Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: May 11

To improve media, bring back the Fairness Doctrine

Fox Broadcasting is illegal — in Canada. That's right, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Act requires that "a licenser may not broadcast ... any false or misleading news."

And if you must question why Canada's right-wing prime minister recently moved to repeal this law, then you have not noticed that Sarah Palin almost exclusively relies on Fox to spew her venom, except when she is in India.

Broadcast communication is serious business. There is nothing funny or entertaining when a fire alarm is falsely alerted in a crowded place.

Yet, First Amendment responsibilities in the United States have fallen into irresponsible hands of charlatans like Glenn Beck.

It is one thing for media to feature sensationalism. Recent televised coverage of the Wisconsin demonstrations on Bill O'Reilly's show on Fox aired video of in-your-face altercations between two persons requiring separation by horse-mounted police. That is fair enough, right?

Well, witnesses from Wisconsin said there were no horse-mounted police there. And in 20-degree weather, there were certainly no shirt-sleeves with palm trees in the background. It looked real, but it was a lie. And you know about lies and slippery slopes.

We used to have something in our country called the Fairness Doctrine. Similar to Canada, licensed broadcasters were required to present controversial issues of public importance and to do so in a manner that was honest, equitable and balanced.

Guess what? The rule was abolished in 1987 by executive order from Ronald Reagan.

Doug Epling

Lexington


Tornado help

The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels will donate $10,000 to the relief effort for victims of the April tornado outbreak across the South. The funds will be disbursed through the Salvation Army Disaster Relief Effort which has teams in the areas hit.

The Army volunteers are providing food and drinks for storm survivors and relief workers.

In addition to our extensive charitable and educational work in the state, Kentucky Colonels have a long history of supporting victims of natural disasters.

For example, the Colonels funded relief teams with chainsaws to help remove debris and do the dirty work of helping families of the Gulf region remove mud from their homes following Katrina.

Kentucky Colonels especially empathize with the tornado victims because many experienced the 1974 tornado outbreak that ravaged 13 states. The Honorable Order's charitable work is made possible by voluntary donations from Kentucky Colonels around the world.

Glen Bastin

Senior ambassador, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels Louisville


T(ask) force

At first I was disappointed there were no "Joe Six-Packs" on the Rupp Arena Task Force. Mayor Jim Gray had said he just wanted a "contribution of ideas" and who better to contribute ideas than those good folks way, way up in the upper benches?

Now the chairman has hinted at the need for another kind of contribution, letting the committee members know by saying, " I will be calling you."

Sounds like a plea for money to me, and with 45 members that calls for almost $8,000 from each one. Makes me think Joe Six Pack's ten bucks might not help much.

Tom Dixon

Lexington


The people's budget

A friend occasionally looks me in the eye, saying, "I can't take you seriously."

My mouth drops open further until I remember this is code for: "something obnoxious is lodged in your teeth."

Something obnoxious is lodged in or behind the teeth of House Republicans who voted for the Ryan budget as they promise Americans will be safe and secure while dismantling Medicare, Medicaid and other public programs.

These "savings" will pay for a decrease in already low or non-existent taxes for corporations and the wealthy.

When I recently heard about another plan, "The People's Budget," I thought, "yeah, right," but went online to check.

This budget plan actually speaks to what 65-80 percent of Americans want: job creation, taxing the rich and corporations to add revenue, leaving safety nets alone, decreasing military and health care costs, etc.

The plan would balance the budget within 10 years and show a surplus. The People's Budget is an actual piece of legislation, not simply an outline, filed by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Why haven't we heard more about it? The Beltway and cable media appear vested in the threats and compromise between the Republicans and the president.

Whether Republican, Democratic, Independent or too-tired-to-care, check out The People's Budget and comments (especially from the Economic Policy Institute) online.

I think you will be as determined as I to contact members of Congress and the president to vote for this budget.

It won't have a chance unless we, the people, strongly and stubbornly support it.

Ramona Rush

Lexington


High-frisk operation

I have some comments regarding the article "Frisking of 6-year-old causes firestorm."

Apparently, Selena Drexel and her doctor husband believe airport security measures went overboard, with the pat-down search of their6-year-old.

I know for a fact that some of the most well-educated individuals can be severely lacking in common sense.

There had to be an issue for the security personnel to pat down the child. I do not believe they did it just because it was their daughter.

Now she has posted a video of this incident on YouTube. Are we to believe she was not present during this incident? That security personnel were not aware of the videotaping of this incident?

Are we to believe that she did not know that once something is posted on the Internet it can never be removed?

Drexel and others should be aware that if people are taught that to forfeit your life for a religious belief guarantees you admission to heaven. Do you honestly believe they would not forfeit a child's life for their admission to heaven?

If you are not aware of instances of a child's life being forfeited, maybe you should search history, including the Vietnam conflict. It has happened, and it will happen again and again and again.

J. D. Miniard

Nicholasville

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