Will miss Davis' courage, honesty
As an older, white woman, I have read Merlene Davis' column for many, many years. Her honesty and courage in reporting on her own life, her perspective as a black citizen in Lexington and the hundreds of volunteers and good causes she has featured over the years will be truly missed.
I have learned to trust her perspective on many things and have used it to broaden my understanding of issues I do not personally have to deal with.
I hope she finds much happiness and fulfillment in her retirement, but I will really miss reading her.
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Maybe it is not possible to find a replacement for her, but hopefully the Herald-Leader will continue to support commentators like Davis, as it has, thankfully, supported her in the past.
Best wishes to columnist
As Merlene Davis' time as a columnist for the Herald-Leader ends, I want to wish her all the best in her upcoming retirement.
I thank her for keeping important issues before the wider community through her column. Through the years I, along with many other Bereans, have followed her column closely because she and Berea College share common interests and commitments.
After her summer months of "vegetating" and keeping "an empty to-do list," I hope she'll consider writing a guest column occasionally for the Herald-Leader. At Berea College there are always fascinating stories about remarkable people — both contemporary and historical — that I'm sure she would find of interest and worthy as subjects. And besides, Berea is a great community to visit whether for a few hours, a few days, or forever.
Timothy W. Jordan
Media relations, Berea College
When will more than enough be enough? Moreover, when will politicians stop pandering to specific demographic groups and apply truth across the board to Americans?
Instead, they twist, exaggerate, or ignore truth on behalf of themselves or self-serving parties who seek undeserved, unearned gain.
After decades of generosity, politicians still mollycoddle black civil rights activists who bite the hand that offers more than equal opportunity to Americans they profess to represent.
Black Americans currently occupy leadership positions in the White House, U.S. cabinet and U.S. Supreme Court. They hold 44 of the 535 seats in Congress, 19 percent of all other federal jobs, and make up 12 percent of the U.S. population.
Even the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the National Mall expresses disproportion.
It is 30 feet tall. The Abraham Lincoln Memorial is 19 feet, 6 inches tall. Both men were assassinated for their good and noble deeds and righteous visions.
Granted, Lincoln is seated and King is standing. Lincoln was 6 feet, 4 inches tall. King was 5 feet, 7 inches tall. That accounts for nine inches of the difference.
The remaining 9 feet and 6 inches in monument-height disparity rests my case.
Protect public lands
It is time for Congress to increase funding for protecting our public lands, waterways, national monuments and other sites.
Without additional funding, these areas will not be properly protected and maintained, and it will be difficult, if not impossible, to take advantage of outdoor recreational activities that so many Americans enjoy.
Visiting parks, forests and swimming areas is especially important for our children, who need to be able to get outside and exercise. It's also important for them to experience and develop an appreciation for the beauty of nature.
America desperately needs more jobs, and the outdoor recreation industry provides huge numbers of jobs across the country. I have a niece who works as a forest ranger in the state of Washington, so I know how valuable these jobs can be.
An increase in funding is not too much to ask for something that will benefit millions of Americans and the U.S. economy. I wrote members of Congress asking them to ensure this increase is included in the upcoming federal budget.
I hope others will do the same for the sake of our irreplaceable areas, as well as for the enjoyment and health of future generations.