Let's worry about real threats to Constitution
I am puzzled by the desire of some of our politicians to constitutionally protect hunting. Where were they when there were actual constitutional violations such as President George W. Bush's spying on us?
A little consistency would be nice, and the fully intended implication that President Barack Obama, who taught constitutional law for years, would do that document any harm is so wrong as to be blatantly hateful.
I also note that a recently published list of why fewer hunting permits are being bought neglected to mention that there are fewer people who like to kill things these days.
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Boost DNA abilities
Again, a man is exonerated after spending 30 years in prison for a false conviction of rape and robbery. This life-destroying injustice was caused by neglect of incontrovertible evidence, deoxyribonucleic acid.
Rape is a crime that often leaves DNA evidence. The national DNA bank keeps records of sex criminals indefinitely. Competent use of this evidence could avoid irreparable damage to lives, billions of dollars in court costs, appeals, useless waste of prison space and legal defense costs.
The legislature should provide Kentucky State Police DNA management, laboratories and full-time expert witnesses.
Rex. J. Phillips
I volunteer with some older fellows at Lexington Catholic home basketball games. While working a game against Lexington Christian Academy, I was distracted by something different. It was utter silence.
Three days earlier a senior who attended Catholic died unexpectedly. A minute of silence was observed in his memory. This was followed by a prayer for a fallen friend.
The Catholic student section, all clad in black, stood silently with heads bowed. Two lines of LCA players stood reverently, heads bowed.
I noticed the Catholic players were wearing their black jerseys instead of their usual home whites. Their cheerleaders were dressed in black uniforms also. I saw LCA students also in black.
During the game an LCA player was fouled and knocked to the floor. The Catholic player who fouled him walked over, extended a hand and pulled the LCA player to his feet and gave him an affectionate pat on the backside. Way to go, No. 20.
Later, an LCA player charging hard down the floor ran into and flattened Catholic's star, Taylor Martin. The LCA player leaned over and said something to Martin and helped him to his feet. Way to go, No. 14.
At times a tragedy brings out the best in us. This was demonstrated by a bunch of high school students on this night.
To those parents who spend a lot to assure their kids a Christian education, it's worth it.
I am an original Lexington "Legend." I grew up on Kees Road, just a few blocks south of Applebee's Park. Back then, Kees Road dead-ended into a huge field. All of my friends in the neighborhood loved playing in "the field." We built forts, had mud-clod fights, made trails and just explored this field.
When 12th Street was extended and apartment buildings were built, and even a few years later, with the addition of Northland Shopping Center, there was still plenty of room to explore, make forts, climb through drainage pipes and, yes, play baseball.
The bases were usually pieces of cardboard, scraps of wood or rags. We had no idea that 35 years later there would be a professional ballpark built upon the field we called our own.
Whenever I walk up the street to a Legends game, I think about those days I played in "the field" as a kid. When I watch the Legends play, I think about playing baseball in that very spot and say to myself, "I played here first. So that makes me and all my childhood friends original Legends."
I have an idea for a new name where the Lexington Legends play baseball. A place where a bunch of friends from the neighborhood got together to play baseball 50 years ago, and where a bunch of friends still get together every summer to play and appreciate baseball, can only have one name. It should simply be called "The Field."
Eyes on the road
Jan. 2 started out as a normal Sunday for me, but soon there came an occurrence that could have ended it all. As I was driving out Loretto Road in Marion County to visit my parents, I saw a red Chevy pickup veering over the center line coming toward me. The driver had a cell phone up to his ear and was looking down, a really smart thing to do on such a curvy road. Luckily, he looked up just in time or the day could have had a very different outcome for me.
I am fed up with drivers who cannot put their phones down and pay attention to the road. Most of us are dodging inattentive drivers on an almost daily basis. I fight my battles with a pen, and I am asking all my fellow citizens to do the same.
I wrote a letter to my legislators telling them that the distracted driver laws need to be tougher. The people who text and check e-mails while driving have made it clear that they are not going to stop, and they are challenging law enforcement to catch them. That $25 fine does not scare anyone. We should add a zero to the end of that fine. If paying a $250 fine for the first offense doesn't stop them, maybe losing their driver's license for six months will if they are caught again. I sincerely hope an 18-wheeler isn't what it takes to stop them.
Easy budget cuts
The federal budget can be balanced if anyone will take on the task. There is no such thing as mandatory spending, only spending done by weak-kneed politicians to perpetuate their existence as politicians.
A few steps can reduce the overspending:
1. Start with the 2009 actual expenditures as the basic document.
2. Reduce all government salaries and benefit packages by 10 percent except the uniformed military. Eliminate excessive holidays, vacations and sick leave to make them comparable to the average of industry and private businesses.
3. Reduce all cabinets and departments except military by 10 percent.
4. Reduce the Department of Education and Environmental Protection Agency by an additional 15 percent.
5. Eliminate all funding for other nations and programs such as the United Nations, U.S. Agency for International Development, military assistance, the Peace Corps.
6. Set aside all EPA regulations enacted since 2000.
7. Negotiate a reduced interest on all federal loans.
8. Remove all illegal residents from all assistance programs.
Accomplishing these reductions will be easy and most would be supported by taxpayers.
Lastly, enact a balanced budget constitutional amendment, limiting the spending to 90 percent of the previous year's total income.
Donald R. Fugette