Approve Midway fairness ordinance
I am the Midway appointee to the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Human Rights Commission. We are proud to be one of the few Kentucky counties with a commission. We have recommended to our three governing bodies that they also extend human rights protection to people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.
We recognize that there has been prejudice against these folks, that some have been subject to discrimination historically, as well as recently, and that they are at risk every day of having basic civil rights denied.
It is past time for this acknowledgement. It is important that we be an open and welcoming community which enjoys and celebrates the uniqueness of each human being; that we be vigilant in providing citizens the security that enables them to enjoy the benefits of our society — vigilant to protect them from oppression and denial of rights to citizenship.
I am pleased that the mayor of Midway has asked for a fairness ordinance. I urge the council to explore this issue fully, the citizens of Midway to speak up and then join our mayor and take this step forward together.
Helen Roach Rentch
Kentucky fears of fracking are not overblown. Ask the many good folks in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and elsewhere, who have seen their land, even neighborhoods, made unlivable and worthless by one or more of the myriad risks inherent in this practice. Except for those who do not wish to see, these outrages are clearly documented in reports by independent sources, and awash in facts for all to note.
When Frankfort gets around to deciding the future of this issue for the commonwealth, it can only be hoped that it will see through the partisan self-serving statements and half-truths and stick to judging the ghastly fact of the matter.
If they do, the people of this great state will have reason to be eternally grateful.
T. J. O'Sullivan
Rupp security a joke
Being a longtime University of Kentucky men's basketball season ticket holder, I have grown accustomed to the lines greeting fans as they enter Rupp Arena. They have moved in a logical and orderly fashion until recently.
Over the last two years the "security" processes at the arena have moved from a well-ordered system to become a wasted exercise in bureaucracy.
Arena personal have slowly transitioned from visually assessing patrons to using small plastic poles to poke at purses and bags, to most recently requiring patrons to remove outer layers of clothing.
The entire process is a quagmire that seems to accomplish little besides inconveniencing customers, particularly in the dead of a very cold and snowy winter.
Arena personnel seem to pat coats down haphazardly and rummage through purses and backpacks. What about pant pockets, skirt pockets, under hats and scarves?
No one has ever really been able to explain exactly what they are searching for nor is appropriate signage used. The morass we are forced to endure accomplishes little.
At the current pace, it seems as if TSA body scanners are the next logical step in the crackdown. I will have to be sure to sign up for pre-check.
Deportation a talking point
Jeb Bush cannot become the GOP presidential candidate. A huge mistake at CPAC sealed his fate. He told the truth.
"No one has a plan to deport the millions here illegally," he said. You wouldn't know that by listening to the far-right politicians screaming "no amnesty, deport them all."
Great talking point, but what do they actually do?
In 1986, when Ronald Reagan gave amnesty to the first 3 million and later when Reagan and George H. W. Bush expanded the amnesty by executive order, there was no deportation plan.
During the Gingrich GOP-run House years? Nope. George W. Bush had a Republican House and Senate for six years. Surely they must have sent a bill to deport all those here illegally?
The GOP screams about "Obama's illegal amnesty." They must have put a bill on the floor to not only overturn the executive order, but to deport these 11 million, right? Nope. Instead they filed a lawsuit and tried to withhold Homeland Security funding.
Maybe Rep. Andy Barr will put a deportation bill on the floor. That was his position when he ran. He can use my living room to make the announcement.
Don't bet on it, though; Jeb Bush told the truth.