Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 1

After condoms, pope can address teen pregnancy

Though long overdue, common sense spilled from the Vatican throne when Pope Benedict XVI claimed condoms as the "lesser of two evils" when used to curb the spread of AIDS, even if their use prevents a pregnancy.

While I applaud the pope's embrace of blatant reality, I also challenge His Holiness to apply this phrase to another evil within our society: teen pregnancy.

Thanks in part to the church's proclamation of contraception to be in conflict with God's law, America is home to the highest rate of teen pregnancy of all industrialized countries.

In fact, three of 10 girls in the United States will get pregnant by age 20. And before we celebrate the miracle of life, let's take a closer look at the problems that exist for these young mothers.

Teen mothers are more likely to be socially isolated and have mental health problems. Teen mothers are more likely to drop out of high school, with only 30 percent obtaining a high school diploma.

Teen mothers live in poverty, with one-half receiving welfare benefits within five years of their child's birth.

And here's the sad part: teen pregnancy is a repeating cycle. Daughters of teen mothers are more likely to go on to become adolescent parents themselves. Given these statistics, what's the lesser of two evils here?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think the Bible calls us to go forth and multiply generations of young mothers exchanging diplomas for diapers and depression.

Megan Tolley

Lexington

UK's priorities off

How do the University of Kentucky trustees think UK can be a Top 20 university when they don't give faculty a raise in three years?

The faculty, along with the support staff, will be the ones to make a Top 20 university, not the president alone. When trustees raised President Lee T. Todd Jr.'s salary 51 percent, it demoralized the faculty and caused the best to want to leave.

I vote to get rid of the board's Executive Committee and anyone else who supported the raise and replace them with members with some monetary acumen.

Obviously, Todd was satisfied with his compensation as he had refused bonus money in the past. We all know that when the replacement comes in, it is usually at an even higher salary.

Additionally, I don't think you compare a university president position with a governor's position.

This type of spending is a prime example of what has gotten the United States in its current economic situation, and if they think it's the path to the Top 20, I am afraid we have a long, long way to go.

Carolyn Moore

Lexington

Stop drug money

The number of Mexicans killed by drug cartels is amazing. It must be American drug billions fueling the mayhem. The Mexicans cannot or will not build a fence to keep out American dollars. Hence the cartels grow ever more powerful and murderous. Now we have mass graves, killings of officials and bombings just south of the border.

Stopping drug billions from entering Mexico must be a political no-no. If suddenly the supply was cut off, would riots break out in American cities?

We do not want disturbances in our metropolitan areas at any cost. Has it been deemed best to leave this alone?

It seems unlikely thst Mexicans would do any violence to themselves if it were not for drug dollars. What wonderful power this gives a few willing to risk jail and death in order to control wealth.

Are we creating a narco super-rich class of Mexicans who will be a permanent feature on our continent? How would you suggest cutting off this dollar flow? Or even reducing it?

Risto Marttinen

Lexington

Fluoride dangerous

I once received a report from my water district (Western Pulaski County Water) on which, in the upper left-hand corner, was a picture of a drop of water with the following statement under it: Water — Essential for Life.

I find this to be somewhat hypocritical because as you read the report on the back side, listed under inorganic contaminants, the report states 1,025 parts per million of fluoride known scientifically as sodium fluoride NaF, a by-product of the production of super phosphate fertilizer.

That's right, a by-product added to the water, one that has been found to double the chance of bone cancers in men and boys when it is at 1 part per million and causes sterility. To think for years we've been told that fluoride was supposed to be good for our teeth.

If you find this hard to believe, go to the Internet and look up the health risk studies of sodium fluoride (www.shirleys-wellnesscafe.com/fluoride.htm).

So who's to blame? The government for deceiving us? The industries putting the fluoride in products we buy? The water companies?

Or maybe us, for not telling our government leaders hell no or out you go? Stop buying the contaminated products so industry will get the idea and remove it from the products they sell.

Make the water companies aware; after all, don't they drink and use the same water?

Wayne J. Wahner

Nancy

Watch for bedbugs

I want to urge the public when traveling to please, please check your beds in motels for bedbugs.

Don't take your luggage in until you have checked like this: Take all bedding off the bed, place it on the dresser. Inspect mattresses looking for any bugs, spots, specks, dirty-looking debris.

Lift mattresses, checking underneath; also check the box springs the same way. Look at the headboard, too.

If you see anything you don't like, call the local health department first, then go directly to the front desk and report what you see and have them go look. Do not stay there.

When you get home from traveling anywhere, immediately put everything you own into a dryer on the highest heat. Use cloth duffle bags instead of hard suitcases so you can put them through the dryer.

Don't bring home bedbugs.

Linda Sanders

Lexington

Ark story universal

I was delighted to see and read your front-page article about the rebuilding of Noah's Ark. In the book of Genesis in the Holy Bible, Noah built an ark. Noah's entire family of eight were saved from the great flood.

The ark was full of animals of all kinds. Noah and his family had gathered food for the animals to last the duration of the flood.

Several other cultures around the world have a tradition of their ancestors being saved by building arks. In 300 B.C. Babylon, Berosus related a story similar to the story of the flood in Genesis.

The Egyptians had a legend that the gods at one time purified the earth by a great flood. The Hindus had a tradition of an ark being built. Many were warned and built a large ship and a few people were saved.

The Greeks, Chinese, English, Polynesians and American Indians all had traditions of ships (arks) being built to save their people from a worldwide flood.

I believe every word of the biblical account of the great flood as recorded in the Holy Bible. As indicated above, several other ancient cultures also believed in the building of the ark.

The proposed ark in Grant County would be a tourist attraction for many Christians, Jews as well as many other religious groups.

The Rev. Leroy Hammond

Monticello

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