Good for prez, good for Deen
I am appalled with what is going not only in this great state but our nation as well.
As a Christian my heart is broken for the nine brothers and sisters that we lost in Charleston, S.C. Worst of all, the crime took place in a house of worship.
I am also appalled that Dylann Roof decided to hide behind the stars and bars of the Confederate flag. When I see the Confederate flag, I see the overreach of the federal government. I see the slaves who fought for the South.
The Civil War was a difficult time in our history but we have to remember exactly why it was fought without our biases.
It is sad that President Barack Obama can use the n-word and the media gives him a pass. But when Paula Deen uses it she is crucified by the media and fired.
There is racism in America, as much blacks against whites as whites against blacks.
Removing the Confederate flags, statues and other historical items from public view is wrong.
It is time for people to live, let go and not buy into the garbage.
Sanders' better idea
When Florida Sen. Marco Rubio claims there is just one party in Washington he echoes what many of us believe. What he fails to realize is that his Tea Party is a creation of the corporations who run the system. Remember how it got its big push — the rally covered and promoted by Fox News and Rupert Murdoch.
If Rubio has his way, the military industrial groups will take our taxes for arms, the bankers will take our money in exorbitant interest and unnecessary fees, insurance companies will continue to make billions by raising insurance rates, big pharma will increase its pirating of Medicare and private pay with ever-rising drug costs, agribusiness will continue to push for GMOs banned in many other countries.
All will continue their negative influence on regulatory agencies through bills written by their own lobbyists.
If Rubio believes in democracy he will do what Bernie Sanders is doing and propose a 28th amendment that will eliminate corporate influence with soft money, dark money and campaign contributions. Corporations would no longer be able to use our Constitution to fight for profit against the common good. They would have to face the fact that money is not free speech.
Sara M. Porter
Thanks for recognition
Our family would like to thank the Herald-Leader for the article written by Vicky Broadus which shares the history of Merit Furniture and our future move. We have been overwhelmed by the response.
Mom and pop stores are a disappearing part of Americana, and I would like to take a moment to share what will disappear with them. Because we have had so many customers at once, our service has left much to be desired. Instead of complaining, I have seen many people sitting on the sofas talking to old friends and catching up with one another. I felt like I should be serving lemonade.
We are blessed by the response to your article and twice blessed by the lovely people who have come into our store. While we hear of strife and hatred in every part of the world, Merit Furniture has been the scene of harmony among shoppers, regardless of race or ethnicity. It has been a pleasure to sell our treasures to such nice people and we truly appreciate their patience and patronage.
Punishment to suit
We as human beings are responsible for our behaviors, whether drunk or drugged.
Driver Vincent O'Bryan, 33, and passenger Jesse Durham, 28, charged last month with animal cruelty, should be chained and dragged behind a car as punishment for the actions against Bella, a helpless dog.
As a native of the town, I was interested to read the op-ed piece from Mount Sterling opposing the removal of Confederate flags and monuments, and I understand the writer's desire to preserve the past.
But we have to realize that the artifacts can express resentment toward the winners of the war and can promote racism. Again, the desire to detail history is understandable, but — ultimately — to say the Civil War was not about slavery is like saying the Johnstown flood was not about water.
I don't think we have any great reason to revere the Confederacy. The Confederate States of America cavalry burned down our courthouse and Morgan's raiders robbed our bank.
According to one of my former teachers, Mount Sterling was a hotbed of Union support; but in later years we became caught up in the myth of the Old South.
In our eagerness to embrace the romance of the Lost Cause, and perhaps on the part of some to avoid facing exactly what that cause was, have we forgotten those of our forebears who fought and died to end slavery and preserve the nation?
A visionary for Rotunda
I suggest that the statue of Jefferson Davis be removed from the Capitol Rotunda, and replaced by one of John G. Fee. After the Civil War, Kentuckians followed a path of regression, joining the South politically and socially. Former Confederates were elevated to positions of leadership, ushering in more than 150 years of harsh treatment of the state's black population.
In 1865, one Kentuckian envisioned a more progressive future. Fee, urged northerners to invest in Kentucky, build factories, develop new industries and create jobs. Fee wanted to advance African-Americans into society by providing freedmen with jobs, education and integrated neighborhoods.
He established Berea as a showcase for what Kentucky should become. He provided land for homes in an integrated community and built schools, including Berea College, open to blacks and whites.
In 1901, the year Fee died, the Lexington Herald conducted a straw poll asking readers to name the 12 greatest Kentuckians. Just below Henry Clay and Abraham Lincoln was the name of Jefferson Davis.
Of the 150 people who submitted lists, only one included John G. Fee, the man whose ideas would surely have made Kentucky a better place today.
Marion B. Lucas
Check your facts
I feel that I must comment on a recent letter to the Herald-Leader from a person in Winchester. He states that the Bible is clear that God established marriage as a "union between one man and one woman." I would like to know the chapter and verse where this assertion is made. I can't find it.
When God handed down the Ten Commandments to the Israelites at Mount Sinai these people were practicing polygamy. Did they not get the word about the one-man one-woman edict? Did God forget to inform them about this? Oversights do occur.
The writer also states that "the presence of a fetal heartbeat is evidence of life and it can be readily detected by medical professionals by the fifth or sixth week of pregnancy. Yet, I found in a current biology textbook in the section on fetal development that a "heartbeat is detectable by a doctor's stethoscope at five months." Five months far exceeds six weeks.
It's astounding how much misinformation is floating around out there.