis' choice of The Katrina Project, we recognize our need to process our history. We cut beyond reportage, pay attention and experience catharsis.

It's amazing that the Bluegrass Community and Technical College theater program does not have its own theater. Give Davis a playhouse.

Gaby Bedetti


Christian Science facts

The writer of a letter about Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis cited a hypothetical clerk who is a Christian Scientist and refuses to issue certificates to provide medical care because of his/her "objections to all medical treatments and claim for religious freedom."

This analogy doesn't offer an accurate view of our views of medicine. I choose prayer — as taught and practiced by Jesus to heal every ill with which he was presented — as my first line of treatment.

I've found this effective over many years. I am not "anti-medical" simply because I choose a different form of medicine. Every individual should have the right to choose the approach to her health that she finds effective. And, there is nothing in Christian Science teachings, tenets or policy that forbids me from seeking other forms of medical attention, if I choose.

Christian Science is based on the teachings and practice of Christ Jesus, which includes the Golden Rule: "As ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise" (Luke 6:31). That rule is something we all can cherish and practice in our words and deeds.

Martha Risner

Media and legislative liaison for Christian Science in Kentucky

Why the secrecy?

I recently watched a program on History Channel 2 about the Freemasons, a fraternal order, and its history, starting in Europe, moving through to Great Britain and eventually the United States.

I learned a lot, including that the Freemasons remain one of the most secretive and closed fraternities to this day.

What are they hiding? And why, after centuries of existence, do Freemasons still find the need to hide the supposed good that they do in our communities?

It's been understood for centuries that Freemasons care about their families and communities like no other, giving of themselves, freely and openly, in times of trouble and in times of peace. Clothing closets, food banks, blood drives and the like.

Yet they remain so closed off to the outside world as to their rites, privileges, rituals and idiosyncrasies. Why is that? Because the program I watched didn't bother to elaborate.

David Davidson


Davis should resign

Despite the growing number of Kentuckians urging Kim Davis to do the job for which she is collecting $80,000, the time has passed for her to continue making a mockery of the service she was elected to provide and the oath she took to obey the law.

If her religious belief that gays are sinful and not worthy of the same rights as heterosexuals is more important to her than following the law, she has but one honorable choice to make — to resign.

If Davis refuses, Kentucky must do whatever is necessary to remove her from office. Gov. Steve Beshear sees no need to spend taxpayers' money calling a special session, but Davis has made Kentucky the nation's poster child for intolerance and bigotry and has opened the door for yearly protests of religious freedom being violated by laws right-wing conservatives disagree with.

Altering the forms of her office to accommodate her beliefs allows Davis to keep discriminating against gays. In addition, such alterations are an affront to every law-abiding county clerk in Kentucky and an insult to clerks who came before her, including H.A. Boyd, the man I worked for as a deputy clerk in Hardin County and the one who signed my marriage license 61 years ago.

Shirley Baechtold


Question Israel

Our country has been at war for more than 14 years and given up many civil rights because of Israel.

Middle Eastern people do not hate us for our "freedom." They hate us because we took a country from the people who have lived there for more than 1,000 years and gave it to white Europeans.

DNA testing has shown that 90 percent of Palestinians have Jewish ancestry and are native to that region. In contrast, the people in Israel today have far fewer genetic markers indicating they are from that region.

Israel has more than 500 nuclear weapons in its undeclared program; we do not need to fight all of its battles. Republicans are eager to invade Iran for Israel. Our military support of Israel slows down the inevitable peace process. Our not fighting in the Middle East would force Israel to make peace with its neighbors.

Muslims have more in common with Christians than Jews do. Muslims believe that Jesus was a prophet, while Jews believe that Jesus was not. Remember, Christians are not welcome to settle in Israel, either.

This issue should at least be up for discussion.

Bill Hurt