In the future, perhaps a return to statesmanship
I would love to give a huge shout-out to the Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship for hosting one of the most incredible experiences of my life — the fourth annual Student Congress. The students were all competitively selected to represent each state, and this enriched the debates that we engaged in.
Through the many highlights of the week, one thing was for certain — the people of Lexington, in the true spirit of Henry Clay, understood the importance of investing in the future generation.
As a member of the winning team on the debate of what was the most important issue facing our generation, it also became more apparent just how important education, through school and experience, is to the development and progress of our nation and the rest of the world.
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I am quite pleased to see just how responsible our generation is. The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship is giving our nation hope, in a time when the economy, terrorism and partisanship have put a bad name to politics in America. We are the future; we are change.
Fort Washington, Md.
In response to Donna Rougeux's "Catholic hierarchy is wrong," I found the document to which she was referring, in her statement, "In the very last paragraph, ordaining women was compared to the criminal act of pedophilia and both were called grave offenses against the faith."
The article can be found at Ncronline.org/print/19202. It states, "Unrelated to the sexual abuse crisis, the revisions also add several other offenses to the list of 'grave crimes' subject to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (and thus to the expedited penalties the congregation can hand out).
They include crimes against the faith, such as heresy, apostasy and schism; recording or broadcasting the sacrament of confession; and the attempted ordination of women."
In response to those thinking like Rougeux, who are trying to justify their position against the church, Monsignor Charles Scicluna, an official at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, denied that the Vatican equates women's ordination with the sexual abuse of children.
It is with genuine concern for the safety of fellow commuters using the Harrodsburg Road double diamond that I write this tip sheet:
■ The white lines painted on the asphalt indicate a lane. A lane is where your car should stay while driving the curving double diamond. I know, those artsy construction guys got a little loopy in places, making it necessary to use your steering wheel.
■ A steering wheel is used to guide your vehicle left and right — most cars are pretty sensitive this way. Just a slight wrist motion can change direction. Watch out.
■ It is not necessary to block the intersection by attempting to get through the light before it changes. It will change again. Soon. Also, the intersection serves traffic in both directions, not just yours.
Share the space, keep the intersection clear or I may not see your big SUV blocking my way. Oops.
■ See those guys in the blue jeans, hard hats and boots? Don't hit them. That orange vest is not for target practice. We need these people to finish this road project.
Time for social rebirth
The divorce rate is 50 percent to 60 percent. In these families, there is a dramatic increase in the amount of spousal and child abuse. This eventually leads to physical and sexual abuse and imprisonment for many of the children of these families.
How can a country survive with this degradation of its foundation? What can be done to reverse this trend? If we focus only on a fiscal solution to our problems and ignore the social rot that has infected our families, all is lost.
So, if you are thinking of shacking up with your girlfriend or leaving your wife, don't. Just don't.
In some strange way, our impending financial implosion may cause a social renaissance, as with reforestation after a forest fire.
With any crisis, the natural instinct is to cling together, sacrifice for each other, whether by self denial toward non-essential items or removing old expensive habits such as drugs, alcohol, gambling, etc. In a crisis, we depend on each other and hold ourselves and others around us accountable, faithful and courageous.
Perhaps after this firestorm passes and the new shoots break through, Americans will appreciate freedom, each other and the security of a strong family. This generation must be radical and not repeat the mistakes of their parents. Their "I do" must be "I will." I will stay. I will never leave. I will be home tonight and every night.
James Buckmaster, M.D.
Coal keeps going
Three cheers for Kentucky Utilities and its coal-fueled generating stations. Not one brownout during the recent heat wave.
Lawsuits in waiting
Can you imagine the extent of optometric malpractice lawsuits filed against optometric providers if the results are not perfect? If I were an optometrist, I wouldn't touch a laser or knife for anything.
A few extra bucks is not worth the potential of lawsuits that will undoubtedly be targeted by the much larger and more educated medical and ophthalmology groups in Kentucky.
And, rest assured, undertrained non-surgeons pretending to play surgeon with a very critical piece of anatomy — the human eye — will result in untoward results, and these will be magnified in the media and medical and legal circles.
Think asbestos made attorneys rich? We'll have all the attorneys in the United States applying for privileges in Kentucky.
And that's just what we need in Kentucky. More attorneys. Thanks, optometrists.
Ronald S. Dubin, M.D.
Good money after bad
A lot of people are writing to say tax the rich more to pay the debt. The rich already pay more, a higher percent, than middle and low income people do.
It's easy to say, "take more from the rich," but then how do you explain to your children they need to go to college and waste four years so they can be taxed to the same take-home pay as those who don't go?
Those who work can no longer afford the upkeep of those who don't. Sadly, it's time to start cutting programs. Anyone who does not agree needs to watch the documentary, "The Wild And Wonderful Whites of West Virginia."
I would love to see liberals watch a public screening of it, then get up to say how proud they are of the social programs they have put in place that we can no longer afford.