Beshear's view on Ark Encounter doesn't add up
If only it were an amusement park. However, Answers In Genesis has described its Ark Encounter project as a "themed educational complex presenting historical accounts re-created from the Old Testament."
In other words, they want to present the stories from Genesis as historical facts. This makes Ark Encounter a religious enterprise.
It is against the Constitution for the government to promote religion. And yet, our state government has just handed $40 million in tax credits to this project. How can Gov. Steve Beshear say the law does not allow him to discriminate against a for-profit business because of the subject matter? Really, governor? You mean to tell me the Ku Klux Klan can come here and build a theme park celebrating the lynching of blacks and you would have no choice but to give them tax credits?
What other form of fringe lunacy can our state expect to attract and be embarrassed by when our so-called leaders turn a blind eye to the image of Kentucky they are recklessly helping to create?
I can't tell if Beshear knows this, but there are some intelligent and free-thinking people living in this state. We deserve more courageous leadership than this.
Let Army lead
I attended the Salvation Army's annual recognition luncheon for its volunteers and sponsors. The Salvation Army provides many services in our community, like sheltering and feeding the homeless, child care, including preschool and after-school instruction, and helping to train or retrain people to re-enter the workplace. It also provides spiritual guidance and hope to people who need someone who cares.
As I sat there listening to what they do, I just couldn't get the thought out of my mind that there are some well-meaning people trying to reinvent the wheel. I know a lot of people want to do something good for those less fortunate. The Salvation Army has the mechanism and facility in place to provide all kinds of services. I truly believe they know best what our community needs.
The Salvation Army is a good steward of its resources. One Christmas season my wife and her friend were delivering food baskets that our church had fixed. When they knocked on the door of the intended recipient, a lady met them and said she had already received two baskets. By having a central headquarters that coordinates the services rendered in the community, more people could receive help.
I'm sure if you want to help make a difference in our community, the Salvation Army would be a good place to start. An army is a lot more effective than just a few individual soldiers.
Stop all gouging
"Check the price at the pumps, it should be heading down", said my husband on May 13. But, the price had increased from $3.99 to $4.15, at all the local stations. Just stunning.
Then I read that Attorney General Jack Conway brought suit against Speedway for price gouging. By Saturday, prices dropped 16 cents per gallon, back to $3.99 at all the stations. Thanks, Conway, for taking action on behalf of those who must drive to work every day. It is great that our attorney general can swing into action when criminal activity against working people is taking place.
But at the national level, we must pay attention and pressure Congress to stop the Big Oil tax giveaways. Just a few years ago when oil was $55 a barrel, Big Oil representatives testified in Congress that they no longer needed their subsidies. Now, at $100 per barrel, the lobbyists are fighting to keep their tax breaks.
We get good government when we pay attention and make our voices heard. Big Oil, "You're out of line!"
Budget changes must come, but all should bear the burden. Begin with stopping oil subsidies. Then correct the situation where the top 2 percent of the wealthiest Americans pay less in taxes than the working class. Don't pay for tax breaks for the rich by cuts in Medicare and Social Security. All gouging must stop.
It will only stop when we make our voices heard.
Michele Lynne Workman
A win in gas war
Hooray for me! I finally won a continuing war in the gasoline world. Seeing oil prices increase $7 per barrell over a two-day period, I hustled to the gas station on the morning of May 10 and filled up for $3.64 per gallon. Still too much, but better than $4.05 which it was the following day.
I don't win often, but how sweet is it when you win by 40 cents?
Why did they make steel in Pittsburgh? Because the natural resources were there. Why do they grow pineapples in Hawaii and not drill for oil? Because there is no oil. Natural conditions are right for pineapples. Why not grow sugar cane in Eastern Kentucky? Because natural conditions are not right for cane, but they are for coal.
But wait, we can't do that. Mining would certainly do more for Appalachia than all the part-time low-paying tourist jobs you can dream up. If General Motors and Ford decided to move their entire operations to Appalachian Kentucky they would find no flat land for their plants.
But wait, you can't flatten mountains just to keep people from starving. Why not?
Does our president think that because he got Osama bin Laden that everything he says is right? He wants to tell Israel to give up what it had fought for since 1967.
President Barack Obama shouldn't tell them what he wants. It's what the Lord wants. Israel shall not be departed. What if the American Indian wanted what we Americans took from them?
Don't decide against Israel, Obama, side with them not against them, or America will face the wrath of God. It is written in our Bible.
Also, sit down with the Mexican president and give him a hard talk and close the borders — or just give him Texas, which we took. Maybe we would have more jobs.
Fish and wildlife officials need to reconsider hunting of sandhill cranes. True, the cranes have returned to acceptable populations from near extinction. However, more often than not, the highly endangered whooping cranes comingle in flight with sandhill cranes. To hunt the sandhills would put the whooping cranes in peril.