It's a special time to honor vets who protect our rights
Since 1918, Nov. 11 has been a special day for all freedom-loving citizens of the United States.
On that day, World War I ended with the signing of an armistice between the Allies and Germany. That special day was designated as Armistice Day and celebrated throughout the land as such for 36 years.
After World War II and the Korean conflict, Armistice Day was, by an act of Congress signed into law by President Dwight D. Eisenhower, renamed Veterans Day and set aside as a special time to recognize all veterans who served in our armed forces in all conflicts to defend the nation and preserve our cherished rights and freedoms.
These rights and freedoms are not mere figments of the human imagination; they are real and specific. In the Bill of Rights, the founding fathers of this nation clearly identified these rights and freedoms. We enjoy freedom to worship where and as we please, freedom to speak freely, freedom to bear arms and freedom from unreasonable search and seizure.
Our nation is "the land of the free and the home of the brave."
Veterans Day is more than a national holiday and, maybe, a day off from work. It is a special time to remember the rights and freedoms we cherish and to thank and pay tribute to the men and women who answered the call of duty, placed themselves in harm's way, and did that which was necessary to protect our land and preserve the rights and freedoms we cherish.
Vets grateful for trip
I am a Vietnam veteran and wish to give a special salute and a big thank you to the Bluegrass chapter of the Honor Flight Network and especially Kentucky's Touchstone Energy Cooperative for organizing and sponsoring the trip to Washington, D.C., for our World War II veterans.
I have had the opportunity to visit our veterans memorials several times and each time I have a little lump in my throat and my heart swells with pride. I am sure each vet will feel the same way I do.
I only wish my dad was still here to make the trip.
Thanks for support
I was one of the World War II veterans that made the trip to Washington, D.C. I want to thank everyone responsible for our trip. I could never imagine the reception we received everywhere we went.
Thank you Donna Mayfield, Roberta Skinner, Ed Burtner and too many others to name. I could never describe my feeling about this trip. Thanks to the TV stations for their support and especially all of the groups that welcomed us, going and coming.
Bail must be fair for all
Your reporter's observation that "under Kentucky law, there seems to be little that authorities can do to keep people behind bars" is a good thing ("Progress slow when people won't talk," Oct. 24).
The Constitution of the United States provides that "excessive bail shall not be required" (Article VIII, enacted in 1791).
I leave it to the historians to explain why this fundamental concept was so important to English and, later, American jurisprudence.
Everyone accused of a crime is presumed innocent and remains innocent until proven guilty, in Kentucky, beyond a reasonable doubt.
I guarantee that if reporter Josh Kegley or Fayette County Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson were arrested on a violent crime or any other crime, they would immediately post bail. They would have the financial ability to do so.
The paper needs to do a story reflecting the actual tragedy in the way bail is handled: Poor people are denied the right to pretrial release because they don't have thousands of dollars to post bond like the gentleman mentioned in the article.
And this is in spite of the fact that our criminal rules specifically state that the ability to post bond is a factor to be considered.
This country offers equal justice for all — all those who can afford it.
In reading the article regarding the proposed nuisance ordinance ("Council debates nuisance ordinance," Oct. 19), I would like to correct the perception regarding landlords' lack of criminal intent.
The Catholic Action Center, along with other institutions in question, clearly have no criminal intent either.
One must look at how others' behavior affects those that surround them. There are businesses that never require police action, but there are certain areas in this town that are residential in nature that require much more than their fair share of law-enforcement attention.
For example, the criminal analysis reports I have pored over have thousands of entries for the districts around the University of Kentucky. A report from a UK-area street over a 10-year period listed more than 2,000 calls. That's more than 200 calls a year. It is not zoned B-1 for business, but it clearly demonstrates a need for something to be changed.
Sadly, because of the complacency of some of our council members and our courts, the proposed ordinance will most likely follow the late-party plan into obscurity and be another dead law in the chapters of "what if."
It must be funded and taken seriously for all, not just certain businesses. That creates a double standard for law enforcement based on zoning and not bad actions.
I would suggest council members run a criminal report on their areas. I think they would be surprised by the criminal behavior.
Can't work with the rich
The tax cuts for the rich and the Iraq war, started for the purpose of enhancing the rich, are the cause of the current financial situation in the United States.
The rich, being a small percentage of the population, own nearly everything. We have a president who has been trying to work with them to save the country from total default. He is the one they are now blaming for causing the situation they created.
They constantly disseminate hate information trying to regain power to finish the destruction.
People should wake up; at least 90 percent of the population should vote to reject their policies. Look at the data.
Robert Ray Lillie
Messing up the cleanup
One of my acquaintances couldn't stop talking about how awful things are, and how he couldn't wait to "get that bozo out of the White House."
His diatribe brought an image to my mind; the image is that of an elephant walking down Main Street. He strides along for eight long years producing copious amounts of dung.
President Barack Obama is elected to clean up the mess left behind by the beast. He has made a good start, but is severely handicapped by the elephant's handlers who try to thwart his every effort to clean up the dung heaps.
Worst of all are two circus midgets called senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul who scamper all about and complain loudly about how bad the stink is.
Let me suggest that if these Republican enablers and their fellow obstructionists would get out of the way or even lend the president a hand from time to time the American people and the public square would be better off.