Media enable Fancy Farm farce
I attended the Fancy Farm picnic this year for the first time in a decade and for the first time I did not have to cover it for TV news. I did not expect to hear anything of substance during this rhetorical cockfight and was not disappointed. Next year, I strongly suggest you send your entertainment writers who are more experienced at gauging the comedic performance of the emcee and the barbs, taunts, zingers and one-liners spewed from the podium. I'm also convinced it is time to change the venue from Graves County to Comedy Off Broadway.
Kentucky faces serious problems in tax reform, Medicaid, higher education and pensions but unless media outlets meet their constitutionally-mandated function, Kentuckians will awaken on Nov. 4 with a new governor and no clue about what public policies he plans to pursue.
It is certain that none of those issues will be addressed in the meaningless commercials which now comprise the totality of a public debate.
A successful democracy depends on a well-informed electorate. So, please, during this campaign ignore the sizzle and concentrate on the steak. Local TV "news" can always be counted on to fill that void.
Investors in the hole
If, in fact, a third party has been found to build CentrePointe, the guiding principle behind the city's acceptance should be "Show us the money."
Bevin hiding record
Watching Matt Bevin blast the Fancy Farm picnic, a Kentucky tradition since 1880, then ask the audience to pledge allegiance to the flag reminded me of another unsuccessful politician some years ago. Lester Burns, before being disbarred, was running for office and during a TV event literally wrapped himself in the American flag.
Bevin did this after being called out as opposing early childhood education, dodging taxes in several states, taking a government bailout and wanting to take away the health insurance of 500,000 Kentuckians.
He must be quite determined to avoid discussing his past and his previous statements.
Paul F. Guthrie
Gay is sin, tell kids
I am very concerned by the editorial endorsement of the Department of Juvenile Justice policy prohibiting volunteer chaplains from counseling that homosexuality is sinful. Counseling on matters of faith and sin, including sexual behavior, is part of the responsibility of a Christian minister.
The current DJJ policy effectively hinders the right of incarcerated youth to seek guidance and support from their pastors in living more Christ-centered lives. It is neither "harassment" nor "excessive proselytizing" to be able to communicate Christian truths lovingly, supportively and honestly to those who want to hear them.
Harassment is involuntary and demeaning. The DJJ policy reaches beyond harassment to interfere with voluntary religious guidance. Lovingly and supportively telling a person seeking guidance that their conduct is sinful to Christ is no more "derogatory" than telling them their conduct in another area is societally unacceptable or illegal from a more secular perspective.
The policy is not beneficial to young inmates nor liberty in general.
Shame on the University of Kentucky and its Board of Trustees.
The horrendous decision to punish Dr. Paul Kearney for his behavior is insulting, not only to Kearney but to all who have experienced his dedication and inspiration to countless students and patients.
To quote the July 30 Herald-Leader: "Paul Kearney is one of the most experienced, respected and award-winning surgeons and professors at the University of Kentucky medical center. He built the trauma center from scratch, according to supporters, saved thousands of lives during his 27 years at UK, including one man who donated $1 million to endow a chair in Kearney's name."
How can the university, which has been involved in many indiscretions over the years, fault one of its greatest assets due to personality and behavior? If the public disposed of every person who used profane language or unacceptable behavior they should undoubtedly begin with elected officials in Washington.
UK should cherish, not disclaim, its dedicated and valuable professors and administrators.
Accusations that executive vice president Michael Karpf wanted to silence a whistleblower need to be thoroughly investigated and if, true, he should be held accountable.
Recently, at an interstate rest area, I observed a woman with a small dog on a leash heading toward the main building. In front of the entrance were two state employees, recognizable by their uniforms.
As the woman and dog approached the building, one of the employees stepped forward and opened the door for them.
In large letters on the door of the building was a sign clearly stating "No dogs." Also, several feet in front of the building was an official sign stating "No dogs allowed in building."
What message did I get from this observation? If I see a sign that says "Do not pick the flowers" or "Do not enter," I can go ahead and do whatever the sign says not to do and get the blessings of the establishment.