Column did not need to use coarse language
Regarding Rich Copley's article on Kentucky women, I found the language to be disrespectful and offensive.
Kicking someone's backside is an act of abusive domination, undeserving of admiration and certainly not praiseworthy.
Describing notable Kentuckians in this manner is insulting to their characters and reputations.
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Also, the repeated use of the a-word is distasteful. Even my 6-year-old grandson understands the differences between acceptable/polite language and what he calls "potty-talk."
Herald-Leader standards are not the same as Rolling Stone magazine's and should reflect your readership. The language in this article is inappropriate for a family newspaper.
The Herald-Leader should be ashamed of the article by Rich Copley, "Meet kick-ass Kentucky women past and present." I believe an apology is due.
The more the public reads articles with profanity, perhaps they accept the way it is. There are many citizens of Kentucky who are dignified, well-educated and astute who do not condone trashy speech.
Helen P. Chenault
Politicians don't care
I have called several Kentucky politicians and left messages that are not returned, emails that are answered by their staff, if they even get answered.
Over the past four years I have tried to contact many, including Gov. Steve Beshear's office, only to be told they could not do anything.
The concerns I was trying to bring to light would have kept many Kentucky families from going through what I have been through.
They tell us to get out and vote, that our voice makes a difference; however, that ends the day the poll closes. All they want is our vote to get them in office so that they can do what they want to.
Why doesn't our voice count after that? Guess they only care about what they think and not about all voters. Then they wonder why voter turnout drops. Maybe it's because other voters like me are tired of not being listened to.
There are other things than the budget that need to be fixed in the state of Kentucky. Unfortunately none of the politicians or their helpers I contacted, care about the issues I bring to them. Guess they don't care about kids or their families like they claim.
Naming the team
What should we call this year's basketball team?
They were undefeated in Southeastern Conference play. That's incredible.
They won more games than any UK team in history. That's incredible.
They won the national championship. That's incredible.
They accomplished all of these things by starting three freshmen and two sophomores. Of the seven players they used, four were freshmen, two were sophomores and one a senior. That's incredible.
What better name for this year's team than — The Incredibles.
If Sen. David Williams fears his fellow Kentuckians, he has no one to blame except himself. But I'm sure the Indiana casinos would welcome him with open arms.
Our three heads of government have worked very hard to earn the following grades: Gov. Steve Beshear — D; House Speaker Stumbo — E; and Senate President Williams — F.
And the legislature cost $60,000 a day for their failures.
State on losing end
Looks like once again Kentucky has shot itself in the foot. Casino gambling has once again been voted down before it can get put on the ballot in November.
The state of Ohio has four casinos in the making. Toledo, Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland will all have casinos up and running by the end of 2023 if all goes according to their plans.
With their growing success will be tens of thousands of Kentucky dollars being spent at their gaming tables and slots.
Just like Indiana casinos, the casinos in Ohio will love Kentucky money.
Do Kentucky folks not realize the thousands of dollars spent on basketball pools, bingo, and blackjack at festivals and fundraisers is also gambling?
Why do we keep other states employed with our dollars? Let's put Kentucky to work.
Each time the gambling issue is brought up, it is voted down. Why? The naysayers say it would increase crime, but it basically boils down to if a gambler has $5 the horse industry wants that money, as do bookies.
One casino alone employs 1,000 to 1,500 workers; think what three or four would do. The wages are very good. I guarantee if they would put the issue on the ballot it would pass with flying colors.
We have servicemen and women and thousands more of unemployed in Kentucky who would jump at the chance for a reputable job with good wages.
Let's put Kentucky to work. Let's share the wealth.
Teen births and religion
A recent news article cited a nationwide drop in teen birthrates. Although the drop is commendable, is it more than coincidental that of the 13 states with the highest teen birthrate, only New Mexico and Arizona, are outside the area commonly referred to as the Bible Belt, the good ol' South?
Of course, organized religion inside the Bible Belt has fought a systematic battle against educating young people about sex, Planned Parenthood and contraception.
Could this be why teen birthrates in the Bible Belt are still two to three times higher than in better-educated areas of the country like New England?
But what more could you expect from an organization (religion) that is itself based on the perpetuation of ignorance?
Jesus said a person must accept heaven as "a little child" to obtain salvation. The difference between a person as a small child and the adult he eventually becomes is the amount of knowledge he gains.
So Jesus is saying he needs you ignorant enough to accept the fantasies set forth in the Bible, just as a child accepts the fantasies of Santa Claus and the Easter bunny.
Besides the unwanted pregnancies, in Kentucky we taxpayers have allowed our state government to perpetuate additional ignorance by subsidizing the Creation Museum and the Ark Park.
We here in the good ol' South love to revel and wallow in our ignorance, let religion dictate government and pay the price for doing so.
William S. Watts