Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: April 17

Support for marriage doesn't make one a hater

Let's go ahead and get a few things out in the open about the Proposition 8 vote that took place in California in 2008 and the very odd photo sessions that recently took place with people having their mouths taped and "NO H8" written on their faces.

First off, the people of California spoke loudly that marriage was a scared vow between a man and a woman. And even if ACT-UP, Lexington Fairness and other groups don't like it, it was the will of the people. It has been voted on in several states.

It is a blatant lie that Proposition 8 equates to hate. That has been the sly and subtle marketing campaign of late to convince the uneducated that somehow standing for traditional marriage makes you a hater, a homophobe or a bigot.

A majority of us believe that physiology and biology show us a man was made to mate with a woman. But we couldn't care less what people do behind closed doors.

And keeping marriage traditional does not suppress anybody's rights; it simply maintains a legal precedent and continues what marriage has been for hundreds of years. Gays and lesbians can work anywhere, move anywhere, live with anybody and travel wherever they want. Nobody is restricting how much money they can make. And, most large companies now provide for their partners.

This is no civil rights issue; this is a minority trying to create a new legal status for their chosen lifestyle.

Jean Wycoff


It's, like, um, you know

People talk a lot, but not about what we want to hear. We hear "OK?" and "You know," and that great verbal filler "and, uh," when we pray to hear good, clear, courteous English.

Talkers tend to start sentences with "And ..." By doing so, they make one long rambling sentence out of many. They are word-hogs and won't let a thought rest.

Example: "And so, you know, the politicians just can't get anything done. OK? And, uh, you know ..."

There is a lot of noise in that talk. It got this way from the talk of sports players on the radio. These were kids mostly not out of their teens, probably from an undistinguished high school career, fresh into the spotlight of broadcasting. As a result, good American English has been slaughtered.

On the other hand, people have found a new freedom to express their opinions, considered or ill-considered. However, their flippant ease of speech is filled with common junk; their baby is covered up with verbiage.

Please, say a thought. Use a period. They're free.

A second benevolence is never say "OK?" after a declarative sentence, or at all. It isn't. The third benevolence is never say "you know" unless they actually do know.

The fourth good tip is put your brain in gear before you engage your tongue: no "and, uh" to fill up space. I assure you, good sound and good sense make good listening.

Keith A. Williams


Don't rush to judgment

I was very impressed with syndicated columnist Mona Charen's response to the Trayvon Martin shooting. This should not be used as a political or racial issue. Let's find the truth before we make any hasty decisions; there are always two sides to every issue.

Look at the people who are leading these marches, most of them have shady backgrounds. I hope our society realizes this and lets the state of Florida handle this case.

Pete Herrera

Van Lear

Ready for development

The editorial on March 25 saying the mountains need change only says the same old stuff as well.

Coal got us on our feet and all the paper seems to want is to knock us off our feet.

Appalachian Wireless is from here; no Lexington help there. Jim Booth, who seems to get derided in this paper, has 2,200 working for him here; definitely no Lexington help there. Our senior senator honored him recently in the Senate.

All that this paper seems to be for is total shutdown. Why won't someone down there work for us in the same way?

I'm proud of where I'm from, but I don't think that pride is in Lexington.

I know where Greg Stumbo lives, I hauled coal out of there from 1993 to '96. There are many places where that development can be done just like that. They've done it in Knott County at the Sportsplex. They've done it at Hazard. Greg Stumbo can brag on living on an old strip mine; he's from here, proud of it. The old horse farms ain't done nothin' in these parts anyway.

Booth did something with his education and put his money where his heart is.

I believe that this paper is putting their money where their mouth is, because their heart sure ain't here.

Ray Davis

Hager Hill

Proud of police

I'm so proud of Lexington's finest; the professionalism, restraint and understanding they showed.

Our chief on the street, on the line, calming the berserk fans. Stones, bricks, beer cans (full) and bottles raining down on them. Fires, gunshots, spit on, cursed.

Our police and firefighters held the line and got it done as professionals, and always will with the outstanding leadership we are blessed with.

Restraint is the key word. They showed incredible restraint and saved the city from what could have been a catastrophe. An embarrassing catastrophe.

The mayor was where he should have been celebrating our great win assured that our police and fire personnel would do what we expect them to do. Put their lives on the line for us.

Public employees do that, instinctively, traditionally. Always have, always will. No matter what they have to swallow, sacrifice, give up. I know because I'm a city manager, always will be.

Paul McCauley


Trivial journalism

What started out as kind of cute in "Copious Notes" on page F1 of the April 8 issue deteriorated into silliness and then downright idiocy on page F6. Rich Copley went from "kick-butt" to "kick-ass" in his column.

And then we got a full column attributed to people from "Kentucky for Kentucky" on Facebook from its "regular and entertaining mentions of people it deems 'Kick-Ass Kentuckians.'" This is all seemingly about females who deserve merit.

From a horse to the composers of Happy Birthday to a poet to an actress to Rosie the Riveter to a singer to others, all were deemed "Kick-Ass" Kentuckians. Even Carrie Nation was deemed so. So why did you not give Gov. Martha Layne Collins the same designation? Did you think she might protest?

We certainly do. You are truckling to the culture and using the argot of the day to fill Sunday pages. Can't you think of anything better to do?

If you think this is readable and important journalism, it is not. It is only an example of how trivializing worthy people is now seen as proper on Facebook and other social media.

Shame on you.

Bill and Charlotte Ellis