Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Dec. 23

Curb excess use of deadly force

We all are created equal and deserve fair treatment, however, let's get real. There is a rich history of disproportionate measures when it comes to the police dealing with African-Americans and too often it involves excessive force.

I know firsthand; as a teenager I was a victim of excessive police force right here in Lexington. I'm extremely grateful that the officer in my case didn't draw his weapon.

In most cases involving excessive police force they manage to blame the person being beaten, shot or killed. Their actions need to be squarely placed under the microscope for thorough examination.

The events in that once-quiet Missouri town could happen here. To avoid that, let us put safeguards in place to ensure our finest are adequately trained in diversity and proper law-enforcement techniques.

To the lives forever altered by those events in Missouri, may peace find its way to your hearts. May the justice system and law enforcement realize their actions on one race of people are draconian in nature, and may they diligently see change. Justice or "just us"?

Henry Bell


Beware death panel

The Affordable Care Act creates a panel of 15 people who can recommend cuts in Medicare if spending on the program exceeds target levels. If it is determined that a procedure is unnecessary or too costly, this "death panel" could deny that procedure, and individuals who chose to have it would do so at their own expense.

Citizens who qualify for Medicare have paid into this program all of their working lives, though not by choice. Most hoped this program would help them deal with medical problems in later years.

Taking money from Medicare so that the uninsured would be insured seems a slap in the face.

I encourage all senior citizens to not support any individuals, whether local, state or federal, who voted for or support the Affordable Care Act.

William D. Johnson


No horse sense

When I did something stupid growing up, they would say I didn't have "common horse sense." Today as I watch our leaders in the White House there is no common horse sense: The bill they want to pass, giving secrets away that could come back to bite us, turning prisoners loose, the list goes on.

As for Ferguson, I am not a racist but, black or white, if you're trying to attack a police officer he has the right to protect himself.

It was clear to the grand jury that the officer acted in self-defense, but even the news says an unarmed teenager was killed. Why don't they print the truth? He was breaking the law and trying to kill the police officer.

Burning a town down is against the law. The looters weren't worried about the boy killed. They just wanted to steal and burn.

Common horse sense tells me the police officers should have been doing the job instead of standing there and watching.

But as I look at our nation I see we have lost all common horse sense by taking God out of everything. We are reaping what we have sown.

Bobby N. Osborne


Thanks to law enforcers

To every law-enforcement officer in the country: My heart is going out to you. Your job is dangerous; always protect yourself against criminals.

I pray for your safety and thank you for protecting us. God bless you. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year.

Hilde E. Fogle


Kindness appreciated

I am a resident of Plantation subdivision where there's a young man who, on his bicycle, rain or shine, finds his way around doing acts of kindness for which I'm very grateful.

Sometimes the small chores are difficult especially when you have health issues (plus the aging process). He finds time to scout these needs and help.

He brings in my big blue containers and places them in front of my garage, making it so easy to move indoors.

To this young man, many thanks and I pray for his safety on his rounds.

Trudy Dyer