Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Jan. 25

Industrial hemp has many valuable benefits for state

The Jan. 17 article, "State weighs alternative fuel development," illustrates another example of our commonwealth's incompetent government. Where has state Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, been these past decades?

Yes, he may not be old enough to know of Ford Motor Co.'s advances in industrial hemp usage in the 1930s, but instead of reinventing the wheel, he and other politicians should listen to the many Kentuckians who have petitioned for industrial hemp as the replacement crop for tobacco.

Industrial hemp is a remarkable plant that provides many benefits to our countrymen without impairing health or killing our citizens.

Moreover, Kentuckians, especially citizens of southeastern and Eastern Kentucky, would have jobs and health care and end their dependency on illicit drugs.

Kentuckians must force the General Assembly to allow the growing, harvesting and manufacture of by-products for the health and welfare of our fellow Americans. Also, the clergy should stay out of politics and render their service to their God of choice.

Billy Ray Wilson

London

Devil's helpers

The Democratic Party has opened America's doors to Satan and his false science and false teachers. It allows unrighteous fornication by adulterers and homosexuals, abortion, gambling, drugs and evil covetousness.

They call it freedom. I call it goodbye to neighborhood and marriage, hello to the evil generation.

George Dewey Caudill

Olive Hill

From bad to worse

I thought spinal decompression would be a good idea. Boy, was I wrong. After a concussion, bruised lung and 17 stitches, I realized I had made a terrible mistake.

The only thing those people were interested in was getting as much money out of me and my insurance company as possible.

I think spinal decompression is a fraud to get thousands of dollars from a person having back pain. And when the treatments fail to help or a person gets injured, it's all the patient's fault.

It was my fault that I was stupid enough to trust those people to help me in the first place.

If you are considering spinal decompression, find someone who really cares about you, not someone who's only interested in how much money they can get out of you.

Fairy Farthing

Lexington

Waste of time

The guitar-buying event recently in Lexington was a waste of time and an insult to owners of collectible instruments.

I saw the multiple display advertisements and heard the radio spots. I packed up four of my collectible instruments with values that are easily checked online.

Three were old Gibson electrics and one was an old Fender jazz bass.

After waiting almost two hours, I finally had an appraiser look at my instruments. He didn't even know whether he was looking at a Fender jazz or Fender "P" bass, a sure giveaway something was very wrong. Supposedly, the appraiser took numbers and posted the specifics of the instrument(s) online, so "knowledgeable buyers around the world" could see them.

Right.

I would have understood if the buyers were actual retailers trying to get the instruments for 40 percent to 50 percent off the average retail prices. What I got were offers that were exactly, to the dollar, one-third of the average retail price of the instruments. Then, I was asked if I wanted to make a counteroffer.

That was an insult from this pawnshop on wheels. The only people interested in the deals these guys were offering would be desperate folks willing to take whatever they were offered, or folks uninformed about the value of the merchandise they had.

My advice? Next time, run like the wind. Or better still, don't waste your time.

Russ Lay

Lexington

Research is lacking

In response to a Jan. 10 commentary by David Menton, Andrew Snelling and Georgia Purdom, "Some scientists also embrace creationism": There are some errors and misleading statements which need correction.

The authors make the following statements: "We are full-time Ph.D. researchers" (the implication being that they are scientists using scientific methodology) and "there are thousands of serious scientists who doubt evolution."

First, simply possessing a degree (no matter from what institution or in what field) does not make you a scientist.

Scientists practice science. They engage in credible research, identifying a problem, generating hypotheses, testing those hypotheses, drawing conclusions from the evidence, then submitting that research to respected, refereed scientific journals for publication and discourse.

Sitting on the sidelines and taking potshots at evolution does not constitute science or even a scientific approach.

Why are these "thousands" of scientists who support creationism not conducting scientific research and having it published in respected scientific journals? Perhaps one reason is that you will be hard-pressed to find virtually any practicing scientists who support creationism.

There is no longer any real debate among real scientists as to the validity of the concept of evolution. The debates now center on the mechanisms of how, not whether, evolution works.

Are we really so hard up for state dollars we are willing to subsidize (through tax rebates) a theme park filled with deception, misinformation and religious dogma?

Stephen S. Young

Clearfield

Disregard for life

Jared Loughner, charged in the Arizona shootings, was obviously unstable. The Commonwealth Journal headlined U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers' comment that it was "an utter disregard for human life."

I wonder if that same comment would apply to our lawmakers this past decade. Are the tens of thousands of Iraqis who were killed as a result of our invasion "an utter disregard of human life," not to mention the 4,500 service members who died? Were the savage reprisals in Fallujah, or the trampling tanks in Jenin?

The longest war in our history causes the deaths of Afghan civilians and our own troops every day. Why is this not "utter disregard for human life" when CIA Director Leon Panetta says there are only 50 to 100 al-Qaida in a country with a yearly per capita income of $600?

The brutal attacks on Gaza that killed 1,400, among them hundreds of children, were supported by our local congressman and senator with formal resolutions supporting Israel's right to defend itself.

Is it "an utter disregard for human life" to have "black sites" in Third World countries, a secret gulag where U.S. prisoners are tortured or die unidentified? Was there any congressional outcry over drone attacks in Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen that have killed well over a thousand people since 2006?

Why is it the actions of one man who is psychologically imbalanced are deemed "an utter disregard of human life," but the calculated, up-close and remote killing of innocents is never mentioned?

Richard Krause

Somerset

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