Hirohito statue in the Capitol Rotunda?
The shortsighted, nearsighted seven-member majority of the state Historical Properties Advisory Commission makes Mr. Magoo look like he has 20/20 vision.
Why would moving the statue of Jefferson Davis from the Capitol Rotunda to his birthplace in Todd County be an indignity? Why would putting the statue in the Kentucky History Center be insulting?
True, Davis was born in Kentucky, but he spent most of his life in Mississippi and he's buried in Virginia.
President George W. Bush was born in Connecticut, but he's lived most of his life in Texas. He's considered a Texan, not a New Englander.
Davis was the leader of a self-proclaimed foreign nation, the Confederate States of America. If Kentucky is so keen on honoring foreign leaders, why not put a statue of Japan's Emperor Hirohito in the Capitol?
If a statue offends a large segment of a state's population, it shouldn't be displayed in that Capitol.
The Davis statue should be and will be removed. It may simply take the rise of a younger generation to do the job.
Get the sinister sinners
Casey County Clerk Casey Davis needs to go after a much bigger group of sinners. In the Old Testament Jacob promised to God, "And of all that you give me I will give a full tenth to you." Yet the vast majority of Christians today give far less than 10 percent. Minister Davis could start by converting all the members of his church to 10 percent givers. Then his church would be able to pay him $80,000 per year and he would not have to spend a few hours a day at his secular government job.
This would give him time to pursue other training schools for sinners such as all those oyster bars that are defying the Old Testament ban on eating "anything in the seas or rivers that has not fins and scales." Or maybe he could turn to the New Testament and provide food, drink, shelter and sick care for the needy in Casey County by following Jesus' teaching that, "Whatever you do for the least of my brothers you do for me."
Fox spotlight hogs
The three moderators of the prime-time presidential debate achieved only half of what they set out to do, hog the spotlight and disparage Donald Trump. They hogged the spotlight. The time they spent asking questions exceeded the response time allotted candidates.
In 10 years, the Bush and Obama administrations dumped America into a landfill where she has remained. The three spotlight-hungry employees of the "fair and balanced" network squandered a precious opportunity to give her a hand up. Instead, they presented viewers with the same generalities, relative trivialities and juvenile biases that helped elect and reelect the aforementioned self-proclaimed "uniters, not dividers."
Instead of fewer, shorter questions and much longer candidate responses, the three journalists asked questions that merely generated the usual, forgettable gobbledygook.
There was only one moment of genuine significance. When Trump refused to rule out a third-party candidacy, that moment included a live and rare demonstration of truth and courage working in tandem. The consistent application of those two ingredients in Congress and the White House constitute the only recipe that can reinstate the democratic republic envisioned by our Founding Fathers.
Don't step in Fox news
Carroll O'Connor was one of my favorite TV actors. As Chief Bill Gillespie, he answered an officer's question with, "I don't have to be on a horse path to know what I have stepped in."
Think about benefits sponsored by Democrats: salaries of three to four times and more of minimum wage (not including overtime); contributions for health insurance and pensions; premium pay for overtime; sick pay and vacation pay; permission to belong to employee organizations, and parents, grandparents and other relatives receiving Social Security and Medicare benefits.
These are directly related to building and sustaining the middle class.
Money talks. Do you get all of your news from Limbaugh, FOX TV, our Sen. McConnell, speakers for the Koch brothers and other super-rich Republicans? If the answer is yes, then I hope you will begin to pay more attention to where you put your feet.
Eat your vegetables
I was amazed and amused by the recent letter concerning children and food. The writer is a retired criminal defense attorney whose job was to keep people out of jail. Yet, she wants to jail parents who make their children eat the food on their plate.
Most kids don't like peas, carrots, broccoli, squash,or spinach, but I don't believe anyone has developed anorexia or bulimia from eating them.
I also don't believe anyone developed any life-changing conditions because they had to eat their vegetables before they could either have dessert or leave the dinner table. I am also curious as to how the writer would enforce her absurd "jail the parents" idea.
No merged counties
Kentucky could save on administrative costs if it merged the counties together. This has been proposed for years. But what would be lost with such a merger?
When you ask someone in Kentucky where they are from, they will usually say "Knott County" or "Marion County" or "Muhlenberg County," etc. Kentuckians identify with their home counties. There is a sense of community in those counties whose value goes beyond money. Money is not the measure of all things.
Keep our county communities.