Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Jan. 31

Use a dictionary before labeling a word as racist

A recent letter complained of the paper's insensitivity by not editing a previous column to exclude the word "niggardly," even though the letter writer admitted that the word is a "legitimate word, found in most dictionaries."

Over many years, and in that letter, attempts have been made to associate the word niggardly with the heinous racial slur.

A quick exploration of word origins will show that it comes from a Norse word meaning "of little value" and is dated to 1561.

Meanwhile the racial slur comes from French and Spanish words derived from the Latin word "niger" meaning black and did not come into usage until around 1786.

Obviously, there is no connection between the two words.

These blatant attempts to be politically correct at the expense of perfectly good English words are not something that aids our understanding of ourselves or of the proper way to deal with the sensitivities of others.

Charles L. Witt


The person who complained about the use of the word niggardly should get a dictionary.

The "n-word" is spelled with "er." Niggardly is spelled with "ar" and means cheap or mean. The word has absolutely nothing to do with black people or racism.

Lynn Fish Blacketer


Coverage missing

Wasn't the article about the thousands of people, including a large number of young people, who held a pro-life rally at Washington, D.C. in the frigid cold on Jan. 22 interesting?

Oh wait. That wasn't in the paper. That was shown on that dastardly news channel, Fox News.

Burnette Fegan


Kowtowing to felons

In the Jan. 15 paper, there was an article about House Bill 70, which would change the constitution to grant the right to vote to felons who have served their sentences.

Only convictions for intentional murder, rape, sodomy or a sexual offense with a minor would not be exculpated.

The felons, their grievous deeds excoriated, would be free to vote for the politicians who expect to benefit from the gratitude of the many who were punished severely by the loss of their right to vote.

Apparently, the house is full of angels who'd expose the law-abiding electorate to a great many hardened criminals who finally got caught. What neighborhood would welcome them home?

It does seem that our elected legislators — sworn to protect the rights of the law-abiding citizens when they took their oaths of office "so help me, God" — are in the wrong business. Have they never heard of recidivism?

Dear God, even Sen. Rand Paul endorses this madness.

William A. Watson


Glorifying consumption

Columnist Paul Prather wrote about merry holiday memories. He described his wife making "pounds and pounds of candy for friends and family."

Pounds is certainly a key word in Kentucky.

At the end of this essay, he lauded the joys: "Eat some homemade candy and then eat some more."

This is certainly off-based in an obesity-riddle state. Anathema, actually, in regard to public health.

Shameless, uncontrolled eating is causing the deaths of thousands. And here we have a preacher encouraging it.

Is he keen on hurrying Kentucky lives into the afterlife? Are we to happily eat ourselves to death? To eat when no hunger remains?

Our belts already are overstretched. Is ballooning girth a goal in life? Is Kentucky supposed to the eater's Eden?

What an outrage. "Eat some more" should be stricken from the language. How many have we lost because of these three words?

Risto Marttinen