Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Aug. 15

Karen Sypher
Karen Sypher AP

Gays should not be considered a minority group

Syndicated writer Eugene Robinson in his Aug. 8 column, "Constitutional case to support gay marriage," praised U.S. Judge Vaughn Walker's ruling that overturned California's Proposition 8, the state's 2008 referendum that defined marriage as a male-female union. The ruling supposedly shredded all the arguments used "to deny full marriage rights to gay and lesbian Americans," Robinson added. "Bigotry has suffered a grievous blow."

Sadly, he sees all of us who affirm the long-standing Western view of marriage as bigots — like racists.

It's unfortunate so many liberal columnists and media elites see the homosexuality issue through the prism of the civil rights movement.

That paradigm doesn't fit, but it has been exceedingly useful. The gay rights movement has exploited civil rights rhetoric, claiming that persons practicing homosexuality are a true minority group. They are not. A true minority group has three criteria:

■ Economic deprivation. But gays and lesbians have higher per-capita income by far than average U.S. households.

■ Political powerlessness. But gays and lesbians have political power far beyond their numbers.

■ Immutable characteristics. True minority groups share immutable, non-behavioral traits such as race, ethnicity, disability or national origin.

Still, pro-gay activists claim minority status, insisting their desires be viewed as rights instead of preferences.

Eugene F. Rivers III, a black pastor in Dorchester, Mass., laments that the word "discrimination" has lost its historical content. He says, "Malcontented members of any group ... now can simply invoke the term and launch their own personalized civil rights industry."

That's exactly what's happening today as supportive media cheer them on.

James V. Heidinger II


Unequal coverage

Why did the Herald-Leader not give any coverage to the women's city golf tournament Aug. 7-8? There was nothing in that Sunday paper regarding the Saturday round. That Monday paper only reported the final scores. There were no pictures. There were no stories.

This coverage was drastically different from the men's city golf tournament; the paper had pictures and a full story.

The Herald-Leader should be ashamed. I think a public apology to the participants of the women's tournament is in order.

Susan Mullins


Sypher did harm

Letters in the Aug. 8 edition were about sports and a sports reporter playing a role in how the Rick Pitino/Karen Sypher trial was reported. A jury decided that case, so my opinion rests with their decision.

However, any woman who unjustly accuses a man of rape violates every woman that has been raped.

I moved back here from Washington, D.C., then considered the crime capital. I ran after dark all over my neighborhood in upper northwest D.C., including Rock Creek Park where House of Representatives aide Cassandra Levy's body was found.

One night here while running, a man attempted to rape me.

I was focused on the arrival of my children for the holidays when he followed me, caught me from behind and told me he would kill me if I screamed. When he took his hand off my mouth, I began screaming rape. It scared him off, but for years he robbed me of my sense of security, whether I was on the street or in my home.

I went to the Rape Counseling Center to talk about what happened to me and took a great course at the police department on precautions one should take when out alone at night. I still practice what I learned there.

One can think Pitino didn't get what he deserved or that someone other than a sports reporter should have been assigned to cover the story. Just don't let Sypher off the hook if she claimed a rape that did not happen.

Carole Siler


Fun read

Tie Rod and Slemp should get front-page coverage.

With a little finesse and a Bunny Club visit, they could match wits with any of the good ol' boys from New York. Right, coach?

Larry Webster: Most clever column on Pitino trial. Thanks.

Frank A. Brown

Mount Sterling

Conservative hypocrisy

I am confused. Conservatives generally claim to support the U.S. Constitution as written. The Second Amendment says we can have guns (arguably not true unless we are part of the militia), so no matter how society's changed or grown, we can all have guns.

But when someone they don't like wants to exercise their freedoms of religion and association as guaranteed by the First Amendment by building a community center in Lower Manhattan, conservatives protest.

The 14th Amendment guarantees citizenship to anyone born in the U.S., but this goes against the current fears that immigrants are taking American jobs, so there are calls to repeal it.

So, conservatives, which is it? Is the Constitution supposed to stay with the original intent of the framers, or is it supposed to change with changing societal needs?

By the way, why don't those protesting the Islamic community center in New York take care of it the GOP way: by offering the owners enough money to convince them to sell?

Mark Bay


Not choice for my teen

While flipping through the channels August 9, I came across a program that I thought my 13-year-old daughter would enjoy watching, The Teen Choice Awards on Fox.

My suspicion was already on alert when Levi Johnston, Bristol Palin's baby's daddy, was interviewed on the red carpet.

The first performance was by Katy Perry, who sang her teen anthem Let's Go All The Way Tonight. I just love a sing-along with my teen on that one.

Next on the hit parade was the cast from Glee, which includes an openly gay teen. Katy couldn't let that one go by without commenting on the fact that the gay teen would look cute in her dress.

So what we have here is a show catering to our impressionable youth that in the first 10 minutes celebrated single parenting, going all the way and homosexuality.

I had to exercise my parental choice and change the channel before my children had the opportunity to view such vulgarity.

Is it any wonder that so many are concerned with our country's precipitous moral decline?

Troy Caneer


Protest anti-God sign

I read with interest the Aug 8 article about the "Don't believe in God? You are not alone." sign that greets Kentucky fair goers.

The story said a coalition had no problem getting permission to put the sign up. My question is how did they get a city/state permit to put a sign at I-65 and Phillips Lane? Is it on public right of way or private land?

They are not offering anything for sale or amenities such as food, gas or rooms.

What happened to the beautification laws that prohibit billboards? If my memory serves me right, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is trying to force a farmer in Western Kentucky to remove his signs (which are on private property) proclaiming God is real.

If we believers cannot proclaim our faith through billboards, then non-believers should be held to the same standards. I hope all Christians will lodge a complaint with the state and city of Louisville to have this sign removed.

God is real and so is hell. The hot weather we have been having is nothing compared to what the heat will be if you die without believing in God. Don't be misled by non-believers.

Barbara Briscoe


Kentucky Ballet superior

Lexington got a chance to see its two ballet companies share the stage recently at Ballet Under the Stars in Woodland Park.

The product of this union was embarrassing.

Lexington Ballet's eight pieces at the beginning of the program failed to challenge either the dancers or the audience, and none of its dancers performed in pointe shoes.

I found the pointe shoes issue borderline offensive, since Lexington Ballet is supposedly a professional company now, and I had come to see professional dancers.

Lexington Ballet was eclipsed by Kentucky Ballet Theatre's segment, which contained more variety and was significantly more advanced, including very difficult pieces like the Black Swan pas de deux from Swan Lake.

Kentucky Ballet Theatre gracefully, and on pointe, blew Lexington Ballet out of the water. Why did Lexington Ballet's artistic administrators let this happen?

And now that I've seen a true demonstration of the night-and-day difference between these two companies, I have a few other questions. Why does Lexington Ballet still enjoy such powerful name and media recognition? And why is Kentucky Ballet Theatre still one of Lexington's best-kept secrets?

Karen Cully