Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Dec. 6

Evidence not fear

Many of the Paris terrorists were gun owners, but Gov.-elect Matt Bevin welcomes gun owners to Kentucky. The terrorists were citizens of Belgium and France, but Bevin has not spoken out against Belgian or French citizens visiting or settling in Kentucky. None of the terrorists were Syrian refugees, but Bevin wants to ban them from Kentucky, stating that they are too dangerous to be admitted to our state.

I believe that very few gun owners are terrorists, although some clearly are. I believe that very few Belgian and French citizens are terrorists, although some clearly are. It is possible that some Syrian refugees might be terrorists, although I have yet to see evidence of that.

I call on Bevin to act based on evidence, not on unfounded fear.

Dr. Charles T. Lutz


End horse slaughter

I have lived in Kentucky for most of my 62 years and have had horses since I was five. I’ve found that it doesn’t matter what your politics, religion , race, gender or anything else that usually divides people are — most of us love horses. More than that, particularly here in Kentucky, we all benefit from the equine industry.

That is why it boggles my mind that Sen. Mitch McConnell, who is on the Appropriations Committee, has not made sure the spending bill they are finishing up in the next few weeks does not include language defunding horse slaughter inspection. Defunding inspection keeps the plants from opening. C’mon folks, this is America, we don't eat our horses or our pets.

Imagine that, a tax cut we can all agree on. It protects our horses from a grisly death and our tax dollars from supporting an industry we do not believe in, producing meat Americans do not eat. Time is running out. We must stand together and make sure our voice in government says what we want to say: We do not support horse slaughter for human consumption.

Vince Noble


Thanks, Archer

Thanks for having Archer Newell’s article on the editorial page. It’s great to read a well-written message from a person with an attitude based on making decisions best for people today and in the future.

Some people have said, “I don’t have to worry about climate change because it won’t affect us living now.” We should all care about those who follow since many will have our names and our blood and come from future generations of our family.

Newell is an excellent thinker and writer. Thanks very much.

Bob Terrell


Wise up on Muslims

In response to Tom Eblen’s column haughtily chiding those being prudent with regards to a Syrian (predominantly Muslim) migration to America as being un-Christ-like or un-American, wise up.

Christians are instructed to identify enemies with wisdom but not be aggressors. Muslims are not our enemies but, tragically, Islam now has a cancer intent on killing. Should we weaken our nation when a strong America is most capable of remaining most charitable? Assistance should be closer to where these people lived.

The notion that the God of Islam is the same as that of Christians and Jews through a connection to Abraham is a real problem. God said to Moses, “Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, the Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.” (Exodus 3:15) Islamists do not recognize the God of Isaac and Jacob.

President Barack Obama may want more Muslims in America but wimpy liberalism cannot make oil and water mix here better than anywhere else.

Georgann Chenault


Let them play

Respectfully, I disagree with Mark Story’s column: “Kentucky should say no to home-schooled students on public-school sports teams.”

I have a 13-year-old son we decided to home-school this year. He’s played trombone since sixth grade and plans to play in college and a military band. No lessons can prepare him for those plans like participating in our high school’s band and marching band. Allowing home-schooled children to participate in extracurricular activities imposes no harm, risk and or cost. We’re just asking for a chance to let the child’s talents speak for themselves.

Sports is not a desire of ours but it seems that’s the main reason this has been held up. Compromises can be made. In my research as to how this change affected other states, Story’s concern that it’s not “fair” for students who actually go to school to lose spots to home-schooled kids were not warranted and were, simply put, scare tactics. As for “mischief” of illegal recruiting? Well, that happens without home-schooled students.

This is not a political issue but that’s what it’s coming down to. It will be settled sometime soon and I’d like us both to be smiling when that happens.

Luella Alcorn


Felons and firearms

I am very disappointed to learn that Gov. Steve Beshear has restored voting rights to some convicted felons.

The lefties have been trying to get voting rights restored to felons for some time now. I have a question for Beshear: Since these people have served their sentences and deserve to vote, don't they also have the right to own a firearm to defend themselves and their families in case of an emergency?

I have been following the voting rights debate and have never heard Democrats discuss firearms ownership. I suspect they care more for votes than actual freedom for these people. The next time you talk to a lefty or a Democrat, ask how they feel about felons owning firearms.

James Baldwin


Highway spending

Well done for exposing the tip of an ugly truth about how tax dollars are applied. The narrative and supporting cartoon are both spot on.

I sincerely hope this editorial about the Versailles bypass proposal is the opening round in another attempt to investigate and report the obscure process that results in construction of unneeded roads. Our tax dollars support engineering firms to design unneeded highways. Construction firms make billions using our tax dollars to build unneeded roads. At the same time funds are not earmarked to maintain the existing federal, state and local road systems.

Investigative reporting, perhaps a collaborative effort among various media outlets, is in order to peel back the layers of political film that conceal truth. This likely will not happen unless the Herald-Leader takes the lead.

Ron McBride


Advice for Bevin

While he is perceived as deeply unpopular in this state, President Barack Obama garnered the support of 167,000 more Kentucky voters than Matt Bevin. As the electorate is notoriously fickle, Bevin might be well advised to lighten up his rhetoric and keep a lower profile before making major changes.

As a transplant he may not be aware that not so long ago an angered populace gave the occasional carpetbagger a free ride to the county line in a fresh coating of tar and feathers.

With the solid support of one in six of the registered voters in our state, he might want to keep the broad needs of all Kentuckians in mind, not just the narrow wants of his base.

Kerry Kearns


Flag is about hate

I live in rural Greenup County and I’ve been distressed to see an increase in Confederate flags when I drive the 12 miles from my home to the grocery. Recently there was a “Confederate flag rally” nearby that attracted hundreds with the slogan, “It’s About Heritage, Not Hate.”

I welcome an understanding of how displaying these symbols can be about anything but hate.

Those celebrating a “Southern pride” aspect of the Civil War must surely recognize that the war was about slavery — specifically about states willing to go to war to retain their “right” to own people.

The modern display of the Confederate flag began in opposition to the civil rights movement. It has been a rallying symbol for Ku Klux Klan members and other vigilantes as they terrorized and murdered black people.

The recent massacre of nine African-American worshipers reiterated the message that black people are not safe, not even in their own churches. Dylann Roof had proudly displayed photos of himself draped in the Confederate flag. For these reasons and more, people of color and their allies see waving Confederate flags as an absolute symbol of racism and terror.

No nifty slogans about “heritage, not hate” can change that.

Eric P. O’Neil

South Shore

Gun violence wimps

I’m a gun owner who enjoys shooting at my club. But, I also believe that gun-related violence in America has grown to epidemic proportions. In the last four years, more Americans have died from gun violence than were killed in the wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq combined. How many more must die before we take action?

The cowards in Washington ignore what has become a national disgrace. They have time to debate bills castrating the Environmental Protection Agency, defunding Planned Parenthood and spiking the Affordable Care Act. But they will not tackle the epidemic of gun violence.

Worse, Congress forbids the Centers for Disease Control from treating the matter as a public health issue. Restoring funding to study gun violence is an essential first step.

Our elected leaders don’t have to be impotent. We once had a severe problem with tobacco-related cancer; we addressed it. Likewise, drunk driving was out of control; we found ways to modify behavior.

I blame inaction on Congressional leaders but also fault the spineless, do-nothing backbenchers. These timid souls enjoy their public salaries and benefits and play the role of legislators without providing true governance.

Yes, I’m talking about you, Andy Barr.

Stacy Bearse