Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: May 4

Dream denied by nepotism in rural Kentucky

The American Dream: Work hard, give 100 percent, and you will prosper. It's a fraud, at least in small-town Kentucky.

I grew up poor, dropped out of school at 14, married at 15, had a child at 22 and a handicapped child at 27. My ex-husband had a heart attack at 35, bypass surgery 10 years later.

I worked in the local school system for seven years as an aide. I quit that job to get an education. I was 36 years old. I got my GED, got my associate's degree at Somerset Community College, a bachelor's at Lindsey Wilson. By then I was 44, but I had hope that even at that age I could obtain a good job. Education pays — that was the logo.

Now I'm 51, no job, no insurance and $15,000 in student loan debt.

In Albany there are people the same age I am that have found jobs and changed careers three times. The difference — they had a "name," family connections. That is what it is all about in small-town Kentucky. There are people working in the school system who are second and, in some cases, third generation. Is that their birthright?

The American Dream?

Wanda Brown


Legal but not right

Reference your article: "Breathitt schools ordered to take down displays." It is wrong for the Breathitt County Public Schools to be directed to take down copies of the Ten Commandments, or for any school to be so ordered.

The will of the Founding Fathers, all Judeo-Christians, was for us to have freedom of, not freedom from, religion. And because of their beliefs they surely would not want atheists or other religions inflicting their desires on Judeo-Christians.

How can it be right for the Freedom From Religion Foundation to get its way? It should have its way only if it can get the Constitution changed.

Although, according to the article, "The U.S. Supreme Court in 1980 generally struck down displays of the Ten Commandments in schools," that does not make removing them correct. Legal but not correct.

Unfortunately, some members of the Supreme Court let their decisions reflect their political party affiliations, rather than a thoughtful and thorough investigation of the Constitution and those who wrote it.

Al Brown


Paul's lying history

I guess Sen. Rand Paul thinks we are all ignorant of history.

He did it again at Howard University. He has repeatedly said that the GOP has always been supportive of civil rights. What he should have said was that liberals and moderates were always supportive and conservatives have always fought every single civil rights bill that has come before Congress.

In the past, the conservatives were Democrats from the South who then switched parties to the GOP after they lost the fight against the 1964 Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act. Today's GOP is not the one of Abraham Lincoln. It is not the supporter of civil rights. Conservatives, of whom Paul is a proud member, have consistently fought against anything that hints of equal rights.

I challenge Paul and the conservative readers to name the bills submitted and supported by the conservative GOP that were designed to ensure equality.

Paul can say it a hundred times but it is a lie and he should know better. But, I guess if you lie enough, eventually some people will believe you.

David Wachtel


Ungodly coaching

Rutgers recently fired its basketball coach for several reasons, including vulgar language.

I praise the action because using God's name in vain is abusive and sinful. We are human, so the wrong words may occasionally slip out. However, some coaches using God's name is a trademark.

Coaches do not understand that cursing is abusive to the mental and spiritual health of an athlete.

Who is to blame? The athletic director who fails to address the subject in the first interview.

Who can stop it? When the president of the school asks the coach to stop it. And he will because money talks.

Wayne B. Smith


No followup

How bad are newspapers at reporting? Just a few items.

President Barack Obama is going to return about 20 percent of his pay to help the debt. Yet no mention of taking more than 100 people to Hawaii for two weeks.

State Sen. Robert Stivers is going to repay the state for a barbecue dinner. Anyone seen the receipt?

Finally, a congressman from Louisiana was found guilty of too much cash in his freezer. Whatever happened to him?

Papers start reporting, then go chasing after the latest scandal. Poor paper work.

C. J. Fernandez


Team players

Many words have been spoken and written about the next great crop of recruits for University of Kentucky basketball. Those words glow with promise: "competitive spirit, will to win, world champions." We hope future teams are that good.

However, two questions should be put to the recruits before they don UK blue:

1. Will you pass the ball when a teammate is open rather than try to dribble through or around a defensive double-team?

2. Will you learn to shoot free throws accurately?

Bill Hanna


High standards

It comes as no surprise that: 1. Don Pratt would announce his support for Ashley Judd for the U.S. Senate seat held since 1984 by Republican Mitch McConnell; 2. Pratt would so skillfully approach the brink of libel by referring to McConnell as a "seriously evil man" and as "probably" the most corrupt man in Kentucky history; and 3. the obviously biased Herald-Leader would gladly publish this (Readers' Views, March 20).

I contend that the only way Pratt would know whether someone is seriously evil would require that he be God, or at least an angel. Don't think so.

Also, being able to make such a blanket statement comparing the senator to all those men who preceded him as Kentucky residents, including the native Americans and pioneers, displays a tremendous amount of gall. Who does he think he is, God?

John Wells