Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Nov. 29

Minimum manna from heaven

Professor Marty Solomon describes a $15 minimum wage as a "silver bullet" miracle cure that would eradicate poverty overnight.

But why stop at the $15-an-hour benchmark used in Seattle and San Francisco? (Solomon incorrectly states that Los Angeles and Oakland also have a $15 minimum.)

I say that Lexington should show everyone else the path forward with a $25-an-hour base wage that guarantees every full-time minimum wage employee $50,000 per year. We wouldn't just eliminate poverty, we'd rejuvenate the middle class. Think of all the new cars that would be parked outside your local burger restaurant belonging to the newly flush 19-year-old workers. Think of the new crop of bettors showing up at Keeneland for the spring meet.

Of course, there are risks involved. Customers might balk when the dollar menu becomes the three to four dollar menu. A new self-service business model will replace many employees. These laid-off employees won't join the middle class, they'll join the ranks of the permanently unemployed who are totally dependent on government.

Fortunately for our retired professor, these desperate and destitute Kentuckians won't likely connect their plight to the "wisdom" of Solomon. They will never figure out they had been blindsided by the law of unintended consequences.

Richard Berman

Executive director,

Center for Union Facts

Washington, D.C.

Extremist GOP

In the midst of mulling results of the midterm elections by one-third of eligible voters, my first happy holiday card arrived and letters to the editor denounced progressive women leaders.

Don't worry. Be happy.

I was deciding whether unfriendly space aliens had beamed down to take over Earth or if global warming had revived rigidly religious venture capitalist fanatical tribes from mummified frozen states.

Drat. How can one reason clearly when one's psychic aura is unbalanced due to change of daylight savings and political campaigning that never dies, it just smells that way?

Worse, I can't watch UK women's basketball games unless I wade into the stream of the Selective Elite Channel.

Don't worry. Be happy.

The old Irish saying, "Is this a private fight or can anyone join in?" also messes with my musings.

OK, extremist GOP campaign conveyor belts, when you degraded, denigrated Crit Luallen, Alison Lundergan Grimes and Hillary Clinton on the same page to push your 2015/16 radical agenda, it cleared my exhausted 2014 mind to declare:

It's time for the next wave of the women's revolution.

Don't worry. Be happy. Join in. Wear waders.

Ramona Rush


Do it God's way

In Bill Michael's commentary, his main argument is that people who are practicing a gay lifestyle are not doing so by choice, they can't help it. But that is the same thing you hear from drug addicts, gamblers, alcoholics, adulterers, thieves, and the list goes on. We all have a sinful nature and we all have to deal with temptation to sin in one way or another. We all have to make the choice whether we are going to give in to the temptation or choose to say no and try to do it God's way. Michael says that "suddenly Bobby was the all-consuming object of my undying affection and desire." Yes, we all get strong desires to do things we know we should not. We have been given a book of instruction on how to live honorably, it's called the Holy Bible, and we have an enemy who tries to get us to go astray from the given path, he's called the devil.

As human beings, we face choices every day whether we are going to try to do it God's way, or our way, giving in to our fleshly, sinful desires. And anyone who has sincerely tried to do it God's way knows that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek him and his way.

Marie Garland


No to state marriages

I am vehemently opposed to discrimination of any kind, whether it is based on gender, age, race, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political party, etc. That's not to say that I like everyone I meet. I just try to base my judgments on the individual, and not on the connection to any particular group.

I completely support marriage for gay couples. That said, I don't understand why our government, local, state or federal has any part in the marriage of anyone.

Marriage, for most people, is licensed by the state, and presided over by a clergyman of some denomination. A church, like any private club, should be allowed to abide by whatever regulations its members agree to. As an untaxed entity it should also respect its separation from government. It should not try to force the beliefs of its members onto the general public through legislation.

Simple solution: The states, all of them, should get out of the marriage business. Civil unions, for any two consenting adults should be licensed by their state of residence. This would empower couples to act on each others behalf, inherit without undo taxation, receive Social Security retirement and other benefits.

Couples who also wish to be married could seek out a church whose membership approves their union for that purpose. In today's environment a welcoming audience could surely be found for any couple.

Meg Dumaine


Leaf believer

How lucky can you get? I have always celebrated state holidays on a Monday during my working days, so little did I know that Patchen Drive would be the first street for leaf collection this year. I left all the leaves out for pulling to the curb for the last minute. As my guest left the house at noon last Monday, I said to myself, "Oh no I am too late for the once-a-year freebie. I thought they would not start until Tuesday." Getting things messed up is my regular job.

I made a phone call to the division and told them of the mistake. They graciously did a run-through again and picked them up within a half hour. I am proud to tell my family and friends that the "LiveGreenLexington" community is a top-notch group of workers and should be commended with a bonus for outstanding zero-waste efforts.

Camille Wallace