Intimate-partner violence affects us all
Intimate-partner violence brings to mind images of a man battering a woman.
While heterosexual violence is an epidemic, it is time to see it as an issue for all communities. Violence is currently tearing up the LGBTQ community.
While marriage equality is important, it is time we turn our attention to other issues that are claiming the lives of so many of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters.
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Intimate partner violence is often taboo, and occurs more frequently in LGBTQ relationships than in heterosexual relationships, affecting as many as half of lesbians, 40 percent of gay men, over 60 percent of bisexual women and countless numbers of bisexual men.
The transgender community faces fatal violence constantly, evidenced by the seven transgender women of color murdered in 2015.
While the outlook may seem bleak, there are rays of hope; domestic violence organizations are increasingly advocating for the LGBTQ community. What can we do individually? We need to break the silence. We need to talk about how violence hurts all of our communities, because it hurts us all.
Christopher R. Bauer
Board president, Gay and Lesbian Services Organization
Invest in land and water
I want to thank Richard Kessler for his opinion piece on the importance of state investments in land conservation.
Kessler rightly emphasizes that conserving Kentucky's important lands and waters benefits not just nature but also people. Conservation investments yield clean air and water, healthier communities, more vibrant economies and improved quality of life.
It is no wonder that poll after poll confirms the overwhelming and bipartisan support among voters for increased public funding for the protection of critical natural areas, working lands, recreational lands and wildlife management areas.
The Nature Conservancy strongly supports the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund and seconds Kessler's call for our elected officials to invest in this essential program.
State director, The Nature Conservancy
Thanks to Markey staff
The University of Kentucky's Markey Cancer Center is a wonderful place to be if you need treatment.
I've been in and out of this facility for almost 18 months. Some stays have been quite lengthy, but the great doctors, nurses, technicians, food servers, housekeepers and nursing supervisor have made my stays seem shorter.
I have been treated like a well-loved grandpa, and I will always be grateful for this. I pray for these people every day, and I hope everyone else will do the same.
Israel not to blame
A recent letter to the Herald-Leader was so offensive and distorted with lies that I must set the record straight.
I have been to Israel more than 35 times and made frequent trips into the Palestinian areas. Their standard of living has greatly increased over the previous Arab regimes, and only their own leadership prevents them from enjoying their own independent state.
Israel provides roads, schools, utilities, hospital care and other necessities to the Arabs who, in turn, blow up buses, murder women and children and vow to destroy Israel.
Israel has created a beautiful and vibrant country which has taken in millions of refugees who want to live in peace. Until the Palestinians wake up and put forth an honest effort to recognize Israel's right to exist, there will not be peace. The Jewish people have learned the hard way that placating their enemies is a dangerous game.
Steven H. Caller
No cuts to Medicare Advantage
I am a retired woman who enjoys getting exercise through the Silver Sneakers program, which is a benefit of Medicare Advantage, for which I pay additional premiums. It's a great program that gives me the chance to get good exercise with other women my age and enjoy their company at the same time.
Now I hear that Medicare Advantage might be cut, and we might not have a benefit that would pay for Silver Sneakers.
It might mean that I would miss both good exercise and the enjoyment of participating in it with other women my age. I sincerely hope this doesn't happen.
Lucke-warm reception for column
Editorial writer Jamie Lucke used tortured logic to link denial of climate change with slavery. However, it does appear that environmentalists are enslaved by the progressive mind-set that all fossil fuels are evil.
Other than less economic activity, what is the supposed goal in the futile attempt of "combatting" global warming, excuse me, climate change? The climate has been changing since the Earth has been in existence. Pterodactyls have not been spotted in the skies over Lexington for a while.
We are made to feel guilty grilling a steak in the backyard because the glaciers are melting. Never mind they have been melting for 10,000 years. Tell us how cold it would have to be to stop this terrible melting. Tell us how and where food would be produced when it gets cold enough to stop the glaciers from melting.
Lucke also failed to answer the most obvious question: Why do environmentalists seem to hate green plants and want them to suffer a slow painful death by denying them carbon dioxide?