Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor, Dec. 11, 2015

Some facts on guns

A letter writer suggested that because two gun owners made poor choices, “people who feel the need to carry a gun” are “unfit to carry that gun.” Straight from Catch 22, he says crazy people are unfit to carry a gun, but anyone who wants to carry a gun must be crazy.

He implies that three one-millionths of 1 percent of 80 million gun owners show that all gun owners have a “psychological problem.” Outrageous. Imagine if this broad brush was applied to other political, religious, ethnic groups.

John Lott, president and founder of the Crime Prevention Research Center, testified: The statistics show that police officers are convicted of misdemeanors or felonies at about one-30th the rate of the general population, and that permit holders are convicted at a rate equal to one-sixth or one-seventh the rate of officers.

My concealed gun protected me from an armed robbery (without shooting) and allowed me to call the police while others were robbed. The police arrived in 15 minutes but not in time for the unarmed victims.

I do not concede the right to remove my ability to defend myself, granted by the Bill of Rights.

Thomas Wilkinson

Frankfort

Reagan’s amnesty

America is a nation of laws. As Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz remind us, illegal aliens are criminals who have stolen our jobs. How did they “take” so many jobs? We hired them.

Many of the wealthy and well-connected in Central Kentucky have hired them in place of Americans for years. Horse farm owners, builders, manufacturers, food service operations and homeowners. You know what that makes these people? Criminals. But Trump and Cruz can’t go after the "job creators" because they would be pointing fingers at themselves.

The comprehensive immigration plan passed by the Senate goes after people who hire illegals, while bolstering border security and making a pathway to legal status, not citizenship. This is not amnesty. As usual the do-nothing House, to which Kentucky has added several non-distinguished members, won’t even take it up because the far right has convinced them that President Trump will put them in his limo and drive them back to Mexico.

Ronald Reagan opened the floodgates with his blanket amnesty in 1986. If you want to see who is responsible for the immigration problem, look around your neighborhood, town, and then take a good long look in the mirror.

Tony McCoy

Versailles

Fix bridges first

In its 2011 report card on America’s infrastructure (the last one available by state), the American Society of Engineers gave Kentucky a grade of D for the condition of its bridges and highway infrastructure. That report continues:

“The condition of highway bridges in Kentucky has deteriorated since the 2003 Kentucky Infrastructure Report Card. As in 2003, Kentucky lags the national average, but the gap between Kentucky and the national average has widened significantly. The sufficiency ratings of highway bridges place Kentucky in the lowest quartile of the nation.”

The cost of Versailles’ proposed mobility corridor is projected to be $39 million: $2 million for design, $5 million for right-of-way purchase, another $2 million for relocation of utilities, and $30 million for construction.

The figures above are thrown around as if they have no real meaning, but when funds are lacking to maintain Kentucky’s bridge and highway infrastructure it seems illogical to spend money on new projects like the proposed mobility corridor.

Will our bridges be made safe only after some tragic collapse and loss of lives?

Joan Crowe

Versailles

Madness

Despite air travel horror stories I recently flew to Washington D.C. All service was courteous and professional. Dumb luck? Maybe Americans are just spoiled and cranky, looking for, even craving, the worst. Ancient Greeks believed that anger is a god to whom they must submit.

TV news is all crime and calamity -- madness.

We love cheap electricity and hate Al Gore, so leave our grandchildren a dire future -- madness.

Kentuckians’ hatred of President Barack Obama becomes a ritual: had he stuck with basketball we'd call him the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Pascal wrote, “Men are so necessarily mad, that not to be mad would amount to another form of madness.” And Michel Foucault: “Here is madness elevated to a spectacle above the silence of the asylum, and becoming a public scandal for the general delight.” A perfect description of the Republican debates?

In Bethesda, Md., I toured the National Institutes of Health, where the best scientists work to conquer diseases. They are our heroes, along with teachers, utility workers, nurses, all we take for granted, and sometimes revile.

They are of better stuff than the clowns atop the opinion polls.

Madness. Pascal got it right.

Ernest Henninger

Harrodsburg

Explain, please

President Barack Obama recently mocked those (Republicans and Democrats and national security experts) who want more restrictions on Syrian refugees by saying, "now they're afraid of two-year old babies."

When the liberal stenographers for the left (no, you do not deserve to be called journalists) at the Herald-Leader, ran the totally inappropriate cartoon of Bevin supposedly being afraid of his adopted kids -- thus showing their support for Obama's inane and head-scratching comment, I really needed an answer from anyone there at the Leader to this question: How do you take a serious concern about allowing more ISIS terrorists into this country (grown men by the way) and turn that around to mean we're afraid of two-year old babies?

Please, please, please explain. I don’t get it.

Chester Mitchum

Louisville

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