Letters to the Editor

Readers' views

McConnell planon gas pricesbogus quick fix

While recently speaking at a Commerce Lexington luncheon, Sen. Mitch McConnell was quoted as saying that the high price of gasoline is the most important issue facing Americans.

According to Herald-Leader reporter Jack Brammer, one solution to this ongoing problem that McConnell mentioned at the luncheon is to allow offshore drilling in the gulf. Brammer also noted that McConnell said he is in favor of using oil shale for energy and studying whether speculation is causing gas price increases. Furthermore, McConnell has publicly claimed to be in favor of petroleum exploration in a part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, which is an environmentally sensitive area. McConnell's solutions to the high price of gasoline are a ”quick fix“ to a much more complex issue.

The fact is that McConnell's plan would reduce the price of a gallon of gasoline by only a few cents over the next several years. In addition, it would take just as many years for the oil to begin to flow. Essentially, McConnell's plan would have relatively no impact on reducing the high price of gasoline now or in the next several years.

I see this as the McConnell campaign's attempt to appeal to voters in hopes that they don't know the facts. Don't let yourself continue to be manipulated by McConnell and his ”quick fix“ solutions. Ask yourself this: Is McConnell really thinking in the best interests of the people?

Nathan Lowe


A prodigal nation

Many Americans know Jesus' parable of the prodigal son. A man leaves his father's house and goes off to live wildly and party hard. Later, there's a famine in the land, and he begins to suffer lack and be in want. When he wises up, he returns to his father, who receives him graciously and provides for his needs again.

Since it's a parable, it reveals a deeper spiritual truth for our own relevance. America is like the son. We've abandoned our Father (which is God) through secularism and gone off to live wildly, often rolling in materialism while much of the world starves.

Now we, too, are starting to be in want with soaring food and gas prices and seemingly no end in sight. So, we, too, have to wise up, as he did, and repent by turning back to our Father (God), who longs to receive us mercifully and who has the power to ”reverse the curse“ we're now under and provide an abundance once more.

Rob Cornett


Justice or just us?

The trial of the fen-phen lawyers — what a joke. Talk about a total waste of money all the way around. One was too inebriated to be held accountable. He wasn't too drunk to fill out all those deposit slips, though.

There's evidence out the wazoo, but jurors can't come to a decision? Get some new jurors. Just because the lawyers have (had) money, they will go free. Smack them on the hand. That'll teach them.

This kind of lawyer feeds on poor, ignorant, middle-class folk who stupidly believe everything these high-profile lawyers tell them. Thank God, all lawyers are not like that.

These defendants had their say. Let's get it over with. Let justice play out. Having a license to be a lawyer should be just like one for driving. Take it away if it's misused. Strike three, you're out.

Terri Johnson


Denial of rights

There were two very good articles in the July 8 Herald-Leader.

■ ”Alcohol abuse in veterans is rising.“ I spent two years in Vietnam. It has been almost 40 years since I left, and I still have bad nightmares. No wonder the man in the article drinks. You ask the Veterans Administration for help, and it gives you a lot of nothing and, at the same time, denies you your rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

■ ”Man kills himself in cemetery.“ Again, it shows our great government, Social Security, denying a person his human rights.

If we can allow people into our country and bend over backward to help them, why can't we help our own?

We spend billions overseas. Isn't it about time we spend that money in America?

Larry Fielder Sr.


Teach them to think

I was pleased to read in the June 28 article ”Poll: Schools aren't preparing kids well“ that three-fourths of those surveyed think schools put too much emphasis on the wrong subjects.

However, I was very disappointed to read that when asked what subjects should be given more time, evidently no one mentioned teaching kids how to think.

Unfortunately, thinking is like eating. We all do it, but given the rate of obesity and anorexia, few kids have been taught how to eat correctly. The same is true of thinking. Yes, just as there are bad eating habits, so also are there bad thinking habits. These are termed ”logical fallacies,“ and kids can be taught to avoid them by courses in logic and the scientific method.

They can learn that absence of evidence is not evidence of absence, that valid debate requires operational definitions of the terms employed, that correlation is not causation and that just because my cat has four legs and all cows have four legs, my cat is not therefore a cow.

Just as a course in nutrition teaches the proper way to eat, courses in logic and the scientific method would teach the proper way to think.

Algebra comes closest to teaching logic. If kids could be taught to apply the basic principles of algebra, (e.g. transitivity: if a = b and b = c, then a = c), they would be much better prepared to make decisions well and to contribute to society in a positive way.

Warren J. Welsh


The facts on Israel

Stanley Stratford's July 9 letter about the Israeli-Palestinian situation is full of inaccuracies. Genesis 17:7-8, 26:3-4 and 35:11-12 tell us that God gave that land to the Jewish people. Even after the Roman dispersion, the Jewish people were the most numerous people living in the Holy Land. When the Holocaust caused the return of the Jewish people, Arab leaders suddenly became interested in the area and encouraged an Arab counter-influx.

Israel has always made every effort to incorporate the Arab population into Israeli society, even giving them representation in the Jewish Knesset. Jews living in Arab countries don't receive such accommodation.

The Economist apparently didn't tell the complete story about weapons. While some individuals are using homemade rockets, Hezbollah and Hamas are being supplied by Syria and Iran with modern rockets, often modified versions of Soviet-supplied weapons. The difference in casualties is caused by Israelis' use of shelters and the fact that Hezbollah and Hamas deliberately operate from civilian areas, using civilians as shields to increase civilian casualties. Also, many of the Palestinian casualties live in areas targeted by Hezbollah and Hamas.

Stratford needs to get the facts and stop parroting the lies of the Arab world and the United Nations.

Robert Tipton