Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: May 1

Redirect cuts away from hurting low-income families

As if low-income families don't face enough difficulty in regard to financial security, July will present Kentucky families with yet another roadblock.

By drastically reducing funding by $57.8 million, the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services has planned to make dramatic budget cuts to the state's Child Care Assistance Program.

Presently, this program provides subsidies to low-income families, allowing parents to attend school or work full-time. By reducing the funding to these families, the state is essentially taking away a parent's ability to provide a more positive future for their children.

Not only will this impact dual-parent families, single-parent families will have few and unsatisfactory alternatives, possibly forcing parents to work fewer hours in order to provide childcare themselves.

Unfortunately, this isn't just a future problem, it is a current problem. As of April, the state has placed a freeze on new applicants to this program. Kentucky families are already feeling the squeeze from actions that haven't yet been carried out.

This state legislation will affect low-income children and families, as well as subsidy-supported child care centers. We urge the state of Kentucky to reorganize their budget in a way that will not penalize parents who are simply trying to provide for their families.

Angie Keedy and Tara Wilkins


Explosive pen

So, Joel Pett thinks that the Boston Marathon terrorist bombers and the National Rifle Association are linked? Or, so we must conclude from his April 18 cartoon.

I'd like to know how he reaches this wild conclusion. He owes the community an explanation, and he owes gun owners everywhere an apology.

If cartooning for the paper is considered journalism, then he has a professional responsibility to act with at least some measure of honesty and integrity.

I wasn't a member of the NRA when I saw his cartoon, but I will be now. I'd rather align myself with the NRA than with an irrational bomb-throwing extremist like Pett, even if his bombs are only made with pen and ink.

Lies, innuendo and half-truths hurt innocent people as well.

Marty D. Hayes


Get tough on N. Korea

With the recent threats from North Korea about a possible nuclear-tipped bomb striking American soil, it makes me wonder just how our leadership will handle this problem.

Are we going to sit back and dump billions of dollars and waste thousands of young Americans' lives to fight a worthless war?

We developed the technology to defend our country, using it two times, but since have done nothing to make the world think twice about bothering America.

If the North Korean dictatorship decided to put a missile in place, why wouldn't President Barack Obama get ahold of Kim Jong Un and tell him that if he were to make such a foolish and unwise decision, that his country, his neglected people, and his handsomely rewarded family would no longer be in existence?

Such tactics need to be taken or we as Americans will have to continue to get threats of nuclear warfare.

Rhys Blackerby


Bravo, Kennel Club

I really enjoyed reading about how the Lexington Kennel Club gave pet masks to several Lexington fire stations. For most people, a pet is just like a child and should be treated as such.

It is nice to know that firefighters will now have access to these pet masks so that they may be able to save animals that are in danger of dying from smoke inhalation caused by a fire in a family home.

Pets are part of the family and should be treated that way. I'm glad that the Lexington Kennel Club has been nice enough to supply our fire stations with the tools to save a pet's life if they have the chance.

Dyana Bowens


Skewed view

Regarding the Herald-Leader interview with author Margaret Ralph, one wonders why she would claim to be "a 100 percent faithful Catholic" when she rejects the fundamental truths of the faith.

She states, "I don't think we know when life begins."

Medical scientists have know since the 19th century that human life begins when a sperm and egg fuse to form a zygote, who continues its life as a blastocyst, an embryo, a baby, a child, and finally an adult, fully a living human at every stage. Aborting the unborn is killing a human.

Ralph has pointed out that many people are "pro-choice" but are not "pro-abortion" at all.

We see how illogical that logic is by substituting "slavery," a settled public issue, for "abortion." As if many people who would never own a slave themselves are "pro-choice," not "pro-slavery" at all — a personal decision, not a government decision.

Regarding homosexuality, using "verbal gymnastics" does not change the truths. Sodomy, just as fornication and adultery, is gravely sinful. The Catholic Church teaches that we are to love the sinner but hate the sin; that is not discrimination.

Ralph scandalizes all Catholics. I urge all who wish to understand the factual teachings of the Catholic Church to disregard Ralph and seek a Catholic source who accepts the truths taught by the church.

Hilda Pullen


Experience wanted

As to the recent conference for grandparents raising grandchildren, why would a guest speaker be someone who has never raised grandchildren?

(Two other speakers had not experienced this either.)

The guest speaker took care of an ailing husband. While this was certainly bad, it does not qualify her to speak from experience.

With the percentage of grandparents doing this in Kentucky and elsewhere, it seems someone could have been found who was intelligent enough to share the ups and downs of this who had done or is actually doing it.

Yes, there are "ups."

It's like taking advice from someone who has written a book on raising children who has never had a child. How could this speaker possibly know what these grandparents go through? She can't.

We live in a different world now than when we were growing up, and these kids have issues the grandparents did not have. The speakers should have been just that ... speaking from experience.

Shirley Kelly


Winning combo

Former University of Connecticut basketball Coach Jim Calhoun said when you have the best talent coming to play basketball at your university it's not hard to be a good coach.

Coach Rick Pitino took some no-names and made champions out of them, with good teamwork, unselfishness and discipline.

Coach John Calipari could learn from this, if his players would stop thinking that the next step is playing in the NBA.

But, after all, with $25 million practically in your back pocket you can buy an education later and not take any risks of hurting yourself. Too many superstars on one team.

Pete Herrera

Van Lear