Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor: Jan. 20

We shouldn't vote in fear while holding our noses

The memorial service for Gatewood Galbraith at the Carnegie Center on Jan. 12 would have pleased him. Gatewood had all the votes.

When Gatewood ran for office, I asked voters who liked and respected him if they would vote for him. Many answered, "Well, no, because he can't win."

They were right. He couldn't win unless the people who thought so highly of him voted for him. This successful ploy was used by both political parties warning people a vote for Gatewood was a lost vote.

His daughter Molly gave Kentuckians the best reason to vote for him for governor when she asked what he would do if he won. Gatewood said, "I would tell the people they are free. They don't have to be afraid anymore."

People are afraid of their own government. They are afraid of their politicians, who are afraid of the corporations who are no longer afraid of anyone.

Kentuckians knew Gatewood loved his country and his state. He believed everyone was equal and he had a bird dog's nose for hypocrisy and flushed it out.

Perhaps Frankfort would be a much different place if the voters had given him a turn because the political credo now is don't be too smart, too honest, too caring, or you won't get elected to serve the people.

Voting today is described as voting for the lesser of the two evils. And hold your nose. That is not voting with freedom. That is voting with fear.

Judy RembackiGeorgetown

Disturbing conclusions

The Jan. 5 commentary by The Washington Post's Courtland Milloy, "GOP mystique is a white thing," is the most ignorant and racist article I have ever read.

Begin with: "About 52 percent of white voters identify themselves as Republicans, compared with about 39 percent who say they are Democrats. ... Looks to me like those who call themselves Republicans have coalesced around nothing more than their whiteness. What else could it be? Certainly not economic self-interest."

Since slightly over half of white voters identify as Republicans they are racists, but 90 percent of blacks identify as Democrats and they are the norm? And as for economic self-interest, during the five years Democrats have controlled at least two of the three branches of government, national deficits have skyrocketed and unemployment has been at levels not seen since the Great Depression. Is someone a racist for not seeing this as economic success?

Milloy's ravings continued with: "So, while Wall Street rips off Main Street, Republicans are going around blaming African-Americans and Hispanics." I guess he means: 1. Wall Street is identified with Republicans; 2. Wall Street caused the recession; and 3. Republicans say the recession was caused by blacks and Hispanics, which I have never heard any Republican say.

Blaming Wall Street for the recession is naïve, as recent analyses blame it on government mandating that banks loan to people unable to repay their loans. As for Wall Street being identified with Republicans — the large Wall Street firms overwhelmingly support Democrats.

Norman JohnsonLexington

More than one passion

I never met Gatewood Galbraith. I admired from afar his tenacity about running for public office. I may have voted for him occasionally as a protest vote; however, my comments about Galbraith spring from being on a jury where he was representing a defendant.

In his opening statement he gave such an impassioned discussion on why a defendant must be considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt that I have never forgotten it.

So, while he had a passion for politics he also had a passion for defending the rights of the accused.

David TerryLexington

God, science in tandem

Would it be so hard to imagine faith and science going hand in hand?

It saddens me that so many people of faith are quick to use anger toward proponents of evolution. Equally, it saddens me to see the scientific community label so many of faith ignorant and foolish.

As a species of intelligent beings we have come so far in the past 600 years. As understanding of science and technology grows so rapidly, so does our faith.

Can one be inspired toward a scientific discovery without some form of faith? Is it even possible? Can one go to church and deny the science it took to erect said structure?

On the sub-atomic level there exists a great deal of empty space: positive charges, negative charges, spinning and clouding into elements and molecules, yet never moving astray from their definitive structures.

I wonder what inside these atoms and all this empty space keeps things together. These small building blocks are the bricks and mortar of all existence while a large percentage of them are sheer empty space. Yet, order maintains itself into this amazing beauty of life and all that we know to exist.

Perhaps God's plan is so amazing and wonderful it keeps this order? Is it so hard to imagine?

Science begins assumptively and ends conclusively. Faith in God begins conclusively and ends assumptively. I truly believe one cannot exist without the other. They compliment one another far more than they antagonize one another.

Zach AtkinsLexington

Go big on arena

My thoughts are so different from anything that has been discussed on the arena issue that I had to say something.

First, I believe the University of Kentucky should expand on its strength to have the most magnificent basketball arena in the country. No remake can do that democratically. We need a facility to comfortably seat 50,000 or more people. UK tickets are so desirable that I feel confident that all season seats would be sold. What the program gives back to Kentuckians is immeasurable.

Kentucky does not have a lot to brag about, but it does have its basketball tradition that should be available to all who want to participate. It is the commonwealth's institution.

Barbara Ellen CurtinLexington

Valuing human life

This week many across our nation will celebrate the sanctity of human Life.

As Charles Colson noted, "No one has the right in a free society to impose their will on anyone. All any citizen can do is contend for his/her point of view in the democratic process." As Christians we, like all others, have the right to propose a viewpoint of what we believe and why.

Both pro-life and pro-choice groups are passionate in their arguments. Regardless of your belief concerning abortion, I encourage all to view the short film 180 Movie, by Ray Comfort, which can be found on YouTube. As a Christian, I believe that every life should be treasured, even from the point of conception. This short film does an excellent job of putting into plain words how much we, as a society, should value human life.

To paraphrase Henry Miller, "Everything we shut our eyes to, everything we run away from, serves to defeat us in the end."

Please keep an open mind; take a few minutes out of your busy day to view this film.

Eddie K. MorrisMurray