Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor. April 13

There should be no dispute, Hands On broke the law

I have been rather shocked at the recent flurry of letters to the editor extolling Hands on Originals' supposed right to deny service to individuals based on their sexual orientation.

To me, that demonstrates a truly astounding lack of understanding among city residents about our local anti-discrimination ordinance.

As the Herald Leader reported, "Since 1999, city law has forbidden discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodation — including the sale of goods — on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, old age, sexual orientation or gender identity."

In other words, no business in Fayette County has the right to deny the sale of goods to a group based on sexual orientation. Period.

If residents are uncomfortable with the law, they have the right to try to change it.

But to simply ignore it and believe that the company "had the right" to do what it did is not only incorrect, it is sadly misinformed.

Jason Hope


The persecuted

The church and the Bible have always been the two greatest stumbling blocks to the emancipation of slaves, women and GLBT people. I'm sick to death of these narrow-minded religious bigots who think they are entitled to special treatment. How dare they act like they're the ones being persecuted.

Johnny Spurlock


Not a violation

Housing is a human right, as is employment and public accommodations. But I see no human rights being violated by Hands On Originals by refusing to go against their beliefs or principals by selling a product that is non-essential and available in many locations around the city.

If that is denying the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization of Lexington its human rights, then Fox News is denying my human rights as a liberal free-thinking American every time it's on the air. In fact, all I have to do is change the channel. (I still have that right).

I commend Fayette County Public Schools and the University of Kentucky withholding renewing business with Hands On Originals until the Human Rights Commission has ruled on the matter. It is for issues like this that we have a Human Rights Commission.

If the commission rules in favor of Hands On Originals, Fayette County Schools and the University of Kentucky have the right to refuse doing business with them out of a sense of solidarity, or principle, or for any other reason they choose. But not, in my opinion, for a human rights violation.

And if the Human Rights Commission rules in favor of GLSO, I will be very surprised.

Richard Haley


Good business

If you have ever viewed a t-shirt with a message you have trouble explaining to your children or grandchildren, and having to do so with great embarrassment, you would express your thanks to Blaine Adamson. He is absolutely correct in doing business as it works for him.

Stay the course, Adamson. I doubt you will see much change in your sales.

I hope whoever hears this human rights complaint has the courage to take a stand for the private business owner and dismisses this frivolous complaint.

Barbara Thornton


Government intrusion

Here we go again, more restrictions of private enterprise by the government.

In 1983 I started a business with very few funds. I spent much time and effort trying to survive. There were many 12- to 14-hour days.

Had to do the marketing and promotion that was needed, the account paperwork that gets involved, the financial aspects, which requires more time, the legal aspects of owning a business, the license requirements needed, the taxes involved, etc., etc.

I worked hard to get customers. I ran into some potential customers whom, after speaking with them, I felt it better not to do business with.

But I had that option, for that potential customer had nothing to do with my effort to start a business. I felt I had a choice to deny work and potential profit from that potential customer.

I'm glad I'm retired. I can't imagine someone or groups of someones telling me who I have to do business with, for their good and not mine.

I feel sorry for any small business that isn't allowed to make its own decisions — especially with government showing its intrusive face again.

Art Herman


Players: Stay at UK

Anthony Davis, Terrence Jones, Doron Lamb and the rest of the 2012 NCAA basketball champion players are anticipating early entry into the NBA Draft.

They are great, but how great? Perhaps we could tell if they stayed in college and made the program the very best.

Coach John Wooden did this at UCLA, and there is no reason Coach John Calipari would not do the same if his players would stay for more than one or two seasons.

I believe most of our previous championship teams were somewhat more mature than these "one and done" players. This year was an exception.

So, these players should give some thought to the coaches and others who believed in them and stick around for another year or so.

The rewards on the court may be somewhat better than anticipated, but don't forget academics. Their future will rely on it.

Herb Petit


Biases against Calipari

John Calipari — coach of the year. Why hasn't he been awarded this honor? Let's take a quick look at this past year:

■ He recruited the nation's best recruiting class for the thhird straight year.

■ He brought these very talented freshmen here and taught them team concept basketball.

■ His team went undefeated in Rupp Arena.

■ His team went undefeated in the Southeastern Conference regular season.

■ He and his team brought back to Kentucky its eighth national championship.

Why hasn't he won the national coach of the year award?

If it were Tom Izzo, Mike Krzyzewski, Roy Williams and the most unlikely candidate who has actually won it this year, Bill Self, it would have happened.

It just goes to show anyone out there can win this award for doing less than the most deserving, our Coach Cal.

Marty Fields


No more free road

I recently saw on the news that Lexington was going to start catching "free roaders." These are the people that register their vehicles in another state but live in Kentucky.

Just imagine the money that we lose, but this is another one of the ways that people of this nature have learned to get something for nothing.

Mary Roser