Businesses fought religious liberty law
In his April 13 commentary, Richard Nelson, of the Commonwealth Policy Center, attempts to use false analogy and fearmongering to justify the superfluous Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana.
He mentions that the uproar is largely being driven by LGBT advocates and the media. Actually, everything was quite calm and peaceful in Indiana until a handful of religious conservatives decided to ram through this legislation.
He then attempts to define discrimination as a feature found at all levels of society, such as athletes who are too slow are discriminated against by being cut from the team.
No. That is not discrimination. Discrimination is a negative judgment leveled against a person regardless of his or her talents, abilities or intelligence.
He also defends an "individual's moral conviction and freedom to live it out" which I suppose means as long as your moral convictions conform to his. What religious apologists fail to mention is that their measures and ideas are not being defeated by the left and liberal media; they are being rejected by corporate America.
Once Walmart, NASCAR, Apple, IBM and other economic powerhouses catch wind of intolerance, they immediately bail. As if they know something we all should have learned as children: Bigotry doesn't pay.
Too bad that Richard Nelson of the Commonwealth Policy Center lacks the ability or will to actually engage in serious discussion about religious freedom in a society based on separation of church and state.
How easy to build upon the mythical federal monster who is targeting those poor beleaguered Christians, when in fact many sues play out on the local level, involving zoning (homeless shelters), public health (refusal to get medical care for children), or the state level (interference with polygamy) or any number of other prohibited practices (use of hallucinogenic mushrooms).
Yes, you can still thump your Bible, but you can't set it on fire in a crowded theater on federal, state or local property.
Sen. Mitch McConnell's recent op-ed expressed disdain for everyone and everything "progressive."
To help the majority leader in his campaign against progress, I suggest he create lapel buttons for his legions of supporters in this urgent endeavor. May I be so bold as to recommend that the buttons read: "Mitch is our man, [choose one] backward/regressive/retrograde/atavistic is our plan."
If we grab the bull by the horns, we can have all the buttons we need in time for Mitch Pride Day, June 14. Yes, yes, I know that is Flag Day, but it is high time we replace honoring the flag by honoring the majority leader, because what is more progressive and therefore in need of replacement than pledging ourselves to an "indivisible" republic "with liberty and justice for all?"
Clean power plan costly
I'm troubled that the Herald-Leader would so casually dismiss the outcries of low-income Americans who will disproportionately bear the costs of the EPA's clean power plan in the April 13 editorial.
While the EPA can not guarantee that its rules will actually impact carbon dioxide levels or global temperatures, what we do know is that the plan will raise household energy costs in Kentucky by hundreds of dollars annually. For struggling families, that could mean the difference between buying groceries and staying warm. To disparage such basic survival questions is insensitive.
Charles Steele Jr.
President and CEO, Southern Christian Leadership Conference
Cyclists don't trash rural roads
A recent letter writer specifically pointed out cyclists as the cause for his problems of disposable water bottles found on the side of the road where he has to mow. As one who picked up trash for years in Madison County, I am positive most of this trash is not due to cyclists.
Cyclists use reusable water bottles designed to fit in the cages of bicycles. I know hundreds of cyclists and have never once seen anyone use, much less dispose of, a bottle along the side of a road. Cycling advocates have long been the ones pushing for safer roads for everyone. Debris and trash are the hazards most dangerous to us, that is why I find it unlikely that we are the cause of the trash problem. If the writer saw one cyclist pitch a bottle to your roadside then I am sorry, but to paint the other 99 percent of us who take pride in our beautiful landscape seems a bit bold.
The trash tells another story
In response to the assertion in an April 21 letter that cyclists are responsible for the trash along rural byways, I have to laugh at the absurdity. I live in rural Bourbon County and participate twice a year in a community roadside trash collection.
Typically, I cover both sides of a length of road about one mile long and fill at least 10 large trash bags. While I admit to picking up some water bottles, the vast majority of my haul is beer bottles, fast-food containers, soda and beer cans. I am confident that few of these items are ejected from the hand of a cyclist but rather from the cloven hoof of a pig disguised as a human being.
Too bad Kentucky does not offer bottle/can refunds, as other states do. If every bottle was worth five cents, I could make a lot of money. Or perhaps the pigs would see the value in better treatment of our communal sty.