Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Nov. 3

Abortion views of independent

I witnessed firsthand a bizarre spectacle during the 6th District KET debate as Bill Goodman asked Andy Barr five times if he could make exemptions in his pro-life stance with regard to rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother.

Not once did Barr give a straight yes or no answer. Instead, he tossed words like "infanticide" and "gender selection" that had no place in answering a simple question.

We do NOT give legitimacy to rape in our society.

We do NOT give legitimacy to incest in our society.

We do NOT condemn a woman to die because the life she carries threatens her own.

Any position that goes against these three principles goes against women.

To suggest that a woman be forced to carry to term her attacker's child, or that the attacker be allowed the rights of a father, is a moral outrage. If my daughter had been attacked and made pregnant by a sociopathic monster, the last things I want are for her to have to bear that burden against her will and for her attacker to hang around my house calling me "dad."

A woman made pregnant by incest suffers greater, because she has been victimized by a member of her family. A woman carrying a child that will threaten her life has a right to preserve her own life.

I am a pro-condom candidate. Why? Because we forget that men are the cause of women getting pregnant. If men show more responsibility in the proper use of contraceptives, it can reduce abortion to only the extreme emergencies described above.

Randolph Vance

Candidate, Congress 6th District

Proud of Thomas

We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to elect Reggie Thomas as our representative in the 88th Kentucky House district.

I have known Reggie and his wise and caring wife, Lynda, for nearly 15 years. We became friends when their children were enrolled in the school where I served as principal. Reggie always did a superb job in chairing committees, facilitating the work of volunteers and bringing everyone together to accomplish a common goal. His leadership capacity and his commitment of service to our community are exemplary.

We should all be extremely proud that this Lexington native and Bryan Station graduate earned degrees from Dartmouth and Harvard Law and chose to come back here to raise his family, practice law, teach college and strengthen this community. We are, indeed, fortunate to have the opportunity to entrust someone of his character and experience to represent us in the legislature.

Tom Jones


Spires needed

The constituents of the 3rd council district deserve a representative who will be responsive to their concerns. My ideal councilperson would do more than attend the regular council meetings but also take a proactive role in garnering constituent feedback, responding to constituent concerns and maintaining an active presence throughout the district. No-shows and non-responses are not acceptable. We deserve better.

I am confident that Stephanie Spires is the voice we need here in the 3rd District. Spires' dedication to our community is second to none. And throughout this campaign, she has demonstrated an aptitude for listening and building consensus, a commitment to a flourishing and safe downtown and a vision of downtown that will encourage young professionals to put down roots here in the 3rd District. Spires is a fresh, progressive voice for downtown and I hope you will join me in voting for her this Nov. 6.

Clint Morris


Unhappy with Chandler

Then and now: Back then a Chandler in state and D.C. government meant great work for the Kentucky people. Now, Ben Chandler is doing things to Kentucky people.

He and the Obama administration have put thousands of miners out of work with their war on coal. Coal keeps our lights on. His party's platform voted in same-sex marriage and murder on demand (with abortion).

If grandfather Happy Chandler were with us today, he would be very unhappy with grandson Ben. We must act for Happy and all Kentuckians. Send Ben home.

Let's send Andy Barr a real Kentuckian with Kentucky values, to Washington. Andy will bring real representation to the 6th congressional district and all Kentuckians. He will work to restore the things that Kentuckians have lost under Chandler.

Bob McCray


Romney un-Christian

Good Chirstians keep ignoring Mitt Romney's history, which violates everything Christians stand for.

Unlike other Christian businessmen such as James Cash Penney and Orville Redenbacher who didn't violate Christian principles, Romney trampled them which included ripping off the American taxpayer on a number of occasions. If people were to closely examine some of his deals, they'd know this.

The radar of people currently looking for work or those who work in manufacturing must have gone off when, during the Oct. 3, debate he called for open trade with South America. That is political speak for sending American jobs to another country. In case he's elected, those who asked the Romneys for help need to watch the video at MotherJones.com and pack for South America. It won't be what they're accustomed to here, but at least it's a roof over their heads

Robin Osgood


Mormonism an issue

Lawmakers need to leave their religious beliefs at the door when they enter the halls of the legislature. Unfortunately, this mandate is often ignored. Some Kentucky lawmakers insist on trying to include creationism in the science curriculum in denial of the overwhelming evidence our planet is over 4 billion years old.

A belief that the world was created a little over 6,000 years ago is fine as a religious tenet but it has no place in the lawmaking process. Teaching about religion is an important part of the educational process. Almost every major religion includes some kind of creation mythology. That doesn't make them literally true.

When John Kennedy was running for president, opponents questioned whether he would answer to the pope or the people. Kennedy held a nationally televised press conference to assure us his obligation was to the Constitution. Mitt Romney might want to do the same thing.

David Hamblin


Conservative, liberal

I am very conservative. I'm patriotic, spiritual, firmly hold to our country's motto, e pluribus unum and strongly support capitalism and our free-market economy. I am slow and careful about changing positions. I feel our government has the responsibility to protect each citizen's right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That has to include the right to assemble, bear arms, speak, worship, marry and have families in ways that are personally meaningful and, at the same time, respectful of others. Are these not basic and traditional American values?

Compared to the rest of the world, this is all pretty progressive stuff. Being "conservative" in America should mean we support the brash liberal heritage we have introduced into the world and continue to nurture through an imperfect and tumbling democracy.

Our lives, actions and thoughts give words meaning, not the other way around.

Joseph P. Fox


Abortion politics

U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh, R-Ill., has stated that a woman does not need an abortion if pregnant and her life is in danger. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., believes that a woman who has been raped can't get pregnant.

Mitt Romney doesn't believe in abortion for these reasons, although he flips, and promises no legislation on abortion if elected.

My daughter has a metabolic condition that would take her life if she were pregnant. She is married and productive to society. What about her rights?

Back off, big government. Drop the campaign issue; sometimes a woman needs a choice. We love children in this country, but what if your daughter or loved one was in the above circumstances?

W. Frank Burberry