Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: April 27

Consider Hands On from another perspective

Suppose the Rev. Fred Phelps came to town for the Lexington Pride Festival and wanted Hands On Originals to print 500 shirts that read "God Hates Fags."

Knowing owner Blaine Adamson, I'd say he'd refuse that order. And if he did, would the good mayor and all the sign wavers and boycotters then support him?

See, you can't always have it both ways. Things that make you go "Hmmm?"

Tyler K. Oliver


Dump Starbucks

I have just learned that Starbucks Corporation has begun a public campaign to rewrite our marriage laws to recognize same-sex marriage. I was shocked to hear of a major corporation willing to alienate a large portion of its constituents for a political agenda.

I have decided that I will no longer buy my coffee at Starbucks — there are plenty of community coffeehouses that both support my values and need my business. While there's little I can do alone to make Starbucks reconsider its position, together we can make a statement. There are many in our community, I know, who believe in marriage and would be deeply offended to know that a portion of every cup of Starbucks coffee is used to lobby for same-sex marriage.

It's time to dump the Starbucks habit, at least for my family. And I invite others to join me by learning more at Dumpstarbucks.com.

Ron Highley


Church sign selfish

I noticed a church sign that, to me at least, in the religious sense made no sense at all. It said "If God asks for only 10% then why should the IRS ask for more than 10%?"

I do realize that the words were laid out a bit "tongue in cheek," however I believe that the underlying message is cruel, callous and incredibly selfish, especially considering that it was a church sign.

Many of the Republican conservative religious right persuasion of today resent the thought that the government does some redistribution of their hard-earned wealth. It takes their money through taxes and gives it to people the GOP views as undeserving in the form of welfare, food stamps, government housing and other programs.

Those claiming to be Christians obeying the God of the Bible are told in the Bible in no uncertain terms to help the needy. The U.S. government takes some of the taxes that it collects and helps the needy as no other institution would have the power or revenue to do.

When I see a church sign that says "if God asks for only 10% then why should the IRS ask for more than 10%" what I see is a church so selfish that it wants to take money from the needy and keep it for itself. That's why in the religious sense the sign made no sense.

Phil Greer


No pay for legislature

Question: Why, if someone does not finish his/her job in the time allotted, does he/she get paid extra to finish it? Maybe if our legislators got no pay for special sessions they would be more motivated to finish their job in the regular session.

In these difficult economic times taxpayers do not need the extra expense of $60,456 per day because legislators did not do their job in a timely manner. There are many more urgent uses for this money.

Another question: How can one man — and why would he do so — block voting on a bill that was already agreed to by both houses? It certainly shows David Williams' true colors: All for Williams and to heck with the rest of the state.

Beth Graves


McConnell's meddling

I see that Sen. Mitch McConnell has acted to influence a business contract, yet he continues to complain about "big government" interference in the free enterprise system.

The Herald-Leader reported that he had recently visited Olive Hill, no doubt to acknowledge the accolades of management and workers at the Ashland Sales and Service Co. He had used his political influence to eliminate their competition from Federal Prison Industries. Ashland's complaint was that prisoner wages were lower than the local wage rate and thus unfair competition. I see their point, but here are ways to balance those wage rates.

One way would be for Prison Industries to use the local wage rate in its bid; the difference between that and prisoner wages could be used to reduce other costs to the prison system and, ultimately, to taxpayers. There may be other effective procedures to accommodate this activity, but as it stands now Ashland Sales has no competition. This is not how the free enterprise system is supposed to work.

Obviously, prisoners need a trade and work experience when they are released if they are to find employment rather than return to crime. Prison Industries is one example that helps supply this need.

Now, if I were suspicious of actions by local politicians I might suspect that the senator reasoned that: prisoners can't vote, but the people in Olive Hill sure can. I wouldn't be surprised to see him once again in Olive Hill, just before his next election in 2014.

John Johnson


Grab a cup or fight

Although the public no longer supports the war on drugs, our government is addicted to waging it.

The failed war on drugs is a war against citizens and an attempt by government to control every aspect of our lives. We have become desensitized to seeing storm-trooper-style raids where police wear combat gear and burst into homes to get a small amount of marijuana.

Seventy-eight percent of citizens support legalizing medical marijuana and 51 percent of Americans support legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes, yet the government ignores the will of the voter in favor of expanding its power. Now they want to make "imitation marijuana" illegal, as well as bath salts, and cold medicine.

Where does it stop? It doesn't. That's the point. It won't stop until every American is forced to urinate in a cup every day and the government has total control over us all.

It's up to freedom-loving citizens to put a stop to this nonsense by speaking out, and fighting back.

William Hurt


Done with one and done

As a Lexington resident and University of Kentucky basketball fan in the 1980s, I respected and enjoyed extending standing ovation "thank yous" to senior players for their years of effort at Rupp Arena's Senior Day.

Coach John Calipari has rendered that UK academic exercise obsolete in favor of one-and-done freshmen. We were boldly reminded of this during the Baylor game as he returned the injured Anthony Davis to the game during a 20-point lead. Why, asked TV announcers. Answer: To insure that the NBA understood Davis was just fine for this year's draft.

Calipari chose a freshman's market value over UK's next game and future seasons. It is time for UK to be run as a university once again.

Eric Gustafson

Wilton, Conn.

All electric solar bliss

To all who scream about energy costs: We recently installed solar panels on our small house. We are all-electric, and last year's April bill was $99.02. This year's bill was $9.35.

Just saying.

Loren and Dorothy Tice