Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: April 14

Politicians betray citizens' interests in so many ways

Five dollars is added to my telephone bill each month for not using long distance. What citizen in his or her right mind would agree to pay a company for not using its service?

Easy answer: the elected citizens in Congress.

Granted, that tyrannically assessed $5 is a small sum, but a most dangerous mind-set enabled its existence.

That same mind-set forced a two-thirds majority of dissenting Americans to accept Obamacare.

A more recent example was John McCain when he stood on the floor of the Senate and implored America to bomb Syria.

When McCain called for those bombs, where were his brain and oath of office? Why were those two essentials barred from the fray? Which bomb maker instructed him to make that call?

America has a debt of $16 trillion, a current deficit of $1.3 trillion, and she must borrow 40 percent of the $3.5 trillion in her household budget just to make ends meet.

Moreover, 36,000 of her children have been killed or maimed in 10 years of misguided wars. Despite those alarming facts, McCain wants to bomb another sovereign nation that poses no threat to America.

Why do politicians in Congress, especially the long-standing incumbents like McCain, consistently demonstrate such vivid examples of rank stupidity and pretend not to see them or their deleterious consequences?

Simple, like the infamous betrayer Judas Iscariot, they have betrayed themselves, the citizenry who elected them and dear ol' America for 30 pieces of silver.

Shafter Bailey


Prepare to pay

Let's suppose you are a fan of the Wildcats, but all the way back to Cawood Ledford you've had no use for television. Didn't need it; don't want it. Then, however, your Cats are in the NCAA Tournament and you want to watch Anthony Davis with your grandson. So, you go to a store which, amazingly, gives you a TV. Free.

Now, instead of wanting a TV, you had a heart attack. And, you have no insurance. Up to that point you never needed it, right?

With the Republican rants against big government, taxes and entitlements, you'd think they would propose some alternative to fix Obamacare and lower costs. No, their plan is just get rid of it.

I have a job and pay for insurance, but under the Republican plan I would pay for all those emergency room visits and procedures, without respect for a patient's ability to pay. I'm stuck with unchecked increases in the cost of health care.

My proposed health care plan: We all get elected to Congress. That way we'd each qualify for the no-cost health and retirement benefits provided to members for life.

Brandon Nuttall


Slight to mayor

I would like to commend the Herald-Leader and Scott Sloan for the reporting on the conflict between the Gay and Lesbian Services Organization and Hands On Originals T-shirt company. I also commend Fayette County schools Superintendent Tom Shelton and the University of Kentucky for their responses.

However, I do take issue with Sloan using the phrase, "who is gay," when reporting Mayor Jim Gray's strong statement. This was not only unnecessary, as the mayor has been open about his sexual orientation, it implied that he was biased on this issue and thus weakened his statement. No one else was identified by his sexual orientation.

This is not a gay or straight issue or even a religious issue. It is an issue of equality and fairness, and that is what Gray's words reflected.

Dorie Hubbard


Customer lost

Add my name to the list of those who will no longer do business with Hands On. We do not need another example of discrimination, persecution and exclusivity. Evolve, already.

Ann Longsworth


Mayor should stay out

I object to Mayor Jim Gray using his power and office in partnership with the GLSO to stigmatize and demonize private citizens. And that's what he did. The message has been clear: you will comply with our views, or we will destroy you.

I've no problem if Hands On Originals loses business because of its views, but it isn't the mayor's place to publicly denounce legal activities of private businesses.

Hands On Originals has policies on what they won't print — for strip clubs, inappropriate fraternity shirts, cuss words, sexual innuendos or anything else they deem inappropriate or events they don't want to promote.

Rick L. Teachey Jr.


Get rid of it

Could I see the hands of the people who know how much pollution is created when making one T-shirt?

The best thing for the entire community is to stop this promotional practice altogether.

Duke Martin


Liberals: No tolerance

Tolerance denotes not only an acceptance of an individual who does something you believe is wrong but an acceptance of the act as well. Liberals do not like the word compassion because it denotes empathy while not recognizing the sin as acceptable.

Liberals want to continually push the envelope. I am not surprised that this newspaper took the stance it did against Hands On Originals because it has long ago ceased being an objective source of newsgathering.

As a public school educator, I am embarrassed by the cowardly stance of the Fayette County schools and Superintendent Tom Shelton. His action shows the kind of intolerance and double standards the left is famous for. Like the University of Kentucky and most liberal-leaning institutions of higher learning, they are teaching young minds how to march in lockstep toward the end of the cliff like lemmings.

What did this company do so wrong? It simply exercised its right to not do business with a group that went against its core religious beliefs.

Intolerance and double standards, Mayor Jim Gray? I look forward to the day when, as in Gray's words, "People no longer have patience" for Gray's kind of attitude anymore.

Rob Hall


Courageous stand

If a company is penalized for standing strong for something they feel is important, where will that lead our country? If the mighty dollar is always the bottom line, we become a country of untrustworthy people easily swayed by whoever is offering the most money.

It takes tremendous courage to be unswayed by criticism for something you believe is true, even if it's unpopular.

Ariel Staryszak

Monticello, Minn.