Letters to the Editor

Letters: Aug. 19

Senators sulk rather than help with health care

The Herald-Leader recently printed opinion pieces from Kentucky's senators in which they attacked the recently enacted health care bill.

Surely, the bill is flawed and will require adjustments. But no right-minded person who did not stand to benefit financially from the status quo would have argued that health care in this great nation was not in need of serious reform.

One wonders what sort of improved legislation might have developed had Sens. Mitch McConnell, Jim Bunning and their cohorts actually contributed their fine minds to crafting it, rather than sitting on the sidelines sulking and throwing tantrums.

Oh, wait. That would have required statesmanship coupled with a genuine interest in the well-being of the majority of their constituents.

Never mind.

Ray Duke


Stop picking on Paul

I am so sick and tired of your newspaper editorializing throughout the paper. Can't you keep your ridiculously biased ideas confined to the editorial page?

I refer to the Aug. 3 headline, "Paul's take on mining 'idiotic.' " Upon taking time to read the article, it just as easily could have had the headline, "Rand Paul prefers local control of mining regulations."

Which is the more inflammatory? Which reinforces the editorial board's "progressive" viewpoints? I think the answer is obvious.

If there are any idiots in Kentucky, they are the Herald-Leader editorial board, Joel Pett and his narrow-minded and juvenile political cartoons, and all of us "idiots" who support the Herald-Leader with our checkbooks.

Charles Proctor


Raise review bar

Over the last few years, theaters in Lexington have been treating the reviews of their shows as a source of advertisement of their upcoming attraction.

This is not what a review is, or, for that matter, what a reviewer does. It is the role of the art critic to critique art and bring the finest out of artists.

Peter Brook, a theater theorist of the 1960s, wrote about the role of the critic in his book The Empty Space. In it, he describes the critic as one who does a service not only to the artist, but to the audience.

If I read a positive review of Rent and then chose to see it the next evening, I would have lost all faith in Herald-Leader reviewer Candace Chaney's role as a critic.

I saw Rent and I am not ashamed to say that, much like Chaney, I did not enjoy it. If anything, Chaney's review was overly nice.

It is time that Lexington raised the stakes on its artists. We have the talent. Paragon Music Theatre put on a wonderful production of The Sound of Music, and the SummerFest production of Pride and Prejudice was top-notch.

Step it up, everyone, and bravo to Chaney for knowing that it is OK to give a show a less-than-perfect review. It helps the community grow and artists grow in it.

Brian Thomas


Resolve Rangel case

The House of Representatives Ethics Committee continues, ad nauseam, to struggle with charges of ethics violations against U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel.

How much longer will the committee members delay in resolving this case?

When the committee members consider this case, they should not consider that Rangel is a Democrat, that he has served in Congress for 40 years, that he is 80 years old or that he is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

They should only consider that one of their fellow congressmen has been charged with ethics violations — and then settle the case.

If members of Congress wonder why public polls rate Congress' performance in the tank, they should look no further than how the Ethics Committee has handled, or more to the point, mishandled the Rangel ethics investigation.

Roger W. Parry


War's result same

Supporters of our never-ending wars frequently claim the U.S. military intends to kill only its selected enemies with its precision-guided weapons and takes every precaution not to kill innocent civilians.

They insist that makes us morally superior to the Taliban, whom they claim intentionally attack civilians.

The thousands of documents recently released by Wikileaks, however, prove that the American method of waging war in the year 2010 inevitably kills large numbers of innocent civilians. Our military and political leaders know this because they have been receiving the reports.

To kill only "official enemies" is absolutely impossible, and anyone who looks at the data knows it. From the point of view of our victims, our supposedly good intentions do not matter in the slightest. Their loved ones are just as dead as if we had intentionally set out to slaughter them.

The argument of the war supporters — that we are morally superior to the Taliban because we intend to kill only enemy fighters — is hypocritical and false. We know we will kill innocent civilians, and then we take the actions that in fact kill them.

Our leaders have brought America down to precisely the same debased moral level as the terrorists we are fighting against. The president must end all of these wars now and order all our troops to return home.

Geoffrey M. Young


High-fly, TAC Air

Regarding TAC Air's new Lexington facility: I owned the competing aircraft service company at Blue Grass Airport. While I hate to be beaten at anything, I have to hand it to TAC Air.

Its new Lexington facility is world-class. It is obvious that TAC Air spent all of the pledged private funds to construct these new buildings, as they are truly magnificent.

The new facilities will represent Lexington well as we host the All-tech FEI World Equestrian Games in September. Our recently tarnished airport deserved a makeover and this is a great one.

As a member of the general aviation community, I would like to say "Thank you, TAC Air, for a job well-done."

Joseph Richardson


Speaking for all

Once again, New York City's mayor, Michael R. Bloomberg, has addressed not only his own citizens, but everyone who swears allegiance to the U.S. flag.

His utterance that "We would betray our values if we treated Muslims different than anyone else" sums it up rather neatly. If anything, we should elevate ourselves above those who deny freedom and liberty to others.

A mosque two blocks away from Ground Zero, future home of the Freedom Tower — think about it — will not impose any harm whatsoever, except perhaps in the minds of those who have a strictly personal vendetta against another group or religion.

After Bloomberg's pronouncement that it's the right thing to do, personal opinion should not matter at all.

Craig King