Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: June 28

Is it really fair to force people to treat others well?

Regarding Jason Howard's June 14 column on the proposed Berea Fairness ordinance, "Fairness is key part of Berea's heritage:" Howard makes some cogent points, with the occasional sway into liberal lunacy.

Sure, we all deserve, as he said, "a safe place to work, live and eat." That doesn't quite equate to a right, and just being heterosexual doesn't guarantee any of those.

In particular, the case where a landlord evicted a couple after barging in unannounced and finding them in bed together, begs more for charges of breaking and entering, and civil action for abridgement of contract, than for additional codes to wade through.

Frankly, I'm more damaged by job discrimination because I won't take the beastly mark of Social Security in abridging my contracts than I am by folks' suspicions of who I might be sleeping with.

What exactly is fair? Is it fair to try to force people to not be stupid and hateful? I don't think so.

Is it fair for the public to micromanage equity on people (fictitious or otherwise) who play the game of corporate privilege?

Very likely so. So go ahead and make your corporate policy and pretend it's law.

Free men and women can, and will, continue to do as they please, being as stupid and hateful as they please, on the basis of inalienable property rights. And the markets will reward them deservedly.

Mark Gailey


Tipton's bad attitude

Sportswriter Jerry Tipton seems to hate the University of Kentucky and makes it his mission to further his agenda. How in good conscience can the Herald-Leader employ such an individual? Why do you allow him to keep being so negative?

Jacob Kiper


Pushed out the door

I really get confused about things sometimes.

Let's say a teacher, for example, works for the same school for 28 years. Never breaks any rules, always gets the best possible job evaluations, then suddenly the school tells this teacher it does not need her anymore.

That's bad enough, but then it turns around and hires a younger teacher as a replacement.

I just don't know what to think. Oh I forgot, this former teacher is 54 years old now and makes pretty good money. I wonder if that had anything to do with it. Probably not.

Sometimes I think it's just a case of working for a bunch of unethical jerks. If anyone has any better thoughts, please help me out.

Don Schweiss


Clarity of purpose

It seems the job of a United States senator is a terribly difficult one. You must constantly find yourself on the horns of a dilemma.

Do you do the right thing or do you do what's good for your constituents? The two worthy goals are so often in conflict, and you still have to balance both against what is feasible. The issues can be quite complex.

Fortunately, our Kentucky senators do not have these problems.

Mitch McConnell simply does what the coal companies tell him to do and Rand Paul does what Ayn Rand would tell him, which means, basically, whatever is good for Rand Paul.

It must be wonderful to possess this sort of moral clarity. It makes the job so much easier.

Dan Berry

Stamping Ground

Questionable tax break

Recently, Gov. Steve Beshear appeared to cross the line of separation of church and state when he approved giving sales tax exemptions to Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis for their proposed Ark Encounter theme park.

The exemptions were based on projections AIG claims come from a feasibility study it had done regarding park attendance, costs, etc. — although it never actually provided the study to state government.

Those issues notwithstanding, there's another reason to view this commingling of church and state with suspicion and to question the financial aspects of the tax exemptions.

A Dutch builder, Johan Huibers, has already built a full-size ark in the Netherlands at an out-of-pocket cost of a mere $1.6 million, or about 22.5 times less than the tax exemption alone is worth. And his ark is stocked with a full regalia of fake animals.

If a private individual can finance and build a life-size ark for such a small amount compared to the alleged costs Ark Encounter based their requests on, why is there even a need for state subsidies?

If the project cannot stand on its own, with the state struggling with budget cuts, furloughs, school cuts, state university tuition increases, etc., how is any exemption for such a religious-based "business" needed, let alone justified?

It is time the citizens of Kentucky take a stand and ask the tax exemption for the Ark Encounter be revoked.

John Miller


Ready to board ark

I am thrilled with the idea of the Ark Encounter and look forward to visiting it with my friends, family and church group.

It is my belief that the people of Kentucky know what is best for Kentucky.

Sandra L. Henson


Slow down, save gas

As I drive around New Circle Road at the speed limit of 55 miles an hour I can not help notice that everyone passes me. I mean everyone — if they are driving a concrete truck or the family sedan.

First, they are breaking the law. Second, they are wasting gasoline, which concerns me more.

Think of how many gallons of gasoline could be saved by driving slower. It is a kind of arrogance that we can drive as fast as we like and we can race the fellow ahead of us to the next traffic light.

But I notice I usually catch up with these people at the next light. What have they achieved except they are first for the next race to the next light?

I hope that some of us can save one gallon of gasoline a day. Will it make a difference in the price of gas? I don't know.

John Tackett


A waste of fame

Donald Trump puzzles me. I have in the past struggled with poverty. Anyone who has lived in poverty knows the quiet pain of doing without, of not knowing whether you can pay the bills for that month.

There are many who are famous for being rich, but few who live in poverty are famous for their impoverished state. It is a condition of quiet anonymity. Which brings me back to Trump.

It seems that while being very rich and famous, he has squandered his fame on whining and babbling about a Barack Obama birth certificate.

He could have used his bully pulpit to talk about any number of charities or worthwhile causes. Instead, he has proved he is only an expert in buffoonery.

I will only say that if Trump can waste his fame being a buffoon, I can use my condition of anonymity to ponder that poor dead animal on his head.

Angela M. Arnett