Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: May 10

U.S. ruthless in our attacks on other nations

What a topsy-turvy world. Sen. John McCain says Moammar Gadhafi should be "taken out."

Does the hit-man mentality also operate in American politics? Both candidates said the same thing of Osama bin Laden during the last presidential campaign.

NATO just recently attacked Gadhafi's compound. McCain did say Gadhafi's rule is "illegitimate."

Is that by Arizona law or U.S. law? I wonder what law governs attacking Libya preemptively, or Iraq or Afghanistan or Pakistan? Is it the unwritten law of congressional non-approval?

Should anyone be "taken out" for the tens of thousands of dead civilians caused by our policies in the Middle East, for the wedding parties in Afghanistan or those nine boys collecting firewood on a hillside when our missiles blew them up, or the innocents the Apache helicopter gunned down on the streets of Baghdad?

We are as ruthless as those we condemn.

We go after Pvt. Bradley Manning for the Wikileaks disclosure while the real criminals occupy the highest offices in our land.

Richard Krause


Fix non-sports venues

To paraphrase George Orwell, all are equal, but some are more equal than others. This is true when looking at facilities at the University of Kentucky.

The proposals for an improved basketball facility and the university loaning money to renovate the football stadium must be considered in light of the conditions in other facilities for students.

I am most familiar with the disparity of facilities which can be seen in the old warehouse on South Broadway used for art studios.

With wooden floors, narrow wooden stairs and other outdated features, it is a disaster waiting to happen.

I am a UK sports fan, but I wonder if there is anything in the university charter that requires it should provide the major entertainment for a large portion of Kentuckians and serve as a training ground for pro athletes, especially when money is tight.

Surely more modest improvements should be adequate when others are being asked to make do with less.

Jim McCormick


Gardeners can save

Most people today are trying to figure out how to save money.

We have lived here 42 years and have bought very little fertilizer during this time. Gardeners this spring and summer should start using compost if at all possible.

Grass clippings, coffee grounds, egg shells, potato scraps, leaves and any other natural materials will decompose and rot.

By doing this, you will build a good rich loam soil that has all the nutrients to produce a good crop.

If your soil is of poor quality you may not notice too much of an improvement the first year but will certainly improve soil quality as time goes on and you keep using this method.

We are losing many thousands of acres of our good farmland to housing developments, parking lots, highways and sprawl.

We have to learn how to make fewer acres produce more, and it can be done.

Also, we never use sprays on the plants because we don't want the plant roots picking up poisons that will find their way into the vegetables produced.

These two ideas are just suggestions on how you can save a few dollars this summer. Have a good growing season, now and in the future.

Lloyd Dean


Debt deductions

I was speaking with my financial adviser and friend about investments. Somehow the conversation turned to the national debt. He thinks entitlements such as Social Security and Medicare are serious problems that need to be addressed.

I am sorry to say that I lost it. I responded that I did not regard Social Security and Medicare as entitlements.

I paid for these benefits for 50 years. I am not certain that I will outlive my investments.

More important is the common belief that domestic spending is the cause of our high deficits.

Generally, the call is to reduce spending for entitlements, education, medical care and aid for the poor. I am quite fearful that these cuts will reduce the quality of our lives and our competitiveness.

We should look elsewhere for the source of our deficits. What about, for example, the George W. Bush-era tax cuts? What about our two wars that have cost many lives and trillions of dollars?

I question the belief that low taxes create jobs.

Perhaps we might follow Henry Ford's strategy of raising wages so that his workers could afford to buy cars.

Or we might follow President Franklin Roosevelt's example of getting people back to work so that they could become consumers.

I'd suggest we raise the minimum wage closer to a living wage. Taxes do not create jobs — consumers do.

Our current strategy puts "profits above people." That is a mistake because people make profits possible.

Richard M. Royalty


True expense

The wonder is why politicians, who determine what comes and what goes in the various budgets both locally and nationally, fail to remember what one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, said: "The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance."

Jack Nelson


Graham's message

Over Easter, the news shifted to Franklin Graham's righteous comments that "you must be born again" and follow Christ as Savior and Lord, with the help of the Holy Spirit and the word of God, in order to be a Christian — as opposed to President Barack Obama's seeming attitude that you're a Christian just because you say you are.

The best the White House could respond was to call Graham's statement that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the Obama White House, inappropriate for a Christian leader to make at Easter time.

Oh, really? If Easter isn't about proclaiming what the Gospel of Jesus Christ is about, in all its fullness (which would certainly include proclaiming what the Gospel indeed is not), then what's it about? Presidential Easter-egg hunts?

There's no better time to proclaim what the Gospel is or isn't than at Easter.

I wish the president and his minions would quit appearing shocked when people instinctively notice the hypocrisy between his professed faith and his actions.

Jesus said that you would know a tree by the fruit it bears. When Obama goes to Georgetown University to speak and his staff covers up a cross by the podium, or he habitually omits the word "creator" from the Declaration of Independence, or says the national motto is "E pluribus unum and not "In God We Trust," or denies that we're a Christian nation, or tries to bully Israel to divide up its Biblical capital, he's not "bearing the fruit" of a Christian.

He needs to listen to Graham.

Rob Cornett