Wikileaks under attack for telling hidden truths
The Aug. 26 column from Foreign Policy magazine about Julian Assange of Wikileaks was full of falsehoods.
Wikileaks released videos and documents that showed American helicopters murdering unarmed reporters on the streets of Iraq. Wikileaks is now under attack from the U.S. government for reporting those facts.
After the release of the video, our government arrested military whistle blower Bradley Manning and has held him in solitary confinement for the last two years without a trial, and they have tried to arrest Assange for releasing embarrassing truth about our government.
He is wanted for questioning in Sweden on alleged charges from having unprotected sex, and has not been charged with any crime. This is a ruse our government is using to extradite him to the United States.
Look at the case of U.N. weapons inspector Scott Ritter who told us that there were no weapons of mass destruction. After he went public with that fact he was soon facing child-sex charges.
Assange is doing the job our media will not do, he is releasing facts that show we are murdering innocent people across the world. We have a right to know the truth and Assange is showing us the truth.
We should all stand up for Assange and the right of reporters to be free from intimidation.
GOP vision of security
I heard Gov. Mitt Romney say that, "the role of government is to protect the American people."
In recent years, the Republican Party, especially the Tea Party core, has made it clear that this means protection against foreign threats (and anything else un-American) and against government itself. With this limited concept of security we can expect we would no longer need protection from:
Financial fraud, since Wall Street and banks would be free to gamble and cheat.
Pollution and contamination, since the Environmental Protection Agency would be shut down.
Harmful food, drugs and other products, since the Food and Drug Administration would be curtailed.
Dangerous roads and bridges, since funding for public projects would be slashed.
Gun violence, since the National Rifle Association would have no effective opposition (looks like we're already there).
Kookiness in education, since any powerful interest group would be able to compel Congress to institute instruction in theories, without concern of reasonability or scientific evidence.
Undesired election outcomes, since voter-ID laws would disenfranchise minority groups.
Hazards and abuses of the workforce, since unions and regulations would no longer impede corporate profits.
Government funding for public radio and television — need we go on?
Of course, all of this is necessary because we must balance the budget without daring to raise taxes on the wealthy and without curtailing an enormous military budget which does little for military personnel and plenty for the armaments industries and the congress members who represent them.
Gee, I feel safer already.
No concern for poor
The Republicans are treating us poor hardworking people as if we are third class. One of the reasons that we Democrats can't accomplish anything is because of the obstructionist Tea Party-conservative-libertarian Republicans on both the state and national levels.
They just don't want to compromise. Everything they do is always for the top one percent; who should be paying taxes on the 42 percent level.
The Republicans don't want to help put poor and middle classes back to work. They would just as soon see us waiting in the soup line as to create jobs in this country. Republicans are the reason the country is in such a mess and we keep voting them into office.
The only way we poor hardworking people can overcome the one percent and their Super PACs is to vote Democratic the next 60 years.
The distortions, revisionist history and blatant lies espoused at last week's GOP convention reflect poorly on the Republican ticket. It is, however, consistent with Mitt Romney's inconsistency.
Like a weather vane, he changes his positions, beliefs and values to suit the prevailing wind. Character counts when selecting our next leader. Re-elect Barack Obama.
Stacy V. Bearse
Truth by compromise
I could care less about leaning to the left or to the right. I believe in both rewarding initiative (individuality) and in providing basic social services (community).
These two elements working together made the American story possible.
Compromises can always be reached when government policy discussions are based on facts and rational thinking.
This particular election cycle it happens to be the Democrats who are striving to be rational. Truth is more important than blind allegiance to any political party or economic philosophy.
Let's support truth for a change.
Joseph P. Fox
The Republican Party has declared on its platform that it will protect fetal life even in the cases of rape and incest. Rape and incest are crimes.
Why should the victim be punished?
For example, if a 12-year-old girl is gang raped and becomes pregnant, would she be forced to continue the pregnancy?
Or what if a young girl is repeatedly raped by her father and becomes pregnant, would she have to have his baby?
This in itself child abuse. In Afghanistan a rape victim can be charged and convicted of adultery. Will the United States devolve to this level of misogyny?
Women of America, is this the leadership you want for yourselves or your daughters?
No more rebuilding
Every road, building and home in America should be brand new. The United States, it seems, is the only country in the world that gets rebuilt from the ground up every four years.
Right on cue at the finale of the Republican National Convention, Gov. Mitt Romney asked the American people to elect him president so he can — you guessed it — rebuild the country.
Sorry Romney, we're still recovering from a string of previously uncoordinated, frequently misguided, though all well-meaning rebuilding efforts stretching back to the edge of living memory.
GOP disobeying law
What happened to the Founding Fathers-supporting, constitutionalist-, law-and-order, eye-for-an-eye, tooth-for-a-tooth, warmongering, rich-folks-supporting, trickle-down-economics and "let 'em die for lack of health care" Republicans that we used to make fun of?
We have a health care bill that was passed by Congress, signed by the president and found to pass Constitutional muster by the Supreme Court, and Republican governors are running around saying that they are not going to enforce it.
Oh, for the good old days when, I believe, even Sen. Mitch McConnell knew he didn't have logic, common sense or human interest on his side.
You know, Republicans really are sore losers.
John Wolff Jr.
Don't knock healthy living
It has always been my view that we arrive in this world with nothing and exit the same way. If we are lucky, we are a member of a stable family, preferably with two parents, which is associated with less poverty and more educational opportunity. Being better educated routinely is an indicator of a healthier and longer life.
The portrayal of Rep. Paul Ryan as a self-centered, exercising fellow who cares nothing about the plight of the poor, sick and elderly, represents the worst of lies. Pursuing a healthful lifestyle and personal responsibility says nothing about one's empathy for the plights of others.
How cowardly not to mention some of the factors which have clear cause and effect with regard to being poor, sick or old.
If the USA could have fewer smokers, drinkers, druggers, overeaters and single parents, and more commitment to responsibility for themselves (much like Ryan), the burden for the truly needy would be lessened.
W. L. Dowden Jr.
TOM EBLEN COLUMNS
Tom Eblen's column describing the green recoveries of Greensburg and West Liberty following destructive tornados was inspiring.
Kudos to people who pick themselves up after disaster, and as they rebuild they make choices that are best for the planet, even if the choices cost them more at the outset. What wonderful examples of people who act, not out of bitterness, but out of loving kindness and loyalty to our Creator.
There may come a time that residents of these towns notice that their conservation efforts alone are not enough to slow climate change.
At that point, perhaps they will start demanding that their senators and representatives pass serious legislation to deal with climate change on a national level.
It would be sad if the whole country had to suffer destruction from tornados, heat waves, droughts, wildfires and rising sea levels before they would consider living in a greener fashion.
Rabbi Judy Weiss
Safe housing for all
I like Tom Eblen's goal to make Lexington the nation's healthiest city.
In addition to the exciting ideas he presented in his recent column, I would like to expand the focus on healthy living to include safe accessible housing where residents of all ages and abilities can thrive.
To understand how this can be accomplished, reference Ken Norwood's book, Rebuilding Community in America, available at the central library, and check the following web-sites: CoHousing.org; beyondsuburbia.com; edenalt.com and Visitability.org.
As cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead said: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
Tom Eblen's Aug. 20 column about Bill Edwards and his Chevy Chase Hardware was local coverage at its finest.
Edwards and his staff operate a business which can truly be called "a hardware store as it was meant to be." (Apology to Keeneland's slogan.)