Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: May 19

Too much fun with guns in KET show

While watching a recent KET segment of Kentucky Afield, it was sad to see two little girls, probably ages 5 and 8, with air rifles — one with a pink stock which I surmise was appealing to a girl. The narrator, Tim Farmer, encouraging fun with guns, shouldered a more adult rifle, with a scope, no less. They were off on a hunt for squirrels, tracking and killing a defenseless animal, then displaying it with great pride.

Farmer, however, chose not to show how the animal was skinned and gutted prior to cooking in a crock pot (offensive to young sensibilities?).

The entire event lacked reference to wildlife preservation or learning how to survive in difficult times, and the emphasis was on having fun with guns. Shoot-to-kill video games do this as well.

Is it any wonder that today we see kids killing kids?

Bill Barkley


Listen to Tolkien

The debate over same-sex marriage raises crucial questions for Christians and many in other religions. Should we uphold libertarian freedom or try to influence society within the legal sphere?

A debate from some decades ago might be useful. As the United Kingdom was liberalizing its divorce laws, the noted Christian author C.S. Lewis advocated that Christians should maintain a higher standard for church marriages but not necessarily impose their views on the rest of society.

His friend J.R.R. Tolkien disagreed, maintaining that liberalized divorce would only normalize sin and ultimately harm society. I find Tolkien's view still worth reading, having seen the harms of taking divorce lightly in society, the church and my own family.

Not long ago my views were probably closer to Lewis' philosophy. I still sympathize with valuing individual freedom.

That said, I urge my fellow Christians and those of similar persuasion to oppose same-sex marriage because it will have negative long-run consequences, both legally and societally, for those stating homosexual acts are intrinsically wrong.

Ultimately this would not legally prohibit homosexual behavior but instead opposes government endorsement.

Kyle Richie


Bullying pulpit

Policies must be enacted to better serve victims of bullying and assist them in obtaining interventions that allow them to live successful lives.

Based on a government report on school safety, 23 percent of public schools reported bullying on a daily or weekly basis during the 2009-10 school year.

In 2011, there were 1,246,000 cases of bullying documented, most of them at school. Many states have implemented anti-bullying laws.

Kentucky has also created such laws, establishing guidelines about when suspension or expulsion of students who bully should be applied.

But Kentucky's laws fail to mention the psychological support needed for victims and perpetrators. To address the mental health issues, Kentucky needs to require intervention programs that not only prevent bullying but also give psychological support to those involved in bullying.

Punishment alone is not enough. Research shows that teaching problem-solving strategies to victims of bullying and providing targeted intervention instead of punishment for perpetrators can help them overcome the problems they are having.

Until psychological issues are addressed in law, anti-bullying policy will remain incomplete.

Lee Daniels


Keshia Allen


Define 'conservative'

All the GOP candidates for governor are conservatives. We see them in commercials and debates trying to out-conservative each other. So I ask, what does it mean to be conservative?

President Ronald Reagan tripled the debt and raised the debt limit 18 times, both still records. He raised federal taxes numerous times and gave blanket amnesty to 3 million illegal immigrants.

On his watch, 241 Marines died at the hands of Islamic terrorists and missiles were sold to Iran from the basement of the White House without him having a clue. As governor of California, he suspended the right to carry weapons openly.

How about we start electing people based on their history and that of their party? Nowhere is that more needed than Kentucky.

We just re-elected a senator who has been in office while almost the entire national debt has been created. He also voted for Reagan's amnesty and has seen Kentucky coal jobs dwindle from 47,000 to 7,000 on his watch. Yet he wins by a landslide because he is a conservative.

Sadly, despite 50 years of history saying otherwise, a bunch of easily manipulated people are still buying what they are selling.

Tony McCoy