Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Nov. 13

Benghazi hearing Republican farce

In my 85 years, I've tried to live as a patriotic citizen, including 20 years I served in the U.S. Navy and 20 years in our public schools.

Never had I seen a worldwide television program attempting to publicly crucify a presidential candidate until the recent congressional Benghazi hearing shown on CNN.

The chairman publicly stated that the program was not intended to prosecute or investigate Hillary Clinton. I agree, but it was much worse. It simply intended to crucify her. Lucky for all Americans it did not happen. Clinton survived, alive and better than ever.

In the name of breaking new ground about our ambassador's slaughter by terrorists, Republican panel members made a sham of their procedures to discredit a presidential candidate.

It turned out to be a fabrication and farce. Family members of the Benghazi deceased and millions of viewers sat through the so-called hearing, hoping for new answers instead of the worn-out saga on emails, long ago discarded.

It's no wonder that so many people call them a "do-nothing Congress."

Simeon Fields


Hoops al fresco, anyone?

Since the University of Kentucky is trying to show off the remodeled football stadium, why not a basketball game there?

That way, the people who watch the basketball team play could see the stadium and the football fans who cannot get basketball tickets could see that team play. If it was against a decent team and promoted right it might, with a little luck, fill the stadium.

In the1940s, Kentucky played the Phillips Oilers at Stoll Field and drew a decent crowd. I know, I was there.

Fred Teeter McKnight


Think of homeless

How sad. With all the people who attended that Thursday night football game, I wonder how many of them ever thought of the homeless. There was a picture in the paper the next day of a homeless man with his new jacket.

If everyone who attends the football and basketball games donated one item for the homeless, just think what that could do for the men, women and children in our state. They could use a tractor or trailer at every game to hold donations. Don't focus so much on sports; put a little focus on the homeless.

Sandy Bage


Unlikely soul brothers

The major cause of wars between nations is evil greed. Yet, greed is what drives capitalism.

In our country, maximizing profits is more important than heeding the teachings of true prophets who call us to do justice, to love the poor unconditionally, to joyfully share the wealth. We cannot match God's generosity, but we can try to follow God's example as best we human beings can.

For the overwhelming majority of the world's population, "Enough is a feast." For far too many who worship at capitalism's altar, enough is never enough.

Is it possible to substitute something else for greed, capitalism's driving force? Can capitalism and compassion/generosity become synonymous — soul brothers/sisters? Where there's a will, there's a way.

Paul Whiteley Sr.


Religious freedom upheld

A rarely mentioned paragraph at the end of Section IV of the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage emphasizes the fact that "religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate ... that same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles so central to their lives and faiths."

Only five justices supported legalizing same-sex marriage; however, all nine justices supported the above-mentioned "religious freedom" portion of the decision.

Mary Lu Moyen


Jones more than sports

In regards to a letter about Matt Jones' possible run for office, I'd like to point out that Jones is a highly educated attorney. He's extremely knowledgeable of world and national events, in addition to University of Kentucky sports.

Furthermore, Jones did not insert himself into the congressional race. He was contacted by party leaders asking him to consider a run. I think he'd do a lot better than many of our current Congress members. I would vote for him. The writer wanted to know if Coach John Calipari would run for mayor. I say, Gov. Calipari.

Tim Gray