We have worse problems than illegals' babies
I have always been so proud to be a Kentuckian and an American. Or rather, I should say, blessed. These identities are an accident of birth over which I had no control.
Many people take terrible risks to get here and to have their children born here. Anybody with children can understand how important it is that our beloved children will have hope of a bright future — hope for adequate work, adequate education, adequate food and shelter.
Coming to this country from a failed state is not always an orderly, legal process. Sometimes, people are drawn by the "American dream." Some are drawn just by the whisper that there is work here, and some actually enter fleeing the machete.
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To morally or legally condemn people because they are trying to make a better life for themselves is pointless and specious.
And to argue that people who are born here are not American citizens is flying directly in the face of our Constitution. Why are lawmakers spending their time trying to enact laws that are unconstitutional? Aren't there enough of those already? Is is political grandstanding? Xenophobia?
And although I doubt any such law will pass I also know that "for evil to flourish, it is only necessary for good men to do nothing."
So speak up. Let your elected (highly paid) representatives know that they'd better get to work on problems that exist instead of amending our beautiful Constitution.
Voting for Paul
It is a sad day in Kentucky when the only way you can win elections is by how much money you can raise or by how much dirt you can put out there on your opponent.
Of course our politicians don't want Rand Paul in Washington, D.C. He might change things for the better. You see how quickly they are trying to ruin him. Our Washington politicians don't want their crooked little nest disturbed. They want things to go on as usual, big government, big spending and, of course, lots of pork for their pockets.
I have been a Democrat all my life; but I'm sick of all their lies, including our president's.
Paul represents the people and what we stand for. I encourage everyone to not listen to his opponent's lies and vote for someone who isn't afraid to tell it like it is, the truth.
When the news media and Washington start complaining the minute a candidate wins with the margin Paul did, it proves they are afraid of how much good he will do for America, but most of all how he may help to clean up our crooked Washington establishment.
Paul may be able to help Americans take back their country from our overspending politicians. I am voting for Rand Paul.
My faith in humanity is renewed daily by the small, yet wonderful and unselfish, acts of those around me. Recently, I was driving my two large long-hair dogs to the veterinarian when my car's electrical system simply turned off at the end of the off ramp from New Circle Road to Tates Creek Road.
A busy intersection, sweltering heat, and one of me versus two frightened dogs — I was in trouble.
A lady stopped to be sure I had a cell phone. (I did, but thanks for caring.) A policeman stopped and put his lights and flashers on to protect me and the dogs until the tow truck got there. (Thanks, I know you were busy.)
A friend came to get the dogs; and not long after that, I watched a well-dressed man make the considerable hike from the nearest street up to my car. He brought water and a bowl for my dogs. I was so rattled by the entire situation, all I did was thank him, but I wish I'd gotten his name. What a great guy — to walk that far in that kind of heat to rescue my dogs. They were my prime concern, and he saw the need and reached out to help.
So often we see situations and assume someone else will help. These people did it for me. I am grateful I had the opportunity to be on the receiving end of such kindnesses.
A recent letter about disrespect during a graduation ceremony prompted this differing view as to what is "disrespectful."
Had I been 18 again and walking across the stage to accept my diploma, the fact that my parents remained silent and followed the "program" would have rung more loudly in my ears than all the cheers, bells and whistles coming from the audience.
With our dropout rates in Kentucky at staggering levels, it is quite an achievement to see so many who actually made it to graduation.
What I found disrespectful was entering the Southland Christian mini-mall to find rows and rows of bleachers for seating. There was no way I could roll my mom's wheelchair up those steps. There was little floor seating, and what was available had been "reserved" by family members in expectation of late arrivals.
As I wheeled my mom up and down the aisles, no one offered to move down just one seat to offer us a place to sit together. I stood by the back wall through the entire ceremony with my mom parked in front of me. I felt a lack of respect from Southland Christian for not reserving space on the floor for handicapped individuals.
Even more disrespectful was the fact that everyone stood up in front of my mother and blocked her view as the graduates marched to take their seats; but my mom cheered on for all the students even though she could not see a one.
John B. Smith
Unfair to Bunning, GOP
Recently, an editorial claimed that neither Sen. Jim Bunning nor his staff is interested in helping immigrant youth further their dreams.
Actually, the staff has listened to DREAM Act supporters, and the senator has provided valuable behind-the-scenes help to a number of individual immigrants over the years.
Ignoring past Republican contributions to civil rights, the Herald-Leader blindly assumes that, simply because he is a conservative, Bunning necessarily opposes the 2010 DREAM Act.
You forget that Republican John Sherman Cooper left a positive legacy behind by voting for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, braving heated criticism from some constituents. Bunning may surprise you and do something similar for immigrant education.
Undocumented students enrolled in Kentucky's public and parochial schools are, like their younger U.S.-born siblings and cousins, here in Kentucky to stay.
Encouraging them to stay in school is a fiscally sound endeavor because education raises people's incomes and their future tax payments.
No single law will relieve our children of the national debt, but passing the DREAM Act will help a bit.
I applaud the June 5 op-ed by Michael Coblenz, "Kentucky Voices: Merge counties."
Our 120 counties are from the "horse and buggy" days, when my grandfather Haywood rode his horse from Firebrick to Vanceburg for fiscal court meetings.
Coblenz has stated cogent reasons to reduce the number of counties through mergers. I would emphasize that such mergers would enhance leadership, law enforcement and services at the local level. I urge Gov. Steve Beshear to appoint a commission to develop a plan.
Charles F. Haywood