On religion, this is the land of liberty
This country was founded by immigrants who wanted religious freedom and no persecution. The need was for the ability to practice whatever religion without the domination of any one. Separation of church and state was the cornerstone of America's founding principles.
Unfortunately today, we as flawed humans decided that freedom from religious persecution was only for Christianity. We consistently refuse to learn from the great ideas in history and revert to prejudice and discrimination. It is extremely tough to try to live by ideals like the golden rule, especially when it comes to religious freedom.
The Founding Fathers were a diverse group of free thinkers and had different religious affiliations, including being agnostics or atheists. Most historians would agree that our current practice of stating that this was a nation built on Christianity only is a fallacy.
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We need to learn from the Founding Fathers and Mothers that all religions should be free from persecution. We need to learn from history and try again to create a land of liberty.
In the last 70 years, Israel has started a score of wars with all its neighbors, annexing lands from Egypt, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
The Camp David Accords, signed over 35 years ago, committed Israel to end the wars. Every negotiation with the Palestinians since, Israel has cynically scuttled by insisting on poison-pill demands. Now that Israel has brazenly repudiated Camp David, in word and action, America must end all military aid to Israel immediately.
Israel claims to be a democracy although it has utterly failed as the tyranny of a religious majority. Its parliament is a prime example of the worst in that system of government as tiny fringe parties set policy and block reasonable negotiations.
It is long past time to stop underwriting and enabling Israel in its crimes against humanity — occupations, land theft, group punishment, aggressive wars and arrogance.
Allen T. Kelley
I was raised in Leslie County (I am sorry to admit to this) but now live in Perry County.
In 2013, my dad gave me some land in Leslie County just before his passing, which included our family cemetery. The Leslie County judge promised to rebuild the road and to keep it maintained.
They ran a grader over the road and graveled it. They said they would come back to put water tiles in, but over a year later there are still no water tiles and the road has never been touched again.
The jail inmates were mowing the grass in the cemetery and someone got jealous and felt the need to call against having it mowed. We have tried repeatedly to get them to come back. I now own land in this godforsaken county and pay taxes there but can't get any help that is rightfully mine.
Vickie Baker Stacy
Bailing on teaching
Concerning the recent police bashing and outright lies in Ferguson (there were no hands up) and now the rioting in Baltimore: Is there really anyone actually wanting to become a police officer or teacher in this country? Not me.
I am a 22-year-old college student who, during student teaching, witnessed students hitting teachers, foul language and outright rebellion — in an eighth-grade class. I have seen my cousin, a police officer in Florida, spat on and pushed simply because of her uniform.
America's biggest inner-city problems are the result of years of liberal Democratic rule. See Detroit, Baltimore, Philadelphia, etc.
I will reconsider being a teacher. The public school system has taken authority from teachers and bowed to a bunch of Twitter-happy, narcissistic, hormone--crazed teens raised by lawsuit-happy parents. No thanks.
I share the frustration of writers who reacted to a column comparing climate change denial to slavery. Comparing anything to slavery or Hitler never furthers a discussion.
Beyond that, there is nothing to agree with in these letters. One said, "There really is a legitimate debate about whether and to what degree mankind is responsible." This is completely false as 97 percent of climate scientists and 99 percent of all scientists agree the evidence for human-caused global warming is overwhelming.
Another letter: "Climate is always changing." Yes, but over periods of 10,000 to hundreds of millions of years. We can clearly see the effects of fossil-fuel burning over just the last 200 years.
Perhaps the most incredible statement came from the writer who didn't care if New York was under water in five years. "Let those future residents deal with it." A lot of those future residents are current residents. They would like our help. But Lexington is 900 feet above sea level, so why should we care?
The fossil-fuel industry spends $700 million annually spreading disinformation about the climate crisis. Head-in-the-sand attitudes like these show that they are getting their money's worth.