Pettit, Kissling gave much to our region
In the Monday, Nov. 24, Herald-Leader obituary section were the announcements of the departures of Foster Pettit and Fred Kissling.
Although they served different professions, both were gentlemen and will be missed by our community.
Pettit was a statesman and not a politician. He helped plant the seeds and develop the Lexington-Fayette County community. He wanted a better form of government to serve the citizens of Central Kentucky and did not rely on politics to achieve this goal.
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Kissling for several years served in the insurance and financial areas of our community. He put the client's interests ahead of his own and helped achieve financial security for many individuals and families.
The Central Kentucky community was well served by both these gentlemen.
Ben C. Kaufmann
Adopt wellness plan
The board of education has the authority to pass rules that pertain to all schools when the health of children is involved.
When the Fayette County school board voted that the schools would go to a no-tobacco policy, there were individual schools that were against the policy.
However, the board did the right thing for the health of all children and passed the no-tobacco policy.
It would also be the right thing to pass the School Wellness Action Plan policies, which propose to end the use of food as reward, require recess for elementary school children and include at least 50 percent healthy food at school celebrations.
All children in Fayette County deserve the opportunity to practice healthy behaviors. A simple vote by the board would give our children that opportunity.
We've got basketball
According to a survey by 24/7 Wall Street, Kentucky is the 46th worst-run state in America.
However, there's a major flaw in their methodology. They didn't account for the fact that we have the best-run basketball team. And, really, that's all that matters, right?
William R. Elam
Listen, don't shout
How disingenuous for columnist Leonard Pitts to compare a white man in Michigan with a long gun in full view to a black 12-year-old boy in Cleveland holding a true-to-life toy pistol, in an effort to illustrate a racial bias.
If the man had pointed the gun at officers, he would have been taken down, perhaps killed. The poor child probably had no idea turning even a toy gun toward an officer would initiate a fatal response.
What a lousy choice to promote Pitts' life experience beliefs.
I would be interested in Pitts' understanding and explanation of the hammer beating death of the white Bosnian in St. Louis.
Did this pale-skinned immigrant stumble into a dark-skinned construction crew? If not a construction crew, then why would there be a group roaming about hurling racial epithets and carrying hammers? Were they out to repair broken buildings, or looking to create mayhem?
Yes, a debate is needed, but it should be real and accurate and not the phony material from both sides. They must never be allowed to see who can shout the loudest, rather listen, learn and reason.
Nonviolent equals ignored
Nonviolent protest without vandalism does not work.
The Occupy Wall Street movement protested nonviolently across the country for more than a year against the rampant wealth inequality in America.
The media ignored them, and all they got for their nonviolent and peaceful protests were tear gas, billy clubs, pepper spray, tasers, handcuffs and a criminal record.
As soon as someone picks up a brick and tosses it through a store window you have the media's attention again.
I wish that nonviolent protest actually worked without vandalism, but America has a short attention span. We only pay attention to action. That's why the protesters must do what needs to be done to gain attention to their cause.
Don't confuse property damage with violence. It isn't. When a cop beats you on the head with a club, that is violence; when you break a store window, that is vandalism, not violence.
If the government doesn't want violence, then it should not send in police who create violence. If they don't want vandalism, then pay attention to those who are aggrieved and do not be like Marie Antoinette who said "let them eat cake" until they cut off her head.