View of Pope Francis depends on where you sit
Admit it or not, we view events through the eyes of our own beliefs and prejudices. Consider public reactions to events caught on tape: the Ray Rice incident and Eric Garner. We accept the Rice video as accurate; however, we discount the Garner video and offer excuses to justify his death.
This applies to the conservatives who regularly write this newspaper advocating a greater role for religion in public life. They welcome religion in the public sector when it mirrors their beliefs. Then Pope Francis calls for politicians to address social justice issues, slams "trickle-down" economics as a "crude and naive" theory and advocates against income inequality and climate change.
Those who once welcomed the views of the conservative Conference of Catholic Bishops now suddenly see the pope's views as meddling. The danger posed by Francis comes from his 93 percent favorable rating among American Catholics who comprise 24 percent of the electorate. To win the White House a candidate needs at least 53 percent of the Catholic vote. Although there is no church-controlled voting bloc, Catholics are more likely to vote based on a distinct Catholic identity, and this pope could be changing that identity back to social-economic liberal.
James F. Wisniewski
Sweet baby jihad
While several European countries have been rounding up suspected terrorists in the wake of the Paris attacks, President Obama orders the release of five more terrorists from Gitmo.
Don't fear, the president did take "decisive" action by having James Taylor console our French allies with his rendition of You've Got a Friend.
What's wrong with this picture?
Honor workers, MLK
The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was murdered while working for solid-waste workers in Memphis.
Lexington's parade honoring King should be led by solid-waste workers, not by politicians and a few business and education pretenders marching for PR purposes.
And it shouldn't be in a meaningless, empty downtown loop.
We should show support for all government workers' causes. Maybe police could join in with solid-waste workers.
Bayard Rustin's organizational leadership role in the March on Washington should be highlighted. Homophobia is still prominent even in the African-American religious community.
Martin's last national movement was the poor people's campaign. All are related to the economic woes cited by the speaker at Sunday's service: $6,314 average net worth of black households, $110,000 average net worth of white households, 18 times as much as blacks.
End the "feel-goodism" that ignores these facts and move to change.
The marching should be on Walmart or major businesses, demanding closure for King's memorial.
It's not a shopping day, Thanksgiving or Christmas either.
Include far better wages and 30-hour work weeks in a memorial drive so work is shared, income equality can begin and life has a better balance than work, work, work to buy, buy, buy.
Quarles for ag commish
We're fortunate that one of Kentucky's most accomplished native sons is running for agriculture commissioner.
Ryan Quarles is a rising star, having been elected three times to the state House as a Republican — the third time by an overwhelming majority of a significantly new constituency as a result of redistricting.
I have known Quarles for years. He understands and represents Kentucky and our values. He's a Harvard graduate and former regional president of the Future Farmers of America.
That's a far cry from the fellow the Democrats picked last time — a comedian whose routine included insulting our neighbors in Eastern Kentucky. That election's results indicated that Kentuckians were rightly insulted by that lack of integrity; the stark contrast made it possible for Jamie Comer to win easily. Comer is a real farmer and well on his way to becoming governor.
The country has changed over the last few years, but Kentucky has not. We still care about family, an honest day's work and putting food on the table by the sweat of our brow.
Quarles knows the difference between Washington and Kentucky, and we need folks like him to protect our land from government overreach and the Environmental Protection Agency.
... moving ... ads ... No ...
Surely I am not the only one who feels that the moving advertising along the sidelines below the press table between the University of Kentucky bench and its opponent should not be running during play.
What movement catching a player's eye could possibly affect the outcome of a game?
Pregame, dead balls, halftime, time outs should be ample. Why would ticket holders and TV fans watch advertisements when the ball is in play?
This, I believe, for all present at the game as well as all of us TV fans, period.