Letters to the Editor

Letters: Sept. 16

Reduction in state rents commendable

Kudos to Gov. Steve Beshear for demanding a 5 percent reduction in rents paid by the state on leased properties.

In this time of an abundance of empty and available commercial properties, it is probable that space for state use could be had at a much lesser rate.

Beshear has succinctly and very directly pointed this out to current lease holders.

When requiring six days in this fiscal year without pay for state employees, it is refreshing to see Beshear has the inclination to spread the pain among some of the biggest political contributors in the state instead of requiring that the burden fall exclusively on the shoulders of hard-working, middle-class Kentuckians.

A brave thing to do, Governor, and one that is totally correct and fair.

What is questionable is that this decision by our governor did not receive nearly the media coverage that the furlough plan continues to receive.

C'mon, folks, let's give our governor his due. His performance during this fiscal crisis has been more than admirable. Just think what he could have done for this state with adequate funding for its programs.

Candace Sacre

Frankfort

The right thing

Fifty years ago, millions of Americans were genuinely outraged that black Americans would dare use their water fountains, restrooms, schools and businesses.

We did not sit up at that time, as a nation, and say, yes, black Americans have the right to do these things but it would be insensitive for them to actually do so.

Instead, we stood up as a nation and said black Americans have a right to do these things, period.

Why are we finding it so difficult to do the right thing today?

Dan Berry

Stamping Ground

Underhanded

The evil, liberal Web site Daily Kos reported that a paid intern for Rand Paul's campaign, Thomas Kubica, working in Paul's Bowling Green office, registered on their Web site under a pseudonym and pretended to be a progressive who didn't support Paul but was actively attempting to dampen enthusiasm for Jack Conway's campaign.

Is this the kind of honesty and integrity that Paul plans to take to Washington? This indicates that he is willing to resort to deception and tell any lie to get elected.

That's just what we need more of in Washington.

David Midgett

Richmond

Do not nurture hate

No one, including those who lost someone on 9/11, has any excuse for objecting to the so-called Ground Zero mosque. The people who want to build the mosque are not the people who flew planes into the World Trade Center, nor are they vicariously responsible.

No one is entitled to nurse a sensibility that for its existence depends upon ignorance and hatred, nor should such ignorance and hatred be defended, much less cynically cultivated as it is by many politicians and media pundits.

Mike Wilson

Lexington

Opportunity missed

An exciting sporting event was held last month just 74 miles up the road, as Louisville hosted its fourth annual Louisville Ironman.

This grueling competition required athletes to swim 2.4 miles in the Ohio River, bike 112 miles and then run a full marathon, 26.2 miles, on one of the hottest days of the year.

Even though Lexington resident George VanMeter won his age group, beating several of the younger, "pro" Ironmen, and other Lexington residents such as John Patterson completed their first Ironman event, our newspaper failed to report on this amazing athletic contest.

We'd like to see the Herald-Leader cover events occurring within our state's borders, even though it's not Louisville's primary newspaper.

Leslie Vose

Lexington

Corporate anarchist

A caveat to those planning to vote in this November election, as well as to those finding no compelling reason to do so: Rand Paul is a corporate anarchist, whose ideal world is one in which government has little or no responsibility, power or revenue to promote the common good, and the "sovereign" individual is left, in all her/his splendid isolation, to the tender mercies of banks, health insurance companies and multinational conglomerates. If that is the kind of world you want to live in, Paul is your man.

Robert Curran

Richmond

Ground Zero church

Let's take a look at this mosque that the Muslims feel just has to be built right there on that one spot. Why, when they have one just four blocks away from this very site?

Why is the New York mayor so eager to have it put there, when a church that was destroyed on Ground Zero has been unable to rebuild?

Yes, people, there was a church there, plus they have been trying to get permits to rebuild their church, but they are being put off. Why?

If the Muslims have any kind of compassion for the people who were so very badly hurt by this attack, why not insist that this church be rebuilt first? Plus, they should rethink their request to build there.

Elsie L. Hendrickson

Berry

Liberal hypocrisy

What a startling surprise: liberals demanding that the Constitution be upheld regardless of the inevitable political backlash and unpopularity of upholding these rights.

From demanding that the 14th Amendment not be changed to disallow citizenship to illegal immigrants' children born in the United States, or the stance on the building of the mosque near the site of the former World Trade Center dealing with First Amendment principles, it seems that the left has suddenly found a use for the Bill of Rights for the first time since the 1960s.

While I unequivocally agree with their stance on these issues, I am dumbfounded by how the liberal bloc favors some amendments and ignores others.

The left has supported gun control for decades, pointing to arguments about antiquated ideas of militias and comma placement, such as whether the Constitution says everyone deserves the right to own a gun or is that right contingent upon participation in militias.

These wavering stances — support the Constitution when it says what you want and disregard it when you disagree — are leading this nation down a slippery slope. When rights are conditioned upon their popularity, everyone loses.

When we start popularizing rights, what happens one day when the rights we want are stripped away? As a Libertarian-Republican, I understand there are some things that I would change about the Constitution; however, I also realize that by creating the precedent that rights can be voted away, one day the rights that I like might be lost.

Tyler Davis

West Liberty

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