Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Sept. 29

Terrorism has been the norm for Native Americans since 1492

Sept. 24 was National Native American Day. They were the great people who first lived on this land now known as America. They loved and treated their Mother Earth with respect. About everything they owned has been stolen from them. The land has been damaged and in some areas destroyed.

The great Cherokee Nation who tried to help and work with the white man over 100 years ago was stabbed in the back and betrayed for a few pieces of gold, not silver. Does this sound familiar?

During the battle of New Orleans, the Cherokees saved Andrew Jackson only to have him and his friends stab them in the back. Not much different than today.

This low-life Jackson did not prevent them from being dragged from their homes and marched over the Trail of Tears in 1838. Out of approximately 16,000 souls who began the winter march, about half died from exposure, disease and outright murder.

A soldier who was made to go on the Trail of Tears wrote many years later in his diary that it was the most disgusting thing he ever witnessed. He said many of the Cherokee ladies who were pregnant were bayonetted through the stomach and left to die.

My wife's ancestors marched. Our son is named Joseph after the last warring Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce tribe.

Fighting terrorism since 1492.

Bill Manuel


Outlaw the circus

So the circus has come and gone.

Do the parents who take their children to the circus tell them how they train the animals to perform? Or do they just leave out that part? I have read that physical punishment is often their training method.

Circuses have been outlawed in some cities. Why doesn't Lexington do the same?

Lucille Taylor


Personnel board political

Perhaps I, along with Clint Eastwood and Sen. John McCain, have become just another angry old man. But this has been fueled by yet another case where state government has shirked its responsibility.

I understand that the Kentucky Personnel Board removed an operations manager in the corrections department when it determined the state merit employment system had been usurped, once again. The individual in question had been recommended by House Democratic Majority Leader Rocky Adkins and then the corrections commissioner, LaDonna Thompson, put him in place of the person originally chosen for the job. Of course, everyone denies political pressure had anything to do with this, and even the Personnel Board decided Adkins did nothing inappropriate.

So what we have here is a situation where an original merit employee was fired; a political hack was put in his place but subsequently was removed because it was determined that the hiring was "inappropriate." Yet no one was determined to be responsible for this dubious activity; not the commissioner, not the House Democrat and certainly not the board members who voted just to forget the whole thing.

It should be noted that Adkins even refused to honor the subpoena for the hearing on this subject, claiming that it was improperly served. His disregard of a legal subpoena also apparently had no consequences. "No problem here folks, nothing to see, just move along, please."

And the people in Frankfort wonder why they are held in such low regard by the public.

John Johnson


Biblical view of marriage

It's time to read your Bible again, says Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson in the Sept. 15 Herald-Leader ("Bishop writes of what he knows: gay marriage"), so I did and present the following.

Trying to understand his view is not easy for me. He says, "Not only did I love my wife, but I loved being married." So he divorced her, remarries and this time he is the wife. "Whosoever shall put away his wife saving for the cause of fornication causeth her to commit adultery," Matthew 5:32.

So what is a wife? Webster dictionary says, "a married woman." And if I counted correctly the word wife appears in the Bible 396 times and each time as a woman. The word husband appears 120 times and each time as a man.

Earl H. Stewart