Letters to the Editor

Letters to editor: Nov. 21

Homeless die on our streets due to lifestyles, neglect

During 2011, 36,897 homeless individuals died in America, and at least a dozen of those died in Lexington from their grueling lifestyles and lack of basic needs.

Statistics reveal that homeless people live 30 years less than the general population, due to the lack of adequate medical care for chronic health conditions or severe mental illness, high incidence of drug and alcohol abuse and the harsh conditions under which they exist, as well as the increased risk of victimization and murder on our streets across America.

Recently, a severely mentally ill man in a wheelchair suffering from loss of bowel and bladder movement was discharged from area hospitals three times to the streets with his remaining organs shutting down, to eventually die here in Lexington.

He was not just another number — he was a son, a brother, a fellow human being and a child of God— who died alone without comfort or dignity.

It has been said that the greatness of a nation is determined by how it cares for its most vulnerable citizens. The same goes for a city that aspires to greatness.

Is this the compassionate city that we desire for our citizens with no address? We can and should do better Lexington, regardless of one's status in life. We must do better. Rest in peace, Charlie.

Billie Mallory

Social worker


Not much of a perk

In response to a recent letter writer who complained about about state employees getting paid time off to vote: Did he ask his state employee friends when was the last time they received a pay raise or cost of living raise?

I can answer for them and say it has been years. So, if he wants to give up his raise or annual cost of living raise, he might get paid time off to vote.

Yes, I am a state employee and I am proud of it.

Roy Branam


Democracy in action

Yes, the election is over. We have elected a president and congressional delegates that we need to support and give them suggestions of our desires.

If you believe in democracy, curtail the complaining and moaning and give to the official in elected office constructive criticism. Become involved.

Pray or wish that they will lead us to a sustained path and to once again be a nation of moral values. How? Be proactive. Be involved. When was the last time you contacted an elected official? Do it.

Middle-class citizens will survive. Health care reform can work with adjustments. And with all sacrificing, we can get our budget in order and restore lost jobs.

The behavior during the election process was unspeakable. We need to put our hatred behind us and pull together so our enemies in the world see us survive as a beacon of light.

We need to silence the Donald Trumps who are self-serving, and work to grow our country into greatness again.

W. Frank Burberry


Embrace non-religious

Recognition and validation of Christians, Jews, Muslims and others of various faiths are well-meaning in attempts to be inclusive.

Republicans, Democrats, Independents and those disinterested in politics reach out to this religious majority.

There is, however, a minority overlooked, uncounted and rendered invalid. Reasonable people acknowledge the group which has its own history and tradition.

Some honestly struggle with faith and have doubts. They recognize religion but wrestle with it. Those in this minority are overlooked by the majority.

Agnostics (those not sure), secular humanists (those who profess more faith in mankind than they do in a higher power) and atheists (who reject religion altogether) or those who have lapsed or given up are totally ignored, rendering them invalid, unrecognized and voiceless.

It is imperative, if being inclusive is a mandate, to recognize, validate and count all.

The minority does exist and must be acknowledged and counted. That is truly inclusive.

Susan V. Bonner


Debate miscue

As the presidential election drew to a conclusion, the most memorable exchange which occurred was a zinger by President Barack Obama directed toward Gov. Mitt Romney.

It included a lesson on the characteristics of naval aircraft carriers (planes land on them) and submarines (travel under water).

Also references to outdated horses and bayonets as weapons of war were included in the president's lesson. Attempting to remain presidential, stoic Romney did not respond to the naval attack.

I wonder when was the last time the president set foot on a U.S. Naval ship in his four years as president, let alone providing a lecture on naval warfare?

Romney should have responded. This zinger will be his political shadow forever.

Douglas Pierson


Voting to spite Fox

As a political moderate who could be appealed to by Eisenhower-Nixon-Ford-Dole Republican candidates, I affirm that Fox's radio and television commentators repel me.

The Sean Hannitys, Rush Limbaughs, Mark Levins, Neil Borsts, Mike Savages and that afternoon nitwit on WLAP cost Mitt Romney 2 to 3 percent of the vote.

Many thinking people could not stomach the idea of smug bullies preening to us on Nov. 7. We voted Democrat to spite them.

There was a lot of schadenfreude wafting the morning after the election.

Fox should reflect on its commitment to these men. Honestly, the future of a two-party system in the United States depends a lot on whether that network will offer more appealing spokespersons.

President Barack Obama's supporters hope Fox makes no changes. Voters like me want a balanced dialogue without the vitriol.

John F. Lackey


McConnell, now what?

President Barack Obama is re-elected, Two years ago, our distinguished U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said his No. 1 priority was to make Obama a one-term president.

Well, for the past four years McConnell has forgotten about the needs of not only his constituents but also the country as a result of his botched attempt at making our president a one-term president.

What is his is No. 1 priority now?

Here is a suggestion: Why doesn't he finally do the work he was elected to do instead of continuing down the path of obstruction?

My hope is that he will put aside his smallness and work diligently on behalf of the citizens of the commonwealth of Kentucky.

Unless he would like for his constituents to make their No. 1 priority to be making this his last term as U.S. senator.

So Mitch, now what?

Henry Bell