Paul posturing or weak on faith?
Regarding Sen. Rand Paul's recent remarks, this may come as a surprise and even a disappointment, but I do not need him or the government to protect my faith.
I do not fear some politically hyped "war" on my faith or Christmas or whatever. In fact, about the only thing that does tend to make me nervous are people who think they need to be my self-appointed protectors and who seem to seek, more often than not, not to protect my faith as much as to try to define what it should be.
If Paul is simply posturing for votes, that is sad. But if he sincerely believes his faith or the faith of others needs government protection, I am sorry that his faith is so weak. People who turn to the use of force to protect a religion or to force others to conform to it are blatantly admitting that the public life of that faith is too weak to be convincing.
That is true whether they rely on the force of violence or on the force of laws. Either relies on coercion rather than the example of examined lives of believers.
Parents: clear the air
I read the two recent letters concerning air pollution linked to asthma and heart disease.
I will never argue against cleaner air but, as a pediatrician, if I follow 100 children who breathe the same air every day and 50 of those live in tobacco-free households and 50 in smoking homes, studies show that the children in smoking homes have five to seven times as many asthma events, and three to five times as many ear infections as the children in smoke-free homes.
This coincides closely with what I have observed over many years in pediatrics. The studies concerning the effects of tobacco smoke and heart disease go back 50 years or more.
I don't argue against cleaning up the air but I refuse to give smoking parents an alibi (polluted air) for the many illnesses their children experience, and not look at how their habits affect their children. The latest study I can find shows that Kentucky leads the nation, with 28.3 percent of adult smokers -- we even beat Mississippi for once.
William L. Underwood, M.D.
Pett owes apology
I have waited to respond to Joel Pett's Aug. 26 cartoon until Auditor Adam Edelen released his findings so that, unlike Pett, I might comment on facts. His tasteless, inaccurate portrayal of Fayette County Public Schools board member Amanda Ferguson was not factual.
Having known her since she was a student in my class at Maxwell Elementary, and as a member of my church, she has always been an intelligent, level-headed person desiring to contribute to society.
As a parent of three in the FCPS, she should be admired for giving her time, asking questions and demanding adequate information before voting on important issues. The auditor's report substantiated her concerns.
Pett's charge that she's interested in herself and not kids was especially offensive. Why else would she put herself in a position to take abuse from him and others who disagree with her?
Pett and the Herald-Leader owe Ferguson an apology.
We need pipelines
While waiting for a red light on Reynolds Road near Target recently, I saw a rolling pipeline of nearly 100 tank cars. I thought that the Keystone and Bluegrass pipelines were going to remove this potential hazard from our neighborhoods. What do you mean that they didn't get built? They are an instant source of employment because someone has to start building the pipe now.
I checked with Wal-Mart and they are all out of 36-inch steel pipe. Caterpillar doesn't have a big inventory of sidebooms, dozers and trenchers.
Face it, folks, the product from the Bakken and other fields is going to move no matter how many windmills are constructed.
God forbid that some illegal terrorist doesn't pull up some rail track near Fayette Mall that results in a spill that kills hundreds. The Friends of the Earth, the Wilderness Society and the Environmental Defense Fund were all wrong about the Trans-Alaska pipeline.
Let's not make the same mistake or will it take a disaster to convince you?
Tyranny of the Fed
There was a time in America when a small group of white men ruled all the black people in this country. The majority of white people here thought of this as an abomination that one man could rule and hold life and death over another one.
So we had what was called a civil war to free these people and create a country where all people were created equal, regardless of race or color.
In my opinion, we are entering a time that is similar to this, only this time it is called taxpayers of all colors and races, ruled by a small group called the Federal Reserve Bank, and we are close to the battlefield of the same situation.
Since the beginning of time, history tells us of one man or group of men that have tried to rule the masses and make slaves of them and become God.
It seems to me that when we took God out of the schools and public places, we started a big ball rolling downhill that will send this country to chaos, mistrust and disaster.
Time for new, proven leadership for all
First, let me thank the Herald-Leader for elegantly describing me as a smart, engaging, thoughtful man with a long history of public service, and a genuine commitment to Lexington.
That comment swings the door wide open with confidence that Beatty can and will be a better mayor for Lexington.
Another Herald-Leader observation cited my deep understanding of public safety. I applaud the Herald-Leader for giving attention to my experience, knowledge and proven leadership as police chief and highlighting Beatty as the best candidate to address our crime problem in Lexington.
Jim Gray either doesn't understand proactive public safety or is in denial that Lexington has a public safety problem. So, vote Beatty for mayor?
And finally, I scored points with the Herald-Leader over Gray with PDR. Recognizing that Lexington's history is steeped in agriculture and farmlands, and the economic impact the equine and agriculture industry has on Lexington demands preservation.
Gray said, in his own words, "We all make mistakes; but when a mayor keeps making mistakes and bad decisions, it's time for new leadership."
Gray has repeatedly made mistakes (Rupp Arena Project), and bad decisions (on public safety). Escalating crime; public safety cuts; state legislature embarrassment; tarnished University of Kentucky relationships; millions of dollars spent in project consultant fees; and the lack of genuine concern for the sustainable and vibrant blend of urban, suburban and rural neighborhoods and communities.
It's time for proven and new leadership. Vote Beatty mayor of all of Lexington.
Candidate, Lexington mayor