Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Dec. 8

No diversity here

The opinion page on Monday, Nov. 30, did away with the Herald-Leader's pretense that it is something more than just a mouthpiece for all things liberal and Democratic. All of the columns and all of the letters to the editor were strongly liberal and left wing in nature.

So much for diversity and inclusion at the Herald-Leader.

Terry Burlew


Refugees risky

On Nov. 23 the Herald-Leader gave over a page to grading presidential candidates’ science knowledge. Were there too few car or mattress ads?

Then Tom Eblen insults us by finding as many reasons as possible for gleefully accepting Syrian refugees because the two-year process uses our “toughest security checks.” I'll bet that in two years, things just might change.

It's the U.S.A. so it’s OK for Eblen to call us fearmongers, prejudiced, un-American, ignorant of homegrown terrorism, anti-Muslim, gun-lobby defenders, bad Christians, non-humanitarian, etc. Given that polls say 67 percent of our citizens don't want Syrian refugees, maybe I'm not so bad?

Suggesting that turning away the the Jews before World War II, which was blatantly inhumane, is anywhere near today's Syrian issue is wrong. Equating it with internment of Japanese-American citizens is similarly wrong. Why not take more Sudanese or other Africans, who are not our enemies?

Take a look at the shallow evening TV news pictorials of Syrian refugees. If you take away the women and kids, whats left is 85 percent military-aged men. The same age guys who were shooting at our son in Iraq during his four tours there. I don't want them in my country.

Michael A. Tyree


Bypass rhetoric

As former chair of the Woodford County Economic Development Authority, I am familiar with all arguments surrounding the proposed Northwest Connector Road in Versailles. I also understand the various facets of economic development and the importance of a vibrant downtown in that equation. A city’s downtown is an expression of its character while also producing important tax revenues and increasing the quality of life of all residents. Tractor-trailers, while necessary to get products to market and supplies to manufacturers, do not make for an attractive downtown.

If this road is built, it might not be a miracle cure that solves all mobility issues. Conversely, it will not have a devastating effect on this vibrant community. It doesn’t take a series of studies to convince any reasonable person that it would have the desired effect of removing the pressure of pass-through car and truck traffic from Main Street and provide a more welcoming environment for tourists and locals. It has the added benefit of decreasing traffic on numerous small residential streets in town.

Progress and growth are not always bad things. The people of Woodford County and Versailles have the opportunity to embrace this step in the right direction and let go of the rhetoric that has paralyzed the community for so long.

Brad McLean


Faith fight

There is a group of people whose religion tells them to kill anyone not of their religion. If they die while doing so they go to paradise and are heroes.

There is another group whose religion tells them if someone strikes them on one cheek to turn the other. It also tells them not to kill and to love their enemies.

Which group will win?

Ted Woodley


Aren’t we special

Bumper stickers say “God bless America.” And Americans say they are exceptional.

This is known as a double-barrel bonus. Not only do we have divine support but somehow we seem to have gained superior wisdom. This combination should make us indefatigable and invincible.

Doing incredibly smart things night and day puts us ahead of all. Some have worried, however, that we may be overgifted and supercapable.

Being special is great fun. Being a hero without doing anything is a hoot. And being super smart calls for self-congratulation, basking in the sun and waiting for more such low tax smiles of fortune.

Risto Marttinen


Troops are heroes

A recent letter in the Herald-Leader sickened me. It was difficult to tell whether the author is ignorant or actively anti-American. It began by referring to the U.S.led bombing of the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, which led her to conjure images of maimed and dead civilians when she sees a person in military uniform. She writes, “They bomb medical workers on humanitarian missions and their patients, don't they?” as if to say the incident could have been avoided.

The people in military uniform are heroes who are laying their lives on the line so she doesn't have to, and are not trained to maim civilians of either side. The intelligence community supplies geographic coordinates to direct surgical bombing. The military personnel, who deliver the ordnance, are only following instructions. If anyone in the chain of command had been aware, the incident would not have occurred. The letter, however, suggests either total disregard for or intentional destruction of the hospital, which is certainly not the way our military operates.

Sorry is, in fact, plenty enough. It would indeed be difficult if not impossible to find a war in history devoid of collateral damage. Although there appears to be no shortage of misinformation, propaganda and subversive activity.

John McCrary