U.S. must take lead to fight ISIS
The United States should build a coalition force, then send in ground troops to stop the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. There are two reasons to do this.
The first is to maintain the safety of American citizens and our interests abroad. The second is a moral imperative, as we live in the greatest and strongest nation in the world. We must use our strength to protect the weak and the innocent. No other military has the weapons, money or the skills of the U.S. military.
Since 2012, ISIS went from being part of al-Qaida to being a violent jihadist country. ISIS has between 30,000 and 50,000 members and has killed around 10,000 people.
They take joy in kidnapping and torturing Christians and other minorities. ISIS has also captured around 3,000 women and children and forced them into slavery.
It is only a matter of time before they attack the U.S. and its allies. The ISIS propaganda machine is showing photos of its members sneaking around Washington D.C. and New York City.
They will move through the Middle East, Europe and America like a poison. Congress needs to unite to give the U.S. a bigger role in Iraq and Syria.
Intelligence analyst, USAF
Israel fights for survival
Have you noticed how small Israel is compared to all the Arab lands that surround it?
I recently visited Israel and discovered that the country on the map marked as Israel is not just for the Jewish people. There are many towns and cities that are Arab and they are living well.
Nazareth is probably the largest Arab city in the country. Jewish people are not allowed in a lot of areas in their country such as Bethlehem, Jericho, Ramallah and others. Even Jerusalem is divided and I always considered Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel.
If there is any oppression in Israel, it is against the Jewish people. How would you like it if it was decided that New Jersey and South Carolina were going to be off limits to Americans?
How would you respond to rockets being fired at your home day and night for months? How would you like tunnels to be built under your city so someone could kidnap and murder your children? Would you want your government to use all its resources to fight these attacks? I would.
You missed it again. Not a word in the Sept. 2 paper about V-J Day, the end to World War II. Don't any of your people know anything about history, or maybe most of your people can't read.
Honor flight appreciated
In June it was my honor, as a Korean War veteran, to go to Washington on the honor flight.
Words are inadequate to express all the kindness shown to our veterans. The generosity of Hallway Feeds in sponsoring this trip is so appreciated.
Each veteran had a guardian, who paid for the privilege of participating. My guardian was an awesome young man, Farn Collins. Rep. Andy Barr, 6th District representative, certainly stood by his support of veterans by spending the day with us. Viewing the war memorials was an emotional experience.
On our return to Blue Grass Airport we were honored by many Boy Scout troops, a military band, bagpipe band, as well as over a thousand family members and friends. I was greeted by my wife, daughter, son and granddaughters, ages 16 to 3. Our three-year-old shook hands with several World War II veterans in wheelchairs.
Thanks to all who made this trip possible. Although the Korean War is called "the forgotten war," this honor flight made me so proud to have served my country.
Orville E. Birch
Where's the money?
When CentrePointe was first proposed, several people had the understanding all funds for the project were already received, guaranteed. This would be like a private citizen taking out a home loan before construction on the home began to be sure enough money would be there when the home was completed.
But if this isn't the case with CentrePointe, why did the city give the OK to start construction before needed funds were on hand or could be? Did it think it could get more funds from the state?
It should have known better because it already didn't get any money from the state for the renovation of Rupp. Hindsight is always 20/20.
Terry L. Bugg
Weighing the news
A recent news report said that the deficit dips but long-term outlook remains dim. Isn't our current federal fiscal situation like the 700-pound person on his death bed asking the doctor why he is dying since he is losing weight after only gaining 80 pounds this year since, after all, he gained 100 pounds last year?