Money corrupts politics as workers struggle
The headline on the Oct. 8 article was "Economy still top issue but foreign policy gaining." So why does it deal solely with foreign policy? The economy is the choice on the poll that comes closest to what really bothers us.
There is a huge income gap that is growing larger. There are those among us working two or three jobs to pay rent and buy food. The economy explains the article on page 9 headlined, "Live long and borrow."
Talk to Republicans, Democrats, conservatives, liberals, progressives, libertarians, the disinterested, the uniformed — talk to all or any of us and we all agree that money is destroying our government. The huge amounts spent by the richest among us to influence our vote corrupts the system.
Our grandparents told us what people thought of war profiteers in WWI. Our parents told us that big businesses were taxed up to 90 percent to pay for WWII.
Now we all know that those who make the most money from war run our government. Lobbyists often write bills which make sure that the loophole that benefits their business in included.
There is a democracy movement. It is time the mainstream media paid attention to it.
Sara M. Porter
If you want a living wage, earn it
To paraphrase what I heard the president say on TV recently, too many people work too many hours and make too little money.
I wish the president would have, from the beginning of his two terms, approached the subject from the other end and said: "If you want a living wage, learn to do something that would be valuable to an employer. If you have children, teach them from day one to value going to school and learning — whether to learn a skill or just to learn something of what it takes to live successfully in today's world."
We can't keep denigrating employers for not hiring people nor for not paying them a living wage if they don't have a skill of some kind, even if it is no more than knowing how to correctly make change at a purchase.
Employers won't be employers for long if they have to pay a "living wage" (whatever that is exactly) to people who bring nothing of value to their business.
Sue Nall Allen
Exceedingly harsh punishment
I was shocked at the lack of compassion in the harsh punishment meted out to the Woodford County High School senior class president. Her crime: Already known by school administrators to have been diagnosed with compulsive-obsessive, anxiety disorders, she bought one ADHD pill from a classmate to calm her anxiety when she takes her ACT exam for college entrance.
Her record: outstanding, unblemished academic achievement and noteworthy participation in school activities and volunteer community services. Furthermore, she has no record of drugs or any other criminal activity.
The exceedingly harsh punishment the administrators saw fit to apply will undoubtedly ruin this young student's admission to the college of her dreams, despite her otherwise excellent record.
In addition, it will certainly lead to increased anxiety. This girl made a mistake, but have none of these administrators ever made a mistake? Apparently they did so in several instances of forcing her to sign forms which they only filled in later.
These administrators are ruining this girl's life. I wonder, who among them will cast the first stone?
Weather coverage disappoints
I have always trusted WKYT for the most complete, up-to-date news and weather. On Oct. 7. I received a severe weather alert on my cell phone at 4:40 p.m. notifying me that my area was under a tornado watch until 5:15 p.m.. The first thing I did was tune into Channel 27.
I watched the entire time Richmond and Berea were under the watch and not once did I see Madison County shown on the scrolling alerts for counties affected on the bottom of the screen.
I called the newsroom around 5 p.m., and the lady said she'd check into it. This is the second time I have received a National Weather Service alert on my phone and Madison County was not shown or mentioned on TV.
My house is about five minutes from Rockcastle County whose weather was discussed several times. I finally just gave up and turned off my TV. I am very disappointed about this omission and would certainly hope that WKYT would remember Madison County is worthy of mention, even if Berea is not deemed to be.
ISIS merits action, not hysteria
Recent claims made on Fox News that ISIS will be here anytime are unfounded and categorically false. There seems to be widespread confusion on the nature of the threat posed by ISIS and what should be done about it. The challenge lies in implementing solutions, not finding answers.
ISIS is an imminent threat to Iraq and to a lesser extent Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Because it threatens allies, ISIS merits a military response.
ISIS consists of paramilitary and conventional fighters; they don't have specialists in long-range terror attacks like al-Qaida did. ISIS shares al-Qaida's ideology, but doesn't have its capabilities. ISIS wants to control and rule territory; al-Qaida never did.
Therefore, the threat of ISIS is limited geographically; the threat it poses to the United States is very low.
The goal of military action is to remove ISIS from Iraq and prevent it from spreading. Air strikes alone cannot accomplish this; international cooperation can, but right now major powers are working at cross purposes by supporting groups that fight each other instead of ISIS. Until that stops, our goals cannot be achieved.
ISIS merits military action, but not public hysteria.
Schedule that mammogram
Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I would like to share my story.
On Sept. 24, 2013, I went in for my yearly mammogram at the Comprehensive Breast Care Clinic at the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center.
I was asked if I would like to participate in a new screening process called Tomasynthesis, an advanced breast-cancer detection screening. I did, and a small abnormality was detected. I underwent a biopsy that very day. The results showed I had Stage 1 breast cancer.
Some say Stage 1 is "not really cancer." In a sense this may be true, but if it is not detected early and treated accordingly, it can rapidly become much worse.
I underwent a lumpectomy in mid-October, followed by 30 radiation treatments. One year later, I am blessed to say that I am still cancer free.
Were it not for the technology and technicians, things may have been very different for me. I urge all women to please, please make time for yearly mammograms. They really can save your life.
Diversity becomes one-way street
Suppose someone approached a printer in Lexington with an order for 5,000 T-shirts bearing the message "Homosexual Behavior is Nothing to be Proud Of."
And suppose the printer refused the order because he did not share that conviction and did not wish to be part of promoting it.
Would the Human Rights Commission force the firm to take the order and its employees to take diversity training?
Somehow I very much doubt it. Diversity seems increasingly to be a one-way street in our society.
Feeling over-policed in Lexington
Does the city of Lexington really need to hire more police officers?
I live off Georgetown Street and Lima Drive, and there certainly appears to be no shortage on this end of town. I have friends who live off Russell Cave Road, and I definitely haven't noticed a shortage of police in that area, either.
I almost feel sorry for the poor man or woman who gets pulled over for a minor traffic violation. Something as simple as a seat-belt violation can result in a person having three police cruisers behind him, all with lights flashing, making it appear as though they just caught a bank robber or somebody from America's Most Wanted.
Does it take three police officers to write one traffic citation?
I am a 50-something African-American woman with a squeaky clean record. That didn't stop a Lexington police officer from following me for no reason on Leestown Road one night around 11 p.m.
He followed me from Price Road to the Meadowthorpe area, and when he realized that he had followed me all the way into the Kroger parking lot, he drove away. We have enough police officers who apparently have nothing to do.
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